ThinkAboutIt January 2013 Do cell phones = loose women? ... and other things to think about
Grads' gender gap in earnings and loans
Compiled by Nancy B. Olsen
"The more successful you are-or the stronger, the more opinionated-the less you will be generally liked. ... But the trade off is undoubtedly worth it. Power and authenticity are worth it". -Jessica Valenti, founder and editor of Feministing.com
Source: The Nation
A picture says a thousand words
For the first time since adopting a public education system in 1926, Saudi Arabia is allowing photographs of women in textbooks as an experiment. The photos show a woman as a nurse, wearing a headscarf and a surgical mask, and a woman in a science lab. The textbook is designed for third-year high school English students, and includes a discussion exercise about changing roles in traditional jobs. Previously, women in textbooks were shown only as drawings.
Blasting board game bias A 6-year-old girl has taken toymaker Hasbro to task for sexism in its "Guess Who?" mystery board game, which features 19 boys to just 5 girls. "It is not only boys who are important, girls are important too," the girl wrote with the help of her mother, Jennifer O'Connell, a freelance journalist in Ireland. Hasbro insisted that the game is not sexist.
After a few exchanges, her mother summed up their frustration in another email: "Why is female gender regarded as a 'characteristic,' while male gender is not?" Hasbro finally said it is "considering" additional female characters.
Sources: Bust.com, byjenniferoconnell.com
Do mobile phones = loose women? An all-male council in India implemented a ban on mobile phones for unmarried women and girls because they said the village of Sunderbari's reputation was harmed by a few women who shamefully eloped or left their husbands. Oh, and if you're married? You can only use the phones indoors or with a relative. Violators face severe fines.
Herstory Are you also wondering what's up with the name for the History Chanel's new miniseries, "Mankind"? And the subtitle is "The Story of All of Us." Really?