women men – Feminaust http://feminaust.org/ Sun, 13 Mar 2022 15:40:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://feminaust.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/cropped-icon-32x32.png women men – Feminaust http://feminaust.org/ 32 32 UNC women protest food prices, criminal crime https://feminaust.org/unc-women-protest-food-prices-criminal-crime/ Sun, 13 Mar 2022 05:11:21 +0000 https://feminaust.org/unc-women-protest-food-prices-criminal-crime/ News Yvonne Webb 9 hours ago Members of UNC’s women’s arm protest high food prices and other social issues outside the Penal Market on Saturday. Photo courtesy of UNC Women’s Arm. – SLAMming empty pots and pans with spoons, while chanting “Rowley must go,” the women’s arm of the United National Congress (UNC) staged a […]]]>

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Members of UNC’s women’s arm protest high food prices and other social issues outside the Penal Market on Saturday. Photo courtesy of UNC Women’s Arm. –

SLAMming empty pots and pans with spoons, while chanting “Rowley must go,” the women’s arm of the United National Congress (UNC) staged a noisy protest outside the Penalty Market on Saturday morning.

Hundreds of women dressed in black raised their voices in unison as they protested against rising food prices, crime and what they called the collapse of democracy under the Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Rowley, whom they described as a dictator.

Pushing empty carts to indicate their inability to buy food, a woman on a loudspeaker bellowed “rice”, to which the crowd replied “we can’t afford it”.

“Flour – we can’t afford it. Sugar – we can’t afford it.

Basic items were identified with the same retort as St Augustine MP Khadijah Ameen reminded them that these and other items were VAT exempt under the Kamla Persad-Bissessar PP administration, but under the PNM administration, “Rowley and Imbert replaced VAT on these items.”

She said a definite no to an increase in the price of gas at the pump as global prices soar amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. She said that because “Rowley sold Petrotrin”, the people of “this oil-producing nation were suffering”.

“Rowley is a disgrace to TT. Rowley needs to go.

The call was echoed by UNC Deputy Chief Jearlean John, who told the protesters they had the power to make a difference and they must use that power to shut down the country.

She noted that prices were rising while wages were falling or being eliminated altogether.

“If we don’t have money, we can’t give love. No woman No Cry. No money, no love for Rowley.

She called on the women to “make the men of the PNM cry”.

MP for Pointe-à-Pierre, David Lee, congratulated the women of the UNC for their show of force and appealed to vote against the PNM when the election bell rings. The last general elections were held in 2020.

Oropouche West MP Dave Tancoo hailed the men who came out to support the women, as did Naparima MP Rodney Charles. Charles noted that for a Saturday morning the market was relatively devoid of customers as they could not afford the price of food.

“We go to the market, but we cannot buy. The money is running out. Men have failed women in this country. Rowley has to go. We can’t take it anymore. Too much suffering,” Charles said.

Noting Rowley’s trip to Barbados for the weekend, Chaguanas East MP Vandana Mohit said he would have traveled there to get lessons from Barbadian Prime Minister Mia Mottley on how to govern.

“Let him stay there. We don’t want him back. We are protesting because we are losing food cards because of this government. We protest for the blind and disabled who cannot afford to repair their homes and go to the media for help. We defend the protection of women. How long the pepper spray arrives and cannot reach us.

“We are holding on. We stand in solidarity with the women of our country.

One woman, who identified herself as from Lopinot/Bon Air, called on women to rise up and start boycotting certain products.

“We have to close this place. We can’t let Imbert raise gas prices again. Gasoline goes up, taxi fares go up, and the salary doesn’t go up. It’s time to boycott.

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“Are women human? A Rebuke to an Incredibly Stupid Question https://feminaust.org/are-women-human-a-rebuke-to-an-incredibly-stupid-question/ Mon, 07 Mar 2022 19:23:48 +0000 https://feminaust.org/are-women-human-a-rebuke-to-an-incredibly-stupid-question/ “What, men have absently asked since the beginning of time, “what the hell women want to?”‘ Well, those men, what women want is the same as men: the right to choose their own path and to be justly recognized for it. Thus described Dorothy L. Sayers (1893-1957) in a collection of essays titled ‘Are women […]]]>

“What, men have absently asked since the beginning of time, “what the hell women want to?”‘

Well, those men, what women want is the same as men: the right to choose their own path and to be justly recognized for it.

Thus described Dorothy L. Sayers (1893-1957) in a collection of essays titled ‘Are women human? Clever and witty essays on the role of women in society‘.

At just 69 pages, the two essays that make up this book are a searing rebuke to ludicrous notions of what “womanhood” should be – notions that, shockingly to say, still exist all over the world today among non-critical thinkers. of both genders and all cultures. These notions are the prejudices that International Women’s Day 2022 aims to combat.

Dorothy L. Sayers, Are Women Human? William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. (2005 edition)

Sayers is clearly a feminist, and while preferring to classify herself as nothing more than someone with an eye for the obvious, she is able to define feminism in one sentence:

Feminism simply means recognizing a woman’s particular personality traits, talents, skills and weaknesses first, second, third and fourth – the same respect you would give an individual man. Then, and only then, categorize that person as a “woman” if there is a practical purpose for doing so, such as, in the 2020s, achieving the size of a smartphone that should fit in a female hand, the report from stairs to ramps and elevators in new stations, safety standards to car cabin features, etc. “What repugnant to any human being is to always be considered a member of a class and not an individual,” says Sayers.

This is the essence of feminism.

Sayers knows that many women want to be considered a woman before any other classification. Her words are for both women and men who opt for binary first.

