These tights are being marketed in China as a deterrent for unwanted sexual advances (perhaps they should be called Stockings for Stalkers?). Once again, potential victims are being asked to take responsibility for the lack of impulse control exhibited by others. Sigh.
While on many levels this is actually quite funny, the `solution`fails to recognise that harassment is not merely about beauty, it is about perceptions of public ownership and will most likely result in one form of unwanted attention being replaced by another.
- For the first time in history, Saudi women have taken seats on The Saudi Consultative Council
- The group of 30 women, comprised of university graduates, human rights activists and two princesses took their seats in the same room as their 130 male colleagues
- This is revolutionary development in a country where women are still banned from driving and must be escorted by a male guardian
- King Abdullah has stated that he is committed to women’s rights but believes this must be a gradual process
- In 2011, he granted women the right to vote and in 2015 women may run as candidates in the next local election
- And while I am certain there are many who will criticise his methodology, in my opinion it is an effective way to elicit change in a fundamentalist culture without further jeopardizing the safety of the women
- Gay marriage should soon be legal in France and parts of the UK
- France’s National Assembly has approved a controversial bill that would legalize gay marriage.
- What is causing the controversy is not the gay marriage component but the fact the bill would also legalize gay adoption and protests have recently been held in Paris as a result
- British legislators have approved gay marriage in England and Wales despite fierce opposition from members of the Conservative party, with half of the PM`s Conservative legislators refusing to back him on this issue
In chronological order, the other countries that have federally legalized same-sex marriage are:
Netherlands – 2001
Belgium – 2003
Canada and Spain – 2005
South Africa – 2006
Norway – 2008
Sweden – 2009
Argentina, Portugal and Iceland – 2010
Brazil – 2011
Denmark – 2012
- The government of Nepal has decided to issue citizenship cards that will allow those who do not identify as male or female to identify as a third gender.
- The new identification cards will list a third option of “other” in the gender category.
- Many developing countries are much more progressive with regards to gender issues, Thailand being a prime example where third gender people are integrated into society
- In fact Argentina is currently known as the most trans-friendly legal environment in the entire world
- Under Argentinian law, trans people can change their legal gender and name without judicial permission or any requirement that they undergo surgeries.
- They also have access to the country’s socialized medical system for free surgery
- This is in direct contrast to 15 countries in Europe that require trans people to have a surgical procedure which results in sterilization before they can legally change their gender on their identification
- Czech Republic
- As many people are probably aware, in Saudi Arabia women are required by law to wear a burqa once they reach puberty
- However, a sheikh in the country has now suggested that baby girls should wear a burqa
- The reason for this? – to protect them from sexual abuse
- Sadly this is yet another example of asking a highly vulnerable segment of the population to take responsibility for perpetrators failing to regulate their own behaviour