Links, Stuff I Missed
The story title says it all: Women forced at gun point to remove their bras.
In Mogadishu, extreme Islamist group al Shabaab has been reported gathering up and whipping women who are thought to have breasts that are too firm, implying that they’re wearing bras, which apparently goes against strict interpretation of Sharia law.
Because clearly there is nothing more important to militants than cracking down on rebel, bra-wearing, women.
You want Cancer or Warts? You decide.
Two recent pieces of news will change how we protect ourselves from the sexually transmitted human papilloma virus: The Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of the Gardasil vaccine in boys and men ages 9 to 26, and a new HPV vaccine, Cervarix, for girls and women ages 10 to 25. What this means is that HPV infections may drop precipitously, with both boys and girls getting vaccinated. It also means that girls and women will have a choice between two vaccines.
While some news reports predict that Gardasil will remain the vaccine of choice, I'm not so sure. With its three-year head start on the U.S. market, Gardasil is certainly better known to doctors and women. It also has the advantage of protecting against two HPV strains responsible for 90 percent of genital warts—which can cause itching and burning but not cancer. Cervarix, while it doesn't protect against these warts, offers some protection against another HPV strain. According to the manufacturer, GlaxoSmithKline, Cevarix is about 89 percent effective in preventing precancerous lesions caused by HPV type 31, the third most common cervical-cancer-causing strain, behind 16 and 18. It's a personal choice women will have to make on their own, although I'm guessing their decision may be influenced by multimillion dollar ad campaigns. Merck, manufacturer of Gardasil, already has ads on the airwaves, and I'm curious how Cervarix will be sold to women. Choose added cancer protection over freedom from warts?
This is good, i assume you'll want Gardasil, since it protects against both, but MEH, to each 'his' own.
Just another day at the office: women still face inequality at work.
Though no group of women has ever pushed aside these natural restrictions as far as the American wife, it seems that she still cannot accept them in good grace. Most girls grew up without ever seeing a woman doctor, lawyer, police officer, or bus driver. Jo Freeman, who went to Berkeley in the early '60s, realized only later that while she had spent four years "in one of the largest institutions of higher education in the world — and one with a progressive reputation," she had never once had a female professor. "I never even saw one. Worse yet, I didn't notice." If a young woman expressed interest in a career outside the traditional teacher/nurse/secretary, her mentors carefully shepherded her back to the proper path. As a teenager in Pittsburgh, Angela Nolfi told her guidance counselor that she wanted to be an interior decorator, but even that very feminine pursuit apparently struck her adviser as too high-risk or out of the ordinary. "He said, 'Why don't you be a home-economics teacher?' " she recalled. And once Mademoiselle had finished urging its readers to shoot for the sky, it celebrated the end of the school year with an article on careers that seemed to suggest most new college graduates would be assuming secretarial duties, and ended with tips on "pre-job hand-beautifying" for a new generation of typists.
Read with a bucket of salt handy as the article is from NPR.
And this is just weird: A "pink taxi" service for fed up females.
Fed up with what? The color yellow?