If you’re wondering how to live up to IWD’s #BreakTheBias theme, here’s an excerpt from Sayers’ essayThe human-not-quite-human‘. This man who was in control of his prejudices has been world famous for oh, about 2000 years; no matter your faith or if you don’t follow one:

“It is perhaps not surprising that women were the first in the cradle and the last in the cross. They never knowed a man like this, never was another. A prophet and a teacher who never harassed, flattered, persuaded or patronized them; who never joked about them, nor called them “Women, God help us!” or “Ladies, God bless them!”; who rebuked without querulousness and praised without condescension; who took their questions and arguments seriously; who never charted their sphere for them, urged them to be feminine or made fun of them for being women; who had no ax to grind and no difficult male dignity to uphold; who took them as he found them and was completely oblivious. There is no act, no sermon, no parable in the Gospel which borrows its piquancy from feminine perversity; no one could guess from his words and deeds that there was something “funny” in the nature of women.

Incidentally, it’s What women Want.


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Female university doctors will earn 10% less than men: study https://feminaust.org/female-university-doctors-will-earn-10-less-than-men-study/ Sat, 19 Feb 2022 20:35:22 +0000 https://feminaust.org/female-university-doctors-will-earn-10-less-than-men-study/ According to a new study, researchers point the finger squarely at doctors’ starting salaries as the reason why women earn less than their male counterparts in academic medicine. Worse still, the earning potential of women in most specialties is $214,440 (or 10%) lower than that of their male colleagues during their careers in academic medicine. […]]]>

According to a new study, researchers point the finger squarely at doctors’ starting salaries as the reason why women earn less than their male counterparts in academic medicine. Worse still, the earning potential of women in most specialties is $214,440 (or 10%) lower than that of their male colleagues during their careers in academic medicine.


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Among the vast majority of subspecialties, women’s starting salaries and 10-year salaries were lower than those of their male colleagues in academic medicine, by study in JAMA Network Open.

Eva Catenaccio, MD, a epilepsy researcher at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and lead author of the study, said Medscape Medical News that gender disparities in earning potential are “pervasive in academic medicine”. These pay disparities, which occur in nearly every subspecialty and can run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars in the first 10 years of an academic physician’s career, “are largely the result of gender differences. in the annual salary that starts immediately after the training,” she said.

Changing the timing of academic promotion and equalizing starting salary and salary growth can help close the pay gap, Catenaccio said.

The study also reveals that women face a one-year delay in promotion from assistant to associate professor compared to men. This delay reduced the female physicians’ earning potential by a 10-year median of $26,042 (or 2%), while the complete absence of promotion reduced the 10-year earning potential by a median of $218,724 (or 13%).

Across medicine, male physicians continue to earn 35% more than their female colleagues, according to Medscape’s 2021 Physician Compensation Report. According to the report, the biggest differences in take-home pay exist between male and female specialists. On average, male physicians earn $376,000, while female take-home pay is $283,000.

Medical schools and hospital leaders have a role to play

According to the study, earning potential in the first 10 years of post-training employment by gender was most dramatic in neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery and cardiology. Three sub-specialties where women and men have similar earning potential are Pediatric Nephrology, Pediatric Neurology, and Pediatric Rheumatology.

The co-authors note that it is commonly believed that women do not negotiate as often or as successfully as their male colleagues. A 2019 study in JAMA Surgery of 606 male and female surgical residents found that while residents of both sexes shared similar career goals, women had lower future salary expectations and a significantly more negative view of the salary negotiation process.

Catenaccio and his co-authors agree that negotiation skills and financial literacy should be taught during medical school and postgraduate training. “However, the responsibility for ensuring pay equity should not rest solely with the individual candidate; rather, departmental and hospital leaders should take responsibility for ensuring uniform starting salaries and preventing gender-based inequities,” they wrote in the study.

“We hope this study will encourage academic medical institutions to increase transparency and equity in compensation, especially for junior faculty,” Catenaccio said. Medscape Medical News. “This will require both ensuring equal starting salaries and providing periodic adjustments throughout individuals’ careers to avoid discrepancies in earning potential by gender or any other individual characteristic.”

Harold Simon, MD, MBA, faculty vice chair of the Department of Pediatrics and professor of pediatric emergency medicine at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, said Medscape Medical News this “[i]nincreased transparency around pay can empower women to advocate for fair pay. However, the burden of ensuring equity should not fall on individuals, but rather be the primary responsibility of academic institutions.

Specifically, Simon is advocating for hospital leaders to “ensure equity among providers, including compensation [as] a crucial element in maintaining a diverse workforce and ultimately providing balanced access to healthcare for patients.

Additionally, the authors call for periodic compensation reviews and adjustments to help prevent gender-based salary differences between female and male physicians in academia. “This is absolutely necessary, both to develop future compensation plans and to address any pre-existing gender-based pay inequality for women currently well advanced in their careers,” they wrote in the study.

Data analysis was conducted from March to May 2021. Researchers used models to estimate the impacts of the timing of promotions and potential interventions, including equalizing starting salaries and annual salary rates.

The study included compensation data for 24,593 female and 29,886 male academic physicians in 45 subspecialties. He relied on publicly available data from the annual report of the Association of American Medical Colleges Medical School Faculty Salary Survey.

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10 years later, could the “feminist Ryan Gosling” still understand? https://feminaust.org/10-years-later-could-the-feminist-ryan-gosling-still-understand/ Wed, 09 Feb 2022 11:00:00 +0000 https://feminaust.org/10-years-later-could-the-feminist-ryan-gosling-still-understand/ We may have misinterpreted one of the greatest Tumblr memes of all time Stay on the internet long enough and you’ll sometimes be stunned by a relic of the distant past – content shaped by trends you had almost forgotten. Several years away is enough to do it, but things get really weird a decade […]]]>

We may have misinterpreted one of the greatest Tumblr memes of all time

Stay on the internet long enough and you’ll sometimes be stunned by a relic of the distant past – content shaped by trends you had almost forgotten. Several years away is enough to do it, but things get really weird a decade later. How do you convey, for example, what life was like on Tumblr in the era of 2011-2012? You might start by trying to explain one of the biggest viral phenomena to emerge from this scene: feminist Ryan Gosling.

