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“Thank you for contacting the Office of the Chancellor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) about the horrendous killing of U.S. Army Specialist Vanessa Guillen and the comments made by Betsy Schoeller, a UWM senior lecturer, on a private Facebook account. At UWM, we stand with all survivors of sexual violence, and we stand with active and veteran members of the Military. We acknowledge the pain, anger and frustration in reaction to Dr. Schoeller’s original Facebook posting. We also acknowledge that those comments have been mischaracterized by presenting them without the full online conversation that occurred, adding to the confusion over the situation.
Dr. Schoeller released a personal statement. regarding the murder of PFC Guillen, which was covered by many news outlets, including a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story and an Urban Milwaukee story along with this follow-up story.
This is an excruciatingly emotional and difficult situation on many levels. We are examining how we can move forward to both mend and learn from it. It is critical that we thoroughly and thoughtfully review all aspects of what has occurred. This will involve work on our part to balance, with sensitivity, the foundational protections of free speech – even for speech that is hurtful or we may not agree with – along with acknowledging the harm it has caused. We must work to build understanding and awareness and restore trust with each other. In doing so, UW-Milwaukee is fulfilling its responsibility as a public university, through thoughtful review of facts and context and consideration of varying perspectives to advance critical thinking and learning.
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“In order to escape accountability for his crimes, the perpetrator does everything in his power to promote forgetting. If secrecy fails, the perpetrator attacks the credibility of his victim. If he cannot silence her absolutely, he tries to make sure no one listens.”
― Judith Lewis Herman, Trauma and Recovery
When a man gives his opinion, he's a man. When a woman gives her opinion, she's a bitch.”
― Bette Davis
There are many crimes against women, girls and female childs: Domestic and sexual violence, street harassment, workplace harassment, catcalling, Eve teasing, tarrarush gamea, rape culture, mass and gang rapes, war rapes, child rapes, marital rapes, dowry murder, forced and child marriages, religous crimes, honour killings, FGM, sex slavery, women, girls and child trafficking, forced prostitution, rape pornography, online harassment, sadistic stalking, domestic and sexual murder, acid attacks, femicide, female infanticide, daily hate speech and sexism, sadistic and forced sexual practices, lack of freedom, education and human rights, forced dress codes like chador and burqa, victim blaming of assault, stalking, bullying and rape victims,witch hunts, widow murders, executions like stoning for rape and assault victims, imprisonment and punishment of female victims..
Violence against women, girls and female childs - particularly intimate partner violence and sexual violence - are major public health problems and violations of women's human rights and childrens rights..
Recent global prevalence figures indicate that about 1 in 3 (35%) of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime.
Most of this violence is intimate partner violence. Worldwide, almost one third (30%) of women who have been in a relationship report that they have experienced some form of physical and/or sexual violence by their intimate partner.
Globally, as many as 38% of murders of women are committed by an intimate partner.
Violence can negatively affect women’s physical, mental, sexual and reproductive health, and may increase vulnerability to HIV.
Factors associated with increased risk of perpetration of violence include low education, child maltreatment or exposure to violence in the family, harmful use of alcohol, attitudes accepting of violence and gender inequality.
Factors associated with increased risk of experiencing intimate partner and sexual violence include low education, exposure to violence between parents, abuse during childhood, attitudes accepting violence and gender inequality.
There is evidence from high-income settings that school-based programmes may be effective in preventing relationship violence (or dating violence) among young people.
In low-income settings, primary prevention strategies, such as microfinance combined with gender equality training and community-based initiatives that address gender inequality and relationship skills, hold promise.
Situations of conflict, post conflict and displacement may exacerbate existing violence, such as by intimate partners, and present additional forms of violence against women.
Global violence uniquely affects the girl child. Although international legal instruments have been in place for decades to protect the girl child, thousands of brutal acts of violence and neglect specifically targeting the girl child can be observed around the world on a daily basis. For centuries, girls who have barely attained adolescence have been forced into marriage, often with men many years their senior. As a minor, a girl child cannot legally give her consent to enter into such a partnership. They have suffered in female genital mutilation rituals. They are traded, bought, and sold across national borders as commodities to be put to use as prostitutes or slaves, or merely to be sold again at a profit. Many girls are even victimized before birth, as technology and greater access to medicine have given rise to prenatal sex selection and selection abortion based on sex. Girls continue to face the threat of sexual harassment and abuse in workplaces and schools. Their lives may be taken for the “honor” of their families for speaking to strangers or committing other minor transgressions. Violence against the girl child has become a powerful and all-too-common tactic in times of war and humanitarian disaster.
