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  A small grove of mango trees lies at the edge of the village of Katra, offering shelter from the harsh sun of the north Indian plains.  For for two young girls, found repeatedly raped and hanged with their own headscarves in the early morning hours of May 30th, that sanctuary offered only isolation for their brutal assault.    Women in New Delhi protest against the gang-rape of two teenage girls in Uttar Pradesh The girls, two cousins whose names have been kept classified to avoid the stigma of...
Yuri Kochiyama died peacefully in her sleep on May 31, 2014. A devoted advocate of civil rights, and friend of Malcom X, her death is a great loss for everyone fighting against social inequality. Before she was friends with Malcom X and became invested in similar activist tactics, her life shaped her early, troubled vision of the world. As a child, her father was arrested within hours of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. He died in prison 43 days later after police failed to...
  Female-named hurricanes have statistically inflicted higher death tolls than male-named hurricanes, and according to one researcher, the reason is clear.  The research of Kiju Jung at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign suggests that sexist stereotypes associated with women’s names are a possible explanation for why female hurricanes have double the average fatalities. According to Jung, a “Hurricane Alexandra” is seen as “gentle and kind” and, as a result, appropriate hurricane evacuations and/or preparations do not take place; however, if the Hurricane is named Alexander, the average...
The zeitgeist of the '90s riot grrrl scene has come to life in present-day to the delight of new and aging riot grrrls alike. In true DIY fashion, Priests - not to be confused with The Priests, a group of actual Catholic priests who record religious classical music - have issued their previous releases via cassette tape and 7" on the band's own Sister Polygon Records.  This release, their fourth overall and first for Don Giovanni Records, was recorded in legendary DC punk producer Don...
Summer is the perfect time for movie theater refuge. When your air-conditioning cruelly breaks in the middle of a heat wave, there is nothing better than fleeing to the movies to watch March of the Penguins (or was that just me?) However, The Wrap has revealed that out of 39 movies being released this summer, only one, Jupiter Down, is directed by a woman. Excuse me, CO-DIRECTED by a woman, Lana Wachowski with her brother, Andy. In 2009, The New York Times published an article entitled Women in the Seats...