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This month's issue
While you are waiting, October's issue is full of fascinating articles. We are asking is child labour wrong? Girls in Bolivia's new child union don't think so (see Women/Work) and are demanding respect from society for their labour (and give us your view in our poll at the foot of the page). In Politics, Denmark has a new woman prime minister and you can read a statement on increasing women's political participation from UN women leaders, and research on peace and gender. In Family and society, there's a list of the best and worst countries for women and an article on the pros and cons of pirate husbands in Somalia. In Arts there's a comment on the furore over pop-star Rihanna's in-your-face raunch. And in Science and technology we celebrate Thai and Kenyan women's scientific achievements. In Health, there's a warning about injectable contraceptives and HIV infection, and a rise in breast cancer in UK Asian women. In Law, a US lawyer is protesting at the treatment of jailed women in childbirth. In the Mind, body and spirit post you can engage in debate over the Pill - or the lack of it - and its transformative effects on society. And, for a giggle, look at the men in pin-up poses in the And another thing section of this blog.
Our special feature this month will be a collection of links on Women in the Arab Spring. Look out for it coming soon!
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Anna Purna

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Women/Arts and culture

Women in film and TV
.Women are only 25% of creatives and 41% of characters on screen in US television and film according to Professor Martha M Lauzen, Executive Director, Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film, San Diego State University. The figures show a decline in the representation of women except for a few categories, and a marked drop in some, including writers, down from 29% to 15%, and directors, down from 16% to 11%  (contains a link to full report)http://www.wif.org/news/industry-articles-and-stats/732-boxed-in-employment-of-behind-the-scenes-women-in-the-2010-11-prime-time-television-season

Sexist comics
Women in comics – why so few, why so sexist? This link takes you to a report that discusses why there aren't more women in comics, particularly superhero comics, and looks at the industry's embedded sexist bias apparent in hiring creatives, focusing on a single genre, killing off women (and ethnic minority) heroes and alienating its female readers: http://www.comicsalliance.com/2011/08/29/superhero-comics-women-sexism/

Where are women artists?
Only 8% of exhibits in MOMA in New York are by women, and approximately 23 percent of solo gallery shows at top New York sites feature pieces by female artists. This article discusses why women are still so under-represented in the art world and among top-selling artists: http://prospect.org/cs/articles?article=an_ego_of_ones_own .  Some further links to feminist art projects in the US here: http://feministing.com/2011/08/31/the-wednesday-weigh-in-feminist-art-edition/ .

Dancing girls
Traditional dancing girls in Swat valley in Pakistan, near the Afghan border, have been systematically attacked and killed by Taliban as an example to others, and forced to give up their profession. The report contains lengthy history of the region and its conflicts but several first person accounts from former dancers of their experiences:  http://www.worldpolicy.org/journal/fall2011/swat-valley . 

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