Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Meanwhile, in India

The epidemic of intentional, "accidental" groping and fondling aboard crowded trains in India has forced the government to create at least 8 new trains for the exclusive use of women. These men, apparently didn't get the memo. However, the women of India sure let them know about their mistake!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Saudi Arabia: The Practice of Male Guardianship

It's practically a case of Cinderella, with a few twists and no happy ending in sight. An unnamed 42 year-old woman in Saudi Arabia is bringing a lawsuit against her father for refusing all marriage proposals on her behalf. Why would he do this? Because the woman in question happens to be a surgeon, and as long as she is unmarried, he receives her paychecks.

The practice is known as "Adhl", under which unmarried females are essentially the property of their fathers. Wajeha al-Hawaidar, a women's rights advocate in Saudi Arabia, describes it as a form of slavery. "A Saudi woman can't even buy a phone without the guardian's permission" she said. She has subsequently been banned from writing or appearing on television.

Ironically, this growing outrage coincides with the fact that Saudi Arabia has been given a seat on the governing board of the United Nation's Women's Rights Council.

Contrary to the state's assertions that this practice is rare, there are a staggering number of cases coming to light. In 2008, Samar Badawi fled her father's house and petitioned the courts to strip him of her guardianship. After waiting two years for the verdict, it arrived: she was sentenced to a six month prison term for being disobedient to her father. A woman going by the name of "Amal Saleh", was threatened with "death and torture" when she insisted she be allowed to marry before she turned 30. She is now 37 and still unmarried.

Complicating the situation further for victims of Adhl, is the cultural notion that women over the age of 20 are unfit to be married; thus limiting the number and quality of potential suitors as the months and years go by. On top of this, Saudi public school curriculum provides instruction to boys on how to perform their guardianship duties. These instructions include limitations on beating disobedient women to avoid "popping the eye, breaking an arm, or leaving visible marks". Page 212 of the "Prophet Sayings" 11th Grade Textbook reads: "Be jealous, beat her hands, protect her, and achieve superiority over her".

The surgeon currently lives in a "protection house" and is escorted by guards out of fear of retaliation. Next month, she turns 43.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Ribbed, for Elegance

High Fashion, or High Function? Either way these dresses, made mostly out of condoms, make a statement. Of course, we're not exactly sure what that statement is. But given that some people seem to think condoms are bad (a viewpoint that is arguably responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths from STDs and starvation), it's nice to see them brought into the public view in a unique manner.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Armed Women in Uniform

This is a photographic tribute to all the women who bear arms in the defense of their nation, citizens, or ideals; regardless of what they might be. These ladies, in their own way, are very much... Divas.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Creative Protest Against Trafficking Women

A rally was held in Tel Aviv, Israel, to bring attention to the problem of human trafficking; specifically the trafficking of women as sex slaves. Tragically, this is something that goes vastly unreported in the region, on both sides of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Pics from the Lingerie Football League

Like it, or hate it, the Lingerie Football League has gotten a lot of attention lately. Of course, that's largely the point of any sporting league. But unlike the World Cup, for example, it seems the "spectacle" is as important as the "sport" here.

So it remains to be seen if the LFL is more like the NFL or the WWE. But we're suckers for any stories that involve Lingerie, so here are some pics of this Lingerie-based 'sport'.

Say what you want about the premise of the sport, it looks like these girls are giving it one hell of a go!