Turkish Government Passes Law Allowing Women To Wear Pants In Parliament After Lifting Headscarf Ban
Women lawmakers in Turkey’s parliament can now legally wear pants to government sessions. While this may seem like a relatively minor achievement, especially for those in nations accustomed to the type of female pantsuits donned by leaders such as Hillary Clinton and Angela Merkel, Turkey has been undergoing a radical string of dress code transformations throughout recent months. Prior to the decision to allow females to wear pants in parliament, the government passed a law allowing females to wear the Islamic headscarf within the building. The largely Islamic but also secular nation had previously banned the religious garments during parliament sessions.
In fact, the issue of allowing pants in parliament initially arose during the debates surrounding whether or not to allow headscarfs during lawmaking sessions. Republican People’s Party representative Safak Pavey had requested to be allowed to wear pants since she has a prosthetic leg. The previous rule, however, was that women had to wear suits with skirts, according to the Huffington Post.
Although the Prime Minister of Turkey Tayyip Erdogan is a conservative and Islamist leader, he quickly agreed with Pavey’s plan to allow women to wear pants within parliament, and the bill passed with relative ease.
The other three primary parties within the Turkish government include the secular-leaning CHP, the pro-Kurdish BDP and the Turkish nationalist party MHP, according to Elite Daily. All parties supported the plan, and the garment restrictions within the government continue to be liberalized.
Talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh, who once called a birth-control advocate a “slut” who demands that “taxpayers pay her to have sex,” and who earlier this month said that low-income women with children under five should have their federal food benefits cut off to “use them as an object lesson,” yesterday accused the Democratic party of turning women into “abortion machines.”
Yes, this is the man who once said that feminism shrinks men’s penises.
Limbaugh has long been an advocate for the age-old conservative argument that helping people actually hurts them. On his Wednesday program he embarked on a typical rant in response to caller’s idea about how to dispel the notion that Republicans are waging a “war on women.”
“When they say that we’re against women, we put out that they’re against women,” the caller, a woman, suggested.
Limbaugh agreed and then delivered a dissertation detailing ways that in his view, liberal policies damage women and other groups.
“Look at what they’re doing," Limbaugh implored. “They’re destroying the black family, they’re destroying the minority family — look at what they’re doing to women with their policies. They’re demeaning them, they’re turning them into nothing but abortion machines.”
Limbaugh never explained how Democratic or liberal programs turn women into “abortion machines” or even what an “abortion machine” is.
Limbaugh has previously said that if abortion must remain legal, the law should require them to be carried out with a gun. He also labeled pro-choice groups “death squads,” a term used to describe usually secret government agents who carry out assassinations and political murders, such as the secret police who terrorized Central America on behalf of right-wing regimes there in the 1970s and 1980s.
Listen to Limbaugh's latest unhinged diatribe below.
Amidst major revolutions that saw significant political upheaval throughout the Middle East, the country of Saudi Arabia made headlines because its women wanted one simple right: the ability to drive.
Many women throughout the country have been increasingly protesting the country’s ban on women drivers by getting behind the wheel of vehicles, risking arrest and other dangerous forms of backlash.
The country experienced one of its most widespread protests against male-dominated driving culture last week, in which over 60 women took videos of themselves driving in various areas of the country. Although 60 may seem like a small statistic, those women actually comprised the country’s largest protest against the law. According to USA Today, the Saudi activists “have not received any reports of arrests or women ticketed by the police.”
A Kuwaiti woman attempting to get her father to a hospital just across the border in Saudi Arabia was not as lucky as the protesters. Even though the woman was not from Saudi Arabia, and therefore not protesting the country’s driving law in any manner, she was arrested and held in custody as police conducted an investigation on her.
Contrary to popular belief, there is no specific law in Saudi Arabia banning women from driving. The common practice is for women to take drivers or rely on their husbands or fathers to get around. However, women are regularly denied licenses and, as was the case with the Kuwaiti woman, arrested for getting behind the wheel.
