Christine Cupaiuolo’s Ms Musings blog is one of the best blogs out there – and I’m not saying that just because she’s a fellow Buffy fanatic. Here’s just a few good recent posts:
Ms Musings looks at how the media covers women’s sports, and is not impressed – the coverage of talent too often takes a back seat to babes and blondes.
There is some good news – the “participation gap” between girls and boys who participate in high school sports gets narrower every year. Currently, there are about 2.8 million girl athletes and 3.9 million boy athletes in high schools; the gap is almost entirely accounted for by the million or so high school boys who play football.
Ms Musings also has some information and links on the First Music Festival of Iran’s Regional Women – which is not the good news it may at first appear to be.
Finally, in the “depressing but notable” catagory, everyone should read this post of horror stories of how women are abused in China, Uganda and Kenya. The stories have many common links, but for me the big one is the connection between economic power and sexual freedom – if women and girls don’t have the former, too often they won’t have the latter.
The story from Kenya – in the Washington Post - is about the African tradition of “cleansers,” men whose job is to have sex “with women after their husbands die to dispel what villagers believe are evil spirits.”
The custom has always been unpopular among women. But in midst of an AIDS pandemic, which has led to the deaths of 19.6 million people in sub-Saharan Africa, having relations with the cleanser has become more than just a painful ritual that women must endure. Cleansers are now spreading HIV at explosive rates in such villages as Gangre, where one in every three people is infected.
The good news is, some women are organizing to overturn this deadly tradition.