gender & sexuality

Gay Marriage Ban Challenged in Illinois

UK: Fewer than a third of senior jobs held by women

Independent – Fewer than a third of the most senior jobs in the UK are held by women, according to new figures. Women occupy on average 30.9% of top jobs across 11 sectors, research by BBC News has shown, including business, politics and policing. The armed forces and judiciary have the fewest women in top posts – 1.3% and 13.2% respectively – while secondary education have the most at more than a third, or 36.7%. Read Article

Dharun Ravi sentence in Rutgers webcam case renews hate crime law debate

Washington Post – A week before Dharun Ravi was sentenced to jail for using a webcam to spy on a gay college roommate who later killed himself, supporters rallied behind him, arguing that New Jersey laws should be changed so that someone in his situation could not be found guilty of a hate crime. Read Article

ACLU condemns single-sex classes at two schools

Charleston Daily Mail – The American Civil Liberties Union believes two Kanawha County schools are violating the U.S. Constitution by separating students by gender, and it may take legal action to end the practice. One of those schools – Anne Bailey Elementary – will end the practice next school year. However, Principal Robert Somerville said the decision had nothing to do with the ACLU’s position on the issue. Read Article

Zimbabwe dismisses allegations of state sponsored violence, rejects gay rights

Washington Post – Zimbabwe’s justice minister rejected allegations that the country has state sponsored violence and he vowed not to recognize gay rights after meeting with the U.N. human rights chief on Monday. But the nation’s main independent civic groups accused President Robert Mugabe’s party of trying to present a “fraudulent” account on human rights issues to U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, who is in Zimbabwe to assess the situation. Read Article

News Archive In Focus – Gender & Sexuality (405 articles)

What is the relationship between gender and sexuality? Are we becoming more promiscuous? Has the sexual revolution enlightened our society or eroded our moral constructs? See our news archive of 405 articles from a range of authorities for a commentary and archival information about Gender and Sexuality from around the world. CLICK HERE

Matters of the Brain: Why Men and Women Are So Different

Live Science – A prevalent understanding, particularly in the 1980s, was that boys and girls are born cognitively the same. It was the way parents and society treated them that made them different. Since then, a preponderance of research has called this belief into question. The majority of today’s psychologists agree that some of the differences exhibited by male and female brains are innate. Read article

How Wealth Reduces Compassion

Scientific American – Who is more likely to lie, cheat, and steal—the poor person or the rich one? It’s temping to think that the wealthier you are, the more likely you are to act fairly. After all, if you already have enough for yourself, it’s easier to think about what others may need. But research suggests the opposite is true: as people climb the social ladder, their compassionate feelings towards other people decline. Read Article

Is Some Homophobia Self-phobia?

Rochester – Homophobia is more pronounced in individuals with an unacknowledged attraction to the same sex and who grew up with authoritarian parents who forbade such desires, a series of psychology studies demonstrates. The study is the first to document the role that both parenting and sexual orientation play in the formation of intense and visceral fear of homosexuals, including self-reported homophobic attitudes, discriminatory bias, implicit hostility towards gays, and endorsement of anti-gay policies. Conducted by a team from the University of Rochester, the University of Essex, England, and the University of California in Santa Barbara, the research will be published the April issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Read Article

Chile’s Congress approves most of hate crime law

BBC – Chile’s Congress has approved most of an anti-discrimination law, a week after a gay man died as a result of an attack by suspected neo-Nazis. The Chamber of Deputies voted 58 to 56 in favour of the legislation, which was first proposed seven years ago. But several clauses still need to be finalised, meaning the bill now goes to a joint Chamber-Senate committee. The brutal assault on Daniel Zamudio sparked outrage and a fresh debate about hate crimes in Chile. Read Article

Hundreds of Afghan women jailed for ‘moral crimes’

BBC – Hundreds of Afghan women are in jail for “moral crimes”, including running away and extra-marital sex, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said. In a report, it said that women were punished for fleeing domestic abuse and violence while some rape victims were also imprisoned. Sex outside marriage – even when the woman is forced – is considered adultery, another “moral crime”. Read Article

NJ spycam case stirs debate over hate crime laws

AP – There was a verdict in the wrenching Rutgers webcam spying case, but no resolution to a broader question that hovered over it: To what extent are hate crime laws a help or a hindrance in the pursuit of justice? The gist of the verdict: Former Rutgers University student Dharun Ravi was convicted Friday of anti-gay intimidation for using a webcam to spy on his gay roommate’s love life. Read Article

