Of interest?

// 23 February 2009

This is a great piece about men’s responses to women talking about their abortion. Makes for interesting and awesome reading.

This piece on Islamic Feminism is also exciting, sadly the only coverage of this I could find in my limited time was from Time magazine – anyone with non-western coverage please let me have links and I’ll put them up.

Penny Red has something interesting on new moves from to force single mothers into work when their child is a year old, yes you read that right, one year old.

And Sociological Images has something interesting about obesity and liklihood of death. Taking a BMI of 23.5-24.9 as “ideal” and alloting death rates at that BMI as 1.0 the table clearly shows that women with a BMI of under 18.5 had 2.03 deaths (i.e. double the “normal) whilst obese women with a BMI of 35-39.9 had 1.49 deaths. Yes you read that right the scale goes 23.5-24.9 = normal, 35-39.9 (i.e. morbidly obese) = 1.5x and under 18.5 = 2x. But it’s the weight that’ll kill you, obviously!

Meanwhile the UN has published their most recent findings of research into trafficking and has found that sexual exploitation accounts for the biggest reason for trafficking of people across borders.

According to the Report, the most common form of human trafficking (79%) is sexual exploitation. The victims of sexual exploitation are predominantly women and girls. Surprisingly, in 30% of the countries which provided information on the gender of traffickers, women make up the largest proportion of traffickers. In some parts of the world, women trafficking is the norm.

The second most common form of human trafficking is forced labour (18%), although this may be a misrepresentation because forced labour is less frequently detected and reported than trafficking for sexual exploitation.


The report is available here.

And Vegan Ideal has something, continuing our PETA need to get a grip series about a stunt in which bloodied cross-dressers will parade under the tagline “Fur is a Drag”. Yep I am now convinced PETAs approach is to insult everyone they possibly can except white, straight men (who they lurve – see the previous one on faux-lesbians).

The “Fur is a Drag” campaign is part of this continuum of violence and oppression against tansgender people. It is a mistake to view the appropriation of the term “drag” as a cute or silly pun. The assumed “joke” is deeply transphobic, and is just as oppressive as any White supremacist, misogynist, or homophobic so-called “joke.” (Of course, PETA does also use White supremacy, misogyny, and homophobia in its campaigns.) In this context, “Fur is a Drag” is akin to PETA having a campaign titled “Fur is Gay.” Obviously, the latter campaign presents being gay as objectionable and, likewise, the existing campaign presents being trans as objectionable.

Vegan Ideal

Comments From You

polly sytrene // Posted 23 February 2009 at 5:29 pm

It’s estimated that by the end of this year there will be 3 million registered unemployed. That’s 1 in 10 of the current workforce. So in this economic climate how easy is it for out of work mothers of very young children to get a job? When there are already numerous cases of women being illegally dismissed after having a child or becoming pregnant? Not very, I’d say.

The bashing of ‘benefit scroungers’ is a sure sign of electioneering. The government just see it as a cheap, popular way to get votes.

Filip // Posted 24 February 2009 at 12:00 am

Regarding Islamic Feminism: I got the following announcement through the LSE Students Union newsletter, and I thought I’d pass it on in case there are people in London who want to discuss this.

“Emancipation Through Islam

Wednesday 25th from 14.00 in H102 [at the London School of Economics]

LSE’s Dr Katerina Dalacoura will start a discussion on the topic of women’s emancipation through their religion. Katerina’s areas of expertise include human rights in the Middle East and political Islam. All are welcome to attend and join in this frank and honest debate.”

tomhulley // Posted 24 February 2009 at 8:45 am

this might help:


Anne Onne // Posted 24 February 2009 at 5:45 pm

Why is it surprising that most people trafficked (that they could tell) were women? It’s horrifying but unsurprising that sexual slavery is so common. That people seem surprised it is happening is depressing, because we seem to be so good at trying to ignoring it.

The abortion article is very thoughtful, but gets lots of irrelevant comments on how men shouldn’t have to pay upkeep for the kids they father, or women should never have abortions ever, the dirty little sluts. The fact that the article is just about how women who have had abortions interact with progressive men, and how those men react to, and view abortion when it happens to someone they know seems to have escaped most people.

The most important point was the assumption that abortion was automatically a hard decision for the woman. The only way to support anyone, whether you’re male or female, is to let them do the talking, if they want to talk about it, and understand that they may not see abortion the same way as you. Also, no judging, obviously.

Kath // Posted 25 February 2009 at 11:56 pm

Anne, the UN reports it as surprising that so many women were traffickers (those doing the trafficking).

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