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WMC Daily News Brief - Seventeen, Spouse Abuse, UN

October 30, 2009

Is Seventeen Teaching Transphobia? 10/28/09 Salon: LGBT activists are up in arms about the magazine's story, "My boyfriend turned out to be a girl". U.S. Signals Spouse Abuse Claims Could Lead To Asylum 10/30/09 NY Times: In a closely watched case, the Obama administration has recommended political asylum for a Guatemalan woman fleeing horrific abuse by her husband. Guinea Rapes Test U.N.'s Stronger Promises To Women 10/30/09 Women's eNews: In recent weeks, the U.N. has bolstered a groundbreaking, but largely symbolic, resolution passed in 2000 that identified women's rights and roles during war. Recent public rapes in Guinea now pose a crucial test of their strength. Is Prime-Time TV Really Dangerous Territory For Women? 10/29/09 Washington Post: Broadcast networks clocked 3,929 acts of violence in prime time. Of those, 429 were violent acts against women. Polls Show Parker Near Top Of Pack In Houston Mayoral Race 10/29/09 Dallas Voice: On Nov. 3, Houstonians will go to the polls to decide if the Bayou City will become the first top 10 U.S. city to elect an openly gay mayor. Women, If You're Happy And You Know It . . . 10/30/09 Boston Globe:  New research published under the provocative headline "The Paradox of Declining Female Happiness" inspires Ellen Goodman's editorial on how the women's movement offered a a lens on injustice and a tool to use in the pursuit of happiness. Alabama Doctor Confirmed As US Surgeon General 10/29/09 Washington Post via AP: The Senate on Thursday confirmed Dr. Regina Benjamin to be the U.S. surgeon general, elevating a well-known Alabama family physician to be the nation's top doctor. What Now? Colorado Groups Seek "Personhood" For Cells 10/29/09 RH Reality Check: A version of the anti-abortion initiative soundly defeated by Colorado voters in 2008 is making its way to the 2010 ballot, this time reworked as an "egg-as-a-person" initiative. Why Y Women 10/30/09 Media Post: A new research report revealed that two-thirds of Gen X women chose Gen Y women as the most influential age group when it comes to defining trends in popular culture. Smeal Adds Up Wage Gains; Ms. Looks For More 10/29/09 Women's eNews: Ms. Magazine's publisher sees many partial wage-related gains for women through the efforts of the federal government. Uighur Activist Kadeer Says China Transfer Policy Caused Riots 10/30/09 Bloomberg: Rebiya Kadeer, the exiled Uighur activist, said violence in Xinjiang in China that left 192 people dead in July may have stemmed from the forced movement of Uighur women to mainland China to work in factories and hotels. More Troops Will Just Mean More Targets 10/31/09 Spectator, UK: After eight years of fighting the war on terror and no end in sight, victory is not an option. South Africa:  Country Placed Third In World For Women Representation 10/29/09 All Africa: Ministers responsible for Gender and Women Affairs in the Southern Africa Development Community have commended South Africa for being placed third in the world in terms of women representation in Parliament. Indonesia: Jeans Banned For Some Aceh Women 10/29/09 NY Times: Officials in West Aceh district said the Shariah police, will shred any offensive clothing and require women in tight pants to change into government-issued skirts. HPV Vaccine Reminds Girls Of Sexual Risks 10/29/09 Salon: Despite conservative hysteria, a study finds the shot doesn't erase youngsters' fear of STDs. Flu Shot In Pregnancy Protects Baby 10/30/09 U.S. News: Vaccinating expectant moms led to bigger, healthier infants, studies show. Mary J. Blige Opens Refuge For Women 10/30/09 Hollyscoop: Blige, who experienced domestic abuse growing up, has always been a huge supporter of women's charities and set up the Foundation For the Advancement of Women Now. On One Field, Two Goals: Equality And Statehood 10/29/09 NY Times: A women's soccer game in the West Bank turned into an exuberant carnival of social liberation and national pride. Mia Hamm Ambassador For 2011 World Cup In Germany 10/29/09 AP: No other player has had a more positive impact on the women's game than Mia Hamm