Antiquated ideas about women’s sexuality are extremely damaging. But it is even more damaging to act as if sexual assault and rape are the price women pay for independence and sexual freedom.
RH Reality Check’s look at the New York Times Magazine series on women’s rights continues with a round-up of responses from around the web. Posts from actual women who do not need rescuing but recognition!
The Kristof-WuDunn article lacks perspective on the underlying political and culture factors that fuel violence against women and HIV. Instead of painting men only as perpetrators, research and journalism need to critically engage gender issues.
Kristof and WuDunn persuasively argue that fighting for women’s equality around the world, especially in developing countries, is the moral issue of our time.
Globally mainstream media writes and broadcasts women’s and girls stories only 21% of the time. So, we must ask, while occasional, even excellent stories, do make it into the New York Times, isn’t the publication a part of the problem?
Kristof and WuDunn offer an important message. But we have our own invisibles: mostly women of color who face staggering obstacles to health care and remain economically disadvantaged.
We, the people of the developing world, complain about unfair and inaccurate reporting by Western journalists because we know how differently stories might have turned out if they had consulted the experts among us.
With a tagline like “Saving the World’s Women,” we knew to be suspicious of the recent New York Times Magazine cover story on global women’s rights. Reading on, our suspicions were confirmed.