Maya Angelou R.I.P.

Feminist Philosophers

She contributed so much, and she will be deeply missed.

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Misogyny and masculinity, less edited

Family Inequality

One point of all this work that I do speaking about sociology to people who aren’t academic sociologists — teaching, blogging, writing a textbook, speaking to the news media — is to help our research have a greater social impact. When a public tragedy occurs, such the Santa Barbara mass murder, there is a chance to widen the conversation and include a sociological perspective.

Photo by Robert Vitulano from Flickr Creative Commons Photo by Robert Vitulano from Flickr Creative Commons

Sometimes I have the chance to do this even when my own research is not what’s most applicable. That’s great, but I try to be careful (and recommend that journalists speak to others as well). I hope I was right in this case. When Jessica Bennett – a journalist who writes incisively about gender and popular culture – asked me (among others) for a reaction, for what became this column, my first thought was about misogyny. I offered here these comments…

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Systemic #Rape and Sexual Torture of #Children in a #Shelter Near #Mumbai


The Shelter Chandraprabha Charitable Trust

Shocking tales of rape and sexual torture have emerged from a shelter for children near Mumbai.

The head of the shelter Ajit Dabholkar and his manager Lalita Tonde were arrested on Tuesday.

Pune-based social worker Anuradha Sahasrabuddhe of Pune Childline, who is a complainant in the case, said the children between ages 5-15 years were raped, sexually tortured, and forced to have sex with each other.  These atrocities were filmed.  The children told Sahasrabuddhe that they “were forced to eat dog excreta if they resisted and locked up. If they threw up, they had to eat the vomit.”

Physical and sexual abuse children in shelters and orphanages in India is rampant, and while the government acknowledges it, little has been done to monitor NGOs and shelters and ensure the protection of the children.

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Medical ‘Guinea Pigs’ for #Cervical #Cancer Studies, 254 Poor #Women Killed in #India


guinea pigs New Delhi, April 20, 2014

 The death of 254  women from poor families from villages and slums in India,  who were participants in  US-funded clinical trials for cervical cancer, has triggered public outrage about the ethics of how clinical trials are conducted in India. The women who died were part of a control group who were kept without screening to study death rates in unscreened populations.

This follows a row for these same clinical trials in 2010 when four teenage girls taking part in the  test study of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines died.  The Indian government was accused of loaning its citizens to western medical companies for use as guinea pigs to test dangerous vaccines.  The subjects were selected from the poorest sections of India and did not have adequate education to make informed choices.  The study, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and run by the…

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New Born #Girl Drowned in a Bucket of Water in #Kashmir


April 04, 2014, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir

A new born baby girl, was discovered drowned in a bucket of water in a public bathroom at the Jawharlal Nehru Memorial Hospital at  in Srinagar.

Kashmir which historically did not have the practice of female infanticide, now has rampant female infanticide and feticide. It has seen the single largest decline in sex ratio of all the states in the country, and has the worst sex ratio for girls according to the Census 2011 . While in the 2001 census, the number of girls per 1,000 boys (aged between 0-6yrs) was 941, the 2011 Census found that it has plummeted to 859.  At present, there are 82 fewer girls in the state per 1,000 boys.  No other state is even remotely close to J&K’s dismal record. Maharashtra is second in that list. But, in absolute numbers, it has 30 fewer girls per 1,000…

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