This article gives a critical eye to how the Nigerian government has not really responded to the kidnapping of the young school girls, and the implications this has in moving forward.
A friend sent me this article from Jezebel, and it really placed a new perspective on the role make-up plays in women’s lives, and reinforced how old norms still weigh heavily on women.
Make-up is very prevalent in our society, and as it is mentioned in the article it is even expected in some professional settings, which is unsettling and uncomfortable. This puts people with skin conditions or allergies in a great bind. Are they less professional because they cannot wear make-up for medical reasons?
Another thing that was really poignant about this article is how there are women out there that love make-up, some of them are truly artists with what they do and how they can transform others. I like how the article touches on how these women have every right to love make-up, shaving, etc if that is what works for them, it becomes an issue when partners use this as a means to demean, belittle and create a sense of inferiority.
It seems to be a double-edged sword, it will cause grief no matter how you look at it.
I think, and I am know there are many others out there, that there is a severe lack of punishment for sexual offenders. After following this story about on Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair, it is quite disheartening to see that he is not getting jail time. It just seems like another story of a person in power taking advantage of those subordinate to him. Assaulting anyone is terrible, and assaulting those that you have power over makes you even more terrible.
The fact that he was given a deal and in that deal his assaults were labeled “adultery” is reprehensible. It undermines what happened to those women, and that harm and pain he caused them. It is also insulting to his own family.
His camp claims that the “system” worked in this case, but I see a seriously flawed system that keep failing the survivors of these attacks.
This is sad to hear, especially since the quote for the yearbook gave a kind of hopeful message about coming out. This teen had what seems to be a relatively positive experience coming out, which would be great for other gay, lesbian, bi, transgender students to see. Instead the yearbook profile is pulled and not going to be included.
Once again there is a claim of representing the community and values of a certain area, but I guess one should probably question what their community stands for when it isolates, excludes, and passive aggressively shames them for being themselves. They all but said, ” We don’t accept you.”
The last lines are quite telling of how this will impact other students in this high school who are faced with similar situations.
This link has stories that involve sexual assault and rape. Please use your discretion when clicking the link.
These are some very powerful stories being shared, and I have so much respect for these people.
This article provides a map, indicating what states have the highest and lowest rates of rape. It is fascinating to look at it, and I think it is raises more questions than answers. Geographically looking at some of the highest rates, it makes you wonder about both the economic state of these places as well as the culture.
Take a look for yourself and share your thoughts!