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India introduced a new set of stricter laws regarding sexual assault and trafficking this weekend, responding to pressure from protestors and activists in light of the gang rape and eventual death of a 23-year-old student in New Delhi this winter.  While the new legislation is a step in the right direction, women’s groups are not pleased with the government’s efforts. Though the laws put into place yesterday do well to address child labor and sex trafficking, there are plenty of blind spots left. Marital rape is...
It's safe to say that here in the good ol' U.S. of A, we're fortunate enough to be able to choose our own spouses (for the most part). The single woman has become not just a common and accepted archetype, but at times a symbol of power. There are various cultures around the world that still uphold the concept of arranged marriages, the Jewish Haredi community being one of them. Rama Brushtein directs Fill the Void, a telling Israeli drama of the eighteen-year-old Shira Mendelman...
Amid the usually flurry of ads for cars, junk food, and blockbuster movies, there was one Super Bowl ad this year that deserves to be shared and re-shared. Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Michael Bloomberg’s initiative for more effective gun legislation, produced an ad that highlighted the NRA’s inconsistent stance on background checks. The ad aired in the Washington DC area, and featured footage of NRA head Wayne LaPierre speaking in favor of background checks back in the ‘90s. Mayors Against Illegal Guns is the force behind Demand...
It's that time of year again. No, not when your new shows are coming back for the second half of their season—it's pilot season! Where networks start working on new shows to replace the ones that have left us, the ones that were torn from us, the ones we didn't even know existed, and the ones that were finally put to rest.Of the five major networks, there are about 88 new shows in the running to become America's next top show. It's pretty much split...
Hillary Clinton went out with a bang on her last day as Secretary of State yesterday. Her address to the Council on Foreign Relations was nothing short of inspiring. Throughout her tenure as Secretary of State, Clinton has worked tirelessly to advance women’s rights. All over the Middle East, Clinton has urged leaders to utilize a largely untapped resource: intelligent, capable women. She has encouraged women activists in Yemen, aspiring female government employees in Egypt, and young girls worldwide. Additionally, she pushed President Obama to...