In 28 countries across Europe, the „morning after“ pill is available without prescription. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that the medication with the active ingredient levonorgestrel should be freely accessible for women. After many years of use there were good experiences, the use is considered safe. So it could all be so simple. Could be.
In secondary schools in Sweden and France, the „morning after“ pill is next to burn ointment and bandages in the standard first-aid kit. In the UK the „British Pregnancy Advisory Service“ handed it out for free just before christmas.
Germany, however, remains the exception. Here, a woman must visit a doctor, who prescribes her the medication. For nearly ten years, health experts and politicians argue about the correct way in dealing with the „morning after“ pill that can prevent a pregnancy.
The main argument against the free receipt of the „morning after“ pill: Women would win too much freedom through it.
Daria is an American animated television series created by Glenn Eichler and Susie Lewis Lynn for MTV. The series focuses on Daria Morgendorffer, a smart, acerbic, and somewhat misanthropic teenage girl who observes the world around her. The show is set in the fictional suburban American town of Lawndale and is a satire of high school life, and full of allusions to and criticisms of popular culture and social classes.
Daria Morgendorffer is the show’s eponymous protagonist, who appears in most scenes. Her immediate family (mother Helen, father Jake, and younger sister Quinn) and her best friend Jane Lane appear in nearly every episode. A number of secondary characters round out the regular cast.
Daria’s theme song is „You’re Standing on My Neck“, written and performed by all-female band Splendora. The band later created original themes for the two Daria TV movies, „Turn the Sun Down“ (for Is It Fall Yet?) and „College Try (Gives Me Blisters)“ (for Is It College Yet?), along with some background music.
The plots of Daria largely concern juxtaposition between the central character’s jaded, sardonic cynicism and the values/preoccupations of her suburban American hometown of Lawndale. In a 2005 interview, series co-creator Glenn Eichler described the otherwise unspecified locale as, „a mid-Atlantic suburb, outside somewhere like Baltimore. They could have lived in Pennsylvania near the Main Line, though.“
a call from missionfreeiran, which responds to the barbaric murders of „emos“ and homosexual people, practiced for several weeks by militiamen in Baghdad and in southern Iraq:
In February of 2012, Iraq’s interior ministry drew attention to the “emo” subculture, labeling it “Satanism” and ordering a community police force to stamp it out. “Emo” is a form of punk music developed in the United States. Fans are known for their distinctive dress, often including tight jeans, T-shirts with logos and distinctive long or spiky haircuts.
As a result, a number of teen-agers, mostly males, have been targeted, attacked, and killed by the vicious act of stoning to death using cinderblocks, bricks, and stones: ‘First they throw concrete blocks at the boy’s arms, then at his legs, then the final blow is to his head, and if he is not dead then, they start all over again,’ one person who managed to escape told Al-Akhbar. The number of teens killed due to the order to “stamp out” the emo sub-culture ranges from 14 to over 90 as of early March 2012.
We must not remain silent while our young brothers and sisters in Iraq are murdered in the most brutal way, simply for wanting to be free to express themselves through their dress, music, thought or speech. There is an implication by the Iraqi regime that “emo” culture is a marker for homosexuality and this is particularly reprehensible; homosexuality is not a crime, and people should be free to love whomever they choose.
About the tragic suicide of a 16-year-old Moroccan girl, Amina Filali, who swallowed rat poison rather than remain married to a man who had raped her:
Filali, who was raped by the man–10 years her senior–in 2011, was encouraged by the prosecutor of the rape case and the Moroccan government to marry the perpetrator. Her father said that his daughter’s rapist initially refused the marriage contract until faced with the alternative of spending 10 to 20 years in prison. During the five months of their marriage, Filali’s husband physically abused her repeatedly.
Article 475 of the current Moroccan Penal Code includes a provision which allows the “kidnapper” of a minor to marry the victim in order to restore honor to the woman and her family. The government justifies this by insisting that the decision to marry is based entirely on the victim’s consent. In this case, Filali’s consent was suspect, considering her parents’ embarrassment and the stigmatization of rape victims in her culture.
There is currently no law in Morocco specific to violence against women. The Human Rights Watch 2012 World Report says that although major reforms have taken place in Morocco regarding the 2004 Family Code, provisions involving inheritance and a husband’s right to “unilaterally repudiate” his wife were left unchanged.
A study released by the UN in 2011– the first of its kind on gendered violence in Morocco–notes that in 2010, approximately 60 percent of women between the ages of 18 and 65 reported having encountered some form of violence, and 1 in 4 of those cases experienced sexual violence. Divorced women in the workforce and unemployed women are most vulnerable to aggression and abuse, the study shows, and it is more common for women with illiterate husbands to experience domestic abuse.
Jo Calderone is a male alter-ego to Lady Gaga created in 2010.
Beginning as an invention of my mind, Jo Calderone was created with Nick Knight as a mischievous experiment. After working together tirelessly and passionately for years, eating bovine hearts, throwing up on ourselves, giving birth to an alien nation and an AK-47, Nick and I began to wonder: how much exactly can we get away with? […] How can we remodel the model? In a culture that attempts to quantify beauty with a visual paradigm and almost mathematical standard, how can we fuck with the malleable minds of onlookers and shift the world’s perspective on what’s beautiful? I asked myself this question. And the answer? Drag.
Yesterday we drove in a tiny car to a tiny village to see some bands.
We came to see The Holy Kings, We Will Fly and Fights and Fires, all of them very lovely bands. But oh my… See Fights and Fires if you get a chance! Wow. It was a spectacle. In the first song they gave their instruments to the audience and probably drank three bottles of „christmas wine“ during the evening. They made people yelling Santa Claus in March and spread kisses. You really made up a great evening. Fights and Fires. Thank you!
On the 7th of March 1979, only weeks after the revolution in Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini ordered that women should only be allowed to enter public buildings dressed with a headscarf. After this – and on the occasion of the International Women’s Day on the 8th of March that year – there were numerous demonstrations against mandatory veiling. As a direct result of these demonstrations, the Islamists were forced to rescend their order, if only temporarily.
„The Liberation Movement of Iranian Women – Year Zero“ is the title of a film made by women of the French Politics and Psychoanalysis Group in 1979 in Iran. The film sought to convey the message of these Iranian women: „Freedom is neither an eastern nor a western concept – it is universal“.