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Marnia Lazreg, wide-ranging scholar of women in Muslim world, dies at 83

Marnia Lazreg, wide-ranging scholar of women in Muslim world, dies at 83

Marnia Lazreg, an author and scholar who used her experiences in French colonial Algeria as starting points for studies into the struggles and aspirations of women across the Muslim world, including her stance decrying the traditions of Islamic coverings such as headscarves, died Jan. 13 at a hospital in New York. She was 83. She had been treated for endometrial cancer, said her son Ramsi Woodcock. Dr. Lazreg’s books and lectures over five decades roamed across history, religious expression and ways that power is wielded — politically, culturally and intellectually. She ranked among the most respected academic voices on women’s affairs in North Africa and helped expand Arab viewpoints in Western feminist scholarship. Her work also carried autobiographical underpinnings. Some of her most acclaimed research and writing had roots in her witnessing of brutality and repression in Algeria’s war for independence, and reflected her personal stance — even as a preteen — of rejecting the billowing cloth coverings commonly used by Algerian women at the time. “My work,” she once said, “reflects my horror of …

Trans Women Produce Excellent Milk, Scientists Say

Trans Women Produce Excellent Milk, Scientists Say

Image by Getty / Futurism Health experts at a National Health Services (NHS) Trust in the UK have said that breast milk produced by trans women is just as good for a baby as the milk produced by a birthing mother, The Telegraph reports. The assertion was made in a leaked letter from the University of Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust, which defended the practice of trans women receiving a hormone and drug-based therapy to induce breastfeeding. The milk that a trans woman produces as a result of this treatment is “comparable to that produced following the birth of a baby,” the letter stated, as quoted by The Telegraph. That trans women can breastfeed effectively is certainly not a revelation. Beyond anecdotal accounts, it’s been documented in medical literature. But with the letter’s leak, the practice has once again become a matter of controversy in the UK in particular — as is seemingly every other aspect of trans people’s existence. In order to produce milk, trans women and others that were assigned male at birth can …

Man wanted in New York slaying stabbed 2 women in Arizona, police say

Man wanted in New York slaying stabbed 2 women in Arizona, police say

Police in New York City are warning departments across the country to check for any victims of a man suspected in a killing in that city, as well as the stabbing of two women in Arizona, this month. Raad Noan Almansoori, 26, is a suspect in the killing of Denisse Oleas-Arancibia, 38, who was found dead next to a broken iron in her room at the SoHo 54 Hotel in Manhattan on Feb. 8, New York police Chief of Detectives Joe Kenney said. Almansoori was arrested in Scottsdale, Arizona, for allegedly driving a stolen vehicle. He is accused of stabbing two women in that state: a woman who was carjacked and stabbed in Phoenix and a McDonald’s worker stabbed the next day in Surprise, police said. Kenney said that after being arrested in Arizona, Almansoori told police there that he was wanted in a New York City killing. NYPD Chief of Detectives Joseph Kenny provides an update in New York, on Tuesday.NYPD via Facebook “While in the custody of Arizona law enforcement, he informs them …

Women get more benefits from exercise than men

Women get more benefits from exercise than men

Cedars-Sinai investigators found that women can exercise less often than men, yet receive greater cardiovascular gains. (CREDIT: Getty Images) Dr. Martha Gulati, co-lead author of the study and Director of Preventive Cardiology in the Department of Cardiology at the Smidt Heart Institute, emphasized the historical disparity, stating, “Women have historically and statistically lagged behind men in engaging in meaningful exercise.” However, she added, “The beauty of this study is learning that women can get more out of each minute of moderate to vigorous activity than men do. It’s an incentivizing notion that we hope women will take to heart.” The research, which analyzed data from 412,413 U.S. adults spanning from 1997 to 2019, delved into various aspects of leisure-time physical activity. Notably, 55% of the participants were female. Dr. Susan Cheng, senior author of the study and Director of the Institute for Research on Healthy Aging in the Department of Cardiology at the Smidt Heart Institute, highlighted the significance of the findings, stating, “For all adults engaging in any regular physical activity, compared to being …

Why Women Outnumber Men in South Korea’s Sports Stadiums

Why Women Outnumber Men in South Korea’s Sports Stadiums

Each time the South Korean men’s soccer team scored against Singapore during a recent 5-0 rout in a World Cup qualifier, the roar from the home crowd came largely from women, who held nearly two-thirds of the tickets to the match. In the Seoul stadium that November day, a billboard-size banner for the star striker Son Heung-min had been made by a women-only group. A banner for one of his teammates — “Cho Gue-sung wins the day” — had been signed by a club called “Women Rooting for Cho Gue-sung’s Pursuit of Happiness.” The scene illustrated a fact that has puzzled experts in one of the world’s most patriarchal societies: In sports, South Korean women generally outnumber men in the stands. Women here make up 55 percent of fans at professional sporting events, including baseball, basketball, soccer and volleyball, according to a 2022 estimate by the Korea Professional Sports Association. Similar estimates for major sports in the United States put the figure at less than half for women. In Britain and Australia, that number drops …

