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A new scientific study showed what we already knew: men are the weaker sex. The study led by Duke University in North Carolina, USA, compared 250 years of history and disaster. Through war, famines and mutation, the woman always survives the man of a few years. The reason? Men have only one X chromosome.
Lauren Wasser is an activist model. She has been known for the first time after getting a leg amputated. In 2012, she was diagnosed with Toxic Shock Syndrome. Linked to periods, this illness is caused by stagnating blood in the body and chemicals in hygienic protections. Since then, she has been using her fame to highlight the disease that no one wants to talk about and share her experience. She recently announced the amputation of her second leg, but this does not prevent her from continuing her fight.
It was hard to miss the last few campaigns reacting again sexual assault. However, it seems that some have not yet received the message. Indeed, during a festival in New Zealand, Madeline Anello-Kitzmiller, topless but covered with glitter, experienced it for the umpteenth time. When a man saw her, without thinking he ran after the young woman to squeeze her chest. Accompanied by her friend, she calmly turned around, to distribute blows. For those who think going topless is provocative, Madeline explains that she has already been attacked during a festival while she was covered. She also hopes to inspire other women to be comfortable with their bodies. Don’t grab her by the boob!
You can’t have missed it either. Catherine Deneuve, Catherine Millet and their clique claiming their “right to be bothered”. Le Monde, the first to have published this open letter signed by a hundred women, defends itself. In the past few months, they have already published a myriad of articles defending #MeToo and the uprisings involved, and publishing a different opinion on the movement was important to them. Important because this opinion really is? Or because Deneuve, world famous, signed the opinion column, making it all the more resounding? In reality, this is the role of the “debate” pages of the news giant: to report on issues of society, expressing the different points of view. The fact is that some points of view can sometimes do more harm than good. And one can only regret that an article defending the sexual assaults in the métro as non-events makes far more noise than a woman’s column recounting the calvary of a work environment where sexual harassment and misogyny reign supreme.
Alyssa Milano, American actress of the small and big screen, joined the Time’s Up movement, an initiative born in the United States in recent months to address inequalities, harassment and sexual assaults in the professional world. Alyssa, together with many other Hollywood celebrities and actresses, had already raised more than $13 million by January 2, 2018. She was the one who launched #MeToo on social networks last October. Although the initiative and the phrase go back to 2006, it was she who launched the movement on the micro-blogging platform, inviting millions of young women to tell their stories, without waiting for anyone to deign to believe or hear them.
On January 1st, the movement announced its battle plan: setting up a women’s defense fund to provide legal actions and lobbying against companies that do not respect the laws and women working for them.
Ahed Tamimi, a 16-year-old Palestinian girl, was arrested by the Israeli authorities after kicking two Israeli soldiers who shot her 15-year-old cousin at point-blank range with a rubber pistol. The young man had to be taken to the hospital and placed in a 72-hour artificial coma, the bullet and shock having caused extensive internal bleeding. Ahed, her mother and 20-year-old cousin, were arrested four days later. The young woman is now facing 12 charges brought against her by the Israeli justice system, which also accuses her of throwing stones twice at Israeli soldiers when she was younger. This is not the first time that the girl’s audacity has been immortalized, since her altercations have already become viral in the past. The Tamimi family is a large family of Palestinian activists in the occupied West Bank area. While her cousin and mother were released, Ahed, still detained, faces up to 20 years in prison for her actions. Her father, worried, explained that the Israeli justice frequently condemns minors and children to pressure Palestinian families and activist groups.
Enrique Peña Nieto, the current Mexican president, is a member of the PRI party that has been in power since 1929 and is well known for his media bias, electoral fraud and corruption. In short, nothing very democratic. In 2018 for the first time, independent candidates can run for President. María de Jesús Patricio Martínez, also known as Marichuy, is the first indigenous Mexican woman to run in Mexican elections in 150 years. This 53-year-old Nahua healer wants to represent the marginalized in society: indigenous people, the poor, women, and the LGBTQ+ community. Activist Marichuy is backed by the Indigenous Council and the EZLN, a left-wing party known for its struggle for women’s rights. The fight is not won yet, but this indigenous feminist activist has succeeded in giving a voice to those who are silenced.
Photo credit : Madeline Anello-Kitzmiller /Jennifer Rovero /Mahmoud ILLEAN /El Universal