Violence against the girl child is perpetrated on every continent, wielded by every social and economic class, and sanctioned to varying degrees by every form of government, every major religion, and every kind of communal or familial structure.
The #MeToo Reckoning: Facing the Church's Complicity in Sexual Abuse and Misconduct/Ruth Everhart (Autor)
"The #MeToo movement has revealed sexual abuse in every sphere of society, including the church. But all too often, churches have been complicit in protecting abusers, reinforcing patriarchal power dynamics, and creating cultures of secrecy, shame, and silence. Disclosing candid stories of abuse, pastor and survivor Ruth Everhart offers God's hope to survivors while shining a light on the prevalence of sexual misconduct within faith communities"--
The Guilty Feminist: From our noble goals to our worst hypocrisies/ Deborah Frances-White (Autor)
'Everything you wanted to know about feminism but were afraid to ask' EMMA THOMPSON
Why do we find it so hard to say 'No'?
What does poker teach us about power structures?
How can feminism be more inclusive?
The Guilty Feminist will challenge you, reassure you and empower you to see the world differently.
From workplace inclusion to intersectionality, #MeToo to men's rights, rom-coms to pornography, Deborah Frances-White tackles urgent questions for the modern woman. Featuring interviews with activists, businesswomen and all-round inspirations, The Guilty Feminist examines how women can abandon their guilt, say No (when they mean it), say Yes (when they want to), and to change the world - and ourselves - for the better.
'Genius' Sunday Times
'Funny, fresh, thought-provoking' Observer
'Breathes life into conversations about feminism' Phoebe Waller-Bridge
'Quite possibly the defining feminist of our generation' Elizabeth Day
'Very funny, very clever, very thoughtful and very relevant' Dolly Alderton
'Encouraging every woman to say: "I get to be heard. I deserve to be seen" ' Daily Express
'A passionate and engaging manifesto, reminding readers that feminism isn't one-size-fits-all'
Dirty Words On Clean Skin: Sexism and Sabotage, a Hillary Supporter's Rude Awakening/Anita Finlay (Autor)
Why do so few women occupy seats of power? This shocking exposé travels beyond Hillary Clinton's historic 2008 presidential run to reveal a biased media's troubling influence over our electoral process and the sexist brainwashing that does damage to us all. Dirty Words on Clean Skin is the book big media does not want you to see -- an eye-opening journey that chronicles both Hillary Clinton's sexism-plagued historic run and the rampant denigration of women that rages on today with impunity. Dirty Words on Clean Skin transcends party politics. It is less about the treatment of one woman than the ramifications of denying equal respect to all women. This first person narrative will resonate with many who feel a burning frustration with the state of our political dialogue today. In 2008, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama waged an epic battle for the presidential nomination that captured the imagination and hopes of millions, but the joy of watching a qualified woman vie for the presidency was marred by newsmen and pundits calling Hillary Clinton a hellish housewife, Nurse Ratched, she-devil and bitch. DIRTY WORDS ON CLEAN SKIN examines the tactics that do damage to the credibility of powerful women and the cost to those watching from the ground. Anita Finlay’s shocking political odyssey travels beyond Hillary Clinton’s historic candidacy to investigate the media’s troubling influence over our electoral process and the behavior of a society not as evolved as advertised. Whether the subject is Michelle Obama, Sarah Palin or Sonia Sotomayor, no woman is immune. The facts speak for themselves and drive this carefully researched, explosive and conversational exposé. For sixteen years, polls have named Hillary Clinton America’s most admired woman, yet when it counted, the media depicted her as a vile harpy standing in the way of history. Today, articles from The New York Times to the Huffington Post are encouraging her to once again stand for the Presidency, yet any prescription offered to a woman attempting to break the “highest, hardest glass ceiling” will be worthless without an honest discussion of the culprits and their methods. That discussion has yet to take place.
Everyday Sexism: The Project That Inspired a Worldwide Movement/Laura Bates (Autor)
The Everyday Sexism Project was founded by writer and activist Laura Bates in April 2012. It began life as a website where people could share their experiences of daily, normalized sexism, from street harassment to workplace discrimination to sexual assault and rape.
