Miss Guided

Recently I’ve been thinking – and talking – a lot about how women are portrayed in the media.  I’ve also been thinking about how women are seen in society – and in, particular, how they see themselves. Yesterday I watched the aptly titled, MissRepresentation, a documentary that explores the under-representation…

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Gender Neutrality

In 1993, the constitution of India was amended to stipulate that one third of positions as village chief were to be reserved for women. These positions were randomly allocated. The results were not always as positive as one might hope – often even the women complained about the female leaders.  However,…

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Beautiful

We are all convinced that our conception of beauty is natural. We think we like what we like, nobody teaches us what to like, either people are beautiful or they aren’t. But is that really the case? P.S. All of these girls look absolutely beautiful to me. +10

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Let’s Dance

And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.  – Friedrich Nietzsche It’s easy to believe in war and injustice in greed and corruption in hatred and prejudice and violence. It’s harder to believe in equity and justice and unity and peace.…

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American Psycho?

In his book, The Protest Psychosis, psychiatrist Jonathan Metzl examines the incidence and diagnosis of schizophrenia in the United States. Up until the 1950s most patients diagnosed with schizophrenia were women who were unwilling, or unable, to look after homes and families or were seen as an embarrassment to their husbands.…

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Girl Power

Camfed – Campaign for Female Education – has discovered that poverty is the main obstacle to the education of girls. Research shows that the consequences of not educating girls are not only felt by the individual girls but by the entire society. If you educate a girl she’ll: Earn up…

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