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India’s women on the march

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Sometimes countries suddenly take a mighty leap forward, forcing everyone else to take notice. On one critical issue—sexual harassment and rape—India has moved far into the lead. Following a number of brutal rapes that became notorious worldwide, Indian women are pushing back in radical, innovative, and transformational ways.

Posted: February 1st, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The girl can’t help it

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When Mary Barra was named CEO of General Motors in early December—the first woman to head a major American automaker—it seemed to many to be a milestone in women’s struggle for equal rights and opportunities. But, in a climate in which, as Catalyst, the feminist glass-ceiling watchdog, points out, only 4.2 percent of US Fortune 500 CEOs are women, is Barra’s promotion really a victory?

Posted: January 5th, 2014 in Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The US military’s rape culture

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Around the world, people’s understanding of why rape happens usually takes one of two forms. Either it is like lightning, striking some unlucky woman who was in the wrong place at the wrong time (an isolated, mysterious event, caused by some individual man’s sudden psychopathology), or it is “explained” by some seductive transgression by the victim (the wrong dress, a misplaced smile).

Posted: July 6th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Sweden’s other rape suspects

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It is difficult for me, as an advocate against rape and other forms of violence against women, to fathom the laziness and willful ignorance that characterize so much of the media coverage of the sexual-assault allegations against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. To report that we are simply witnessing Swedish justice at work, one must be committed to doing no research—not even the bare minimum of picking up a phone. In fact, we are witnessing a bizarre aberration in the context of Sweden’s treatment of sex crimes—a case that exposes the grim reality of indifference, or worse, that victims there and elsewhere face.

Posted: September 1st, 2012 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Arming the asylum

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The horror has become almost routine. This time, the massacre site was a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, where accused shooter James Holmes murdered and injured dozens of moviegoers. In 1999, the scene was nearby Columbine High School. By some estimates, there are more than 20 mass shootings per year in the United States. And always the same question: Why?

Posted: August 13th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

An Iraqi film hero in America

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One of Iraq’s only a handful working filmmakers, Oday Rasheed—whose brilliant 2005 film “Underexposure” followed a group of characters in Baghdad after the United States-led invasion in 2003, and whose new film “Qarantina” is now premiering—is in Manhattan. The glamorous settings in which he is now showing “Qarantina”—a screening at the Museum of Modern Art, for example, and in the private homes of American directors and stars—could not be further removed from the violence-riddled context of his daily life.

Posted: February 27th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The American hangover

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As turmoil stalks America’s financial markets and protests fill its streets, Americans’ lifestyle choices are evolving in a telling way: once seen by the rest of the world as an exuberant teenager—the globe’s extrovert, exporter of rock ‘n’ roll and flashy Hollywood movies—Americans are now becoming decidedly withdrawn, or at least inward-looking. Trends in leisure activities reflect that change: frugality and making do are in; gaudy consumerism is out.

Posted: December 4th, 2011 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

A gender divided

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The top and the bottom of the list of countries in Newsweek’s recent cover story, “The 2011 Global Women’s Progress Report,” evoke images of two different worlds.

Posted: October 2nd, 2011 in Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Is pornography driving men crazy?

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New York—It is hard to ignore how many highly visible men in recent years (indeed, months) have behaved in sexually self-destructive ways. Some powerful men have long been sexually voracious; unlike today, though, they were far more discreet and generally used much better judgment in order to cover their tracks. Of course, the heightened technological [...]

Posted: July 11th, 2011 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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