The Project became a viral sensation, attracting international press attention from The New York Times to French Glamour, Grazia South Africa, to the Times of India and support from celebrities such as Rose McGowan, Amanda Palmer, Mara Wilson, Ashley Judd, James Corden, Simon Pegg, and many others. The project has now collected over 100,000 testimonies from people around the world and launched new branches in 25 countries worldwide. The project has been credited with helping to spark a new wave of feminism.
Feminist Fight Club: A Survival Manual For a Sexist Workplace: An Office Survival Manual (For a Sexist Workplace/Jessica Bennett (Autor)
Engaging, hilarious and practical - I will proudly proclaim myself a card-carrying member of the FFC' - Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and bestselling author of Lean In
This is a call to arms.
Are you aged zero to infinity? Finished with the sexist status quo? Ready to kick ass and take names?
Welcome to the Feminist Fight Club. You have lifetime membership.
Feminist Fight Club provides an arsenal of weapons for surviving in an unequal world. You will learn how to fight micro-aggressions, correct unconscious bias, deal with male colleagues who can't stop 'manterrupting' or 'bro-propriating' your ideas - and how to lean in without falling the f*ck over.
Every woman needs this book - and they needed it yesterday.
Regretting Motherhood: A Study/Orna Donath (Autor)
Women who opt not to be mothers are frequently warned that they will regret their decision later in life, yet we rarely talk about the possibility that the opposite might also be true—that women who have children might regret it. Drawing on years of research interviewing women from a variety of socioeconomic, educational, and professional backgrounds, sociologist Orna Donath treats regret as a feminist issue: as regret marks the road not taken, we need to consider whether alternative paths for women currently are blocked off. She asks that we pay attention to what is forbidden by rules governing motherhood, time, and emotion, including the cultural assumption that motherhood is a “natural” role for women—for the sake of all women, not just those who regret becoming mothers.
If we are disturbed by the idea that a woman might regret becoming a mother, Donath says, our response should not be to silence and shame these women; rather, we need to ask honest and difficult questions about how society pushes women into motherhood and why those who reconsider it are still seen as a danger to the status quo. Groundbreaking, thoughtful, and provocative, this is an especially needed book in our current political climate, as women's reproductive rights continue to be at the forefront of national debates.
Sexual Enslavement of Girls and Women Worldwide/Andrea Parrot (Autor)
They are in different countries but share the same hell. Maria is one of 14 women lured from Mexico to Seattle, Washington, with the promise of a job, then held by force in a brothel and required to sexually service men 12 hours a day. Anna is a young mother from the Ukraine who left her husband and children there to take a job as a housecleaner in Italy, where she was put in a barred, guarded house and forced into prostitution. Nadia is an 11-year-old girl in Africa, kidnapped and forced to have sex with a militiaman daily, with a machete ever ready nearby should she refuse. All three women are part of horrific sex slavery that has drawn the attention of officials in countries around the globe. It is not rare; officials say it is increasing, at least partly due to the billions of dollars it brings in for organized crime. The U.S. State Department estimates 800,000 victims, mostly women and children, are trafficked for sex trade across nations each year and millions more are trafficked within countries - including the U.S., Britain, Spain, and the Netherlands. As a Seattle Times reporter explained when Maria's case hit the news there, the reality is that sex slaves for the most part are young women and teenaged girls who come from almost every one of the world's poorer countries and end up in almost every country where there is a combination of sexual demand and money. But they are also in undeveloped Africa, in prisons internationally, locked in forced marriages, or sold to men by parents.
In this book, Parrot and Cummings outline the scope and growth of the sex slave market today and explain the history with various elements - including economic, political, cultural, and religious - that make this trade difficult to fully expose, quell, combat, and shut down. We hear from girls and women around the world describing how sexual enslavement has tortured them physically, emotionally, and spiritually, whether they suffer at the hands of prison guards in Turkey, criminals in Washington, or buyers dealing with parents who sell their daughters for the sex slave trade in Greece, Belgium, or France. The authors also describe national and international efforts and legislation passed or in design to stop sex slavery. Successful countries and regions are spotlighted. Then Parrot and Cummings point out actions still needed to stop the sex slavery trade.
