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2-14-18 'Guns and survivalists, but no school until I was 17'
There can't be many people with a doctorate from the University of Cambridge who never got a single school-age qualification. But Tara Westover's story is more like something from another era, than a tale of modern America. Tara grew up in rural Idaho, in a family of survivalists who saw schools as part of a government brainwashing exercise to be avoided at all costs. Her obsessively independent father stockpiled guns and supplies, ready for the end of civilisation and to guard against any attempt by the state to intervene in their lives. Even when they were hurt in serious car accidents, the family avoided hospitals, seeing doctors as agents of a malign state. This was also a deeply controlling way of life, with the family's fundamentalist interpretation of Mormonism setting rules on what Tara could wear, her hobbies and her contacts with the outside world. It was a tough, violent, self-reliant life, like a paranoid Little House on the Prairie. Tara remembers her father, fearful of raids by federal agents, buying weapons powerful enough to bring down a helicopter. It meant that she had a childhood of riding horses in the mountain and working in a scrapyard, but not any school. She says that claims for home schooling were really a cover for "no schooling". At the time it didn't seem strange that they didn't go to school like other local children, she says. "I thought they were wrong and we were right. I thought they were spiritually and morally inferior because they went, I really did," Tara says, speaking in Cambridge where she now lives. "I thought they were being brainwashed and I wasn't." (Webmaster's comment: The survivalists creed is keep them ignorant, barefoot and pregnant as soon as possible and starting early is OK too.)

2-14-18 Ex-gymnast and Nassar survivor poses naked with the word 'survivor'
Ex-USA gymnast Alexandra Raisman has posed naked with the words "women do not have to be modest to be respected" written on her. Other words she chose to put on her body were "fierce", "trust yourself" and "survivor". Aly was one of more than 100 victims who were sexually abused by USA gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar. She said it was important to talk about what she went through as hard times were "equally important in shaping us". Nassar was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison last month following evidence from nearly 160 of his victims. Aly, who testified at his sentencing, posted the photo on Twitter and Instagram along with a message to fans. "Women do not have to be modest to be respected-- Live for you! Everyone should feel comfortable expressing themselves however makes them happy. Women can be intelligent, fierce, sexy, powerful, strong, advocate for change while wearing what makes them feel best. The time where women are taught to be ashamed of their bodies is OVER. The female body is beautiful and we should all be proud of who we are, inside and out." (Webmaster's comment: You Go Woman!)

2-10-18 How role models can change students' lives
Seeing female role models in the classroom can help female students achieve. Representation matters. But just how important is it? Recent research suggests that representation is significant enough to influence what classes, and potentially what major, a female college student will pursue. A recent study co-authored by Catherine Porter of Heriot-Watt University and Danila Serra of Southern Methodist University found that female university students were more likely to enroll in an upper-level division microeconomics class if they had first encountered successful women role models in the economics field. To test the impact that female role models would have on students, Porter and Serra randomly selected four lower-level SMU economics classes to receive a 15-minute visit by two "charismatic" and successful women in the economics field. In all, 339 students — 38 percent of whom were women — were in this "treatment" class; six other classes, a total of 346 other students, were in the control class. Porter and Serra found that women in the classes who had been visited by career women were 12 percent more likely to take the next-level economics class, and were 6.7 percent more likely to report intention to major in economics. The effect of strong female role models was even stronger among high-performing female students who had a grade point average of 3.7 or higher. For them, researchers saw a 26 percentage point increase in enrollment in the next-level economics class. Having career women speak in front of the class had no effect on male students. This suggests a lot of things: Perhaps it may mean that male students already enjoy enough role models in economics, or that male students don't see women as role models.

1-30-18 Migrants' heroine faces jail for people smuggling
A Spanish woman has been credited with saving the lives of thousands of migrants crossing the Strait of Gibraltar to get to Europe. So why is she now facing a lengthy prison sentence? When Helena Maleno gets the call, she does not think twice. As soon as she has been told that a boat has set forth into the treacherous waters of the Strait of Gibraltar, she alerts the emergency services. Based in Tangier for the past 16 years, Ms Maleno, who heads a non-governmental organisation called Walking Borders, monitors the movement of migrants and helps to call rescuers if they get into danger as they cross from Morocco to Spain. Her actions have made her a heroine to thousands of African immigrants trying travel to Europe. "I am not exaggerating when I say that she is probably the person who has saved most lives in the Strait - at least 10,000," says Captain Miguel Zea, chief of the Maritime Rescue centre in the Spanish coastal city of Almería. "She is providential for our work." But Ms Maleno's activity on what she refers to as Europe's "southern border" has also earned her enemies. She now faces prosecution in Morocco for human smuggling, accused of working with criminal gangs to facilitate the illegal movement of people. Speaking to the BBC ahead of a court appearance in Tangier on Wednesday, she denied this and insisted she had not committed any crime. "We cannot create a precedent whereby those who protect people have police investigations mounted against them. "We cannot open the door to the idea that people who call to save people from drowning at sea should be imprisoned. The crime would be to not make that phone call." (Webmaster's comment: All of us who work to help all kinds of victims face this hatred. Those that hate us support the people that deliberately harm others for profit.)

