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12-28-15 Clinton Most Admired Woman for Record 20th Time
Clinton Most Admired Woman for Record 20th Time
Americans again name Hillary Clinton (13%) and President Barack Obama (17%) the woman and man living anywhere in the world they admire most. Both win by wide margins over the next-closest finishers, Malala Yousafzai (5%) for women and Pope Francis (5%) and Donald Trump (5%) for men. (Webmaster's comment: In spite of all the hype Trump's a loser!)

12-4-15 How energy drinks tap male insecurity
How energy drinks tap male insecurity
Energy-drink firms like Monster, Red Bull, and Rockstar are masters of marketing to young men, said Rachel Giese in NewYorker.com. The companies target the “thrill-thirsty male id” by sponsoring extreme sports athletes, MMA fighters, and other “super bros.” Such campaigns have helped turn high-caffeine energy drinks into a $12.5 billion market in the U.S. But a new study suggests this macho marketing has “a psychological and physical cost.” Researchers found that the more a man bought into masculine ideals, the more he believed energy drinks could make him manly—and the more he drank them, the more he suffered anxiety, insomnia, and cardiovascular problems. Study leader Ronald Levant says energy-drink marketing preys on young men in the same way diet-food marketing targets young women. Young men, he explains, are “anxious to prove that they are real men.”

12-1-15 Agency told model to slim 'down to the bone'
Agency told model to slim 'down to the bone'
A model who was told she needed to lose weight and get ''down to the bone'' before she would be signed up to an agency's books is lobbying the government for better healthcare in the modelling industry. Rosie Nelson was 21 years old and a size eight when she was told by a top agency to slim down further. She is now calling for a law to protect young models from being pressurised into becoming dangerously thin.

11-27-15 Miss World Canada 'barred from China flight
Miss World Canada 'barred from China flight
Canada's Miss World contender has said she was barred from boarding a plane from Hong Kong to the Chinese city hosting this year's pageant. Chinese-born Anastasia Lin, 25, says she did not receive an invitation to attend the event, which meant she could not apply for a visa. Ms Lin has blamed the apparent ban on her human rights campaigning.

11-20-15 Miss Canada World denied entry to pageant in China
Miss Canada World denied entry to pageant in China
Anastasia Lin, the winner of Miss World Canada, says that she has been denied the right to compete in this year's Miss World competition because she has spoken out about Chinese human rights abuses. The 25-year-old Chinese-born actress did not receive an invitation letter from the Chinese government that would allow her to take part in the Miss World competition this December in Sanya, China. Since winning the crown in May, Lin was praised by many for her outspoken opposition to China's record of human rights violations. She has particularly focused on defending Falun Gong, a spiritual group that the Chinese government regards as a cult. Chinese law allows for the arrest of anyone suspected of supporting religious movements that aren't approved by the state.

11-17-15 BBC 100 Women 2015: Who is on the list?
BBC 100 Women 2015: Who is on the list?
The BBC's 100 Women season is back and has chosen its list of inspirational women for 2015.

11-10-15 Meet the Women of the Year
Meet the Women of the Year
Glamour magazine hosted the Women of the Year awards in New York on Monday night. British stars Ellie Goulding and Victoria Beckham were among this year's recipients. The annual ceremony honours a mixture of women from well-known celebrities to entrepreneurs and charity workers. This year included five women touched by the South Carolina church massacre.

11-2-15 Afghan girl seeking 'better future' for Kabul children
Afghan girl seeking 'better future' for Kabul children
One young activist is trying to help her impoverished community by offering classes to children. Fourteen-year-old Aziza Rahimzada lives in one of the poorest areas of Kabul - a slum for refugees who fled the fighting from different provinces. Aziza has been working hard to get running water into the slum and has started some basic classes for younger children. She has been nominated for the 2015 International Children's Peace awards for her dedication to improving children's lives.

