OK, here are a few news stories that may make your blood boil.
* The Chicago Tribune reported on Dec. 31 that the social-networking site, Facebook, has begun removing photos of mothers breastfeeding their babies from the pages of its members, saying that such photos violate its indecency policy, . Facebook says photos of breastfeeding must not expose a woman’s areola, the part of the breast that surrounds the nipple.
In response to Facebook’s decision to remove “obscene” photos, 11,500 people posted shots of nursing mothers on their Web pages last Saturday and a group of mothers picketed corporate headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif. Over 85,000 people have also joined a Facebook group called “Hey, Facebook, breastfeeding is not obscene!”
“We challenge the notion that women’s breasts are dangerous or sexual, especially in the context of breastfeeding,” said Stephanie Muir, organizer of the “virtual nurse-in.”
* CNN recently reported that a Saudi judge refused to annul the marriage of an 8-year-old girl to a 47-year-old man, sparking outrage from women’s rights activists. The judge said the girl must wait “until puberty” before she is allowed the right to petition for a divorce. The girl’s father gave her to the man as a bride in order to settle bad debts. The judge extracted a promise from the husband that he would not consummate the marriage until the girl has reached puberty.
* A group of 20 women in Naples, Italy, staged a “sex strike” to prevent men from launching dangerous fireworks in celebration of the New Year. By withholding sex, the women believed they would prevent injuries and even deaths from fireworks. Their slogan: “Make love, not explosions.”
Here are a few more stories that you might find interesting too:
Female police officers get bullet-proof bras
Oregon town elects transgender mayor
Wife bites husbands penis to prevent sex