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ThinkAboutIt January 2013
Do cell phones = loose women? ... and other things to think about
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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.
Source: Feminist.org

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.
Source: Feminist.org

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?

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