According to the Kuwaiti woman, she was driving her father to the hospital because he suffers from diabetes and was unable to drive the vehicle himself. The Kuwait Times reports that the woman “was caught driving a Chevrolet Epica on the ‘Sitteen Road’ in front of a hotel in the area located near the border with Kuwait.”
An 18-year-old Russian girl known only as Shatuniha auctioned off her virginity for $30,000, describing her condition as “new, not used.”
In the description of her post she noted that she could go to a hotel at Predmostnaya Square with a document confirming her virginity. She would arrive with a person who would take the cash, then she'd remain at the hotel with the buyer.
According to a Siberian newspaper, the girl reported that she was in desperate need of money. She added that she could meet the purchaser at any time.
“I am in urgent need of money,” she said, “so I am selling the most precious thing I posess.”
The buyer, a man allegedly known as Evgeniy Volnov, paid 100,000 rubles. His purchasing price was $3,100 over the starting price.
Russian police have said they are in no position to make an arrest since the girl’s actions do not qualify as prostitution under the Code of Administrative Violations. They added that they could not make a moral assessment of the girl’s decisions.
In April, the same girl appeared to sell her virginity on another site. She described herself as almost 18, living in Krasnoyarsk and willing to sell her virginity at an expensive price to “someone who can properly appreciate it”.
Only 23 percent of Americans think electing more nonwhites in Congress would be a good thing, according to an ABC News poll.
The surprising results diverge widely along political lines, with 5 percent of Republicans responding that more nonwhites would be a good thing, and 50 percent of Democrats responding the same.
The different views are “so enormous and so fundamental that they seem to constitute visions of two distinctly different Americas," ABC polling director Gary Langer wrote, noting that partisan and ideological differences are contributing factors to the difference.
When asked if more women elected to Congress would make a positive change, 23 percent of Republicans and 60 percent of Democrats agreed.
However, the consensus among Americans is that electing more minorities and women would make little difference in settling budget issues, with 66 percent of pollsters in agreement.
Only 31 percent of Americans believed that “people like them” were represented in Congress.
The poll surveyed ABC News Fusion Poll surveyed 1,002 adults by phone between Oct 17. and Oct. 20.
Two Saudi Arabian comedians and activists made light of the ban on women drivers in a viral video, featuring a parodied Bob Marley song they call “No Woman, No Drive”.
The video has accumulated 4.5 million views on YouTube since Hisham Fageed and Fahad Al Butairi uploaded it Monday night.
“Say I remember when you used to sit in the family car,” Fageed sings, “but backseat.”
In another line, Fageed sings that women’s ovaries will be safe in the backseat so they can continue to have children.
The second line was in response to Sheik Salah al-Luhaydan, a cleric who said women who drove would risk damaging their ovaries and birthing children with defects.
In an interview with the Huffington Post, the comedians said they hoped the ban would soon be lifted, and that the video was meant to spread happiness and positivity.
The video is especially popular because of Saturday’s “drive-in” protests, when Saudi Arabian women across the country published pictures of themselves driving in opposition of the ban.
Because of the protest, 16 women were fined. While there is no law against women driving, they were charged with disturbing the peace of the country.
The protestors and their guardians were forced to sign a pledge to respect the kingdom’s laws.
Kansas Supreme Court Suspends Former Attorney General, Anti-Choice Crusader Phill Kline's Law License
The Kansas Supreme Court ruled Friday to indefinitely suspend former attorney general Phill Kline’s law license, after finding that he engaged in ethical misconduct by pursuing charges against abortion providers.
The court ruled that Kline broke professional conduct rules and committed violations to advance his investigations, including misleading his employees and encouraging employees to mislead others, like a grand jury.
"If this is the standard of honesty in Kansas,” Kline’s attorney Tom Condit responded, “there are a lot of attorneys who are going to be taking a long vacation.”
Kline was also found to have made false or misleading statements to the Supreme Court about handling and obtaining patients records during criminal investigations.
The former attorney general’s cases included investigations into George Tiller, the doctor killed in 2009 for providing abortions, and Planned Parenthood, which he accused of conducting illegal abortions and falsifying records.