9-11-15 'Smile' tool draws criticism at Apple launch
'Smile' tool draws criticism at Apple launch
A woman's smile being "fixed" using software leads to accusations of sexism against Apple and other tech firms - who still employ more men than women. Eric Snowden, Adobe's director of mobile design, showcased Adobe's updated suite of editing apps. Snowden proceeded to edit an image of a woman, digitally manipulating, or "fixing", her mouth so that she appeared to be smiling. Snowden told the crowd, "I wish she had a little bit more of a smile. I think it would warm up the design quite a bit. Luckily we have an app for that."

9-1-15 Women on bikes: Female motorcyclists hit the streets
Women on bikes: Female motorcyclists hit the streets
The number of women taking to the road on motorcycles in the US is on the rise. According to the Motorcycle Industry Council there has been a 30% jump in the number of female bikers in the past decade. As the popularity of motorcycling among women has risen, so too has the number of clubs catering to enthusiasts. One such female-only club in New York is The Miss-Fires.

8-26-15 Why Times Square's topless women may be here to stay
Why Times Square's topless women may be here to stay
A new breed of scantily clad street performers are becoming a nuisance to New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, but he is finding that taming Times Square is not as simple as it seems. n recent months, women wearing body paint and little else having been posing for photos in Times Square, joining the ranks of costumed characters like Cookie Monster and Spider-Man. They're all hoping to score a smile and a few dollars from the droves of mobile-phone toting tourists.

8-7-15 Singapore's 1940s teenage weightlifting beauty queen
Singapore's 1940s teenage weightlifting beauty queen
To be both a beauty queen and a champion weightlifter is not unheard of nowadays, but in 1940s Singapore it was a very unusual path for a young girl. Madam Ho earned the title of Miss Singapore three times during her teenage years.

8-7-15 How the latest selfie craze divided feminists
How the latest selfie craze divided feminists
In an echo of the debate over twerking, there's now a big online discussion in the US about the "Arch That Back Challenge" and whether it undermines female empowerment. The latest controversial selfie trend began sometime on Monday, and quickly gathered speed. The "Arch That Back Challenge" has been taken up by tens of thousands of women using networks such as Instagram and Twitter, mostly in the USA. The challenge is pretty much what you'd expect from the name - it's about women posting photos and videos displaying their curves, and asks participants to take selfies of themselves with their backs arched as far as possible. The accompanying hashtag has now been used almost half a million times on Twitter and prompted a sprawling debate.

8-2-15 Topless 'Bare with us' protest rally in Canada
Topless 'Bare with us' protest rally in Canada
Hundreds of Canadian woman joined a topless protest march after three sisters were allegedly stopped by police for cycling without shirts. Saturday's "Bare with us" march took place in Waterloo, Ontario. The women say that police told them to cover up whilst cycling in the neighbouring town of Kitchener last month. They have filed a formal complaint with the police. It is legal for women to be topless in Ontario after a court ruling in 1996. (Webmaster's comment: It's pretty clear that Canada has a much freer society than Americans do. Gay marriage and marijuana also were legalized in Canada back in 2003.)

6-23-15 Skinny jeans given health warning
Skinny jeans given health warning
Skinny jeans can seriously damage muscles and nerves, doctors have said. A 35-year-old woman had to be cut out of a pair after her calves ballooned in size, the medics said in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry.

5-31-15 Crop tops and ripped jeans spark Canadian school protests
Crop tops and ripped jeans spark Canadian school protests
When female high school students were told their outfits were inappropriate, Canadians on social media stood in solidarity. The students revealing their shoulders and midriffs argue women and girls should be able to dress comfortably. Current dress codes, they argue, are not about shirts and pants, but reflect attitudes sexualizing the female - including underage female - body. "In some situations where female students are asked to put sweaters on and 'cover up,' a message is implied that we as female students must cover up to ensure the male students are not distracted." "The sexualisation of a teenage girls body is not her problem, it is the problem of those who choose to sexualize a 17-year-old's body. Female students should be able to wear shorts in the summer months in order to stay cool, you should not be teaching young girls that their bodies are inherently sexual or inappropriate."

5-30-15 The battle between the veil and the miniskirt
The battle between the veil and the miniskirt
Two opposing campaigns arguing about what women should wear are gripping the Arab world. (Webmaster's comment: It's a battle over ownership. Who owns a woman's body? A man, or herself!)

