ThinkAboutIt November ThinkAboutIt: Married at age 5 ... and other things to think about
Who is the real pig?
A fraternity at Amherst College, a liberal-arts institution in Massachusetts, created a T-shirt (above) to publicize its annual pig-roast party. The Amherst administration opted not to censure the individual students responsible for the shirt.
"I just never understood why someone else's love life and who they love and who they choose to be with affects so many other people's lives. Is it a scare of, 'Gay people are going to be running around and everyone's going to turn gay?' I never understood the whole point of opposing or hating someone else's happiness."
-Seimone Augustus, Minnesota Lynx basketball player and 2012 Olympian. Augustus and her partner, LaTaya Varner plan to be married in May.
Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
Faster response time
A new computer database to be up and running in about six months will put up-to-the-minute information about protective orders in the hands of police so they can avoid lag time in keeping victims safe from their abusers. The current system allows new or modified orders to be disseminated twice a day on weekdays, meaning a weekend can pass before police in the field can access Orders for Protection. "It's an antiquated system," said Liz Richards, executive director of the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women.
Minnesota received a $1 million federal grant for this upgrade. The new system will allow court staff to enter the information into a database even as a judge is issuing a protection order.
According to the National Women's Law Center in Washington, D.C.:
In 2011, in the United States:
The poverty rate among women was 14.6 percent, the highest rate in 18 years. Men's poverty rate was lower, at 10.9 percent.
The poverty rate for black women was 25.9 percent.
The poverty rate for Hispanic women was 23.9 percent.
Among women who head families, 4 in 10 (40.9 percent) lived in
The poverty rate for women 65 and older was 10.7. The poverty rate for elderly women living alone was 18.4 percent.
Kissed by choice?
The ubiquitous photo taken in Times Square on V-J Day, 1945, exuberantly celebrating the end of World War II, may really be a photo of a sexual assault, according to a London-based feminist blogger, known as "Leopard." She wrote:
"... Far from being a kiss between a loving couple, we learn that George and Greta were perfect strangers. We learn that George was drunk, and that Greta had no idea of his presence, until she was in his arms, with his lips on hers... It seems pretty clear, then, what George had committed was sexual assault."
Girls get married
Worldwide, some 37,000 girls under the age of 18
are married off every day, some as young as 5 years old, ending their education, endangering their health and entering them into a life of drudgery. The United Nations Population Fund has raised this issue and is calling for all nations to set a mandatory marriage age of 18 by 2030.
Why not right now?