Posts Tagged Human Rights

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Lebron, Family Honor, and Yo Momma


Over the past few weeks, I’ve been following the Lebron James story with great interest. For those who don’t follow sports (or live under a rock), Lebron recently announced that he would be leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers to play for the Miami Heat, after much hype, speculation, conspiracy theories, and an hour-long ESPN special. That’s all fine and good. I’m not foolish enough to try to opine on such a still touchy subject in a public forum.
What I WILL talk about is the fact that for months, the critical backlash against Lebron has involved blatant, disrespectful, and anti-feminist slut-shaming of his mother based on rumors that she slept with Delonte West, another player on the ...


Over the past few weeks, I’ve been following the Lebron James story with great interest. For those who don’t follow sports (or live under a rock), Lebron recently announced that he would be leaving ...

Dan Cho: “I feel like I am living inside an invisible prison cell.”

A powerful and courageous speech from Dan Cho at the Campus Progress National Conference this last week, with an impassioned plea for immigration reform and to support the Dream ACT.

This just gave me chills. Thanks to Jorge Rivas for the link.

A powerful and courageous speech from Dan Cho at the Campus Progress National Conference this last week, with an impassioned plea for immigration reform and to support the Dream ACT.

This just gave me chills. Thanks to ...

The sanctioning of child genital cutting at Cornell University

*Strong trigger warning*

Alarming research being conducted at Cornell University is creating quite a stir, and pretty damn understandably: pediatric urologist Dr. Dix Poppas has been cutting the genitals of infants and children, with parental consent, for having clitorises that are too large.

Alice Dreger and Ellen K. Feder at Bioethics Forum brought recent attention to the controversial (to put it mildly) treatment which Dr. Poppas claims to “fix” the genitals of children as young as 3 months so they can have a more “normal appearing vagina” after the doctor deem their clitoris oversized. But despite Poppas’ claims that “female patients are able to undergo a more natural psychological and sexual development” with clitoroplasty, the two professors have ...

*Strong trigger warning*

Alarming research being conducted at Cornell University is creating quite a stir, and pretty damn understandably: pediatric urologist Dr. Dix Poppas has been cutting the genitals of infants and children, with parental consent, for having ...

Can the Nanny Speak?

An article in this month’s Essence (available only in print, not online) gives me pause. Veronica Chambers’ “I’m Her Mother, Not Her Nanny” tells a Black Latina’s testimony about the frustration of being misidentified as the nanny of her biracial child.
Veronica explains her experiences of racism:

I have to deal with strangers who treat me as if I were a hired hand. It angers me because when someone asks something so ignorant, I’m reminded that even under the leadership of this historic Obama administration, there are many people who only see me as a dark-skinned woman in a position of servitude.

Veronica has every right to be properly identified as the mother of a child she helped bring into the world. ...

An article in this month’s Essence (available only in print, not online) gives me pause. Veronica Chambers’ “I’m Her Mother, Not Her Nanny” tells a Black Latina’s testimony about the frustration of being misidentified as the nanny ...

Gender Justice and The US Social Forum

Guest Post from Nora Dye
“Another world is possible, another U.S. is necessary, another Detroit is happening.” That’s the tagline of the United States Social Forum, a convergence of activists happening this summer in Detroit. Detroit was chosen because it is ground zero for viewing the consequences of our current economic system, and the story of Detroit mirrors a larger story about the relationship between capitalism, race, gender, class, ability, nationality, and other social identities in the United States.
When Detroit is in the news (as it was recently due to the tragic murder of Aiyana Stanley-Jones, a seven year old who was killed by a Detroit police officer), it is usually portrayed as a place where a culture ...

Guest Post from Nora Dye
“Another world is possible, another U.S. is necessary, another Detroit is happening.” That’s the tagline of the United States Social Forum, a convergence of activists happening this summer in Detroit. Detroit was ...

Thank You Thursdays: Rhonda Copelon

Feminist and human rights lawyer Rhonda Copelon died of ovarian cancer this month, at just 65, but she had plenty of time to leave her fiercely feminist mark on the world. Her friend and colleague, Charlotte Bunch, has a beautiful piece up about her legacy at the Women’s Media Center. An excerpt:

Friends and colleagues long ago recognized her keen intellectual acumen, her legal and political strategic brilliance, and her unswerving advocacy in the pursuit of justice. It’s true that her perseverance could drive us crazy when, late at night in a women’s caucus for the UN World Conferences, she would raise a critical point that clearly needed our attention after a document had already gone to the printer. But ...

Feminist and human rights lawyer Rhonda Copelon died of ovarian cancer this month, at just 65, but she had plenty of time to leave her fiercely feminist mark on the world. Her friend and colleague, Charlotte Bunch, ...

Female Genital Cutting Added to Possible Procedures via American Association of Pediatricians.

Over the last few years there have been a handful of high profile cases that involved families attempting to practice female genital cutting in the Western world. These cases brought up not only the reality and danger of FGM without access to medical care, but also the difficulty of treating issues cross-culturally within the Western context raising the question at what point can and should legal and/or medical systems intervene and do they have the right to? International debates around the FGM verse female circumcision are complex and can not be reduced to right and wrong. However, it has been widely established in Western feminist doctrine and in Western medicine that for a variety of reasons FGM ...

Over the last few years there have been a handful of high profile cases that involved families attempting to practice female genital cutting in the Western world. These cases brought up not only the reality ...

Native Women in Alaska Are Twice as Likely to Experience Sexual Assault.

This is a fairly grim statistic found by the Urban Indian Health Initiative in a study released this week titled Reproductive Health of Urban American Indian and Alaska Native Women (pdf).
From the report introduction by Sarah Deer (Muscogee Creek) Assistant Professor,

Advocates for Native women may not be surprised by many of these findings, but this report confirms what many have been saying for years: Native women continue to be socially, economically, and physically marginalized by a society that doesn’t prioritize and sometimes doesn’t even acknowledge the realities of their lives. This report also makes crucial connections between violence and health. Violence against Native women is a public health crisis, and the urban experience has not received ...

This is a fairly grim statistic found by the Urban Indian Health Initiative in a study released this week titled Reproductive Health of Urban American Indian and Alaska Native Women (pdf).
From the report ...

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