Iranian Protesters Assaulted In Prison • Women Bullied For Taking Maternity Leave

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• According to candidate Mehdi Karroubi, some protesters of the Iranian elections were raped in prison. Karroubi wrote: "Some young male detainees were raped [and] some young female detainees were raped in a way that have caused serious injuries." •


• In response to falling sales, drug company Merck & Co. is planning to push Gardasil as a back-to-school essential. • According to the first-ever large scale study of workplace power, gender, and sexual harassment, women supervisors are more likely to experience sexual harassment than women who did not hold managerial roles. "This study provides the strongest evidence to date supporting the theory that sexual harassment is less about sexual desire than about control and domination," said lead researcher Heather McLaughlin. • Although England's women's cricket team has won the World Cup and the World Twenty20, they are still less celebrated than the men's team. In order to turn things around, the English Cricket Board has hired the managing editor of Tatler to give the team a "makeover." • A man nicknamed "Prince" (real name: Allen Brown), has been accused of running a prostitution ring (which, weirdly, included both his mother and his niece). He reportedly confiscated the identification cards and cellphones of the women he had working for him, and demanded a nightly quota of $1,000. • Evelyn Coke, home care aide and advocate for fair pay, died on July 9th at the age of 74. • A recent study found that the children of Bangladeshi women who are victims of domestic violence have a higher risk of suffering from infections and diarrhea than those born to un-abused mothers. • Clinics in Australia have been cleared to prescribe RU486, the so-called "abortion pill," for pregnancies under nine weeks. Pro-choice advocates hope the increased availability of the drug will reduce the risk that women might seek out illegal drugs for abortion purposes. • In the past four decades, there has been a decline in the number of highly educated black women who chose to marry and have children. Hanna Brueckner, professor of sociology at Yale University, says that the gains women have made in higher education have "come increasingly at the cost of marriage and family." • Professor Bill Ledger from Sheffield University is urging all 30-year-old women to take a "fertility MoT test, even those who are not trying to conceive. • On Saturday, Liberia's deputy ambassador to the U.S. met with the 8-year-old rape victim from Arizona who made the news last month after her family refused to house her out of "shame." Edwin Sele said the girl cried heavily during the meeting, and asked to see her parents. • Catholic archbishop Denis Hart says he does not remember telling a woman abused by a priest to "go to hell, bitch" in 2004. "It was a number of years ago. I don't recall precisely," he said. • Depressing, but not surprising: The recession has screwed over pregnant woman, making it more difficult for them to take maternity leave. •


a love gift

You know, I have no problem with fertility testing and awareness of reproductive health. Many young women will eventually want to have children, and they should be aware of their options and of the difficulties and risks they face if they wait until they're older. But I hate, hate, HATE how most people I've heard promoting this awareness seem to be telling me that if I can never have children, I will NEVER be a fulfilled or happy or whole woman. A book I'm reading right now, which takes this argument, actually referred to bearing children as the "essence of womanhood"- because, you know, if you don't (or can't!) have children, you aren't even a woman at all.

Dear world: I am a contributing human being with a variety of interest and priorities. Having children one day is important to me, but it is not my only goal in life. I am not a walking uterus. Do not treat me as such.