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Florida photographer Rion Sabean's "Men-Ups!" project twists the stereotypical female pinup pose. "Why is it sexual for a female to pose one way, and not sexual for a male?" Sabean asked on his website. "Why is it considered more comical or unsettling for males to ac t the more socially defined feminine?"
Sources: Peta Pixel, RionSabean.com

Compiled by Nancy B. Olsen

"When I asked an organizer why there were no mini-boy contests, I heard him respond that boys would not lower themselves like that."
- French lawmaker Chantal Jouanno, who authored a Senate measure to ban "Mini-Miss" beauty pageants for children under 16 to protect girls from hypersexualization
Source: NBC News

Pregnant, arrested, sent to treatment
A suit filed in federal court last month challenges the constitutionality of a Wisconsin law that allows the detention of pregnant women who allegedly abuse alcohol or drugs, threatening the health of the fetus. (Minnesota has a similar law.)

The suit stems from the case of a 28-year-old woman who was arrested and involuntarily detained in an in-patient treatment home in July after telling health care workers about her prior use of painkillers. She was 15 weeks pregnant and there was no evidence she was using drugs at the time. The suit seeks her immediate release, and her attorneys argue that there have been numerous violations of constitutional rights.

"This kind of dangerous, authoritarian state-action, is exactly what happens when laws give police officers ... the authority to treat fertilized eggs, embryos, and fetuses as if they are already completely separate from the pregnant woman," said Lynn Paltrow, executive director of the National Advocates for Pregnant Women.
Source: RH Reality Check, Feminist Daily News

Men and rape: a new U.N. study
About 1 in 4 men in new United Nations research said they had raped someone at some point in their lives, while 1 in 10 had raped someone who wasn't their romantic partner. The study included more than 10,000 men from Bangladesh, China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and Sri Lanka, and is one of the first to focus on male perpetrators.

A key takeaway is that people may not know what a "rape" actually is. Instead of using that word, researchers asked if men had "forced a woman who was not your wife or girlfriend at the time to have sex" or if they "had sex with a woman who was too drunk or drugged to indicate whether she wanted it."

Other findings:
• Nearly half who said they had raped at least once went on to rape again.
• Most men who raped started between ages 15 and 19.
• More than 70 percent said they did it because of "sexual entitlement," while 40 percent were angry or wanted to punish the woman.

"Interventions must focus on childhood and adolescence, and address culturally rooted male gender socialization and power relations, abuse in childhood, and poverty," the researchers said.
Source: Think Progress


The tale of the sexist kids' books
When Constance Cooper's 8-year-old daughter spotted a pair of books in a Half Price Books store, a clerk agreed that the books were offensive and removed all copies from the shelf.

"Boys Only: How to Survive (Almost) Anything!" included tips on how to survive an attack by a shark or a polar bear; a plane crash; an encounter with a T Rex; a swarm of bees; a zombie invasion; in a forest, in a desert or in space; quicksand.

"Girls Only: How to Survive (Almost) Anything!" included how to survive a breakout or a fight with your BFF; look your best for a party; show you're sorry; have the best sleepover ever; teach your cat to sit; pick perfect sunglasses; be a brilliant baby-sitter.
Source: ConstanceCooper.com

I need feminism because ... The Who Needs Feminism online campaign was started last year by a group of women at Duke University to decrease negative connotations around the term and to challenge stereotypes in order to achieve gender equality. Since then, the campaign has garnered more than 34,000 "likes" on its Facebook page (www.facebook.com/WhoNeedsFeminism) and thousands of submissions to its Tumblr blog ( whoneedsfeminism.tumblr.com/).
Source: whoneedsfeminism.com

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