Tag Archives: Gender Issues

300 Ways To Tell The Difference Between Coercion and Consent

After having watched 300 twice now in mixed company, I continue to be disturbed, perturbed and supremely irritated by the fact that men still don’t seem to understand the difference between coercion and consent when it comes to sexual intercourse. 300 has a very distressing scene where The Spartan Queen offers herself to a Councilman… Read full post.

A Sinister Sunday

Sunday’s are no longer a day of quiet leisure and relaxing with my secret pleasures of ‘The OC’ and ‘One Tree Hill.’ In lieu of catching the only work shuttle to the Hurriyet Media Tower where I wile my days away trapped on the top floor like the princess I used to imagine I was,… Read full post.

Monthly Mourning

Monthly Mourning

The Lakota believe that when a woman is on her period it is her time of monthly mourning. That her body knows the potential for a new life will be lost and on a very deep and primal level, she mourns that loss. This is their explanation for menstrual mood swings and all of the… Read full post.

too many things, too many things

too many things, too many things

we had some firsts since i last wrote…our first hailstorm, our first visits from the Stray Cats on the balcony calling me for food, and our first bomb blasts in istanbul. the bomb blasts were on sunday night and apparently went off just before we got in our dolmos to get home…i was pretty freaked… Read full post.

not a love letter to Cyber-Sluts

written on a postcard that is a photograph of a fake-boob wanna-be whore that gets sent to all profiles on myspace that are male on the blank space that is not filled by her sillicone implants: instead of augmenting your breastsit would have helped to grow some self-respect where a stamp would go it says:myspacejune… Read full post.

Violence against women and children is a horrible worldwide scourge, but there is no evidence of it in our country (or the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Reports on the 61st UN Commission on Human Rights, April 7, 8, 2005)

Violence against women and children is a horrible worldwide scourge, but there is no evidence of it in our country (or the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Reports on the 61st UN Commission on Human Rights, April 7, 8, 2005)

On April 7 and 8 the Commission continued discussing Item 12 on the Integration of the human rights of women and the gender perspective: a) Violence against women, and judging by the interventions made by both Member and Observer States, although violence against women is widespread and horrific, it doesn’t seem to happen in any… Read full post.

Why is rape not considered torture? (or the Fifteenth Report on the 61st UN Commission on Human Rights, April 6, 2005)

Yakin Erturk, the Special Rapporteur (SR) on violence against women, its causes and consequences: -widespread violence against women around the world and just as common is impunity of the violators. -country visits to Guatemala, El Salvador, occupied Palestinian territories, Sudan. In Guatemala widespread violence against indigenous women who face multiple discriminations. In Sudan, horrific rape… Read full post.