What kind of State? What kind of equality?

Submitted by Alejandro J. Sucre on Sunday, 5/8/2011, at 5:31 PM

While doing my research, I found this report that was part of the "XI Regional Conference of Women in Latin America and the Caribbean." I thought it might be useful to some of you in doing your final projects.

The report starts with a discussion on equality and development that could be linked to the book by Amartya Sen "Development as Freedom" that we read in class. It then discusses the status of women in society, touching on important issues such as women empowerment and autonomy, which is followed by a discussion on women employment. Finally, the report concludes by stating the importance of institutional support, and labor and social protection policies to achieve gender equality. 


Here is the link to the report: http://www.eclac.org/publicaciones/xml/3/40123/What_kind_State_What_kind_equality.pdf


Latin American women succeeding in business world

Submitted by Alejandro J. Sucre on Sunday, 5/8/2011, at 5:13 PM

This article describes, in a general sense, how women have made it to the top of the corporate hierarchy in Latin America. It mentions real life examples of successful women who have taken executive positions at different companies, and it talks about the challenges they face in the business world. 

I thought of sharing a quote that I really liked from one of these women: “I asked the shareholders to give me a year to put the company in order,” says Aufiero, whose company had operating revenue of R$573 million (US$347 million) in 2010. “That ‘year’ has already lasted more than a decade.”


Here is the link to the article: http://www.infosurhoy.com/cocoon/saii/xhtml/en_GB/features/saii/features/main/2011/03/08/feature-01



Gay Athletes

Submitted by Thomas A. Grossi on Wednesday, 5/4/2011, at 2:28 AM


This research provides the first look into the experiences of openly gay male team sport athletes on osten- sibly all-heterosexual teams. Although openly gay athletes were free from physical harassment, in the absence of a formal ban against gay athletes, sport resisted their acceptance and attempted to remain a site of orthodox masculine production by creating a culture of silence surrounding gay athleticism, by segmenting gay men’ s identities, and by persistently using homophobic discourse to discredit homosex- uality in general. Sports attempt to tolerate gay male athletes when they contribute to the overarching ethos of sport—winning—but try to taint the creation of a gay identity within sport that would see homo- sexuality and athleticism as compatible. Still, by proving themselves successful in sport, and meeting most other mandates of hegemonic masculinity except for their sexual identity, gay male athletes show that hegemony is not seamless and that there is a possibility of softening hegemonic masculinity in the sporting realm.


People Stay In Abusive Relationships

Submitted by Thomas A. Grossi on Wednesday, 5/4/2011, at 2:23 AM

While doing some research for my paper I came across some interesting statistics (http://www.teensagainstabuse.org/index.php?q=statistics)

1) If trapped in an abusive relationship, 73% of teens said they would turn to a friend for help; but only 33% who have been in or known about an abusive relationship said they have told anyone about it. (Liz Claiborne Inc. study conducted by Teenage Research Unlimited; February 2005.)

2) Nearly 80% of girls who have been physically abused in their intimate relationships continue to date their abuser.(Liz Claiborne Inc. study conducted by Teenage Research Unlimited; February 2005.)

One of the areas of I am focusing on is why women cannot get out of abusive relationships, causing domestic violence to become worse and worse. Part of the reason is because when women get involved in these relationships, they become isolated from their friends and any other relationships they have made and they feel they have nowhere to turn. I have also found that kids and economic stability can be driving factors. 


the chain leading to sexual assault

Submitted by Manuela Picq on Thursday, 4/28/2011, at 11:52 PM

CBS reporter on 60 min

this story made lots of noise- a US journalist sexually assaulted by a mob during the Egypt celebrations. Of course many more stories happen daily and are not covered. She has a voice and is using it to take a public, political stand. Positionality.

Rape is not an isolated incident. It is the end of a long process, it is the result of  little daily practices- words, judgements, silences- that build up to produce an environment in which rape materializes. The little things we do everyday can create incentives or disincentives for sexual assault to take place. We all have a responsibility there. And men, being part of the group that practices rape, have an either larger responsibility to take action.


Unpopular Clients

Submitted by Nicolas D. Guzman on Wednesday, 4/27/2011, at 12:37 AM





American Women Accept Climate Change Science More Than Men

Submitted by Catherine K. Bryars on Saturday, 4/23/2011, at 1:00 PM


One thing this semester has shown me is how, even despite considerable academic exposure to the deep realities of patriarchal privilege that shape our society, most men (see: the "non-feminists" that have been repeatedly teased in class..) still have a hard time seeing the importance of aggressively identifying and deconstructing these biases (see: class discussion on women's constitutional right to sexual pleasure). 

A personal task I've undertaken throughout the semester has been to bring the gender/race/class inequalities we've studied into dialogue with environmental studies, my academic area of [still limited] expertise. 

A recurring theme in environmental work is that women play a special role in addressing the ecological challenges global society faces. I did not understand until this semester how women's subjugation by patriarchal culture provides them a unique ability to perceive subjugation, conquest, and abuse of other entities, such as environmental resources or alternative cultures that value ecosystems differently than Western economy and culture do. The unique ability to perceive and understand exploitation provides women a superior ability to understand many of society's problems. 

Yes. It is conceivable that women could have a superior ability to men; not due to biology, as we usually think about inherent advantage in women vs. men, but due to the gendered experience. And the same goes for all marginalized groups-- race, ethnicity, or class. 

So please, guys in the class, when your sisters speak up about such-and-such societal issue (or ANY issue), please resist the temptation to challenge or dismiss their observation/criticism too quickly. The truth is that women have the ability to perceive problems in a way you simply don't as a result of patriarchal privilege. Think about it. And the environment. Always :)