News and Miscellany 9 September 2015

These Anti-Princess Books Give Young Girls Badass Latina Heroines to Look Up To Remezcla, September 8

This unfair representation of female characters is what drove Nadia Fink to write a series of books starring what she has called anti-princesses. And better yet, she looked to real women to inspire new generations. “We wanted to break with the stereotype that a woman’s beauty is based on what she looks like, and show examples of women who had inner beauty,” Fink told BBC Mundo. “We wanted to show example of women who didn’t sit around waiting for a prince to save them. Instead, they changed their own lives.” The books are published by Sudestada y Chirimbote.

Empowering Rural Women Christian Science Monitor, September 9

The Women’s World Summit Foundation (WWSF) is a humanitarian, secular, non-governmental, and international non-profit organization that is working to advance the status of women and children. WWSF’s new 17 Day Campaign aims to “advance the status of rural women, respect their rights and honor their contribution to development, household food security and peace.”

This is what it’s like to be harassed for helping women access an abortion clinic Fusion, September 9 (Nidhi Prakash)

Broders, who’s been an elementary school teacher for 22 years, volunteers on Saturdays and days when school’s out. But lately, she’s been feeling a little on edge. About three weeks ago, around the same time that a pro-life activist called her school and told the receptionist she was a “baby killer,” she realized pictures of her have been circulating on Facebook.

Women Refusing Erasure by Transgender Activists Ask for Support Meeting Ground Online, September 7. (Kathy Scarbrough)

“While, of course, all people deserve basic respect for their humanity, I am getting tired of the demands of trans activists that serve to erase the existence of women and I’m tired of the liberal response to these demands, which so often turns a deaf ear to the needs of, and even the existence of, half of humanity. Within the trans solidarity crowd there is tremendous resistance to grappling with some of the serious political issues regarding biological women and transgendered people. Two egregious cases have come to our attention recently.”

Raising the Dead: Medicine Women who Revive and Retrieve Souls Society for Ritual Arts, Autumn 2015 (Max Dashu)

The healing power of shamans is well known. They may lay on hands, extract negative energies from a diseased person’s body or infuse it with life essences, chant power songs and curative charms, or make journeys in the spirit to find and recover the soul of traumatized people, thus restoring them to health. Much of the written commentary about “shamanism” focuses primarily on males, so much so that they give the impression that women’s participation is negligible. Standing in contrast to this picture are many traditions that cast medicine women as the greatest healers, so powerful that they are even capable of bringing the dead back to life. Traditions that turn on this theme are found in Egypt, Mali, Greece, Finland, Korea and Tibet. Other stories from Iraq, Israel, and Italy also feature women who call up the dead, or journey to the underworld.

Be rooted: learning from Aboriginal dyeing and weaving The Conversation, August 10 (Elizabeth Dori Tumstall)

Being rooted is different from being connected or even grounded. As we know from our mobile phones, connectivity can be fleeting. Grounding is only at surface layers. Being rooted goes as deep in the earth as above in the sky, providing greater stability.

Thus when it comes to natural dyeing and weaving among Aboriginal communities on the Murray River in Albury-Wodonga and on the Waterhouse River in Beswick, being rooted is both literal and figurative. Each community provides important lessons on how both Indian and China designers can help their peoples better root themselves to land and culture, especially given the rapid urbanisation in both countries.

Should buying and selling sex be a crime? Al Jazeera, September 8.

Discussion of above interview on Feminist Current

Ontario chiefs fundraise to pay for inquiry into missing women Canadian Press, September 9

First Nations Chiefs in Ontario launched a fundraising campaign Wednesday to help pay for their own public inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women.

Ontario regional Chief Isadore Day said the chiefs don’t want to wait any longer for the federal government to agree to a public inquiry, and noted the online campaign will help focus on the need for a national probe.

The Assembly of First Nations, the United Nations and several provinces have all called for a national inquiry into the missing and murdered women, but nothing is being done, added Day.

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