‘Just a Piece of Meat’: How Homeless Women Have Little Choice But to Use Sex For Survival

Australia (Conversation) – Women comprise 42% of Australia’s homeless population. Not only do many women become homeless due to family violence, homelessness can expose them to further gendered violence. Research shows homeless women experience violence – or feel vulnerable to it – in crisis accommodation, such as private rooming houses and motels, to which housing services often refer them due to the scarcity of more suitable alternatives. For my recently published book I interviewed 15 women aged 18-25 about their experiences of managing homelessness in Melbourne. The women described how…

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Florida’s Algae Crisis. 5 Questions Answered

Florida, United States (Conversation) – Editor’s note: Two large-scale algae outbreaks in Florida are killing fish and threatening public health. Along the southwest coast, one of the longest-lasting red tide outbreaks in the state’s history is affecting more than 100 miles of beaches. Meanwhile, discharges of polluted fresh water from Lake Okeechobee and polluted local runoff water from the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee watersheds have caused blooms of blue-green algae in downstream estuaries on both coasts. Karl Havens, a professor at the University of Florida and director of the Florida…

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Profit, Not Free Speech, Governs Media Companies’ Decisions on Controversy

United States (Conversation) – For decades, U.S. media companies have limited the content they’ve offered based on what’s good for business. The decisions by Apple, Spotify, Facebook and YouTube to remove content from commentator Alex Jones and his InfoWars platform follow this same pattern. My research on media industries makes clear that government rules and regulations do little to limit what television shows, films, music albums, video games and social media content are available to the public. Business concerns about profitability are much stronger restrictions. Movies are given ratings based…

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Survival Kits for Every Emergency

World Wide (SurvivalSullivan) –  Preppers are really good at lots of things, and making “lists” is chief among them. Getting prepared and remaining prepared requires organization – that takes the making of lists, as well as with lists of lists – got to keep all of those lists recorded and updated, too! You absolutely do not want to be scrambling around to find survival gear and supplies AS the SHTF. The preps should be organized into specific survival kits, labeled, placed in a storage space noted on the preparedness plan master…

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Federal Gov. Sends Immigrant Kids To Man Texas Stopped Sending Foster Kids To

United States (TexasTribune) – By the time the federal government started sending immigrant children to Shiloh Treatment Center in 2009, the warning flags were waving blood red. Three children had died after being physically restrained at Shiloh and affiliated facilities in rural Texas run by the same man, Clay Dean Hill. A teenager from California died after running away and getting hit by a truck. Texas officials repeatedly had cited Hill’s residential centers for troubled youths after caretakers were found to have slapped, punched and kicked children. Yet nine years ago,…

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What Happens When Women Report Sexual Assault in Japan?

Japan (GV) – One Canadian woman’s recent experience of sexual assault on a Tokyo train, including the way the police responded, has prompted discussions on Twitter about Japan’s ongoing problem with ‘chikan‘ (痴漢 or train-gropers in Japanese). The documented sexual assault experience resembles recent high profile cases in Japan involving journalist Shiori Ito, a blogger known as Hachu and stage actress Shimizu Meili. In July 2018, a woman who goes by the name ‘Jenna‘ on Twitter began sharing a series of tweets that described being stalked and groped by a man on a train…

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Research Shows Four in Five Experts Cited in Online News are Men

United Kingdom (Conversation) – Who gets to speak? Who do we listen to? And whose opinions do we respect? These questions are always important, but even more so now, as the UK faces an uncertain future, and political leaders need to make some tough decisions. So it’s disappointing to learn that female voices continue to be marginalised in the nation’s news coverage. Women’s expertise is going untapped and unheard at a critical time. An analysis conducted by the Centre for the Study of Media, Communication and Power on behalf of…

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Wanting to Live a ‘Normal-Perfect’ Life is Making Women Unhealthy

World Wide (Conversation) – These days, the health of a woman seems to be less about the absence of illness and more about being someone who works on their body and mind in order to meet modern society’s expectations of looks and abilities. This is not just a neat observation, but something we found while researching our new book, Postfeminism and Health. We analysed a range of research and media – including advice in self-help literature, government promotion of healthy weight, and the way surgeons and their patients talk about…

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#MeToo Movement Finds an Unlikely Champion in Wall Street With the New ‘Weinstein Clause’

United States (Conversation) – If you were worried that the #MeToo movement might fade away, fear not. It has been carved into one of the most immovable objects in human history. Legal boilerplate. And not just any boilerplate. But the language in giant merger agreements, used when one company is buying out another company. Basically, corporate lawyers have been adding a sentence that forces companies to disclose allegations of sexual harassment. On Wall Street, it has come to be known as the “Weinstein clause.” That’s new. In my years as…

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The Trump Administration is Making Plans to Detain More Immigrants in Texas. Here’s Where They Would be Held.

United States (TexasTribune) – President Donald Trump’s administration is working to dramatically ramp up its capacity to detain immigrants — especially in Texas. Despite protests, several facilities have opened to hold more migrant adults and children this summer, and there are proposals that would nearly double the total number of beds at authorized centers. For family detention and child-only shelters, the capacity would nearly triple. The vast majority of the requested increase would hold children and families on two Texas military bases. The federal government has made initial requests for up to…

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