New Texas bill takes aim at men’s masturbation habits

State Rep. Jessica Farrar, D-Houston, filed a bill Friday that would penalize men for “unregulated masturbatory emissions.” The satirical House Bill 4260 would encourage men to remain “fully abstinent” and only allow the “occasional masturbatory emissions inside health care and medical facilities,” which are described in the legislation as the best way to ensure men’s health. Such an emission would be considered “an act against an unborn child, and failing to preserve the sanctity of life,” according to the legislation.

http://www.sfgate.com/news/houston-texas/article/Houston-representative-creates-a-bill-to-promote-10994871.php

Don’t let feminism get hijacked for racist ends

While we all celebrate International Women’s Day in different ways, there’s one under-discussed issue I hope all of us will take up – the way racist policies across the globe are being enacted under the guise of protecting women.

Stoking racial hatred by invoking the protection of women – white women, in particular – is nothing new in the United States, of course. The fear of rape has historically been used to justify horrific violence against American black men

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/mar/08/feminism-hijacked-migrants?

Nepali Women Trafficked For Skin Used In Cosmetic Surgery

He said that mainly women are being trafficked because their skin and organ are more often in better condition since they do not smoke or drink alcohol. Nepali women are mainly targeted for skin because they are fair and their skin is passed off as that of a person of Caucasian origin.

An employee of the company that distributes human tissue derived products used in India, on condition of anonymity, said that there is a lot of competition among large tissue processors in the US, and they procure tissues through different channels.

The security checks at the Indo-Nepal border are rare. The 1800-km border is very porous.https://www.youthkiawaaz.com/2017/03/how-women-from-nepal-are-trafficked-to-india-and-disfigured-to-make-rich-men-and-women-beautiful/

BBC finds Facebook failed to remove child sexual abuse images. Facebook reports BBC to authorities

A BBC investigation has revealed that 80 per cent of child abuse images it reported to Facebook were not removed. Facebook responded to the allegations by requesting the BBC send examples of the material to it, then reporting the team to the authorities for sending them.

http://www.wired.co.uk/article/facebook-child-abuse-images-bbc-investigation

Equality is a ‘profoundly conservative goal’ for women, Germaine Greer says

The feminist and author Germaine Greer has said that aiming for equality is a “profoundly conservative goal” for women, speaking at the launch of her comprehensive archive at the University of Melbourne on Wednesday night.

“What everybody has accepted is the idea of equality feminism,” Greer told an audience of about 500 people at the Kathleen Fitzpatrick Theatre for the International Women’s Day event.

“It will change nothing. War is made against civilian populations where women and children are the principal casualties in places like Syria . . .

“War is now completely made by the rich with their extraordinary killing machines, killing the poor who have no comeback. Women are drawing level with men in this profoundly destructive world that we live in and, as far as I’m concerned, it’s the wrong way. We’re getting nowhere.

“If what happens when women discover when they join the army is they discover it’s no place for a sane human being then they’ve learned something,” Greer said. “But right now, things are looking distinctly grim.”

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/mar/09/equality-is-a-profoundly-conservative-goal-for-women-germaine-greer-says?

Professors & Staff Arrested for Trading in Child Rape

A concerning number professors and staff have been arrested for trading in brutal child sex abuse, including of infants.
My research, which is far from comprehensive, details 90 professors and staff arrested on child rape and torture, aka child porn, charges. Both the volume and type of crime should raise alarm bells. Yet academic institutions remain silent.

https://medium.com/@LoriHandrahan2/professors-staff-arrested-for-trading-in-child-rape-6c39fcf62a9e#.zh8omjdf3

First International Women’s Day: the history of a worldwide movement.

On March 8, 1917 hundreds of thousands of men and women chose IWD to flood the streets of Petrograd, Russia, and demand an end to food rationing, the end of World War I and the end of the Tsarist regime. After eight days of pressure created by this female-led ‘bread and peace’ movement, Tsar Nicholas II abdicated allowing for a provisional government that granted women the right to vote. One hundred years later, this is still considered one of the most significant milestones of IWD history.

http://www.mamamia.com.au/first-international-womens-day/?

With great female minds idling on the sidelines, how much progress have we lost?

Considering that approximately 130 million girls worldwide are not attending primary through upper-secondary school and that women represent nearlytwo-thirds of the world’s illiterate, we must ask: how many other innovations and inventions – great and small – have been lost to the world because so many minds are idle on the sidelines of human progress?

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/mar/08/with-great-female-minds-idling-on-the-sidelines-how-much-progress-have-we-lost?

Petition update · Getting Noisy On Intl Women’s Day

March 8th is International Women’s Day and we’re raising our voices on behalf of young girls around the world. Meet the global team from Endangered Bodies who tell the CEOs of Apple, Google and Amazon why they need to ensure harmful cosmetic surgery games do not target children. Because no nine-year-old should be dreaming of liposuction.

https://www.change.org/p/apple-stop-cosmetic-surgery-apps-aimed-at-kids-surgeryisnotagame-2e366caa-1317-483e-90cb-b3ecf6f8d89e/u/19624202?

How Geena Davis became a champion for women on screen

So her institute commissioned more research: this time, a global study of gender in film in the 10 biggest film markets (including Australia) in the world. The findings were “bleak”, she said: of those characters seen to be holding a job, 77.5% were male and 22.5% were female.

This lack of onscreen depiction contributes to symbolic annihilation, she said, by which those that don’t see themselves reflected on screen believe they are unimportant. She quoted damning statistics that show the more hours of television a girl watches, the fewer options she thinks she has in life.

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/mar/06/how-geena-davis-became-a-champion-for-women-on-screen?