At the time, “FuckYeah” fan hubs were huge on Tumblr, with “FuckYeahRyanGosling” being among the first and largest: the since-deleted blog featured images of the actor paired with lines that all started with the phrase “Hey Girl.” As in “Hey girl, touch my sweater. Do you know what it’s made of? Boyfriend material. Gosling’s shy smile aided the fantasy of such a gentle, sensitive, and somewhat nerdy handsome leading man for romance enjoyment.

Then, in the fall of 2011, Danielle Henderson – who would go on to write for television shows, including difficult people and Maniacal – began a graduate program in gender studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. To amuse his classmates and “out of sheer academic frustration” with studying the theory, Henderson began creating flash cards of Gosling images, tweaking the “Hey Girl” formula so that he was now quoting thinkers feminists such as Bell Hooks and Audre Lorde, while remaining a bit flirty, of course. Tumblr went wild for memes, much to Henderson’s surprise, and the media followed suit. From the following year, Feminist Ryan Gosling was a published (unauthorized) book and the blog was officially retired in 2013.

At the time, I didn’t think about the context of these jokes or who was creating them. And I’m sure a lot of people were in the same boat, passively taking the suggestion that Ryan Gosling was the most enlightened man in Hollywood. If anything, I might have noted his good fortune in that regard: an avalanche of positive press for remarks he didn’t actually make. But I was inspired to revisit the blog this week after coming across a “Hey Girl” edit where Gosling appears to mistreat a non-binary person, then catches up and substitutes the word “They.”

You see, in this image, what we thought of as healthy innocence is at odds with a shifting discourse – the showdown over neuter pronouns wasn’t then what it is now.

For me, this raised a question: what would TikTok zoomers make of it who discovered Henderson’s peculiar riff on Gosling? Would Tumblr be considered “cringe,” or even “puny,” like most millennial-focused pop cultures of the early 2010s? After all, it seems to elevate a wealthy white man to woke status, and these days we expect celebrities to earn that kind of reputation on their own. Gosling bluntly stated in an interview that “women are better than men”, but in the meantime we have been wary of the “male feminist” as an archetype, someone who can talk, maybe at the same advanced level as feminist Ryan Gosling, while hiding their true red pill beliefs. The blog would strike differently, of course, despite much of its rhetoric matching the tone and importance of current activism.

What I didn’t realize, however, was that Henderson had critics early on. The FAQ section of her Tumblr pointed out that 1) feminist Ryan Gosling was a goof; 2) she didn’t expect more than a handful of friends to see him; and 3) that she was not a huge fan of Gosling, and made no representations about her personal beliefs. She also had to defend the ironic recycling of “Hey Girl” against the accusation of sexism and the use of a white man as a platform for feminist theory. “As a black woman who has lived every moment of my black life as a black person in a country that never lets me forget that I am black (and which focuses on intersectionality, representations of race and examining the feminist relationship to racism), it doesn’t escape me,” she wrote. “It’s actually quite intentional.”

In other words, while many encountered the memes in the spirit of “isn’t it nice to imagine that Ryan Gosling has these policies”, Henderson approached his project from a more satirical angle. His inspiration came not from the romantic roles of Gosling, but from 2011 To drive, in which he plays a nameless and enigmatic stuntman and getaway driver who ends up on a murderous rampage and, at one point, tramples a hitman to death in front of his horrified love interest. Afterwards, Henderson said, “I just thought how funny it would be to hear that theory come out of Ryan Gosling’s face.”

In this case, anyone who’s downright swooned at feminist Ryan Gosling — or hit the blog for poor optics — misjudged the premise: Henderson showed us the disconnect between radical gender theory and the aesthetic of pretty. white boy that Hollywood sells to heterosexual women, mocking the superficiality of an industry that had neither the ability nor the incentive to express these complex ideas. The Tumblr is not explicitly pro-Gosling but uses him as a proxy for all the men on his station, those who get all the perks and the benefit of the doubt. Is it a coincidence that he plays Ken in the next Barbie movie? Henderson’s memes have effectively given him the same role: a poseable doll who will say whatever you want him to say.

So if young people today were to raise an eyebrow at feminist Ryan Gosling, that would be entirely appropriate, and more in the spirit of the concept than declaring Gosling himself “perfect”, as made by many commentators. Our digital literacy has evolved with these social channels, and we are increasingly willing to strip away the multiple layers of intent and meaning in any given post. We’ve already seen that Gen Z have an advantage in recognizing misinformation – it stands to reason that they would also have a deeper reading of niche comedy. Feminist Ryan Gosling probably couldn’t get it anymore, but maybe the internet is finally ready to have it.

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Basohli SVEP Model rapid empowerment of the rural economy https://feminaust.org/basohli-svep-model-rapid-empowerment-of-the-rural-economy/ Sat, 29 Jan 2022 15:03:24 +0000 https://feminaust.org/basohli-svep-model-rapid-empowerment-of-the-rural-economy/ While the cityscape across India is abuzz with the startup ecosystem, the rural setting is also thriving with the culture of the entrepreneur through the Startup Village Entrepreneurship Program (SVEP) under Deendayal Antodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihood Mission (DAY-NRLM) Kathua is the first district in Jammu and Kashmir where SVEP was deployed in 2016. […]]]>

While the cityscape across India is abuzz with the startup ecosystem, the rural setting is also thriving with the culture of the entrepreneur through the Startup Village Entrepreneurship Program (SVEP) under Deendayal Antodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihood Mission (DAY-NRLM)

Kathua is the first district in Jammu and Kashmir where SVEP was deployed in 2016.

The program envisions helping the rural poor lift themselves out of poverty by establishing small businesses and providing support until the businesses stabilize.

