African Village Bans Domestic Violence

And the village’s matriarch will be speaking at NYU in a few weeks. I’m going to try and make it — anyone else interested? The details: Umoja: How an African Village is Banning Violence Against Women TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10TH, 2006.…

IWF: Dear God, Not Boobies!

If I had some extra money, I’d buy Charlotte Allen a course in Logic 101. Because as it stands, she has somehow managed to see a picture of Bill Clinton with a group of male and female (!) bloggers, see…

Georgia: Hotbed of Domestic Violence

Tens of thousands of Georgia women suffer intimate partner violence, and their abusers go unpunished. A very small percentage of women in Georgia seek help and justice after suffering violence. Many stay with their partners because they have nowhere else…

Happy Banned Book Week!

Amanda and Redneck Mother have some substantive posts that are both worth reading. My experience growing up was similar to theirs — my parents never censored what I read, as long as it was in book form (I wasn’t allowed…

Fact-Checking Lazy Sexist Assumptions

You’ve probably heard someone make the assertion that women use 20,000 words and men only use 7,000 or thereabouts. And you’ve probably wondered exactly where that statistic comes from, because the person citing the stat typically waves in the direction…

It’s Baaaack!

Hysteria, that is: Hysteria is a 4,000-year-old diagnosis that has been applied to no mean parade of witches, saints and, of course, Anna O. But over the last 50 years, the word has been spoken less and less. The disappearance…

Self-Image

Srl pointed me to this NYT magazine article about “corrective” surgery performed on intersex children. srl introduced it as “not directly relevant” to the question of fear and hatred of, as az put it, “people whose physical bodies trouble their…