Friday, April 14, 2017

Women in the news—victims as usual

#1  This item appeared on my screen as I turned on the computer.  Women and STEM. Why doesn't it ever say more women than men graduated from college in all birth cohorts since 1950 and the gap has really accelerated since the 80s? If it's 6.7% of more graduates, is that less or is it called a woman's choice?

#2  For the 12th time Trump has signed a resolution under the 1996 Congressional Review Act (CRA) to abolish a rule issued under President Barack Obama--denying federal family planning (aka abortion) dollars to abortion clinics and Planned Parenthood. Oh the media will moan with sad faces about ripping up Obama's legacy!  But there are 13,540  Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) service sites and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) who can benefit from that tax payer money. The states could still continue in the killing business, but why when there are thousands of health clinics available that will offer real health care that women are seeking--and they will even serve transwomen who don't need abortions, or post menopausal women, or girls, and even men. WaPo said he did it "behind closed doors" I suppose because he didn't grandstand it the way Obama did.

#3  I was reading a web page devoted to saving child brides, which had long lists of countries that allow it, even if the "legal" age is 18.  I don't consider a 16 year old a "child" probably because it was not that uncommon in my life time, but I do know all the countries listed were Muslim.  What was the reason given for this?  Gender inequality, poverty, patriarchal culture and lack of education.  Not a peep about religion, not even for Nigeria where about half the population is Christian and half Islam, and it's only a problem in the Muslim areas.

So I switched to another site, which clearly nailed the cause for child marriages--Sharia law. "some Islamic marriage practices have permitted the marriage of girls as young as 10 years old. This is because Sharia law is based in part on the life and practices of the Prophet Mohammed, who married Aisha, his third wife, and consummated the marriage before she reached the age of 10.”  I'm sure poverty has some role to play--one less mouth to feed, and the child wife belongs to the mother-in-law, but even non-poor Muslims support the practice.

In Australia, feminists are protesting a black Somali woman who is speaking out about female genital mutilation in Islamic societies (she is a victim).  They are calling her a white supremacist.

#4  Is the U.S. becoming more anti-science asked one of the medical newsletters in my e-mail.  If believing a man becomes a woman by taking hormones, having his face resurfaced, hairline changed, and being castrated, so that entire legislatures fall in line with the lie and college presidents stop using personal pronouns, I'd say yes indeed. Our most primitive, uneducated ancestors knew better. And I'm beginning to think they also understood the climate better.

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