fast food feminism patronizing muslim women


Sorry Femen, what was that? Mus­lim women are meek, sub­servient, unwill­ing to fight for free­dom and go out there against injus­tice? You might want to tell that to the sis­ter in this image, then.

The fast-​food fem­i­nism of the top­less Femen by Mona Chol­lety at the Eng­lish Edi­tion of Le Monde Diplomatique

Women: do you want to make your­selves heard? There is only one solu­tion: take off your clothes! In Octo­ber, 2012 in Ger­many, a group of refugees camped out in front of Bran­den­burg Gate in Berlin to protest their liv­ing con­di­tions were hav­ing great dif­fi­culty attract­ing the atten­tion of the media. At one point, an angry young woman pro­tes­tor asked a jour­nal­ist from Bild: «Do you want me to get naked?»

’Yes’, said the jour­nal­ist, promis­ing to come back with a pho­tog­ra­pher. Word spread among the other jour­nal­ists, and voila, there was a mob of cam­eras around the women protest­ing in sup­port of the refugees. The women did not in the end take off their clothes, but they didn’t miss the oppor­tu­nity to denounce the sen­sa­tion­al­ism of the media.

The Femen on the other hand were more prag­matic. At their first demon­stra­tions, in Ukraine in 2008, they had writ­ten their slo­gans on their backs, but pho­tog­ra­phers were only inter­ested in their breasts. So, they changed the loca­tion of their slogans.

Mus­lim Women Against Femen

intersectional feminism and the voices of black feminists

epidemics” in childhood “mental disorders”

viva com­plex­ity by Dr. Mickey Nardo at 1 bor­ing old man

Link­ing to an arti­cle (that is behind a pay wall), Dr. Nardo posts excerpts of it then writes about his expe­ri­ence as a psy­chi­a­trist and clin­i­cian work­ing with chil­dren in rural Appalachia.

the fol­low­ing are excerpts from Too many psy­chi­atric diag­noses for chil­dren: an epi­demic of labels: Child in Mind by Clau­dia Gold which is a response to Why So Many Epi­demics of Child­hood Men­tal Dis­or­ders? by Dr. Allen Francis

Since the pub­li­ca­tion of DSM-​IV in 1994, the rates of 3 men­tal dis­or­ders have sky­rock­eted: atten­tion deficit dis­or­der [ADD] tripled, autism increased by 20-​fold, and child­hood bipo­lar dis­or­der by 40-​fold. It is no acci­dent that diag­nos­tic infla­tion has focused on the men­tal dis­or­ders of chil­dren and teenagers. These are inher­ently dif­fi­cult to diag­nose accu­rately because young­sters have a short track record; are in devel­op­men­tal flux that makes pre­sen­ta­tions tran­sient and unsta­ble; are sen­si­tive to fam­ily, peer, and school stresses; and may be using drugs. If ever diag­no­sis should be con­ser­v­a­tive, it should be in kids. Instead, we have expe­ri­enced an unprece­dented diag­nos­tic exu­ber­ance encour­aged in part by DSM-​IV, but mostly stim­u­lated by the pow­er­ful exter­nal forces of drug com­pany mar­ket­ing and the close cou­pling of school ser­vices to a diag­no­sis of men­tal disorder.

Three years after DSM-​IV was pub­lished, drug com­pa­nies intro­duced new and expen­sive on-​patent drugs that pro­vided the incen­tive and resources for an aggres­sive mar­ket­ing cam­paign to psy­chi­a­trists, pedi­a­tri­cians, and fam­ily doc­tors. Simul­ta­ne­ously, suc­cess­ful drug com­pany lob­by­ing gave them unre­stricted free­dom to adver­tise directly to con­sumers. Par­ents and teach­ers were inun­dated with the mes­sage that ADD was ter­ri­bly under­diag­nosed and eas­ily treated with a pill. Sales of ADD drugs bal­looned to an astound­ing $7 billion.

