Sexual & Gender Justice 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.

9 thoughts on “Sexual & Gender Justice in the News”

  1. 1) http://www.vice.com/read/when-will-the-us-prison-system-protect-transgender-prisoners-from-rape-101

    This article discusses the issue of rape and the issue of adequate housing for transgender inmates. These two issues go hand in hand, as mentioned in the article. The article discusses how the US prison system potentially exposes trans inmates to rape. Within the article, the author gives several cases where a trans inmates has been refused adequate housing, and/or raped within prison. It may be unsafe for trans inmates to be placed in general population, but it is also unfair to house them in segregated housing where they cannot attend the activities that they would if placed in general population. The article ends with the initiatives certain correctional facilities are taking to enhance better treatment of trans inmates.

    2) http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/news/splc-lawsuit-demands-necessary-health-care-for-transgender-inmate-in-georgia-priso

    This article is about a transgender inmate from the state of Georgia, Ashley Diamond, who was denied hormone treatment, which she had previously been taking for 17 years. This resulted in “grave physical and mental harm to Diamond, including mental anguish and bodily harm.” On top of this, Diamond had been sexually assaulted on repeated occasions after being placed in the men’s prison. She was placed in solitary confinement “for pretending to be a woman” and again after speaking to SPLC, Southern Poverty Law Center, was placed in solitary for another 10 days. As we see through this article, she has faced not only transphobic and discriminatory abuses and behavior but also general human rights abuses. The prison system is basically denying her of her gender and making her transition into a male.

    1. Leticia,

      Good choice of articles to support your research topic. Housing of the transgender people in prisons is an important issue. As it was mentioned in the first article, neither men’s prison, nor women’s prison is completely safe for transgender individuals and can protect them from sexual assaults. In the second article, by ignoring the standards of care for individuals, the Georgia Department of Corrections caused physical and mental harm for Ashley Diamond to the point that she attempted suicide. The case of Ashley exhibits not only discrimination against transgender people, but also violating the basic human rights. Policy makers and prison workers should find solutions for the health and safety of transgender people in the prisons.

    2. Hi Leticia,

      These are very interesting articles! I have never thought about this issue until now, but it is definitely true on what is happening within prisons in today’s society. I thought it was interesting how the first article talked about how transgender individuals are not safe in either gender’s prison and that there is an unfortunate risk of rape. The second article discussed the abuse of Ashley Diamond in prison because she was not allowed access to her medication that she had been taking for the past 17 years. I am sure that this is just one of many examples that have happened in prisons. This topic is very interesting and these articles shed light on how the system in prisons need to change to be more accommodating to transgender individuals.

  2. http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20130617-are-gay-employees-protected

    Regardless of the individual’s gender identity and sexual orientation, everyone deserves to work in a safe and welcoming work environment and being treated equal. This article indicates that more than 50 countries (excluding the US) have already legislated national laws to protect LGBT employees from discrimination. Even though many states in the US lack such legal protection, most companies have established their own policies banning the discrimination against LGBT workers.

    http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/30/us/gays-lgbt-corporate-america/

    This article highlights the fear and awkward feelings that LGBT employees experience at work to hide their sexual orientation and lie about their private lives. Some LGBT workers do not talk about their personal lives at work because they know at times that it can be a touchy subject to be discussed at work. However, most LGBT employees feel inclined to hide their personal lives because the absence of protection and fear of the consequences if they express the truth about their sexual orientation.

    1. Hi Fardad,

      What an interesting topic! It is also a topic that many need to be educated about. I like how you give two really good argumentative articles. One on how many countries have adopted and created LGBT anti-discrimination in the workplace policies and legislation, which is being seen more and more everyday worldwide. The other on how even with workplaces adopting anti-discrimination policies, it still may not mean that a person identifying as LGBT may feel comfortable. Just because a company may proclaim its LGBT friendliness does not mean that its employees are LGBT friendly. Unfortunately, we still live in a society where many people are discriminated against for who they are and this may affect work life. This may lead to anxiety and discomfort felt by some LGBT people within certain work environments, which is discussed in the last article.

    2. Hi Fardad,

      This is a very interesting topic to be researching! It is definitely still an on-going issue in today’s society. I agree with Leticia on how I liked how each of your articles brings in a different aspect/argument of the issue that you are planning on studying. The first article is dealing more with the political side of things in both the government and companies, i.e. laws and policies. The second article concentrates on the actual feelings on LGBT workers, and how they might feel uncomfortable no matter what the policies and laws are put in place due to the work environment and other workers. It is truly unfortunate that people in today’s society is still being discriminated against due to their sexuality. These articles are both looking at different perspectives on this issue, which makes them very useful when researching more about your topic and forming a more in-depth research question.

  3. http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2015/feb/24/christine-lagarde-says-conspiracy-against-women-makes-the-world-poorer

    This article address how the bias of gender in countries is making nations economically worse off. It discusses how allowing women to work as laborers helps the nations’ economically. This article discusses the ability that women are able to help improve the development in countries and boost the slow down of the economy. Unfortunately, many nations around the world still have some legal restrictions that are particularly based on gender. This is just one of many gender justice and inequality issues that is going on around the world today.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/business-31289124

    This article discusses about gender equality in the boardroom. It concentrates on one woman, Helena Morrissey, that has seniority within a major company and who is campaigning for gender justice, particularly in high levels of major companies. Her campaign is meant to empower other women and to achieve gender justice within companies. The article discusses how gender diversity within the top managing of companies can help increase companies’ performance. This article also calls to attention of societies attributions on the different sexes; for example females being caregivers and if wanting to achieve in today’s society, women have to act in a masculine way.

    1. Rachael,

      You have chosen an interesting topic. In the first article, it states that “almost 90% of countries still have at least one legal restriction based on gender, and 28 countries have 10 or more such laws.” This gender inequality not only slows down the economy growth, but it also creates a male-dominant society. As it was suggested in your second article, mixed gender workers increase the job performance. Unlike some people that think in order for a woman to be successful (especially in top levels) she has to act in a masculine way, a woman could be very successful while acting like a woman. In other words, there is no conflict between feminine acting and being successful.

    2. Hi Rachael,

      This is a really interesting and empowering topic. I have briefly discussed this issue in some previous Women’s studies classes and it always leads to a great discussion. In the first article, we see how in many developing nations, where patriarchy still exists, women are not seen working but rather caring for children, staying at home, etc. It is proven that this bias is making nations worse off, economically. In the second article, we see a woman empowering other women in the world and fighting to achieve gender justice in companies. Unfortunately, women working hard and earning a good title in a company is still sometimes seen as acting masculine and out of the ordinary for women since it is perceived that they must be caregivers and play that motherly role.

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