The program focuses on creating sustainable livelihoods and self-employment by providing financial assistance and soft skills business management training, while creating local community frameworks for business promotion.

The Startup Village entrepreneurship program in Basohli Block of Kathua District has been a key contributor to improving the socio-economic condition of the residents and so far 1075 women and 478 men have benefited from the program by opening new start-ups in trade, industry and the service sector and market towards becoming self-sufficient.

The program has also brought a qualitative atmosphere of making efforts with DAY-NRLM’s hands-on, thereby reducing reliance on government jobs, besides enabling beneficiaries to provide employment opportunities to others.

The implementation of the program in Basohli block has provided employment opportunities to 1372 beneficiaries from general categories, 23 from OBC, 119 from SC, 31 from ST and 8 beneficiaries from minority class, which shows that the profit from the SVEP was derived by each part of the company.

Another key aspect of SVEP loans is that they operate in the self-help group arena and applicants must be members of SHG to obtain a loan corpus to set up the business.

Under the program, the beneficiaries have opened Karyana shops, commercial automobiles, Dhaba, boutique, beauty salon, bakery, etc. Group in particular women who have always remained active in prosperous rural economies.

The program received an overwhelming response and out of the available funds of Rs.2.5 Cr, an expenditure of Rs. 2.93 Cr was incurred in the form of disbursement of loans to entrepreneurs. The amount of Rs.43.39 lakh received as interest is also used to extend the benefits to more beneficiaries.

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How to develop women’s hockey https://feminaust.org/how-to-develop-womens-hockey/ Thu, 20 Jan 2022 19:26:12 +0000 https://feminaust.org/how-to-develop-womens-hockey/ Raising visibility and investments and paying a living wage could be the key Brooke Boquist, a forward for the Toronto Six of the Premier Hockey Federation (PHF), works in real estate by day and plays hockey at night and on weekends. She said her lifestyle can be tough. “If you work and do these trips […]]]>

Raising visibility and investments and paying a living wage could be the key

Brooke Boquist, a forward for the Toronto Six of the Premier Hockey Federation (PHF), works in real estate by day and plays hockey at night and on weekends. She said her lifestyle can be tough.

“If you work and do these trips every weekend or every two weeks, it’s pretty busy. So it’s definitely not easy, but we’re finding a way to make it work,” she added.

Before signing with the Six last season, Boquist played two seasons in the Swedish Women’s Hockey League (SDHL), where she didn’t need a second job and was able to focus entirely on her game.

“But now here I can’t just play hockey and not work,” the 25-year-old forward said. “You just don’t make enough money to do this. And life-wise, I live in downtown Toronto. It’s like a whole other story, isn’t it? she laughs. Despite the cost of living in the city, she is happy to have found an interest outside of hockey that she can pursue at the same time.

Boquist said his team practices on Tuesdays and Thursdays and plays games on weekends. Each PHF team is expected to play 20 games this season, while in Sweden their team trained every day and played almost every weekend.

Being a professional hockey player in North America is not easy. Unlike professional male hockey players, female players can’t just focus on their passion and train, play and breathe hockey because it just doesn’t earn them a living wage.

The PHF and the Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association (PWHPA) are the two professional women’s hockey leagues in North America. The PHF is made up of six teams and the PWHPA of five. This represents a total of 11 professional women’s hockey teams compared to 108 professional men’s teams in five different leagues in North America, including the National Hockey League (NHL).

Many female players, current and former, want women’s hockey to develop so that these athletes can earn a living playing hockey just like male players.

Julie Chu, head coach of the Concordia Stingers women’s hockey team and four-time U.S. Olympic hockey medalist, said for women’s hockey to succeed, investment must come first.

While it would allow the players to earn a living, it would also allow them to practice full time and “put a product on the ice that will be really solid and top quality,” Chu said.

However, she added that it is really difficult for players to be able to reach this stage, even if they want to, because they have to have a full-time job, as is the case with Boquist and her teammates.

“There are amazing athletes still playing in the PHF and PWHPA, and they are capable of doing that,” Chu said. “But imagine if these athletes have the ability to be professional athletes and the time and investment they can put into becoming a great hockey player, resting, recovering, getting stronger, […] all these resources. It only enhances the product itself. So we need this investment to improve the product.

Chu played in what was once the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) with the Montreal Canadiens (formerly known as the Montreal Stars). Being in different situations, Chu said it really made a difference in understanding that “we can only be as good as we can be, with the resources we have”.

She also strongly believes that increasing visibility would be a big step in making hockey more accessible to women.

“I’m a big believer that if we’re able to see it, if things are visible, then we have the ability to think about wanting to do it,” Chu said.

She said promoting current athletes to the elite level for the women’s game is really important. Chu described the addition of international women’s hockey in the NHL 22 video game as a “significant step” for the visibility of women in the sport. There are several ways to achieve better representation, such as adding player cards to the new Tim Hortons Hockey Card Collection.

“I think we need to make a more conscious effort to make sure that in our grassroots organizations we value each and every one of them equally, rather than letting women be an afterthought,” Chu said. For example, women might not be included on the boards of local hockey organizations, or they might not have the best ice time because they are an afterthought, so a good fit for facilities shared between the men’s and women’s teams would be to alternate good ice time — which usually refers to access to facilities during the day — according to Chu.

She added that we need to make sure women are part of the conversations or solutions if organizations are looking at things that affect both women’s and men’s teams.

Another way to increase visibility would be to widen the PHF. The league announced on January 18 that the plan is to expand to Montreal next season.

“I think the main goal for women’s hockey is to get out there right now and maybe at some point to have the girls earn a living,” Boquist said. “That’s the only goal. And I think expanding the league to get more exposure is all in the right direction. Currently, the average salary of PHF players is $15,000 per season with a team salary cap of $300,000. With the cap rising to $750,000 next season, the average salary is expected to reach $37,500.

