Global Gender Issues in the News

In the comments section (click title to get to comments), post a link to two news articles that relates to your particular research topic. Write a few sentences highlighting what you think is most interesting or relevant about each article. Please comment on at least two of your group members’ articles as well.

Your post is due by Wednesday, February 25, at 1pm, and your replies are due by the following week.

12 thoughts on “Global Gender Issues in the News”

  1. Article # 1
    http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/04/world/asia/nirbhaya-india-rape/

    The article informs about the most horrid and brutal gang-rape case of a girl that occurred on December of 2012. In such incidents, women are afraid of reporting that they have been victims of rape. It was horrifying and extremely shocking to read that nationwide, in India, every 20 minutes a woman is raped. Unfortunately, most of those rape cases are never reported, or even if they are reported, the law enforcement do not agree to help the victims or arrest the attackers. However, this particular gang rape case of a 23 year old medical student caused an outrage throughout the country. The protests were held by men and women and demand protection and security for the women in India.

    Article # 2
    http://www.smh.com.au/world/pakistan-struggles-to-combat-child-rapes-20131014-2vho6.html

    Along with women, and teenage girls being the victims of these horrific and horrendous rape crimes, children as young as 4 years old are also the victims, mostly girls (some boys). It is disappointing to find out such unbelievable incidents occurring in Pakistan, as well as India. However, many of these child sexual assaults are barely reported, but the gradually the child-welfare advocates are encouraging the families to report these crimes. The cases of child sexual abuse reported by the media in the year 2002 was 668 and 2788 in the year 2012. Yet there may be many other cases that are not reported by the media, because the families are afraid to be dishonored by the society. Due to the media involvement in such cases, the police and the officials have no choice but to make the arrests of the culprits; but if it were up to them, they probably would not take any action against the attackers, and let them go free, as it usually happens afterwards.

    1. Both articles were very informative about the situation in India and Pakistan. The issue with child rapes in Pakistan can be very upsetting because of the fact that children can be very defenseless especially if they think that the adults do not care for them. Seeing how the media has changed this in Pakistan gives me hope, but I think that there is still lot of work to be done. The cultural aspect of these cases is also extremely important because for some people might think that this is acceptable because of their culture.

    2. While that case got so much publicity, for all of the right reasons, I think it is so unfortunate that hundreds of thousands of cases go unnoticed. The culture there and the responses around rape are ridiculous. I think corruption of the police force and lack of gender equality are the biggest barrier between women achieving the justice and peace they deserve.

  2. Sexual & Gender Justice in the News
    The purpose of this assignment is to discuss two news articles which relate to sexuality and gender in terms of cultural studies. This assignment discusses articles released by the Associated Press. Each of these articles deals with sexuality and cultural behaviors. The articles counter sexuality within a limited cultural context. Though gay marriage and child sex abuse aren’t directly related, they share similarity in terms of sexuality. The article about same-sex marriages also debates gender and the way gender is perceived by different parties. For instance, the state of Idaho, US Supreme court, and plaintiffs have different views on same sex marriage. Another important distinction to make is that the article on same sex marriage doesn’t deal with criminal or socially deviant behavior while the article on child sex abuse does. It is important to note that same sex marriage, while once a social taboo, isn’t a criminal or deviant act today. Plenty of responsible couples have same sex marriages.
    In the article Justice Anthony Kennedy blocks gay marriage ruling, authors Boone, Kruesi, and Ritter discuss how recently Supreme Court Justice Kennedy temporarily blocked a ruling that previously had made same sex matrimony legitimate in the sates of Idaho and Nevada. Previously, the 9th US Circuit court had declared “equal protection rights of same sex couples were violated by the gay marriage bans in both states” (Ritter, Boone, & Kruesi, 2014). Justice Kennedy, spurred on the by voter support for traditional marriage, prompted the plaintiffs for a response to their law suit. Kennedy wanted to ensure that their concerns were addressed. As they live in states where gay marriage was not legalized by voters in the recent ballots, the Supreme Court deemed it important to look into the situation of the residents who demanded their right to gay marriage be recognized. This article shows how same sex marriage is understood by different parties, both public and private.
    In the second article Dealing with child-on-child sex abuse, not one size fits all , which discusses child sex abuse, an unknown author debates about juveniles who unfortunately commit acts of sexual abuse against others. The author claims that many of these juvenile offenders have suffered from sexual abuse. Additionally, many of those who are assaulted are somehow autistic or institutionalized. This article explains that cultural myth and taboo that surround child sex abuse aren’t easy to dissipate. Thus, many offenders are unemployable or condemned to an institution for life. Child sex abuse is a morally corrupt activity and those who are involved are social deviants as their behaviors are criminal.