Shattered Innocence: Exposing Human Trafficking, Forced Enslavement and Sexual Exploitation of Children Around the Globe/ Timothy Corder (Autor)
Today, more than 40 million men, women, and children are victims of some form of human trafficking. People are forced to work against their will, sold as sex slaves, and exploited in markets driven by hundreds of billions of dollars in profits every year. Sadly, millions of children are victimized—some forced to perform hard labor under brutal conditions, others coerced into illegal sexual acts to turn profits in prostitution and illegal child pornography production. Although forbidden by statutes in every nation and international law, human trafficking occurs in every country, affects people from all walks of life, and is the second most common crime committed worldwide. Victims are coerced, intimidated, or defrauded into submission to their captors. Some are threatened with physical violence, deportation, or other consequences to ensure their cooperation. Traffickers target and prey on the most vulnerable members of society—the women, the children, the disadvantaged, the troubled teens, the refugees—all potential money-makers whom traffickers see simply as commodities. Timothy Wade Corder, best-selling author, researcher, and activist sheds light on this topic, exposes the pervasive problem human trafficking has become in recent years, and discusses the efforts of federal and international law enforcement to curb this widespread abuse of human rights. He also suggests ways the public can help stop these egregious crimes against humanity’s most vulnerable in Shattered Innocence.
Oppression of Women: Genocid Cover-up Fear Anger/Rüdiger Opelt (Autor)
What fuels the cruelty of humankind, which has oppressed and exploited enemies and fellow countrymen alike since the beginning of recorded history? Why are the oppressed victims, without power and rights, most notably women? Have the countless historically warranted violent acts left us as unimpaired as patriarchs and militants want us to believe, or are they rather the source of increasing mental issues?40 years ago, while working as a young psychologist in child psychiatry, the author was puzzled by the misery of many children and their families, even though they often did not have a lack of material goods. 25 years ago he discovered that mental disorders can be traced back to the second world war and other traumas originating in violence. He has since discovered similar violent traumas worldwide and in all eras of time. This discovery may sound incredible given the historical misrepresentation perpetuated by historiography and the sciences, a practice which has been perfected and enforced by the Catholic church since the Constantinian shift (313 AD). The widespread preoccupation with national socialism nowadays is a good thing. Still, it is not a singular operational accident caused by a lunatic, as portrayed by the mainstream. Genocide has been the foundation of power for the patriarchal warrior caste since the Indo-Europeans first developed superior military technology by domesticating the horse 6000 years ago. Past genocides perpetrated by the militant patriarchy follow us like a perpetual boomerang. The extenuation of violence of the powerful leads to confusion, suffering, anguish, and anger. Inclusion of women and their wisdom of life is the essential step towards a happier world.
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide/ Nicholas D. Kristof (Autor), Cassandra Campbell (Erzähler), Sheryl WuDunn (Autor)
From two of our most fiercely moral voices, a passionate call to arms against our era’s most pervasive human rights violation: the oppression of women and girls in the developing world.
With Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn as our guides, we undertake an odyssey through Africa and Asia to meet the extraordinary women struggling there, among them a Cambodian teenager sold into sex slavery and an Ethiopian woman who suffered devastating injuries in childbirth. Drawing on the breadth of their combined reporting experience, Kristof and WuDunn depict our world with anger, sadness, clarity, and, ultimately, hope.
They show how a little help can transform the lives of women and girls abroad. That Cambodian girl eventually escaped from her brothel and, with assistance from an aid group, built a thriving retail business that supports her family. The Ethiopian woman had her injuries repaired and in time became a surgeon. A Zimbabwean mother of five, counseled to return to school, earned her doctorate and became an expert on AIDS.
Through these stories, Kristof and WuDunn help us see that the key to economic progress lies in unleashing women’s potential. They make clear how so many people have helped to do just that, and how we can each do our part. Throughout much of the world, the greatest unexploited economic resource is the female half of the population. Countries such as China have prospered precisely because they emancipated women and brought them into the formal economy. Unleashing that process globally is not only the right thing to do; it’s also the best strategy for fighting poverty.
Deeply felt, pragmatic, and inspirational, Half the Sky is essential listening for every global citizen.