“Planned Parenthood said throughout this long ordeal Mr. Kline was pursuing a political witch hunt based on his ideological and political views, not the law," Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri CEO Peter Brownlie said. "Today’s unanimous decision confirms we were right."
Kline will be eligible to reapply for his license in three years, according to the Kansas City Star.
U.S. District Judge David Campbell denied a request to challenge an Arizona law banning abortion based on race or sex, noting that no one has faced a personal injury because of it.
Both the NAACP’s Maricopa County branch and the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum argued the law unconstitutionally singles out Asian and black women based on stereotypes – that is, that Asian women are more likely to abort girls for boys, and that black women are more likely to be talked into terminating a pregnancy.
However, the ruling does not mean the law is constitutional. That question will remain unanswered until a woman who is denied an abortion under the law is harmed because of it and challenges the ban.
Dan Pochoda, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona, said the organization is currently attempting to put an end to the law.
Casey Mattox, the senior counsel of anti-abortion group Alliance Defending Freedom, considered Thursday’s ruling a victory.
“There is nothing medically necessary or constitutionally protected about an abortion that is committed on the basis of sex or race,” he said.
He agreed that Roe v. Wade allows absolute license to abort a fetus, but does not consider the case to allow for discriminatory abortions.
Girls who regularly ate peanut butter or nuts were less likely to develop benign breast disease by age 30, according to a study from the Washington University School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School.
“These findings suggest that peanut butter could help reduce the risk of breast cancer in women,” senior author Graham Colditz, MD, DrPH said.
Although benign breast disease is noncancerous, it can increase risk of breast cancet later in life.
The study was based on the health histories of 9,039 U.S. girls enrolled in the Growing Up Today study from 1996 to 2001. When the study participants were ages 18 to 30, from 2005 to 2010, they reported whether they had been diagnosed with benign breast disease and if it had been confirmed by a breast biopsy.
Girls who ate peanut butter or nuts at least two times a week were 39 percent less likely to have developed benign breast disease than those who refrained from eating peanut products.
Beans, lentils, soybeans and corn may also help prevent breast disease, though the evidence supporting this was weaker.
This is the first study to use reports during adolescence and continued follow-up of health records into adulthood.
The study was published in the Breast Cancer Research and Treatment journal.
Today we told you about Lukas Williams, the five-year-old child whose parents are suing a Tennessee school district over an over-zealous spanking he received at school.
But while the ethics of spanking children is a debated topic in 2013, it hasn’t always been this way. In fact, if you go back to the 1950’s, the question wasn’t whether spanking children is acceptable. It was whether spanking women was acceptable.
The “History in Pictures” twitter handle recently uncovered a gem from a 1950’s edition of the New York Daily Mirror.
In the paper, four men were asked one simple question: “If a woman needs it, should she be spanked?”
No, this isn’t a joke. And “yes” is how each respondent answered.
“Why not,” said Brooklyn resident Miguel Matos. “If they don’t know how to be treated by the time they’re adults, they should be treated like children and spanked.”
Barber Frank Desiderio agrees.
“Yes, when they deserve it,” he said. “As a barber I’ve got a lot of faith in the hairbrush.”
“You bet,” a Brooklyn parking lot attendant answered. “It teaches them who’s boss. A lot of women forget this is a man’s world and a lot of men who stepped down as boss of a family wish they hadn’t.”
Even toy factory owners, like William Davis, thought women should be spanked.
“Yes. Most of them have it coming to them anyway,” he said. “If they don’t it will remind them how well off they are. I subscribe to the theory that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
Thank you for your theory Mr. Davis. Now please resume your spanking.
It’s easy to forget how much the western world has changed in the last half-century. Of course we still have much to do, but could you imagine what would happen if a media outlet posted a survey about the legitimacy of spanking adult women today?
For more “oh-my-god-how-was-that-okay” moments, check out this photo album of 30 cringe-worthy vintage ads from past decades.