WMC News: RNC/DNC Coverage, Hillary Clinton’s Nomination, Walikale Mass Rape, Women’s Private Privac
August 5, 2016
Study Shows Women Analysts Missing From Primetime Convention Cable News Coverage
August 4, 2016
Men provided the majority of primetime commentary during the Republican and Democratic conventions on CNN, MSNBC, and FOX even as viewers witnessed history with the nomination of the first female presidential nominee, according to analysis from a project monitoring the gender balance in coverage of the election.
CNN beat out MSNBC and FOX with women appearing on screen 35 percent of the time during the Republican convention and 39 percent of the time during the Democratic convention, although the cable news network did not achieve parity. More>>
With Hillary's Nomination, Lots of Interest in Suffrage Movement, But Did Media Get the Facts Right?
By Louise Bernikow | August 3, 2016
With the nomination of Hillary Clinton for the U.S. presidency, commentators have felt compelled to fill in historical background and say something about the fight for political power, especially for women’s right to vote, that preceded her. A flick of the finger on Internet search engines or a quick visit to the photo archives has, however, resulted in a torrent of “information” about the suffrage movement with holes as wide as Bella Abzug’s hat.
So here, for the next producers of suffrage chatter, are a few things to keep in mind. More>>
Image description: Suffrage protesters (not wearing white) picket the White House in 1917.
Hillary's Historic Nomination for President— A Photo Essay
By Jenny Warburg | July 28, 2016
North Carolina-based photographer Jenny Warburg was on the floor of the Democratic National Convention this week and captured these images from the historic event nominating Hillary Clinton as the first female candidate from a major party. More>>
Image description: Hillary Clinton about to accept the nomination. (Photo by Jenny Warburg)
Playtime for Refugee Girls in Greece
By Priyali Sur/Contributor | August 4, 2016
“My friend, my friend!” Two little Syrian girls come running toward me as they see the camera around my neck. These two words are part of their limited English vocabulary, a language they are being taught in school at the Vathi refugee center—known as a “hot spot”—on the island of Samos in Greece. The center is 2 to 3 miles inland from the children’s park in the town square but every evening they walk that hilly distance, eager to ride the swings and merry-go-rounds, singing Arabic songs and dreaming about a new life in a new place. More>>
What Happens When A Religious Leader Supports Female Genital Mutilation
By Anubha Bhonsle | August 3, 2016
In the confines of their home in Boston, among close friends, the Bandukwalas decided that their 8-year-old would not undergo khatna, the name given to the practice of Female Genital Cutting/Mutilation (FGM/C) by their community of Dawoodi Bohras. While hardly dinnertime conversation, the topic was in the air all evening. Finally, the couple agreed not to do it.
“It’s incompatible in these times we live in,” Bandukwala said.
A few weeks later, in April, Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, the religious head of the Dawoodi Bohras, delivered a public sermon at a mosque. In the sermon, the clergyman, speaking in the Lisan-ul-Dawat language, a Gujarati dialect with heavy dashes of Urdu and Arabic, said:
“What can they say to us? That if you do this, it is not right. I will not go into detail about what I am saying—they say that this is not right, you should not do it. Who are you to teach us! He needs to understand, they all need to understand. Why do you not prohibit those who drink alcohol, prohibit those who smoke cigarettes, why do you not tell them?
“The procedure, the procedure has to happen. If it is a man, it can be done openly, and if it is a woman, it must be discreet—but it must be done. You understand what I am trying to talk about.” More>>
Image description: Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, the religious head of the Dawoodi Bohra community seen here in Houston in 2015, made public statements earlier this year in favor of genital mutilation. (Rami Ericson)
Perpetrator of Walikale Mass Rape Still at Large: Call for Arrest and Reparation to Victims
By International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict | July 29, 2016
Six years after one of the worst single incidents of mass rape ever recorded in the 21st century, no perpetrator of the Walikale mass rapes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has ever been brought to trial in either a domestic or international forum. The attacks were condemned at the time by the United Nations Security Council, which urged swift prosecution. The hundreds of victims have never received any acknowledgment or reparation from the Congolese state.
It is high time the lead perpetrator charged with these crimes, Ntabo Ntaberi Sheka, be arrested and justice delivered to the victims of these horrific crimes. We call on the Congolese government to implement the arrest warrant in this case and begin a serious process to acknowledge the suffering of the Walikale victims and provide them urgently needed reparations. More>>
Image description: Women watch as UN officials visit Walikale on International Women's Day. A mass rape occurred in Walikale in 2010, but to date no one has been held accountable. (MONUSCO)
I Am More More Than My Disability
| August 3, 2016
For three years, I lived alone with my mother. She worked long hours and was never really in a fit state for a conversation when she came home, so I kept myself company by writing stories. I typed line after line in a frenzy — words flew from my fingertips.
I especially liked the art of developing my characters. I felt like the master of a chessboard of my own making, willing the players to move in the directions I determined. In a way, writing fictional characters was a personal escape: I could create ideal people without broken pasts — characters that exuded perfection (not the arrogant kind, but rather the admirable).
Or so I thought. It never occurred to me that my creative outlet, writing, could actually be something of a tool of self-harm. There was nothing creative about the static, beautiful characters I created. In fact, there was always something evil about them: Images of my artificial heroines floated around my mind, antagonizing me. More>>
Invading a Woman's Private Privacy Should Be Illegal
| August 2, 2016
Despite a popular myth to the contrary, what a woman chooses to wear is hardly the only factor that contributes to her public objectification — objectification that often overtly violates women’s consent. For example, many women have experienced strangers not only objectifying them based on the length of their skirts, but have (knowingly or not) been subjected to others looking up their skirts and even taking photos up them, too.
As of July 2016, this unfortunate phenomenon became completely legal in Georgia. On July 20th, The Georgia Court of Appeals asserted that the state’s invasion of privacy laws doesn’t account for taking a photo up a woman’s skirt (known as the “upskirt” photo) unless she’s “behind closed doors,” like in a bathroom or bedroom. More>>
Image description: Photo of camera with caption "taking nonconsensual photos is unacceptable".
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