Women’s experiences of stranger harassment linked to PTSD symptoms through shame, self-blame, and fear
Stranger harassment, also referred to as street harassment, is associated with posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms in women, according to new research published in the journal Sex Roles. The findings provide evidence that experiences of unwanted sexual attention from strangers in public settings pose a threat to women’s psychological health.“I was interested in this topic because despite stranger/street harassment being such a prevalent experience for women, it is very much understudied,” said study author Rachel Carretta, a doctoral student at the University of Tennessee.“Stranger harassme...
Women who volunteered for a paramilitary organization during World War II had accelerated reproductive schedules
Girls and young women who served in a paramilitary organization during World War II had accelerated reproductive schedules, according to new research published in Nature Communications. The study provides evidence that exposure to stress, trauma, and mortality can alter women’s reproductive decisions.“I am an evolutionary anthropologist and this question about how humans adaptively respond to conditions experienced during development is central to the field. Of course reproduction is at the center of all of this,” said study author Robert Lynch, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of T...
Women and cyber bullying
Cyberspace is without a doubt one of the most fascinating, vibrant and rewarding spaces ever invented by human beings.Thanks to the lack of top-down control, millions of people are able to create and share an unlimited amount of information, ideas, create bonds and make money without ever leaving their geographical boundaries. But, herein lies the problem. This ungoverned space gives individuals the kind of power denied to them in the real world.The power to assume multiple identities and create different virtual lives can tempt the individual into a false sense of invincibility that can and h...
Indonesia minister slammed for 'virus is like your wife' remarks
Jakarta (AFP) - An Indonesian minister is under fire after he compared coronavirus to rebellious wives, in remarks aimed at soothing public fears about easing COVID-19 restrictions across the Southeast Asian archipelago.Women's groups and social media users slammed the apparent joke by security minister Mohammad Mahfud MD, who made the comments during an online address to a local university earlier this week. "Are we going to be holed up forever? We can adjust to the situation while still paying attention to our health," the minister said on Tuesday."The other day I got a meme from my colle...
Women lament as wheelbarrow pushers take over sugarcane market in Jos
Until recently the sugarcane business was largely dominated by women who were seen by roadsides displaying their product for sale. They normally sourced from larger dealers at the main sugarcane market or go to the local farms to buy.The women then take the sugarcane to their respective localities where they display it by the roadside and wait for their customers.However, all that seems to be changing as another group is threatening to take over the trade. This group is made up of young men who move round the town selling sugarcane in wheelbarrows.This new group of sugarcane merchants that can...
Women who use pornography more frequently tend to have better sexual outcomes, study finds
The use of pornography does not appear to harm most women’s sexual functioning, according to new research published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. In fact, the study provides evidence that pornography use among women is associated with several positive outcomes.“This work emerged from an ongoing project examining the relationship between masturbation and partnered sexual activity in women. For example, do reasons for masturbating and specific activities during masturbation transfer to partnered relationships, or are these distinct domains of sexual ex...
Women in power: countries with female leaders suffer six times fewer Covid deaths and will recover sooner from recession
The Covid crisis seems to confirm what policy analysts have argued for some time: female leadership may be more engaged on issues of social equality, sustainability and innovation, making societies more resilient to external shocks. We have run some statistical analyses on available data on the Coronavirus pandemic and a series of dimensions of public health, social progress, basic human needs and economic resilience, with stunning correlations.First of all, current data shows that countries with women in a leadership position have suffered six times fewer confirmed deaths from Covid-19 than c...
Women in Nigeria face a caustic landmine of political advocacy online
Members of the Mother's Savings Club, Nigeria. Image byKaren Kasmauski/USAID in Africa via United States government work, public domain.In Nigeria, the political advocacy sphere is a caustic landmine. Politics and advocacy usually get filtered through a religious and ethnocentric prism. Advocates with a strong social media presence — especially on Twitter — have to develop a tough skin to deal with the avalanche of gbas gbos(Nigerian Pidgin for “throwing punches”) in digital spaces.Nigerian female advocates — in addition to weathering this identity-driven harmful content — also face the added ...
Women's prisons are already hotbeds of abuse. Now one in Florida is a COVID-19 nightmare
MIAMI — Amanda Nevins’ 56-year-old sister, an inmate at Homestead Correctional Institution, tested positive for COVID-19 Sunday night. The woman, who has underlying medical conditions and has served 35 years, “has never been so scared.”She watched as the women were moved “from dorm to dorm, dorm to dorm” for the past couple of weeks with no one being tested.“I’ve been feeling bad before all this started happening,” the woman, who Nevins asked not to be identified, wrote in an email. “I love you, I’m handling it. I cried about it, now I’m must accepting it.”Florida women’s prisons are already r...
Women use VR to beat sexual harassment after Singapore #MeToo scandal
Singapore (AFP) - "Wow, your shirt is really see-through. Are you wearing matching underwear?" the man says lewdly. It's a virtual reality simulation -- but it's enough to shock 23-year-old Elizabeth Lee into silence as the scene plays out on her headset. The VR technology is part of the Girl, Talk project which is aimed at helping women fight back against harassment in Singapore. "I would think that I would respond in a more confrontational way," Lee admits. "It felt very physically close... it was just really disgusting to hear such crass remarks." Sexual harassment has been a key issue ...