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ThinkAboutIt December 2017
Modeling with reversibility
Women's clothing brand Suistudio USA unveiled a new ad campaign featuring clothed women looking at the camera with male models who are naked - a reversal of the traditional male-gaze aesthetic of selling products to men using nude or partially clothed women without faces.

Many objected and called the ads sexist. Why when women are presented as naked sex objects isn't there an uproar?
Source: LGBTQ Nation

Compiled by Quinn Dreasler


Women running the world
Minneapolis made history by electing the first openly transgender, black woman to public office in a major U.S. city. Andrea Jenkins has been a policy aide for city council members for well over a decade and ran on a progressive platform highlighting affordable housing, green jobs and improved police accountability. Her campaign was run and managed by a majority woman-led staff.

"I'm feeling elated. Ecstatic. Extraordinarily happy right now," Jenkins said. She is joined by several new city council members, including Phillipe Cunningham, who is the first openly transgender man to be elected to public office in the United States.
Sources: StarTribune, Washington Post, WCCO

World record for Rosie the Riveters
Ypsilanti, Michigan set a new world record of the largest gathering of Rosie the Riveters - 3755 women and girls. Many "Rosies" worked at Ypsilanti's Willow Run Aircraft Factory building military planes during WWII.

A few of the original "Rosies" turned out to the event - women who worked in the Michigan plants during the war. They included 92-year-old Aralina Ferrella who was 17 when she started a factory job riveting the skin on planes in 1942.
Source: Detroit Free Press

Unfair play
Emily Nash, a Massachusetts high school golfer, was denied the first place prize in a golf tournament because she is a girl. Girls are allowed to compete as part of a team in this tournament, but they are not allowed to compete individually. She finished four strokes strokes ahead of everyone else - including the boy who received the winning trophy and who conceded the victory to her.

The rule still stands - even though it appears to be in violation of Title IX. Her high school does not have a girls' golf team - but she will be eligible to compete and win in the girls' tournament in the spring.
Source: NPR

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Pageant platform
The competition in a Peruvian beauty pageant turned political when the contestants chose to recite statistics on murder and abuse of women, rather than their measurements. The contestants used their platform to highlight the startling and violent statistics of women's murder, rape, and assault in Peru. In the last 10 years, over 2000 women have been killed in Peru - with nearly all the murders committed by men.

The killings of women have become so numerous in Latin America that newspapers refer to them as feminicide. Peru ranks 7th among 19 countries in the region in women's death by murder.
Source: New York Times

Women's Peace and Security Act
The Women's Peace and Security Act, a bi-partisan measure, was passed by the U.S. Congress and signed into law in early November. This largely symbolic act sets in motion plans to create a Women's Peace and Security Strategy, actions that will encourage participation of women in peace-building, negotiating and relief efforts all around the world.

The law does create accountability to federal offices to get more women involved in relief efforts and post-conflict construction. Women in areas affected by wars, famine and weather events often bear a harder burden to provide for themselves and their families. This new law is a step toward including all citizens in the rebuilding and healing process.
Source: Ms. Magazine





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