“It would be great to expand to Montreal […] and across Canada,” Boquist said.

“Obviously we should focus on one thing at a time, but it would be nice to have another team in Canada.” The other three women’s professional teams in Canada are part of the PWHPA: Team Sonnet from the Toronto area, Team Harvey’s from the Montreal area and Team Scotiabank from the Calgary area.

However, Chu added that more needs to be done before taking this step. She said there is currently a disconnect in the women’s hockey world as the PWHPA and the PHF are separate entities, and the two should find a way to merge or disband separately and then reunite into a new one. league so everyone works together in one. entity.

The most ideal situation for her would be for the PHF and PWHPA to merge and launch right after the Winter Olympics. She said using the momentum and visibility of the global event would make the transition a bit easier.

Boquist believes that the expansion of the PHF will provide Montreal women with the opportunity to be part of the league without having to relocate. She also thinks the league will benefit from a potential rivalry with Toronto.

Along with an expansion to Montreal, the PHF announced the possibility of adding new American teams to the Federation. At this time, the PHF Board of Governors will invest $25 million in players over the next three years, starting with $7.5 million next season. The plan is not only to improve player salaries, but also health care benefits, as well as updating facilities, purchasing new equipment and increasing ice time in terms of training and matches. The plan is to expand the schedule to 28 matches.

“This is great news for the league and for women’s hockey,” Boquist said. “Such a big step in the right direction, not only with the salary cap increase, but also the expansion (…) especially to another Canadian team in Montreal.

Ultimately, the ultimate goal for Chu, Boquist and for women’s hockey in general is to be able to pay players a living wage.

“I believe in everything the PHF is doing right now,” Boquist said. “We get there, we make the right moves and we do what we can so one day, I don’t know how long it will take, but one day hopefully the girls can just focus on hockey. .”

Photograph by Catherine Reynolds

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Black Voices: The truth will come out, America must face its history https://feminaust.org/black-voices-the-truth-will-come-out-america-must-face-its-history/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 01:18:00 +0000 https://feminaust.org/black-voices-the-truth-will-come-out-america-must-face-its-history/ Editor’s Note: This story includes a mention of sexual violence and torture. Truth has a way of being revealed. He never stays buried for long. Why is it hidden and censored on social media? There is a plot where white people eat black people. They would also have used our skin as “human leather”. There […]]]>

Editor’s Note: This story includes a mention of sexual violence and torture.

Truth has a way of being revealed. He never stays buried for long. Why is it hidden and censored on social media?

There is a plot where white people eat black people. They would also have used our skin as “human leather”. There are books on these practices, such as Vincent Woodard’s “Delectable Negro”.

According to the New York Times, after Nat Turner was hanged on November 11, 1831, for leading a slave rebellion that killed 55 white people, he was beheaded and skinned and his body turned into memories. What was even worse was that they turned parts of her body into medicinal fat, according to the article.

He wasn’t the first person this happened to either. Often the skin was turned into a purse, and the fat from the flesh was used as oil.

Blacks and Natives were called “brutal savages,” but whites are the ones who proudly lived the definition of the word brutal. A device used on slaves called the “Pear of Anguish” was a pear-shaped object made of metal. It was commonly used on enslaved women and men as a means to torture, rape, and humiliate the enslaved person. This device was either inserted into their mouth, vaginally, or anally and could either tear their genitals, break their jaws, or even cause death.

For women, the device can cause their fatal bleeding or induce infertility. Many people believe that only women were raped in movable slavery, but unfortunately this is far from the truth. The men were raped just as often. Another tool was the wing screw which used two usually rigged metal plates to crush bones.

Slaves were often expected to pick around 200 pounds of cotton per day. If a slave fell behind, he was whipped. While they were the fastest pickers, they were usually whipped as motivation to pick faster. Everyone had to pick up at the same rate as the average fastest picker. They weren’t eating full meals or sleeping in a good bed. They might not even have clothes. This does not include the daily trauma that slaves face.

Along with the N word and its disgusting use, the history of this word was used by slave masters as a term for slaves who were forced to rape their mothers. It was a way for them to genetically breed better slaves ahead of technology. Thus, the strongest, tallest or fastest slaves were sometimes blindfolded and had to sleep with their mother in order for her to make another strong, fast and tall black son. These sons were therefore called “motherfuckers”.

It was always about the masters and the need to keep control and have power over the slaves. The slaves didn’t matter.

According to the ACLU, reparations were already paid for slavery, but not for slaves. They were paid to slave owners. In April 1862, Abraham Lincoln outlawed slavery in Washington, DC Lincoln paid slave owners loyal to the Union up to $ 300 for each slave released. The Lincoln administration paid approximately $ 1 million at the time to slave owners in Washington for loss of property.

Sadly, that’s just a scratch on the surface for some of the dark black stories. To discuss all of this would take thousands of pounds and even then the whole story may never be known.

Black history is more than just a February trend. Find out about the people who built this country with other minorities in their blood. The following are media that tell the truth about black history that I would recommend.

“Le 13” is available on Netflix

“Selma” is available on Netflix

“When They See Us” is available on Netflix

“Colin in Black and White” is available on Netflix

“Hood Feminism” is available in all major bookstores

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Why Peng Shuai scared the Chinese leaders https://feminaust.org/why-peng-shuai-scared-the-chinese-leaders/ Fri, 03 Dec 2021 22:13:05 +0000 https://feminaust.org/why-peng-shuai-scared-the-chinese-leaders/ By Leta Hong Fincher, Four years after the #MeToo movement rocked the halls of global power, one of its most politically significant cases to date is taking place in the most unlikely place: China. And not surprisingly, the government is trying to silence dissent. Yet the Chinese Communist Party’s choreographed response to a tennis star’s […]]]>

By Leta Hong Fincher,

Four years after the #MeToo movement rocked the halls of global power, one of its most politically significant cases to date is taking place in the most unlikely place: China. And not surprisingly, the government is trying to silence dissent.