Child­hood bipo­lar dis­or­der is an even more chill­ing case. DSM-​IV had wisely rejected a pro­posal that there be a sep­a­rate and much looser def­i­n­i­tion of bipo­lar dis­or­der in chil­dren. The argu­ment for inclu­sion rested on the unrepli­cated find­ings of just 1 [albeit very influ­en­tial] research group sug­gest­ing that kids present a devel­op­men­tally dif­fer­ent pro­dro­mal form of bipo­lar dis­or­der char­ac­ter­ized by ambi­ent irri­tabil­ity, impul­siv­ity, and tem­per out­bursts, rather than the typ­i­cal cycli­cal mood swings of adults. Rejec­tion by DSM-​IV did not stop charis­matic thought lead­ers [who were heav­ily financed by drug com­pa­nies] from spread­ing the gospel of child­hood bipo­lar dis­or­der. The 40-​fold increase in rates was accom­pa­nied by an increase in antipsy­chotic spend­ing up to $18.2 bil­lion in 2011. These drugs fre­quently cause mas­sive weight gain in chil­dren. The overuse of antipsy­chotics in kids was not deterred by the fact that child­hood obe­sity is an impor­tant risk fac­tor for dia­betes and heart dis­ease. Drug com­pa­nies have received bil­lion dol­lar fines for off-​label mar­ket­ing to kids, but these pale in com­par­i­son to the enor­mous rev­enues. Of note, the inap­pro­pri­ate use of antipsy­chotics is most pro­nounced among chil­dren who are eco­nom­i­cally disadvantaged.

The intro­duc­tion of Asperger’s by DSM-​IV was expected to result in a 3– to 4-​fold increase rates of autism. Severe clas­sic autism had an unmis­tak­able pre­sen­ta­tion with rates lower than 1 per 2000. Asperger’s blends imper­cep­ti­bly into nor­mal eccen­tric­ity, and the rates of autism are now reported at 1 per 88 in the United States and 1 in 38 in Korea. The­o­ries con­nect­ing the increase in preva­lence to vac­ci­na­tion have been dis­cred­ited. Instead, the rates have grown so rapidly because a diag­no­sis of autism is required to allow a child access to greatly enhanced school ser­vices. About half the young­sters who now receive the diag­no­sis do not really meet the DSM-​IV cri­te­ria when these are care­fully applied. And follow-​up stud­ies find­ing that half the kids no longer meet cri­te­ria also con­firm that diag­nos­tic infla­tion is ram­pant. Eli­gi­bil­ity for school ser­vices should be decou­pled from an unre­li­able clin­i­cal diag­no­sis and instead be based on edu­ca­tional need.

study: women who ended unwanted pregnancy compared to women who were denied an abortion


What Hap­pens to Women Who Are Denied Abor­tions? by Joshua Lang at The New York Times

When Diana Greene Fos­ter, a demog­ra­pher and an asso­ciate pro­fes­sor of
at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, San Fran­cisco, first began study­ing women who were turned away from abor­tion clin­ics, she was struck by how lit­tle data there were. A few clin­ics kept records, but no one had com­piled them nation­ally. And there was no research on how these women fared over time. What, Fos­ter won­dered, were the con­se­quences of hav­ing to carry an unwanted preg­nancy to term? Did it take a higher psy­cho­log­i­cal or eco­nomic toll than hav­ing an abor­tion? Or was the reverse true — did the new baby make up for any social or finan­cial difficulties?

It’s not that the study was so hard to do,” Fos­ter says. But no one had done it before. Since Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973, the debate over abor­tion has focused pri­mar­ily on the ram­i­fi­ca­tions of hav­ing one…

… Most stud­ies on the effects of abor­tion com­pare women who have abor­tions with those who choose to carry their preg­nan­cies to term. It is like com­par­ing peo­ple who are divorced with peo­ple who stay mar­ried, instead of peo­ple who get the divorce they want with the peo­ple who don’t. Fos­ter saw this as a fun­da­men­tal flaw.

What is the Tur­n­away Study? by Diana Greene Fos­ter at ANSIRH (advanc­ing new stan­dards in repro­duc­tive health) at the Uni­ver­sity of California

abor­tion laws by state at the Guttmacher Insti­tute

APA Releases New Report: Abor­tion No Threat to Women’s Men­tal Health by Rachel Walden at the National Women’s Health Network

speaking to young girls as individuals who don’t exist for the male gaze


How to Talk to Lit­tle Girls by Latina Fatale at Latina Fatale (Viva la mujer!)

