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Friday Links Roundup

Some stories which this week:

Broadsheet: Breaking the mirrored ceiling

A new report by the Fawcett Society, a women’s rights organization, tackles the usual corporate culprits: the glass ceiling, the wage gap and sexual harassment. But it adds a lesser-heard complaint to the list: London’s corporate strip club culture.

In London, lap dances and stripteases have apparently become an “increasingly normal way of entertaining business clients.” Female employees are simply left out of such strip club summits or must do their best to be taken seriously amid a roomful of naked, gyrating women.

The Fawcett Society report referred to above: “Sexism and the City.”

What is this “protection” of which you speak?

“Sexual assaults are frequent, and frequently ignored, in the armed services.” I have this insane urge to email Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA)and say “Duh!” This is old old news, but every few years someone rediscovers the reality that rapists join the military and we get a bunch of op-eds and exhortations for the military to do more to protect women.

[...]Want to hear something shocking? Putting on that uniform does not automatically make the person in it a decent human being. Much like active pedophiles seek out positions that give them access to children? Rapists, abusers, and your run of the mill misogynistic assholes seeks out the military because it’s a place where being hypermasculine is rewarded. And as long as you’re not too careless you can get away with hurting women every day without fear of repercussions. The Army cracks down harder on drug smuggling than it does on rape and spousal abuse.

No restraining order for woman because she was raped by husband

A forewarning: This is about as bad as it gets.

A Maryland man with bipolar disorder with a history of suicide attempt murdered his children this weekend after a court refused to submit a permanent restraining order requested by their mother partly because she was still “having sex” with him in fear for her and her childrens’ lives.

Housing rights for domestic violence survivors

Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle has signed a new law that will allow victims of domestic violence to break rental contracts without punishment.

Supports say the law removes a hurdle that often prevented victims from getting help and leaving abusive relationships.“If you’re required to stay with an abuser because of a lease you can feel trapped in your residence,” said Kathryn Chapman, executive director of the Golden House shelter in Green Bay.

The Punishment of Babies

Speaking on the trail on Saturday, not long before he infamously bowled a 37, thus bringing shame on himself and all men everywhere, Barack Obama was asked a question: does he favor comprehensive sex education?

His answer was an emphatic yes, and that, of course, is being immediately denounced.

In response to the question, Obama said,

“Look, I got two daughters — 9 years old and 6 years old. I am going to teach them first about values and morals, but if they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby. I don’t want them punished with an STD at age 16, so it doesn’t make sense to not give them information.”

Is that the perfect answer that I’d like to see him give? No, not exactly.

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One comment on “Friday Links Roundup

  1. I was surprised to read in the Report Re:Sexism, that every year 30,000 women lost their jobs in UK simply for being pregnant and the women working full-time earn on average 17% less than men. On the basis of this information, I was surprised to read on the (www.womeninlondon.org.uk) site that more than a third (35%) of women think that attempts to ensure equality have gone far enough (compared to 18% of men). Survey showed that on a number of issues women’s political values are to the left of mens….women want greater equality in the home and in society. What I think was unfortunate as a result of this survey, is that womens services were hit by the equality drive. (in the guardian, oct 17,2007) I read how womens only services were being eroded because of a belief among funding bodies that gender equality has been achieved. As a part-english girl….I’ve always wanted to return to UK after my politics studies….but, somehow I think NZ will be a better place for me to live in.

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