Yet the Chinese Communist Party’s choreographed response to a tennis star’s sexual assault allegations backfired dramatically. Instead of crushing a scandal, it fuels the Chinese feminist movement – it could ultimately be a challenge for the party itself.

On November 2, Peng Shuai, a former Wimbledon doubles champion, accused former Chinese Deputy Premier Zhang Gaoli of sexual assault. “Like an egg hitting a rock, or a flaming moth, wooing self-destruction, I will speak the truth about you,” she wrote in a lengthy post on Weibo, the media platform popular social in China. Then she disappeared.

State censors quickly restricted searches for Ms. Peng’s name on the Chinese Internet and deleted the post, but not before it had been shared about 1,000 times. In the hours that followed, internet users logged nearly seven million searches for the post.

Read also: IOC says it held a second call with Peng Shuai

Reporters began asking Ms. Peng’s whereabouts during briefings by China’s Foreign Ministry. #WhereIsPengShuai trending on Twitter. Beijing dodged for days. But then the state-controlled media released a series of bizarre images and videos purporting to show Ms. Peng unharmed: in a restaurant; cuddle a cat; sign children’s tennis balls at a teen tournament.

If Beijing thought these measures would fix things, it was sorely mistaken. So far, Ms. Peng has not made any public comment. Steve Simon, general manager of the Women’s Tennis Association, said on Wednesday that the women’s professional tennis tour would suspend all tournaments in China, including Hong Kong, in response to Ms Peng’s disappearance, citing “serious doubts” that ‘she was free and safe.

Ms. Peng’s fame certainly sparked interest in her case. But his claims are also groundbreaking: They are the first to implicate such a high-ranking Chinese official, a former member of the Politburo Standing Committee, the country’s highest ruling body.

The upper echelons of the Chinese Communist Party have been largely impenetrable to the scandal and enjoyed relative respect from much of the population. But Ms Peng’s claims raise the specter that all is not well within the elite ranks and that she may not be alone: ​​more women could speak out. The valves could open. And the party can’t have that.

This might help explain the backlash to Ms. Peng’s claims that it was a clear attempt by the Chinese Communist Party to protect itself and its legitimacy in the eyes of the people.

Also Read: Women’s Tennis Position in China Could Be Unique and Cost Millions

Such bossy playbook moves tend to be successful in silencing dissent. But what the party has apparently not taken into consideration is the current climate for women’s rights in China. His actions touched an already painful and gross nerve. And that’s how a national #MeToo scandal exploded into a famous international cause.

While the patriarchal nature of Chinese society is well known, Ms. Peng’s case is the rare and revealing moment that shows how all-male Chinese leaders depend on the subjugation of women for the longevity of the Communist Party.

Things only got worse under President Xi Jinping, architect of a state campaign on masculinity.

Women are seriously under-represented in national politics: there is one woman on the 25-member Politburo. Women’s representation on the 204-member Central Committee, the party’s largest political body, has declined over the past decade, to 10 now from 13 in 2012.

Wider gender inequality has also worsened. Women’s participation in the labor market fell to 60.5% in 2019, from 73% in 1990, according to the World Bank. China sits in the bottom third of all countries assessed for their gender disparities, according to the World Economic Forum.

The bleak outlook for Chinese women is particularly shocking given the preeminent role of feminism in China’s revolutionary history. Women’s empowerment was a central goal not only for activists in the May 4, 1919 movement, but throughout the communist revolution, culminating with the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949.

Chinese leader Mao Zedong proclaimed that “women hold half the sky.” Propaganda images from the 1950s and 1960s showed smiling, muscular welders and workers working to boost industrial production.

Also read: “No one would be comfortable playing in China”, says Medvedev

But today’s Communist Party seems to want women to be obedient wives and mothers. In his speech on International Women’s Day this year, Xi barely mentioned the contribution of female workers to economic development.

This is where the tinder resides that has fueled the current feminist fire around Ms. Peng’s case. It should also have informed the government’s response, since these same conditions and authoritarian excess plunged the Communist Party into a similar mess in 2015. It was at this point that Chinese authorities jailed five women activists for planning to commemorate International Women’s Day by distributing stickers against sexual harassment on public transport.

At the time, the five were almost completely unknown. But other feminists have coined the term “Feminist Five” to shine the media spotlight on imprisoned women.

Inside China, injustice reinvigorated women activists, marking the start of a major feminist movement. As internet censors scrambled to silence expressions of solidarity with the Five, the term “feminist” (“nüquan zhuyi zhe”) itself became a sensitive keyword.

Since then, organized feminist activists have exploited the wide discontent felt by Chinese women and developed a level of influence very unusual for any social movement in China.

The government has responded by shutting down centers for women’s rights and LGBTQ rights, disabling feminist social media accounts and tightening control over gender studies classes. Government crackdown on the feminist organization escalated earlier this year. #MeToo activist Sophia Huang Xueqin was reportedly arrested on charges of “inciting the subversion of state power”.

It is telling, however, that neither his case nor the few other #MeToo cases that have crossed state media censorship – like the rape allegation against an executive at tech giant Alibaba – have had the explosive impact of that of Ms. Peng.

This is because none have potentially so huge implications for the future of the Chinese Communist Party. The party derives its legitimacy in part from its ability to control and refine (all) narratives, through censorship and other authoritarian means. But with Ms. Peng, he lost that control. If more women are inspired and able to speak up, the party might not be able to get it back.

Sports celebrities such as Naomi Osaka, Serena Williams and Martina Navratilova have tweeted their support for Ms Peng. The Biden administration called on Beijing to offer “verifiable proof” that Ms. Peng is safe.

True, there is always a chance the government will take even tougher measures to crush the #MeToo movement.

