Because I am so busy with teaching and have been neglecting my blog a bit, I have decided to include all the news I can get my hands on related to women’s issues in a weekly post called “Women’s News Roundup.” So follow the links and read what is up for the week in relation to women.
1. Sexual Assaults at Occupy Wall Street: First on the list is the present news of sexual assaults taking place during the Occupy Wall Street camps stationed throughout the country. The biggest case is that of a 14-year-old who was assaulted in Dallas. Of course, the fact that she pretended to be 19 and came to the OWS with guys makes her story — according to the newsreporters — suspicious and “her fault.” This video, however, presents a medic instructing the crowd that if they hear of any sexual assaults within the camps to keep it to themselves unless the victim wants to publicize it. In essence, the goal seems to be to protect the victim’s privacy. Tell me what you think about it after you watch this:
2. Jane Austen…Murdered?: Crime writer Lindsay Ashford, based on her extensive research of Jane Austen’s life via her books and personal letters, says that there is evidence that Jane Austen was murdered by arsenic poisoning. Here’s the article published in the Guardian.
3.Bride Trafficking in India — Today!This is a horrific story on girls being sold into “marriage” as slaves — farm slaves and sex slaves — these girls are beaten, raped, and passed around among up to ten men daily for profit, in addition to working in the fields during the day. And all this is done under the umbrella of marriage.
4. Rape Page on Facebook: Follow this link to the news on Rape jokes on Facebook that received almost 200,000 “like.” Imagine that. Rape jokes are funny. Makes you wonder the world we live in when violence against women is a funny issue. And the fact that so many young girls and boys troll Facebook, they are learning to laugh at these “jokes,” which normalize rape as acceptable, commonplace, and nothing to end just yet.
Join the advocacy campaign to end sexism and rape jokes on Facebook via the Rape is Never Funny movement.
5. Women are not Feeling Ambitious: Are you ready for this? More.com put out a survey that polled women’s responses toward ambition. The results show that women want to work, but they do not want to be bosses or the responsibilities and pressures that come with the job. Instead, they want flexibility — therefore, they look away from assuming high-paying and ambitious positions in the work force. What’s your take on this? Are you ambitious?