CLICKING: FEBRUARY 2019

A group of elected democrats dressed in white and posing before the speech on “The State of the Union” ©Associated Press

 

Clicking is a clickable zapping where you are provided with the most important news of the month. This month in the Clicking: Cardi B became the first woman to win a Grammy for Best Rap album, a transgender woman was murdered in El Salvador after being expelled by the United States, and Democratic women representatives are dressing in white… 

 

The 2019 “State of the Union” speech in the United States was historic for women for several reasons 

Last February, the American Congress gave the speech of the “State of the Union”, an annual opportunity for Congress to look back on the past year and look forward to the coming year. It was also an opportunity for women elected from the Democratic Party to send a strong message to their administration and their fellow citizens: they all came dressed entirely in white, a color chosen as a tribute to the suffragettes of the early 20th century. But the speech was not only marked by striking clothing choices. Indeed, African-American Democrat Stacey Abrams was chosen by her party to be the one to respond to the speech, and address President Donald Trump. This is a first time in the history of the United States since the creation of this function. 

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The French Assembly voted to replace the words “father” and “mother” by the word “parent” in school forms.

We have all already filled out school forms about the profession of the “father”, the profession of the “mother”… Well, these will disappear from all school textbooks. On February 13, French deputies voted by a majority to amend the law to require schools to use the names “Parent 1” and “Parent 2” in the forms for children. An important step towards more equality in school and education. 

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The history of LGBT struggles will be taught in New Jersey schools

A new law was signed on January 31 by the Governor of the American State of New Jersey, Phil Murphy, requiring the teaching of the history of LGBT struggles in all public schools (private schools are exempt from legislation). However, one point remained unresolved: what would be the content of the curriculums, and how would it be taught? The answer was given by the governor himself at the beginning of February: it is up to each school to make this choice… A way of ensuring a very different teaching from one school to another. 

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Portrait of Camila ©Tétu.fr

A young transgender woman expelled from the United States was murdered in El Salvador

Camila had fled her country, El Salvador, because of constant death threats. As a young transgender woman, she had come to the United States seeking asylum, but the US expelled her. Barely 4 or 5 months after her return to her country of origin, the young woman was assaulted. She died of her injuries at the hospital on February 3. The circumstances of her attack have not yet been clarified. 

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French sports brand Décathlon to market a running hijab, public controversy forces them to cancel it

February was a hectic month for Décathlon, which announced at the beginning of the month a running hijab, a product that the brand was already selling in several countries, including Morocco. But this announcement provoked a heated controversy and did not seem to be to everyone’s liking. Many people accused them of promoting Islamism, when the only goal of the brand was to promote diversity in sports practices. The brand finally gave in to public pressure and announced on February 26 that it would renounce the marketing of the garment until further notice. 

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Thailand: the king’s sister candidate for Prime Minister, a political earthquake disapproved by the Palace

Princess Ubolratana, the elder sister of the King of Thailand, announced her unexpected candidacy for the position of Prime Minister last month, in a country under military rule since the 2014 coup. While everyone assumed that her candidature was supported and approved by the Palace, the latter expressed in a statement its disapproval of this candidature, considered by the authorities to be unconstitutional. The princess renounced her title of nobility and is now considered by law as an “ordinary citizen”, therefore should be authorized to run for election. 

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Photo de la statue “The Kiss” en floride, avec un tag #MeToo, ©Sarasota Police Department

Why was #MeToo painted on the statue The Kiss in Florida?

We all know the famous picture of a fiery kiss between a sailor and a young woman dressed in white, in the middle of the crowd in Time Square, to celebrate the end of the Second World War. This picture is actually not that romantic, because the two characters did not know each other, and were not a couple. The man simply grabbed the young woman from the street when the Japanese surrendered, and forcibly kissed her. A gesture that he considered to be “a kiss of gratitude”, but that the young woman later described as “forced”, and declared “not to have chosen to be kissed”. The #MeToo that appeared on the statue inspired by this photo then takes on a whole new meaning. 

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A look back at the “Ligue du Lol” scandal

What is the Ligue du Lol? Originally, it was just a simple private Facebook group, as there are many of them. Created by French journalist Vincent Glad at the end of the 2000s, it brought together some thirty people, mainly from Parisian journalism, communication and advertising circles. It is not this group as an entity that is directly implicated, but rather its excesses, and in particular the excesses of some of its members, who are now accused of online and real harassment, insults and other attacks by many people. 

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Miss France 2019 criticizes TV host for considering her an object

In an interview with Le Parisien this February, Vaimalama Chaves, Miss France 2019, looked back on when she was on Laurent Ruquier’s show “On n’est pas couché”. On January 19, the young woman was the victim of sexist and more than inappropriate comments from the host, who, deploring the declining birth rate in the country, boasted of having a Miss France as his guest to solve this problem. The young woman, surprised by the comment, later explained that she was “surprised because [she] didn’t expect him to say something on the air like: “Here’s Miss France, use her picture to jerk off and have children”. It’s not nice to be considered an object.” 

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Cardi B holding her Grammy ©Getty Images

Cardi B becomes the first woman to win the Grammy for Best Rap Album

Rapper Cardi B made music history on February 10, at the Grammy Awards ceremony, where she won the Grammy for Best Rap Album of the Year. This was the first time in the history of this award that it was awarded to a woman. A choice that did not seem to please everyone since the rapper was strongly criticized for her victory on social networks. However, she has been defended by many women in the music industry, including Lady Gaga, who expressed her support for Cardi B and worked to denounce the sexism of the industry. 

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R Kelly gets out of jail after a daycare owner pays his bail.

R Kelly, the rapper charged with 4 cases of rape and sexual assault including 3 cases involving minors, has been in prison awaiting trial since early February, unable to pay his exorbitant bail himself. But that was without counting on Valencia Love, a young daycare owner who paid the rapper’s bail and allowed him to regain his freedom… One would have thought that someone working in this field would have been more reserved on the issue, but apparently not….

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