Monthly Archives: January 2013

Same-Sex Marriage, Transnational Activism, and International Law

In Kathleen Lahey’s article she focuses on strategies for freedoms that go beyond just marriage for LGBT people on an international scale. The article first shows how marriage equality and spousal rights had been won in 35 countries by 2010, … Continue reading

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Update on Violence Against Women Act

Since the Violence Against Women Act, VAWA, was mentioned during our first class period, I thought it would be good to get an update on the challenges facing Congress as well as identify the main issues with VAWA.

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Backlash against Russian Anti-Gay Legislation This article seemed very relevant to the movie we have been watching in class about Russian Pride Parades and the controversy surrounding them. This article shows that some other European cities are not willing to stand for the anti-gay … Continue reading

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Is U.S. culture more “enlightened” about women?

See this satirical piece in “The Onion” today:,31061/  

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“A Lesbian Muslim Unveiled”

While skimming Huffington Post this morning, as I do every morning, I came across an entry from SheWired, a popular blog outlet. The story told is one that we’ve all heard. A Muslim woman is ousted from her religion and … Continue reading

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Forced Marriage to rapist law

In Morocco, almost a year ago a 16-year-old girl who was forced to marry her rapist. The girl committed suicide, the government of this country has now announced plans to change this law banning this “traditional” practice. Cory Banks

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YouTube Star’s Video Ignites ‘Slut-Shaming’ Reaction

Maggie Frelang’s article YouTube Star’s Video Ignites ‘Slut-Shaming’ Reaction , discusses how Youtube star Jenna Marbles’ (aka Jenna Mourey) recent video, “Things I Don’t Understand About Girls Part 2: Slut Edition”  has resulted in a backlash from viewers for slut-shaming other girls. … Continue reading

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Child Abuse as a Catalyst for Wife Abuse?

Post By: Latoya Alston This article explains a possible connection between child and spousal abuse, with males being the abusers. The authors do not see the relationship as a causal one, but rather one that seems to have a correlation. They … Continue reading

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Images of Women in Maharashtrian Society By Anne Feldhaus

I read an interesting article recently about child brides and how women and gender roles are viewed in societies that conduct such ceremonies between young children.  I found it very interesting that what they view as a solution to their … Continue reading

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Michelle Obama and Anti-Gay Laws in Russia

I found two articles this week that were equally relevant and thought provoking in light of our readings, and I could not choose to share just one. The first is from the Feminist Wire where the first lady is being … Continue reading

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