The party leadership is certainly scared. Acknowledging Ms. Peng’s assault allegations could delegitimize her grip on power. Staying the course could infuriate more people, leading them to activism.

Chinese feminists tweeted pictures of Ms. Peng projected on the walls, along with slogans such as “Chinese women are breaking the silence” and “The Voiceless Rise Up!”

Their words echo those of the feminist revolutionary Qiu Jin at the beginning of the 20th century: “Arise, rise up, Chinese women, rise up! … Chinese women will get rid of their chains and stand up with passion, ”she wrote. “They will step onto the stage of the new world, where the heavens have mandated them to consolidate the nation.”

A few years later, Chinese women and men fighting for greater freedoms helped overthrow the last imperial dynasty.

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The Moral Puzzles of Weird Feminists | Critical conversations https://feminaust.org/the-moral-puzzles-of-weird-feminists-critical-conversations/ Thu, 02 Dec 2021 13:14:44 +0000 https://feminaust.org/the-moral-puzzles-of-weird-feminists-critical-conversations/ Junke Hu Editor’s note: Some sources have chosen to use a pseudonym or remove their last name for reasons of anonymity. This article deals with some explicit topics, including mentions of BDSM, kinks, and rape fantasies. What if I told you that you could be a feminist and still have sex? “Well, sure,” you would […]]]>









Editor’s note: Some sources have chosen to use a pseudonym or remove their last name for reasons of anonymity. This article deals with some explicit topics, including mentions of BDSM, kinks, and rape fantasies.

What if I told you that you could be a feminist and still have sex?

“Well, sure,” you would probably say. A lot of people are feminists, and a lot of people have sex. Chances are there is a fair amount of overlap between the two groups.

But what if I told you that you could be a feminist while enjoying kinky sex? Or bondage, domination / discipline and submission / sadomasochism (BDSM)? Or role play? Or fantasies of being exploited by your partner? Would that give you a break?

For me it is. Or he did, before I did any research.

I am a feminist and consider myself sexually liberated. As a person who believes in gender equality, is it morally wrong for me to experience power dynamics in the bedroom? Should I ever consider myself inferior (or superior, for that matter) to someone else, even if I’m just pretending and it’s for my own pleasure and that of my partner?

It turns out that gender and political or personal beliefs can exist in totally different universes. It’s really just a matter of how you think about it.

Associate Professor Nicole McNichols teaches the famous PSYCH 210: The Diversity of Human Sexuality, which attracts over 1,000 students per term. McNichols also runs an educational center Instagram account all about sex and relationships. McNichols explained that morality and sex can exist totally separately.

“[Sex] is a fantastic country; you can enjoy really kinky sex and be absolutely feminist, ”McNichols said. “These two things don’t contradict each other, they exist in completely different fields.”

McNichols also taught me how to fight feminism and experiment sexually, describing how kink can, in fact, be stimulating.

“As a feminist, I think you should have the right to enjoy your sexual fantasies and the kind of sex you want to have without feeling judgmental, including judgment of yourself,” McNichols said. “Women are so used to being socialized to… accept this absurd notion that we should take care of other people’s feelings all the time and that we should let go of our own sense of what makes us happy… And everyone has a right. , I think, to enjoy the kind of sex he wants to enjoy.

Donnie is an instructor at a Seattle-based kink education company and agreed with McNichols. He also explained how BDSM can be a feminist act for women regardless of what type of sex they are engaging in.

“Some people argue that being comfortably submissive is an act of feminism because it goes against what society tells women about how to be,” Donnie said. “By choosing submission, they free themselves from the expectations of others around them.”

While it can be, BDSM and kinky sex should be approached with caution. Finding a partner who is interested in and respects your fantasies can be a challenge.

Annie, a senior, testified about the difficulties she encountered as a single person who enjoys kink.

“As a college-aged woman, I don’t feel safe exploring these issues with someone I don’t know very well,” she said. “The hook-up is not the right place for that. I’ve tried this before and it just left me feeling pretty exploited.

However, Annie has found solace in the online kink communities that she began to explore during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially those aimed at gay people.

“[Queer spaces were] so much more tolerant, and a lot of the things that made me uncomfortable just weren’t there in the first place, like all the sexist and patriarchal ideas of who should be the [default] submitted [person]”Said Annie. “I thought it was really fun because… you see pictures of people of all gender being who they want to be or who they want to play with… It was so much more open-minded.”

It’s important to keep in mind that BDSM can be more than a partnership between a dominant man and a submissive woman. This default idea of ​​what BDSM should be is inherently sexist. Taking on heterosexuality and gender (cis) roles in the bedroom leaves out so many individuals who can and should be included in the conversation around BDSM.

When discussing perverts and BDSM in a sex-positive way, it’s imperative to remember that kinky sex, like all sex, is not without its risks. Because BDSM involves potentially harmful or unsafe practices, McNichols explained the importance of consent.

“There must be safe words or hand signals to signify consent is given,” McNichols said. “It must be given continuously throughout the experience. ”

Donnie also spoke about the role of consent, especially since it varies based on personal experience.

“Consent in itself has its own principles that have to be there for it to be actual consent,” Donnie said in an email. “He must be informed, he must be revocable, etc.” Once the actual consent is there it really becomes a personal experience. No one outside of this should be able to say in a [black-and-white] way whether it is good or bad.

I understand where Donnie and McNichols are coming from and believe their opinions are informed and valid. There is always a question for me, however, as to when the fantasies involve something that we would normally view as assault.

In “Tell Me What You Want”, Justin Lehmiller discusses the amazing frequency where people fantasize about rape. According to Lehmiller, 24% of women, 11.5% of men, and 31% of non-binary participants said they often fantasized about rape.

“[Rape fantasies] holding symbolic values ​​- it’s the desire to be wanted so much that the other person loses control, ”McNichols said.