1-29-18 Maye Musk: 'I am just getting started' as a model, aged 69
Youth is not everything - at least not 69-year-old model Maye Musk. But, as Alina Isachenka reports, is her success more than just a trend? The recent "Spring 2018" shows in New York, Paris, Milan and London saw a record number of models in their 50s and 60s on the catwalk - 27, according to the industry's forum, Fashion Spot. Does this mean that the fashion industry is finally breaking with beauty stereotypes and becoming more age-diverse? "I've never worked as much over the past 50 years as I did in 2017," says 69-year-old model Maye Musk, mother of billionaire entrepreneur and Tesla founder Elon Musk. Canadian-born Musk started modelling in South Africa at the age of 15, but it's only in recent years that her career has picked up. Musk signed a contract with IMG Models, who also represent supermodels including Gisele Bündchen and Gigi Hadid. She also appeared on the covers of New York Magazine, Elle Canada and VOGUE Korea. And she starred as the oldest brand ambassador for American cosmetic company CoverGirl. A fashionable grandmother of 10, Musk believes that allowing her hair to naturally whiten has helped her career. But being a successful model comes with certain challenges. "I have to plan all my meals and snacks every day, or the wheels come off and I gain weight," says Musk, a nutritionist with two masters degrees. "It then takes two weeks of being really strict to lose it. I'm a UK size 8, so not skinny."

1-19-18 The nurse who broke the military’s brass ceiling
When Anna Mae Hays was named the U.S. military’s first female general in 1970, the former front-line nurse wasn’t initially treated with the respect that her rank deserved. At her promotion ceremony, Army Chief of Staff Gen. William Westmoreland gave the then-chief of the Army Nurse Corps her new silver star insignia—along with what Time magazine described as a “brassy kiss” on her lips. Westmoreland joked it was “a new protocol for congratulating lady generals.” But such patronizing behavior couldn’t detract from her groundbreaking achievement. The day after the ceremony, Westmoreland’s wife told Hays it was a shame she hadn’t remarried after her husband’s death in 1962. “I just want some man,” she said, “to know what it’s like to be married to a general.”

1-18-18 Why science needs more diversity
America's science community can breathe a sigh of relief: The provisions to tax graduate student tuition and eliminate the student loan interest deduction have been removed from the final version of the GOP tax bill. These provisions would have made it more expensive to attend graduate school, and would have discouraged students from low- and even middle-income families from considering a career in science. Losing these students would ultimately harm all of us because, as Science editor-in-chief Jeremy Berg wrote, it "would likely decrease [United States] economic viability and competitiveness as talent is lost from the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) enterprise." Yet even without an assist from the tax bill, America is losing too much talent from its science and technology enterprise because we fail to bring in enough students from minority backgrounds. Walk into any university science lab today, and it may seem like a diverse place — our graduate programs attract students from all over the world, and the U.S. has gained greatly from the talent of immigrant scientists. But in these labs, you'll rarely see students and faculty from American minority populations. This suggests that we're neglecting a large fraction of the talent pool among U.S. citizens, and thereby undermining our country's economic future. In 2011, a U.S. National Academy of Sciences report described America's minority populations as "a vastly underused resource and a lost opportunity for meeting our nation's technology needs." The report presented several critical reasons for concern.

1-15-18 Sora Aoi: Japan's porn star who taught a Chinese generation about sex
When Japanese actress and former porn star Sora Aoi announced her marriage online, it set off a frenzy on Chinese social media. That's because she has played a surprisingly significant role in the lives of a generation of young Chinese internet users. On New Year's day, Ms Aoi posted a picture of her engagement ring on social media and announced the happy news to her fans around the world. Within 48 hours, the post got more than 170,000 comments and 830,000 likes on Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter. "We grew up with your movies and will support you as always," said one fan. Another Weibo user said: "You will always be my goddess… I wish you happiness." Ms Aoi started her career in pornography in the early 2000s. It is estimated that she had starred in more than 90 adult films, with new work being published every month between 2003 and 2005. Pornography is illegal in China, but that didn't stop Chinese men going crazy for her. "To many Chinese men who couldn't get proper sexual education in their adolescence, Sora Aoi became our teacher," 27-year-old "Liu Qiang" (not his real name) told the BBC.

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