5-22-15 Hungary mothers in McDonald's breast-feeding protest
Hungary mothers in McDonald's breast-feeding protest
Mothers in the Hungarian capital Budapest have occupied a McDonald's restaurant in protest against its move earlier this week to stop a woman from breast-feeding her baby. Dozens of baby-carrying mothers entered a McDonald's near the Western Railway Station, sat down, bared their breasts and began feeding their babies.

5-20-15 Cannes 'turned away amputee in flat shoes'
Cannes 'turned away amputee in flat shoes'
Film producer Valeria Richter, who has part of her left foot amputated, says she was stopped at the Cannes Film Festival for not wearing high heels. Ms Richter, who was eventually allowed in, spoke after Cannes was accused of turning away women in flat shoes.

5-14-15 Helping more Brazilian women feel beautiful
Helping more Brazilian women feel beautiful
There are few countries more obsessed with the pursuit of the body beautiful than Brazil. Due to the beach culture of the coastal cities such as Rio de Janeiro, and the sizzling heat of much of the country's weather, Brazilians often don't wear many clothes. For Brazilian women this means a tremendous pressure to look slim, beautiful and young. Brazilian women spend 11 times more of their annual incomes on beauty products than British women.

5-8-15 Could Girlhood change the face of modern French cinema?
Could Girlhood change the face of modern French cinema?
The director and lead actress of a film about female teenagers that has been an award-winning hit across the Channel say they hope it will pave the way for more French films about young black women. From the moment it premiered at last year's Cannes Film Festival, Bande de Filles, or Girlhood, was a homegrown hit.

4-14-15 US exhibit shows women as objects and adverts
US exhibit shows women as objects and adverts
The way Americans depict race and gender has been a constant theme in photographer Hank Willis Thomas' work. Unbranded: A Century of White Women 1915-2015 examines 100 advertising images free of text or graphics. The newly "unbranded" images are stark in their portrayal of the dynamics of power, race, and sexuality. The exhibit is showing now at the Jack Shainman Gallery.

4-3-15 French MPs back ban on skinny catwalk models
French MPs back ban on skinny catwalk models
French MPs have approved a law to ban the use of fashion models deemed to be excessively thin. Under the law, models will have to show they have a Body Mass Index (BMI) above a certain level. Modelling agents that break the rules face fines and six months in jail. Up to an estimated 40,000 people suffer from anorexia in France, nine out of 10 of them women and girls.

3-31-15 Underweight models could go to prison under French proposals
Underweight models could go to prison under French proposals
Italy, Israel and Spain have all passed bills banning the use of ultra-thin models, with France expected to follow suit. The French National Assembly is considering a health reform bill that includes measures to ban designers and labels from using models deemed "too thin" by healthcare standards.

3-28-15 Who is behind the 'perfect boyfriend'?
Who is behind the 'perfect boyfriend'?
Pesky colleagues always asking about your love life? Nosy parents want to know how they can expect to become grandparents if you're not on the dating scene? Or are your loved-up friends determined to set you up because you can't possibly be happy and single? A new dating app in the US is providing a solution for this relationship pressure with a "cover-up" service called The Invisible Boyfriend, which lets you text an imaginary partner.

3-8-15 Indonesian clothes company sorry for 'sexist' labels
Indonesian clothes company sorry for 'sexist' labels
An Indonesian sports wear manufacturer has apologised for printing washing instructions deemed sexist on the shirts of a top flight football club. "Washing instructions: Give this shirt to a woman. It's her job," Salvo Sports printed on the shirts of Indonesian Super League team Pusamania Borneo. (Webmaster's comment: Rediculous!)

3-4-15 How Iran's feminist genie escaped
How Iran's feminist genie escaped
Iran's 1979 revolution may have put an ayatollah in charge - but for women it had plenty of positive side-effects... in education, in the workplace, and even in the home, discovers Amy Guttman during a ride on the Tehran underground.

1-22-15 Sun's Page Three 'returns' as paper takes swipe at rivals
Sun's Page Three 'returns' as paper takes swipe at rivals
The Sun has published a picture of a topless woman on Page Three and mocked media outlets that said the long-running feature had been dropped.

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