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And Carlile gives some excellent parenting advice: don’t let your kids go to sexist and unsafe music festivals!
Carlile: It all comes back to representation, which is a problem everywhere but especially in country music and especially at festivals. If my kids were teenagers and wanted to go to Bonnaroo, I’d say, “Let me see the poster.” If women weren’t headlining at least half of that thing, I’d say no. Not just because of politics, not on principle, but for safety. Representation creates an environment where women can feel at ease.
For decades there has been relatively little technical innovation in women’s health products, but the rise of connected devices and a lifting of health taboos around the world is giving rise to a global “femtech” industry worth many billions.
Women make up 51% of the world’s population, but many of the issues they have to deal with, from menstruation to menopause, have often been taboo subjects.
As a result, women have been underserved when it comes to new products. But things are changing – female-focused technology, or femtech for short, is booming, with research consultancy Frost & Sullivan saying the market could be worth $50bn (£39bn) by 2025.
Moody founder Amy Thomson was motivated by personal experience to move into femtech.
Wikipedia, the encyclopedia of everything, is mostly about men. According to Women in Red, an in-house Wikipedia improvement project, less than 18 percent of the site’s 1.5 million biography pages are about women. And that figure actually represents an improvement: in late 2014, the number was 15 percent. A lot of that progress is thanks to Women in Red itself, which was founded in 2015 to increase and improve the site’s coverage of women.
Of course, most of written history concerns men, since most humans in recorded history have lived under a patriarchal society. So there’s more source material about them. But that doesn’t fully explain Wikipedia’s skew. As the New Statesman reports, major articles leave out prominent women. “History of Chemistry,” for example, names 200 men and four women, ignoring major figures like Nobel-winning metabolics researcher Gerty Cori and CRISPR researcher Jennifer Doudna, who, according to her own Wikipedia page, “has made fundamental contributions in biochemistry and genetics.” It’s not that there aren’t more women worth covering; it’s that they’re being ignored.
It appears that an powerful group of male journalists in France, known online in a group cornily dubbed the “Laughing Out Loud League,” have been casually promoting the harassment of their women peers.
RFI (Radio France Internationale) reports that the group was a private Facebook group started in 2009 by the Libération writer Vincent Glad. The “Ligue du Lol” sort of sounds like the “Binders” groups that American women have created for writing and other fields, except this is for influential douchebags. “The original idea was for this group of young males-on-the-make in the world of Paris media to share private jokes, sometimes about their female colleagues,” RFI reports.
Jane Doe, a woman who smuggled out clothing with DNA evidence on it after she was raped by a guard at Rikers won her $500,000 settlement in a civil lawsuit against the city in a rare victory on Monday, the Intercept reported.
According to the Intercept, Jose Cosme, the guard who sexually assaulted Jane Doe, cornered her in an office. Jane Doe accused another officer, Leonard McNeil, of arranging the rape after Cosme found out that McNeil had a sexual relationship with Jane Doe (any sexual relationship is considered non-consensual between a guard and a incarcerated person under New York law). McNeil was neither prosecuted nor disciplined.
The government will close again on Friday unless Congress and the White House reach a deal or pass another temporary spending measure. But as another shutdown looms, domestic violence shelters that depend on federal funding are still dealing with the repercussions of last month’s historic shutdown.
“The most constant word I’ve said is uncertainty,” Jean Collins, the executive director of Huntingdon House, a small domestic violence organization that runs a 16-bed shelter in rural Pennsylvania, told Jezebel. “My biggest problem as executive director is that I’m getting virtually no information.”
Despite the fact that the government is re-opened for the time being, there is little assurance that it won’t close down again by the February deadline. Donald Trump hasn’t ruled out the possibility of another shutdown, indicating that he is willing to double down on his strategy of holding the government hostage for border wall funding, and negotiations reportedly broke down again over the weekend.
Several senior French journalists have been suspended or fired for allegedly co-ordinating online harassment through a private Facebook group.
The largely-male Ligue du LOL (League of LOL) mocked women, including other journalists, with rape jokes and photoshopped pornographic images.
Dozens of women have spoken out since the group was uncovered by the major French daily Libération.
Libération’s online editor Alexandre Hervaud is among those suspended.
People in the League of LOL set up anonymous Twitter accounts in order to harass prominent journalists, writers and activists – predominantly targeting women.
Vincent Glad, a well-known freelancer who also worked for Libération, admitted founding the group in 2009. He has also been suspended from the paper.
England captain Joe Root showed integrity and leadership in his response to a comment from West Indies fast bowler Shannon Gabriel, says former batter Ebony Rainford-Brent.
Sky Sports published a clip of Root, 28, telling Gabriel: “Don’t use it as an insult. There’s nothing wrong with being gay.”
Gabriel, 30, was warned by the umpire for the language he used, though his original comment was not picked up.
As Donald Trump holds the government—and the salaries of some 800,000 federal workers—hostage for one of the longest shutdowns in history, three separate national news outlets each ran pieces about how unpaid prison guards were disgruntled that incarcerated people were eating nice meals on New Year’s Day.
Though each had different bylines, stories from USA Today, The Washington Post, and NBC News (the story was also picked up by the New York Daily News and a number of local news outlets) had the same implied framework: namely, that it was despicable for people in prison to have a decent meal during the holidays when prison guards were working without pay because of the shutdown.