‘Everything is hairless’: what 100 women taught me about porn and body confidence | Pornography

‘Everything is hairless’: what 100 women taught me about porn and body confidence | Pornography

Sorrel grew up during the 1970s, in a big Caribbean household in the north of England. One of two girls in a family with four boys, she learned early that not only was her vulva not to be looked at – it wasn’t even something she could name. “It was called a ‘munchie’,” she says. “We weren’t allowed to touch the munchie, we weren’t allowed to see the munchie, and we definitely weren’t allowed to speak about the munchie.” In this, Sorrel and her munchie still aren’t alone. No matter what we call it, many women grow up with the sense that there’s something unspeakable “down there” – and it shows. A 2019 poll of the British public found that 45% of women couldn’t label the vagina. Another, in 2021, found that, regardless of sex, more than a third of the people surveyed couldn’t locate the clitoris. It’s not something exclusively British, either; in 2010, an advert by the tampon company Kotex was banned by three US television networks just for saying the word “vagina”, …

New research exposes an alarming trend in rates of suicide among Black women

New research exposes an alarming trend in rates of suicide among Black women

A new study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry sheds light on an alarming trend: the increasing rates of suicide among Black women in the United States, particularly among the younger generation. The study, the first of its kind to explore the epidemiology of suicide among Black females by geographical region in the U.S., points to an urgent need for targeted interventions and increased access to mental health care. If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts or mental health matters, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988 (or 800-273-8255) or visit the NSPL site. In their study, Victoria A. Joseph and her colleagues analyzed data from the National Center for Health Statistics’ Multiple Cause of Death database, encompassing years 1999 through 2020. This database provided the researchers with detailed information on suicide deaths across various demographics, including race, sex, age, and U.S. census region. By focusing on Black or African American females within the 15 to 84 age bracket — carefully excluding data points from those under 15 or …

UN experts warn of Israeli violations against Palestinian women, girls | Israel War on Gaza News

UN experts warn of Israeli violations against Palestinian women, girls | Israel War on Gaza News

United Nations experts are expressing alarm over reports of alleged human rights violations in Gaza and the West Bank. UN experts have expressed alarm over allegations of human rights violations against Palestinian women and girls in Gaza and the occupied West Bank since Israel launched its war on Gaza on October 7. The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said in a statement on Monday that it had received information that Palestinian women and girls have “reportedly been arbitrarily executed in Gaza, often together with family members, including their children”. The UN experts said they were “shocked by reports of the deliberate targeting and extrajudicial killing of Palestinian women and children in places where they sought refuge, or while fleeing. Some of them were reportedly holding white pieces of cloth when they were killed by the Israeli army or affiliated forces.” Israel launched an assault on Gaza after the Palestinian group Hamas led an attack on Israel on October 7, killing at least 1,139 people, according to an Al Jazeera tally …

Women In AI: Lee Tiedrich, AI expert at the Global Partnership on AI

Women In AI: Lee Tiedrich, AI expert at the Global Partnership on AI

To give AI-focused women academics and others their well-deserved — and overdue — time in the spotlight, TechCrunch is launching a series of interviews focusing on remarkable women who’ve contributed to the AI revolution. We’ll publish several pieces throughout the year as the AI boom continues, highlighting key work that often goes unrecognized. Read more profiles here. As an AI expert at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Global Partnership on AI (GPAI), an international initiative to promote responsible AI use, Tiedrich develops approaches for AI that evaluate and manage risk while aligning law, policy and practices with science. She’s served on Duke University’s faculty and advised a number of companies, and was a longtime partner at the law firm Covington & Burling LLP. Tiedrich, a tech transactions and intellectual property attorney, also served on the Biden Campaign Policy Committee and is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Lee Tiedrich, Global Partnership on AI Briefly, how did you get your start in AI? What attracted …

From bridge to chess, why men outperform women at ‘mindsports’ – and what to do about it

From bridge to chess, why men outperform women at ‘mindsports’ – and what to do about it

Why do men strongly outperform women at “mindsports” such as chess and bridge? Mindsports mainly use the brain and require skills such as memory, critical thinking, problem solving, strategic planning, mental discipline and judgment. Without physical differences in strength, how do we explain why the top level of such games tends to be dominated by men? A defining characteristic of bridge, which I study, is that it is always played in partnership. Each game consists of four players divided into two pairs who compete against each other to win tricks. Major bridge events have open and women’s categories, often held concurrently, with very few women playing in the open. While this allows women to compete at an international level, it feeds into perceptions about women’s inability to succeed at the highest level. Women have limited visibility at the top levels of bridge. The chief tournament directors and those on international executive committees are most often men (although this is starting to change). The captains and coaches of the women-only teams are nearly always men. Female …