Donnie agreed.

“If you really think about it, [people] don’t really fantasize about rape as a harmful crime, ”Donnie said in an email. “They fantasize about some kind of rough sex where they are completely dominated by their sexual partner. From what I hear from people, they don’t fantasize about being raped by someone they find physically repulsive, nor about having the [long-term] physical or emotional damage that usually results from rape.

Well, I thought, that fixes that. If I learned anything from these discussions, it’s that fantasies can just be fantasies. If someone wants to be submissive in the bedroom, that does not necessarily mean that they want to be submissive outside the bedroom. While it could mean that, it shouldn’t be assumed. When that line of assumption is crossed, there is a problem. All types of sex – not just kinky sex – have a time and place. If adults communicate, consent, and are able to make informed decisions about their sexuality, then I see no problem experimenting in the bedroom with ideas and practices that are taboo elsewhere.

Donnie, Annie and McNichols have seriously opened my eyes to what it means to be a feminist who has sex. So, yes, I answer my original question, you can still be a feminist and enjoy the wide variety of fascinating experiences that the worlds of kink and BDSM have to offer.

Contact writer Katie Newman at opinion@dailyuw.com.Twitter: @katieinewman

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How Defi empowers women to create their own financial destiny, an interview with Alex Lemberg https://feminaust.org/how-defi-empowers-women-to-create-their-own-financial-destiny-an-interview-with-alex-lemberg/ Tue, 30 Nov 2021 12:34:48 +0000 https://feminaust.org/how-defi-empowers-women-to-create-their-own-financial-destiny-an-interview-with-alex-lemberg/ [ad_1] The only bank teller in America, or maybe the world. Photograph, 1890. Bettmann Archives The very first U.S. senator was sworn in on November 12, 1922, representing the state of Georgia. Her name was Rebecca Felton. She was 87 at the time. His tenure lasted for a day. Hers was a token date to […]]]>


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The very first U.S. senator was sworn in on November 12, 1922, representing the state of Georgia. Her name was Rebecca Felton. She was 87 at the time. His tenure lasted for a day.

Hers was a token date to appease new voters when the sitting senator unexpectedly died. The special election was to produce a new senator before Congress returned. When Walter F. George won the special election, he allowed Fenton to take the oath for a day to appease his female voters.

Fenton, a prominent suffragist and sadly outspoken white supremacist – history is always mean to those on her side – called on men in the South not to do much for women’s rights, writing that “the honeyed phrases are fun to listen to, but the sane women of our country would prefer more substantial gifts. It had been just over twenty years since married women were allowed to open their own bank accounts and own their own land. And yet, few have.

Even in the 1970s, fifty years later, married women in the United States could not universally open bank accounts or apply for credit cards without first obtaining permission from their husbands. And women couldn’t get a loan without a male co-signer.

Between the years 1971 to 1976, Ruth Bader Ginsburg argued a number of cases which strengthened the rights of women under the equal protection clause of the Constitution which prioritized the financial freedoms of women today.

Ginsburg’s work paved the way for the Equal Credit Opportunity Act of 1974 which prohibited “discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status or age in credit transactions ”.

47 years later, we are in a new era in which financial transactions are no longer discriminatory against women. And thanks to DeFi and cryptocurrencies, they are indeed gender blind. Decentralized finance, or DeFi, removes the central service, such as a bank or stock exchange, which exercises control over the entire system. Regulation is often lacking, but so is discrimination.

“We live in an age where gender equality should be the norm, not male dominated or overprotected by women,” said Alex Lemberg, CEO of Nimbus. “The financial world doesn’t just transfer assets to those with a good business idea, as it should. Although women have proven to be very skilled and successful in almost every industry, finance is still dominated by men who may mistakenly perceive women as risky or unable to make financial decisions. DeFi provides a safe haven for people facing gender discrimination in traditional financial institutions. “

“The fact that Blockchain technology does not discriminate is one of the most positive transformations of financial systems in the world,” adds Lauretta Otoo of CQ Legal and Consulting.

The problem is, there are far fewer women than men taking advantage of the DeFi opportunity. “Men are twice as likely as women to own Crypto. In my experience, women are financially prudent and very serious about finances, but the problem may be lack of motivation to participate in something that is not intended for them. Once women are motivated, participation will no longer be a factor, ”Lemberg continues.

Cynthia Quarcoo, managing partner of CQ Legal and Consulting, says a barrier to entry could be a lack of technical knowledge, making Crypto more “complicated … in an ecosystem that is constantly evolving over short periods of time.” She adds, “There is no secret formula for doing it, but women will not be convinced to join an industry that is ‘under-represented’ by women. “

Quarcoo’s associate Otoo agrees that it’s not harder for women to understand DeFi, but women are less aware of its potential. “Women should know that there are many entry points and that they don’t have to be technical or specialize in cryptocurrencies. The ecosystem is versatile, offering opportunities whatever the context.

Additionally, in countries where women’s rights lag far behind men’s, DeFi gives women more opportunities to control their finances independently of men. “We need to promote education and awareness that financial literacy ultimately brings success. Women from all communities can use DeFi to create their financial safety net. I believe it is also our mission to make women free to manage their own assets.

Quarcoo adds, “Women can be included financially and achieve their own financial independence, because blockchain is an ecosystem that enables participation of all people, regardless of gender, culture or country. Even where women have few rights, all they need is access to technology.

“But what’s more important – and I never tire of pointing this out – is the unidentifiable nature of DeFi. For DeFi, gender means nothing. Women have the same opportunities as men integrated into the structure of the system, and for me the main objective of the Defi sphere is to provide equal access to all ”, concludes Lemberg.

The Internet’s easy access to information has made wonderful inroads for under-represented communities around the world. With the advent of cryptocurrency and DeFi, this access also extends to financial resources. We can only hope that over time governments will follow suit.

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