US: Report cites concerns for female homeless vets

AP – Federal investigators expressed concerns Monday for the safety of some female veterans who rely on homeless shelters after inspections showed women housed in shelters approved only for men. The inspector general for the Department of Veterans Affairs said that nearly a third of the 26 locations reviewed did not adequately address security risks, which included female and male residents on the same floor, and bedrooms and bathrooms with insufficient locks. The report will be the focus of a hearing Wednesday by the Senate’s Veterans’ Affairs Committee. Read Article

Virginia school retreats from proposed cross-dressing ban

Reuters – A Virginia school district backed down from a plan to ban cross-gender dress by students after civil liberties and gay rights groups criticized the measure, and one threatened to sue. School board members proposed the ban in early February, saying they wanted to protect children in the school district in Suffolk, about 20 miles from Norfolk, from killings and suicides tied to bullying in other parts of the country. Read Article

Daily news archive in focus – Gender & Sexuality (396 articles)

What is the relationship between gender and sexuality? Are we becoming more promiscuous? Has the sexual revolution enlightened our society or eroded our moral constructs? See our news archive of 396 articles from a range of authorities for a commentary and archival information about Gender and Sexuality from around the world. CLICK HERE

UK: Sex-selection abortions are ‘widespread’

Telegraph – A former medical director of the country’s largest abortion provider said it was “well known” that women were terminating pregnancies because of the gender of the child and that he had been asked by women to arrange the procedure for this reason. Dr Vincent Argent, who previously worked for the British Pregnancy Advisory Service and is now a GP and consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist, said he had “no doubt” that women were terminating pregnancies because of the sex of the baby and that he believed the practice was “fairly widespread”. Read Article

Minority Report: London advertisement targets consumers by gender with facial recognition

Digital Trends – As reported by The Independent recently, a two-week trial for gender-specific targeting of advertisements is launching in London’s West End this week. Utilizing facial recognition technology, the interactive advertisement uses a high definition camera to scan pedestrians walking by a specific bus stop on Oxford Street. Read Article

Study links endometriosis with increased risk of developing 3 specific types of ovarian cancer

Medical Xpress – Although several small studies have suggested that endometriosis (a common gynaecological disorder that affects about 10% of women of reproductive age) is associated with a risk of developing epithelial ovarian cancer (the most deadly and prevalent form), this study definitively confirms the magnitude of this risk and the relationship with specific subtypes. Read article

New Jersey Governor Christie vetoes gay marriage

Reuters – Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a bill legalizing gay marriage as promised on Friday, asking lawmakers instead to appoint an advocate for same-sex couples under the state’s existing civil union law. Christie, a supporter of Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney and often mentioned as a potential vice-presidential candidate, had pledged to veto the measure for weeks, saying voters should settle the matter through a referendum. Read Article

No female TSA agents means no flight for Denver woman

Fox – A Denver woman claims she couldn’t board a flight from Wyoming to Denver because of her gender. Jennifer Winning makes the flight from the small airport of Rock Springs, WY to Denver often, but on January 29th it was different. “They wouldn`t let me get on the plane because I`m female,” Winning said. She said she checked in and arrived at security about 35 minutes before the scheduled departure of her United flight. Read Article

California gay marriage ban overturned, appeal planned

Reuters – An appeals court on Tuesday found California’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional in a case that may lead to a showdown in the Supreme Court. Supporters of the ban said they would appeal the judgment, calling it “out of step with every other federal appellate and Supreme Court decision.” Their appeal is likely to keep gay marriage in the state on hold pending future proceedings. Read Article

Uganda revives anti-gay bill but drops death penalty

BBC – A Ugandan MP has revived a controversial anti-gay bill but dropped the provision for the death penalty for certain homosexual acts. A BBC correspondent says MPs laughed, clapped and cried out: “Our bill, our bill,” when its architect David Bahati reintroduced the draft legislation on Tuesday. The Anti-Homosexuality Bill was shelved in 2011 after an international outcry. It still increases the punishment to life in prison for homosexual offences. Read Article

Saudi women in drive ban legal bid

Associated Press – Saudi women leading a campaign against the kingdom’s ban on female driving are calling on the courts to take up their lawsuits demanding the right to drive. Manal al-Sherif said today that she and other activists are urging judicial authorities to launch proceedings based on complaints they lodged after being refused driving licences. Read Article