Jess McCabe // 7 May 2009
20-year-old Samantha Orobator will not be executed, the Laos government has said – she was facing the death penalty after she was arrested for carrying 500g of heroin.
However, according to the Guardian the execution may be delayed rather than cancelled. She has yet to be tried. Orobator became pregnant after she was imprisoned – making it very likely she was raped.
Women’s binge drinking up, screamed the headlines. This is a response to research by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, showing an increasing in women drinking “harmful amounts” of alcohol.
But, as Emily Hill points out ‘binge drinking’ in this case could mean two pints of lager in one evening:
Actually, if you scan the report summary, the principal non-lady-bashing point is that there “has been a slight overall decline in weekly drinking by men and women in Great Britain in recent years, especially among adults aged 16-24”. But “decline in levels of teenage binge drinking” isn’t going to make anyone to look at a piechart – so let us focus on the leery ladies.
The ‘sex strike’ by Kenyan women’s groups has been garnering a lot of attention, and comparisons to Aristophanes’ misogynist-but-much-reappropriated comedy Lysistrata. Two pieces on CiF are worth reading on this, by Lola Adesioye and Tamara Winfrey Harris.
Jezebel has a post about the first US recipient of a face transplant, Connie Culp. Culp’s husband shot her in the face, leaving her alive – but unable to breathe, taste, eat solids or smell on her own. Although the incident has not been generally identified in press reports as domestic violence. The Independent reports that Culp said this at the press conference:
“When somebody has a disfigurement and don’t look as pretty as you do, don’t judge them, because you never know what happened to them,” she said. “Don’t judge people who don’t look the same as you do. Because you never know. One day it might be all taken away.”
As an aside, the surgeon who carried out the ground-breaking transplant happens to be a woman, Dr Maria Siemionow.
Meanwhile, readers in London can catch an eventing of presentations and performances from the oral history of the Black Women’s Movement on 19 May, at the BCA in Brixton. More info here.
Jan Hamilton is to become Scotland’s first trans police officer, reports Pink News.
Photographer Sonalle is working on a project called ‘Ethnic Minorities Coming Out’, following up on her last project ‘Ethnic Minority Domestic Violence Survirors’. The Femilist Blog says:
She wants to start taking photographs this month and would like to meet people at all stages of the coming out process, including people who haven’t come out or who are thinking about it.
The project will take an hour of your time and in return you will receive a professional photo. Your identity can remain hidden if necessary. She works in digital so you have complete control of the images chosen.
Feministing links up a new feminist film journal, which reviews movies on their value as “as pedagogical tools in the feminist classroom”.
This Nikon ad is sexist.
Cara at The Curvature writes about “cis supremacy, feminism and women’s shelters”.
We know that Reuters’ ‘Oddly Enough’ section has a track record, but Erica at Shakesville screengrabbed one particularly horrendous example, where the wire service included on the same day stories about: a ban on marriage under 18 in Saudia Arabia, a 50 year old man divorcing his “child bride” and Saudi Arabia cracking down on women’s gyms.
Julie Bindel documents getting a makeover.
And, finally, Bitch magazine interviews graphic novellist Ariel Schrag.