A God Who Hates Women: A women's Journey through oppression/Dr. Majid Rafizadeh (Autor)
For a woman in a male-dominated society, ‘choice' is an alien word. And inequality, violence, injustice, abuse, and discrimination a daily living reality.
A God Who Hates Women is an emotional journey through a labyrinth of violence and civil war. It’s a journey through a battlefield riddled with archaic cultural demands and explosive emotions . . . where a mother and her son struggle to navigate through a cruel patriarchal society in an attempt to survive. To live.
Will endurance and courage overcome daily abuse? Will a crumbling homeland deprive a young boy of his right to identity? Will it wipe away all dreams of a future?
A myriad of memories and experiences are woven together in this riveting true tale of one family’s heartbreaking struggle through the mire of religion, politics, war and their unwavering hope for peace.
Muslim Women Reformers: Inspiring Voices Against Oppression /Ida Lichter (Autor)
In a world where the strident demands of Islamic extremists capture the media’s attention, the courageous protests of Muslim reformers barely receive any notice. These include a surprising number of women who are prepared to challenge institutionalized persecution, risking derision, arrest, physical harm, and even death.
In this inspiring compilation of Muslim women’s stories from around the world, the voices of these long-oppressed women ring loud and clear as they question ideology and culture, patriarchal and religious beliefs, and demand the social and political rights women lack in many Muslim countries. The reformers speak out with passion, humanity, and sometimes humor in these compact and often poignant biographies, bringing alive the harsh realities for women in many parts of the world.
By surveying a wide range of Muslim reformers, not only in the Middle East but also in Europe and North America, author Ida Lichter uncovers some significant emerging trends. For example, she notes that the majority of Muslim feminists would like to see reform contained within Islam. Many criticize their patriarchal culture for suppressing egalitarian views that they believe the Koran expresses and so they advocate a reinterpretation of the holy text. Some demand changes to discriminatory Sharia-based laws. Others campaign openly for political and educational reforms.
Complete with a glossary and a list of helpful Web sites, this vibrant anthology makes use of reliable translations from original languages to demonstrate the groundswell of grassroots change that promises eventually to bring even the most conservative sectors of Islam into the twenty-first century.
Female Mutilation/ Hilary Burrage (Autor)
The numbers of girls and women affected around the world are staggering. Death is not an uncommon outcome. Female genital mutilation (FGM) is the partial or complete removal of the external female genitals for cultural rather than medical or religious reasonsits origin is unknown. Practitioners believe the procedure enhances the girls health, hygiene, chastity, fertility and marriage prospectsthe truth is it obliterates sexual pleasure, causes severe health problems and is sometimes fatal. This book covers this controversial cultural practice that is taking place around the world including in Western countries where it is illegal. Read the harrowing stories of women who have been genitally mutilated, their accounts of survival and their determination to end this injustice. Find out what is being done to combat this crime against women from those committed to see change.
The Rape of Innocence: Female Genital Mutilation & Circumcision in the USA /Patricia Robinett (Autor)
Genital mutilation in the USA has been a well-kept secret. "The Rape of Innocence" is an autobiographical account of a white Anglo-Saxon Protestant woman who discovered she had been the victim of clitoridectomy as a child in Kansas in the 1950s.
The author is a therapist who deals with trauma. In her work, she has met many other American women and men who were genitally mutilated as children and adults. Could you -- or someone you love -- have been cut too?
This book may explain the U.S. epidemic of sexual dysfunction, anger, anxiety, depression -- unresolved psychological trauma from circumcision. Now that the word is out, the healing can begin.
Created Equal/Anna Horsbrugh-Porter (Autor)
The Palgrave Macmillan/Amnesty International series illuminates the greatest human rights issues facing the world today. From human trafficking to poverty, terrorism to freedom of expression, this dynamic and accessible series encourages debate about the situation today and, the path we took to get here, allowing people with many different perspectives to tell their own stories of struggle.
Created Equal is a frank and clear-sighted introduction to the current state of women's rights globally. Millions of women throughout the world suffer from violence, poverty and denial of their human rights because of their gender. By exploring their stories, and hearing the views of both advocates for and opponenets of women's rights, Anna Horsbrugh-Porter reveals the real human costs of the violation of these rights. Among the issues covered in this book are:
-violence against women,
This is a well written, sad but hopeful look at the horrific inequality and treatment of half of the human race. I wish more men would read this book.