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NEWSBRIEF: Feminist Response to Assange Rape Case, OWN Network Transition, NOW Suit Against Hooters

December 20, 2010

Meet the Woman Who's Fighting Back Against Wal Mart

12/16/10 AlterNet: "I'm demanding justice" says Betty Dukes, the brave woman who decided in 2001 to take on the world's largest retailer, Walmart Stores, Inc. for pay discrimination. Yet as the years have passed, more than 9,500 women openly have stepped forward to join Dukes in a nine-year crusade to thwart alleged persistent discrimination against Walmart's female employees in pay and promotions.

Married at Age 10, Reem Al Numery Speaks Out

12/18/10 World Pulse: She was just 10 years old when she was married to a cousin who was three times her age. Now Reem Al Numery is divorced and fighting against child marriage. After only one week of marriage, Reem knew she had to escape, alleging that her new husband beat and shackled her just to get her into the taxi to bring her home after the wedding.

Naomi Wolf vs. Jaclyn Friedman: Feminists Debate the Sexual Allegations Against Julian Assange

12/20/10 Democracy Now: As more details emerge about the sex crimes allegations against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, we host a debate between two feminists: Jaclyn Friedman argues the sexual assault allegations shouldn’t be dismissed just because they’re politically motivated, while Naomi Wolf says by going after Assange, the state is not embracing feminism, it’s "pimping" it.

NATIONAL

Women's Liberation: Looking Back, Looking Forward

12/17/10 Blogher: Feminism has always been a problematic term in the struggle for women's liberation, and now with such unlikely public figures as Sarah Palin and Lady Gaga embracing it, it's become more so. When can or should the feminist label be applied? A look at the recent history of the term may help put the question in perspective.

Other Networks Aimed At Women Waiting For OWN

12/20/10 NPR: Some of the biggest existing cable networks that are aimed at women — Lifetime, WE, Hallmark and Oxygen — are in some degree of transition as Winfrey's OWN prepares for its New Year's Day debut. The goal is to distinguish themselves so OWN won't siphon off viewers.

Making Good on the Girl Effect

12/20/10 Prospect: Now that we've established that promoting the advancement of women is good policy, we have to stay vigilant as ideas turn into actions.

Girl Scouts Bushwhack New Trails in Media Jungle

12/18/10 Women’s eNews: "Watch what you watch." That's the Girl Scouts' new public service announcement. It's part of a project to improve girls' social and emotional well-being by teaming up with studios and advertisers to promote healthier media.

POLITICAL

Sarah Palin: 'Double standard' on crying pols

12/17/10 Politico: Sarah Palin says she sees a "double standard" for women in politics, especially when it comes to crying. Palin, who is contemplating a run for the 2012 GOP nomination, said, "I'm sure if I got up there and did a speech and I started breaking down and cried about how important it is to me that our children and our grandchildren are provided great opportunities — I'm sure that I would be knocked a little bit for that."

DOMESTIC

Jewish Feminist Funerals

12/17/10 NY Times: One reason for the growing interest among nontraditional Jews in the traditional rituals of preparing a Jew for burial stems from the women’s movement. Women preparing other women for burial are both following the dictates of traditional Judaism and carrying out a final act of sisterhood.

Gender pay gap 'down to women's lifestyle choices'

12/19/10 Telegraph: Women have won their battle for workplace equality and the gender pay gap is merely a result of mothers choosing to raise a family rather than focus on their career, a leading academic has claimed.

Keith Olbermann quit Twitter because of me

12/17/10 Salon: I'm apparently responsible for the biggest celebrity Twitter meltdown since Matt Lauer ticked off Kanye West. Keith Olbermann, as you may have heard, announced on Thursday afternoon that he has suspended his Twitter activity "until/if this frenzy is stopped." We asked the feminist blogger who helped kick up the "frenzy," Sady Doyle,  for her account of how this all happened.

Keith Olbermann Responds to Twitter Campaign Against Him and Michael Moore

12/20/10 Slate: After a few days hiatus, Keith Olbermann is back on Twitter. He left the microblogging service briefly last week because of the feminist protest, started by sometime-XX Factor blogger Sady Doyle, using the hashtag #mooreandme.

INTERNATIONAL

Heroic, Female and Muslim

12/15/10 NY Times: What’s the ugliest side of Islam? Maybe it’s the Somali Muslim militias that engage in atrocities like the execution of a 13-year-old girl named Aisha Ibrahim. But there’s another side of Islam as well, represented by an extraordinary Somali Muslim woman named Dr. Hawa Abdi who has confronted the armed militias.

Canada’s post-2011 role: Help Afghan women

12/20/10 The Global and Mail: Why should Canada bother helping Afghan women and girls when Canadian combat troops withdraw next year? What right does the West have to force its aggressive, feminist values on the Afghan people?

Beyond the Rainbow: LGBTI Rights in Latin America and the Caribbean

12/16/10 AWID: Without a doubt, Latin America and the Caribbean are vast, colorful and diverse regions. In many countries there, democratic processes are still incipient and regional initiatives like Mercosur and the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) are relatively recent strategic alliances.

HEALTH

U.S. Trends Show C-Sections Up, Births Down

12/20/10 Med Page Today: Fewer American women are having babies -- except unmarried women and those in their 40s -- while the number of Cesarean deliveries (C-sections) continues to climb, according to CDC vital statistics for 2008.

"Abortion Democracy:" Feminist Film-Maker Inspires Us to Speak Out for Women

12/16/10 RH Reality Check: Recently I had the opportunity to view the dynamic and thought-provoking film “Abortion Democracy: Poland/South Africa” by the talented German film-maker Sarah Diehl when it was screened at the University of Washington by that school’s chapter of Law Students for Reproductive Justice.

ENTERTAINMENT

California NOW Files Police Complaints Against Hooters for Sexual Entertainment of Minors

12/16/10 CA Now: On Thursday, December 16th, in four cities throughout California, members of the California chapter of the National Organization for Women will file complaints against local Hooters establishments for violations of state and local laws covering sexual entertainment and minor children.

SPORTS

Raped Cheerleader's Suit Misses Title IX Complaint

12/15/10 Women’s eNews: Title IX has been pigeon-holed as a sports-equity law for schools. Wendy Murphy says an unconscionable case of sex harassment against a Texas cheerleader shows how this widespread misunderstanding of the law hinders justice.

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