This Week: Fat Stigma, Gadhafi’s Nuns, & more

Fat Stigma Spreads Around the Globe
New York Times: “The findings were troubling, suggesting that negative perceptions about people who are overweight may soon become the cultural norm in some countries, including places where plumper, larger bodies traditionally have been viewed as attractive, according to a new report in the journal Current Anthropology.”

Gadhafi’s Revolutionary Nuns: An All-Female Team of Bodyguards Protects the Libyan Leader
BUST Magazine: “Adding to the long list of Gadhafi’s strange proclivities is his choice of personal protection: an all-female, lipsticked legion of virgins who accompany the leader as his personal bodyguards.”

Title IX Suit Filed Against Yale University for “Hostile Sexual Environment”
Jezebel: “Today the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights announced it will open an investigation of Yale University ‘for its failure to eliminate a hostile sexual environment on campus, in violation of Title IX.'”

CNN and the muslim woman next door
Racialicious: “In response to the mosque vandalism, Ivy says that the hardest thing for her is hearing her young daughter voice concern about her mother’s safety while wearing hijab outdoors. The tactics of intimidation, she says, have affected the children more than anything.”

Older women, blacks unhappy with their portrayal in films
Feministing: “In this case, older women and black people expressed the most discontent, with most women aged 50-75 saying they wanted more focus on their sexual desire, and most black people desiring less.”

Alabama House Approves Apology for Recy Taylor
ColorLines: “Taylor’s case has for decades lingered as an icon of the sexual violence black women suffered from white men in the South. At the time, her case became a rallying point for a movement to end impunity for that violence. Today, federal law enforcement officials have reopened dozens of civil rights era murders, but have not revisited the rapes and sexual assaults that went un-prosecuted.”

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