"Driving Means Someone Is Brave": Women Return To Iraqi Roads

It's a freedom many of us take for granted, but driving has just become possible again for some Iraqi women. Though women were once common on Iraqi roads — they're not legally barred from driving as they are in Saudi Arabia — the U.S. invasion and subsequent violence brought the number of women drivers to almost zero.… »12/02/08 6:20pm12/02/08 6:20pm

Trade Union Speaks Out Against "Sexist" Heels • Iraq War Limits Iraqi Women's Freedoms

The Trades Union Congress in England is urging employers »8/14/08 5:30pm8/14/08 5:30pm to stop making high-heels compulsory for female employees on grounds that it is sexist and can lead to health problems. • Comedian Kristen Schaal reveals that not only is she well-read in British dramatists, she used to in front of cows as a child. • In England…

Is It Sexist To Wonder Why Women Would Become Suicide Bombers?

With today's arrest of three women thought to be wannabe suicide bombers in Iraq »8/06/08 1:00pm8/06/08 1:00pm, it's probably about time to wonder, again, what drives women to do this. We've posited of on the topic recently as the violence committed by women in Iraq has increased sharply this year. But something else: the media is obsessed with…

"Love Has To Be Calculated In Iraq Today... They Think Women Are Machines"

Iraq is not an easy place to do much of anything these days, but perhaps most tragically, it is an impossible place to love, which is to say, "someone else." Shia men married to Sunni women are regularly forced to divorce their wives, and vice versa. Rand Abdel-Qader was beaten to death by her father and brothers for… »6/04/08 2:00pm6/04/08 2:00pm