This week ABC news reported that nearly half of all three– to six-​year-​old girls worry about being fat. In my book, Think: Straight Talk for Women to Stay Smart in a Dumbed-​Down World, I reveal that fif­teen to eigh­teen per­cent of girls under twelve now wear mas­cara, eye­liner and lip­stick reg­u­larly; eat­ing dis­or­ders are up and self-​esteem is down; and twenty-​five per­cent of young Amer­i­can women would rather win America’s next top model than the Nobel Peace Prize. Even bright, suc­cess­ful col­lege women say they’d rather be hot than smart. A Miami mom just died from cos­metic surgery, leav­ing behind two teenagers. This keeps hap­pen­ing, and it breaks my heart.

Teach­ing girls that their appear­ance is the first thing you notice tells them that looks are more impor­tant than any­thing. It sets them up for diet­ing at age 5 and foun­da­tion at age 11 and boob jobs at 17 and Botox at 23. As our cul­tural imper­a­tive for girls to be hot 247 has become the new nor­mal, Amer­i­can women have become increas­ingly unhappy. What’s miss­ing? A life of mean­ing, a life of ideas and read­ing books and being val­ued for our thoughts and accomplishments.

That’s why I force myself to talk to lit­tle girls as follows.

Maya,” I said, crouch­ing down at her level, look­ing into her eyes, “very nice to meet you.”

Nice to meet you too,” she said, in that trained, polite, talking-​to-​adults good girl voice.

Hey, what are you read­ing?” I asked, a twin­kle in my eyes. I love books. I’m nuts for them. I let that show.

Her eyes got big­ger, and the prac­ticed, polite facial expres­sion gave way to gen­uine excite­ment over this topic. She paused, though, a lit­tle shy of me, a stranger.

I LOVE books,” I said. “Do you?”

Most kids do.

YES,” she said. “And I can read them all by myself now!”

Wow, amaz­ing!” I said. And it is, for a five year old. You go on with your bad self, Maya.

What’s your favorite book?” I asked.

I’ll go get it! Can I read it to you?”

cyber security, medical devices and the F.D.A.


FDA, fac­ing cyber­se­cu­rity threats, tight­ens medical-​device stan­dards
by Lena H. Sun and Brady Den­nis at The Wash­ing­ton Post

The Food and Drug Admin­is­tra­tion is tight­en­ing stan­dards for a wide range of med­ical devices — from fetal mon­i­tors used in hos­pi­tals to pace­mak­ers implanted in peo­ple — because of esca­lat­ing con­cerns that the gad­gets are vul­ner­a­ble to cyber­se­cu­rity breaches that could harm patients.

Increas­ingly, offi­cials said, com­puter viruses and other mal­ware are infect­ing equip­ment such as hos­pi­tal com­put­ers used to view X-​rays and CT scans as well as devices in car­diac catheter­i­za­tion labs.The secu­rity breaches cause the equip­ment to slow down or shut off entirely, com­pli­cat­ing patient care. As more devices oper­ate on com­puter sys­tems that are con­nected to each other, the hos­pi­tal net­work and the Inter­net, the poten­tial for prob­lems rises dra­mat­i­cally, they said…

… To be sure, mod­ern med­ical devices have saved count­less lives. But too many med­ical pro­fes­sion­als are in a “com­pla­cent denial stage” and brush off prob­lems as com­pletely hypo­thet­i­cal, said Kevin Fu, who heads the Archimedes cen­ter for medical-​device secu­rity at the Uni­ver­sity of Michigan.

The equip­ment prob­lem in one facil­ity was caused when some­one plugged a USB drive, a portable device that stores data, into a device and infected it. Fu said he did not have infor­ma­tion about the other cases and declined to name the hos­pi­tals, because of pri­vacy concerns.

Another prob­lem occurred some years ago at Beth Israel. Fetal mon­i­tors for women with high-​risk preg­nan­cies were infected by mal­ware that slowed the devices’ response time. No patients were harmed and the prob­lem was even­tu­ally fixed, Halamka said. Beth Israel now is one of the most aggres­sive hos­pi­tals in the coun­try in coun­ter­ing cyber­se­cu­rity risks.

It is nearly impos­si­ble to quan­tify how often cyber­se­cu­rity inci­dents involv­ing med­ical devices occur, because no one really keeps track, offi­cials and experts say. The FDA has a data­base that allows peo­ple to report adverse events. But when med­ical devices fail, caus­ing prob­lems for patients, the peo­ple report­ing the prob­lems are usu­ally not trained to iden­tify mal­ware as a cause…

Sev­eral years ago, Fu and other researchers demon­strated how a com­bi­na­tion heart defib­ril­la­tor and pace­maker was vul­ner­a­ble to com­puter hack­ing in a lab. The researchers gained wire­less access to the device and repro­grammed it to deliver jolts of elec­tric­ity that would have poten­tially been fatal if the device had been in a person.

