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Let Them Know

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:13:00 -0700

Every day I pull quotes, statistics and material to fill our database. Governments can talk about the economic costs of domestic violence. Academics can talk about how gender violence destabilizes a community. NGOs can talk about how interpersonal violence has ripple effects through the immediate family and beyond. But nothing can prepare you for what happens when that violence takes someone you love away from you, forever.

Why I Dislike the Positive Body Image Movement

Tue, 08 Apr 2014 07:26:06 -0700

I would argue that we should take the focus off bodies entirely-celebrating neither thin figures nor "curvy" ones, but instead, stop publicly "appreciating" female bodies and physical appearances, whether negatively or positively.

Now You Know, Too

Sun, 30 Mar 2014 17:52:34 -0700

I would definitely sleep better at night not knowing the full extent of many of the issues I read about for WomanStats. I am currently not in a position to actively take part in policy changes or choices directed at countries like Russia that allow such horrible abuse to be imposed upon its own citizens. But, I am in a position to write about what infuriates me, to make noise about unfair treatment of women in the places I learn about, and (at the very least) to contribute to the conversation.

I Am Not a Penalty

Sun, 23 Mar 2014 14:19:58 -0700

Co-ed intramural sports sound like a great opportunity, and being here at Texas A&M University made it all the better. If you're female, you receive mandatory playing time and men have to include you in plays. However after first glance, I discovered to my dismay that many of these rules counter gender equality.


Fri, 14 Mar 2014 08:45:05 -0700

Perhaps a better movement to #banbossy could attack the root of the problem and combat misperceptions about the roles of women -- it's not about how women don't want to be called bossy (who does, really?) -- it's that they are often not taken seriously as leaders. It’s almost as if society is stuck judging women as they used to be measured before they had the right to vote or own property.

Attachment and Domestic Violence

Wed, 05 Mar 2014 18:46:42 -0800

The importance of rethinking of the causes of attachment is important in how we work with battered women. It may be the case that women do return for their stated reasons (self-esteem, financial dependence, etc), but those may be rationalizations of something much deeper: an instinctive attachment to the abuser.

It's All in the Wrist

Sun, 23 Feb 2014 13:15:36 -0800

WomanStats is founded on the conviction that a woman’s place is sacred ground, not only for the woman but for everyone around her. As B. Boutros Ghali so beautifully put it: "Now, more than ever, the cause of women is the cause of mankind." This is why we need WomanStats, because we know that to make women small and diminutive will produce disastrous results in her community and in the world. Our dedicated coders and the researchers who use our database are figuratively "strengthening the wrists" of women around the world.

Sochi and Sex Trafficking

Sat, 15 Feb 2014 18:45:12 -0800

It has been reported that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) gave 100,000 condoms to athletes living in the Olympic Village this year as a part of their HIV and AIDS prevention efforts. With 2,800 athletes competing from over 88 countries, that is approximately 36 condoms per athlete. Stop and ponder that for a moment.

Cross-Dressing in Afghanistan: Help or Hindrance for Women's Equality?

Tue, 17 Dec 2013 03:23:13 -0800

In Afghanistan, a country notorious for its gender segregation and inequality, there exists a sizeable group of little girls whose parents push them into a life of cross-dressing. Bacha posh means 'dressed up as a boy', and it’s a practice that's been going on in Afghanistan and Pakistan for ages.

Shear Audacity

Wed, 20 Nov 2013 07:49:44 -0800

The fact that these assaults are being perpetrated by women leaves victims feeling betrayed because if anybody should understand the intimate connection between hair and feelings of inner beauty, a woman should!

Child Marriage as an American Foreign Policy Issue

Tue, 05 Nov 2013 15:32:30 -0800

Child Marriage as an American Foreign Policy Issue November 5, 2013 § Leave a Comment childbrideIndia A 12-year old Indian child bride on July 30, 2011. A few weeks ago, I attended a Council on Foreign Relations lecture by Rachel B. Vogelstein. She recently released a book in May 2013 entitled Ending Child Marriage: How Elevating the Status of Girls Advances U.S. Foreign Policy Objectives. In her book she argues that child marriage is a violation of human rights as nearly five million girls are married under the age of fifteen every year, with some even younger. This practice forces the child to leave their families, marry against their will, and endure sexual and physical abuse. Sometimes these children will bear child while still in childhood themselves, causing a multitude of health problems and leading to divorce, abandonment, and death of the girl. This practice, Vogelstein argues, drives societies already in poverty even deeper, entrenches their cultural traditions even further, and continues discrimination against girls in the country. Vogelstein calls for action by the U.S. in their foreign policy. This disease affects every facet of the country it plagues. Child marriage is linked to poor health, lower education, violence, instability, and disregard for the rule of law. These issues are not only important to girls, they are important to families, communities, and economies (a subject to which the U.S. should be interested in if nothing else). Vogelstein admits that in recent years, the U.S. government has become more interested in gender equality for foreign policy as seen by the various acts of Congress focusing on creating a strategy to combat child marriage. She believes that in order for this to work, the U.S. needs to diplomatically raise the issue of child marriage, increase funding to combat this practice, become more planned by targeting its investments, and improving research and monitoring of the issue. I stand behind her and many others who see these things as necessary and important in the foreign policy of the U.S. This lecture was given to a group of people in the political science major, or at least in a comparative politics class at the time. When U.S. involvement came up as a way to combat child marriage, many students reverberated the "damned if you do, damned if you don’t" idea that reversing the culture of these countries is impossible, and even if the U.S. attempts to change this tradition, we will not be appreciated or approved of for meddling in their affairs. They argued that this "culture" should be left alone. I was shocked at first, especially with this view coming from many women in the group. Their foreign policy on the issue was basically to do what we are doing now, which is not much. I couldn’t believe that these women, who should be the greatest advocates for women’s rights, were unmoved by this issue that does not only affect women, but entire countries.

Taking Advantage of Womenomics to Fight Poverty

Fri, 18 Oct 2013 05:56:07 -0700

The situation of women is positioned perfectly to support economic growth through highly tailored policies. Womenomics, made famous recently by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and pioneered by Kathy Matsui, among others, teaches us that women provide a different and valuable perspective and role in what has traditionally been a male world--the formal economy.

The Red Brigade of India

Sun, 06 Oct 2013 16:09:13 -0700

Many women feel like it would be safer and less embarrassing to remain silent. It is frightening and sometimes humiliating to protest. Recently, some girls in India have made a group to fight back and publicly embarrass attackers. They call themselves the "Red Brigade."

Feminist Rhetoric

Mon, 30 Sep 2013 10:46:42 -0700

But like any movement, Feminism becomes repulsive to the average person when it becomes exclusive. I’ve read many blogs, articles, and books, and sat in many discussions with my friends where the underlying rhetoric assumes that the world has only two types of people: The Feminist and the non-Feminist. We often accidently take the "holier than thou" approach implying, "I have the truth about gender relations, and the ignorant are unethical."

Domestic Violence Within Our Borders: My Experience in Texas

Fri, 13 Sep 2013 07:44:14 -0700

My point here is that it is important for us not to forget that even though it is not all over the news or reported on as often as the devastating incidents of family violence abroad, we cannot about its existence here, at home.