    References
    Boone, Rebecca, Kruesi, Kimberlee, and Ritter, Ken. (2014, Oct. 08). Justice Anthony Kennedy blocks gay marriage ruling. The Associated Press.
    Associated Press. (2012, Jan. 07). Dealing with child-on-child sex abuse, not one size fits all. The Associated Press.

  3. Article #1 http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/dec/22/time-running-out-mumbai-red-light-district-kamathipura

    Kamathipura, Mumbai is a central hub for prostitution as it has close to 10,000 female sex workers from all over India, Bangladesh, and Nepal. With Mumbai rising, developers are looking to turn the brothels that run through the red district into offices, malls and flats. Though this may sound like it is all positive, there are many families that are being negatively affected. Women are kept captive, blackmailed and threated to stay in the industry and have little means of finding work elsewhere thus being forced to scatter from Kamathipura. Pravin Patkar, leader of the anti-trafficking organization Prerana, states that the more dispersed the population of prostitutes gets, it becomes “much harder for organizations to reach vulnerable women and their children.” I think it’s interesting that thousands of people are lured to the red light district and have no way to leave other than the help of NGO’s and their kids who sometimes are able to pay off their debt to the brothel keepers.

    Article #2 http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/28/world/asia/obama-ends-visit-with-challenge-to-india-on-climate-change.html?ref=topics&_r=1

    This article talks about President Obama’s trip to India in January. The president of the United States emphasizes to the people the need to elevate the status of women in their society, provide gender equality, and safety of women. Though not explicitly, he urges the new Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, to take action. President Obama while acknowledging the flaws in the United States encourages religious tolerance and human rights in the country. It is interesting to hear the influence our President is having on another country, especially to their leaders. The article presents President Obama as a person who is pressuring the government and presenting light to a situation that needs to be addressed.

    1. The fact that women have to bribe the policemen to avoid harassment shows how corrupt the government can be. Destroying the red-light district might seem like a good thing, there will be many families uprooted from the place they call home. I wonder what would be the final action that the Indian government takes in this case. And if they do legalize prostitution would that reduce the number of victims of human trafficking?

    2. It seems like a good idea to remove the red light district, but than again, I think that those women should be compensated by the Indian government to they can at least have a better life. Especially those women who want to leave this work and just clean for a living. Since the sex workers do not have a choice and get harassed by the the police, its devastating that whenever a woman is involved, it seems easier for the police to demean them in every possible way. Whether, they are being coerced in to being sex workers or not, they have no other way to survive.

    3. Hi Amneet !
      I totally agree with the articles about Indian women and how Kamathipura is being the center of prostitution. Mumbai is so crowded and When I have been to India last summer vacation I noticed so many slums all around the city and the driver told us phenomena of human trafficking is being expanding since there are a lot families below the poverty lines which is devastating! It is so tragic how females bribe the policemen in order to avoid the harassment that they will get in future !

  4. http://www.cnn.com/2014/11/27/world/asia/india-girls-hanging-case/index.html

    http://www.cnn.com/2012/03/17/world/africa/morocco-child-rape/index.html

    -Global Gender Issues.- Injustice in India & Morocco.

    I chose both articles because of a personal interest in both nations and also because of the relevance to our topic for the research project. The first article focuses on Morocco and how there was a law in which a rape can be absolved if the victim marries his/her rapist. The article tells the story of Amina Filal and how she committed suicide after being court-ordered to marry her former rapist. By doing this, the rape charge was absolved as if it had never happened. The second article is about two cousins in India who were found hanging from a mango tree. The issue with this article is the lack of reliability in the government, much like the case in Morocco. However, in this case the police went back on their initial report that one of the girls was rape. Such an action by the government raises questions about the justice system and if the citizens can actually trust their government to do their job.

    1. The case of the Moroccan girl being raped and coerced into marrying her attacker to preserve the family’s honor, is also quiet common in South Asia. I feel the government in such cases do not consent with the victim. Why? Because women have no say in their eyes. They are unable to comprehend the traumatic experience that a girl has gone through after being raped. They don’t feel the need to provide protection to their women but rather have them marry an evil rapist no matter what the consequences might be later on.

      1. I totally agree with you Julia! This tragedy is also happing to younger girls especially in Yemen, which is always the case that they have to marry whoever they attached her against her will . If she decided to say “No”, her family would execute her because of their traditions.

    2. I was honestly completely unaware of the law in Morocco but I am glad I am informed now. That is absolutely ridiculous. The trauma that those women must go through is unimaginable and for everyone to justify it with a coerced marriage is insane. I hope somewhere in the future, the people supporting that law can realize their faults.

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