Fu said he believes the man­u­fac­turer fixed the prob­lem, but not before a pro­ducer for the tele­vi­sion series “Home­land” used it in the plot line for an episode in which the vice pres­i­dent dies after a ter­ror­ist hacks into his pace­maker and sends lethal jolts of electricity.

Petition: stand with the raped not the military rape culture


Sign a peti­tion to stand with the vic­tims of mil­i­tary sex­ual assuault by Sen­a­tors Begich, Blu­men­thal, Boxer, Coons, Franken, Gilli­brand, Pryor, and Shaheen

Recently, a shock­ing Depart­ment of Defense report showed that the esti­mated num­ber of sex­ual assaults in the mil­i­tary dra­mat­i­cally increased to a record 26,000 last year. Trag­i­cally, only a small num­ber of these crimes were ever reported, let alone brought to trial.

Sur­vivors of these vicious crimes are scared to come for­ward because they doubt that the mil­i­tary and its crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem will pro­tect them and pun­ish the per­pe­tra­tors. It is no secret why. A full 62 per­cent of those who reported a sex­ual assault felt they were then vic­tims again when they were retal­i­ated against. More­over, senior mil­i­tary offi­cers with no legal train­ing have the power to decide whether a case goes to trial, or even to throw out a mil­i­tary judge or jury’s verdict.

Our ser­vice men and women deserve better.

For some back­ground infor­ma­tion, see:

Twice Betrayed: Mil­i­tary Sex Offend­ers Rarely Pun­ished by Karisa King

Twice Betrayed: Mil­i­tary Sex Offend­ers Rarely Pun­ished by Karisa King

deal­ing with rape in the mil­i­tary by romeo vitteli

women who just graduated college paid less than men


Gen­der pay gap starts right away for col­lege grads by Marie Wil­son at the Daily Her­ald

Reports recently released by the AA indi­cate a gen­der pay gap not only still exists in the Amer­i­can work­force but often reveals itself the moment women accept their first job.

Women work­ing full time one year after col­lege grad­u­a­tion are paid an aver­age of 18 per­cent less than men also work­ing full time one year after receiv­ing a bachelor’s degree, accord­ing to “Grad­u­at­ing to a Pay Gap.”

Some of the dif­fer­ence may be because many women pur­sue majors and enter careers that offer less pay. Some of it could be caused by vary­ing lev­els of salary nego­ti­a­tion skills or other fac­tors. But in many cases, the study sug­gests, part of the gap results from gen­der alone.

So many times peo­ple hear about the over­all pay gap and say ‘That’s because women are mak­ing dif­fer­ent choices,’” said Chris­tianne Cor­bett, AAUW senior researcher and one of the report’s authors. “We were really try­ing to get at a group that was as close to the same as pos­si­ble right out of col­lege … and we still found a gap.”

birth control and the law in the U.S.

Op-​Ed: Legal Birth Con­trol: An Over­looked Mile­stone by Annet Ruiter at
The Fem­i­nist Wire

This month marks the 48th anniver­sary of the Supreme Court rul­ing in Gris­wold v. Con­necti­cut, which struck down a state law that made the use of birth con­trol by mar­ried cou­ples ille­gal. The court’s land­mark deci­sion — com­ing five years to the month after oral con­tra­cep­tives became avail­able to Amer­i­can women and 49 years after Mar­garet Sanger opened the first birth con­trol clinic in the U.S. — pro­vided the first con­sti­tu­tional pro­tec­tion for ALL women to have access to birth con­trol. Before that, a woman’s abil­ity to con­trol the size and tim­ing of her fam­ily depended on her zip code.

Since Gris­wold, mater­nal and infant health have improved dra­mat­i­cally (although U.S. mater­nal and infant mor­tal­ity rates are racially strat­i­fied, reflect­ing per­sis­tent inequal­i­ties), and women have been able to ful­fill increas­ingly diverse edu­ca­tional, social, polit­i­cal, and pro­fes­sional aspirations.

A Brief His­tory of Birth Con­trol at Our Bod­ies Ourselves

His­tory of the Birth Con­trol Move­ment at Info­Please