Come and learn why US ratification of CEDAW matters to women in this country and around the world and what you can do to help make it a reality. The women of the world are watching to see if we will join with them or stay in the company of the handful of other countries (Sudan, Somalia, Iran and a few smaller nations) who have not joined in this international cooperative effort for women's equality.
Yassmine el Ksaihi doesn't see herself as a feminist rebel. Yet there is something pioneering about her nonetheless: At age 24 she is the administrator of a large mosque, an unusual position of authority for a young woman in the world of Islam, even in Europe.
Across Europe, Muslims are seeking a formula that lets them fit into their country while maintaining loyalty to their faith, and el Ksaihi's mosque, which melds some Western secular values with deep attachment to Islam, is one solution toward resolving such tensions.
On March 11-12, 2010, the Ms. Foundation for Women had the honor of convening an inspiring meeting on survivor-led activism on child sexual abuse prevention. In what was one of the first times survivors have been brought together to discuss child sexual abuse prevention in a social justice context, twelve activists discussed successes, challenges, and historic moments in their field. They established exciting shared visions and first steps for realizing them in this growing social justice movement.
Notions of how gender ought to manifest -- especially in instances where gender identity and presumed roles are in conflict, arise from biological determinism. This is the “because that’s the way God made them” line of reasoning. That is, there are fixed recognizable differences in the look and function of sex organs, presence of hormones and type of chromosomes that generate two distinct and bounded categories: male and female. And therefore man and woman.
But actually, there aren’t.
There is undeniably a strong correlation between sex and gender, between a biological (chromosomal and hormonal) reality and the way a person acts and wants to be perceived. And there’s a case to be made for a causative relation here too.
However, this correlation is not absolute. Shades of differences in physical sex, gender identity, sexual orientation -- not to mention shifts in these over a lifetime -- attest to this.
Submitted by kpeterson on Fri, 04/09/2010 - 11:36am
In adolescence, externalized problems such as risk taking andantisocial behavior are more frequent in boys.This suggests that there are differences in the way boys and girls evaluate risk and make decisions duringthis period. To explore decision making andhighlight possible gender differences, 124 adolescents at ajunior secondary school completed two decision-makingtasks: The Iowa Gambling Task (Bechara, Damasio,Damasio, & Anderson, 1994) and the Rogers Betting Task (Rogers et al., 1999).
Submitted by kpeterson on Fri, 04/09/2010 - 11:31am
The human stress response has been characterized, both physiologically and behaviorally, as "fight-orflight." Although fight-or-flight may characterize the primary physiological responses to stress for both males and females, we propose that, behaviorally, females' responses are more marked by a pattern of "tend-and-befriend." Tending involves nurturant activities designed to protect the self and offspring that promote safety and reduce distress; befriending is the creation and maintenance of social networks that may aid in this process. The biobehavioral mechanism that underlies the tend-and-befriend pattern appears to draw on the attachment-caregiving system, and neuroendocrine evidence from animal and human studies suggests that oxytocin, in conjunction with female reproductive hormones and endogenous opioid peptide mechanisms, may be at its core. This previously unexplored stress regulatory system has manifold implications for the study of stress.