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12-21-15 Sex, love and money: Nigeria's new Instagram agony aunt
Sex, love and money: Nigeria's new Instagram agony aunt
Unlucky in love? Husband cheating on you? Did you unwittingly sleep with your future father-in-law? Help is at hand from an agony aunt using Instagram to solve relationship problems in northern Nigeria. The scenarios above are just some of the problems that Ziya'atulhaqq Usman Tahir has come up against. "I think a lot of women in northern Nigeria think like that, if you have a problem with your husband you shouldn't say it, you should find a way to fix it, or pray for it. I'm all for prayers, but at times we have to speak," she says. Tahir says her love of Igbo culture inspired her Instagram handle "Fat Ibo Lady".
12-2-15 Forced sterilisation haunts Peruvian women decades on
Forced sterilisation haunts Peruvian women decades on
The programme, launched in 1996 by then-president Alberto Fujimori - who argued that a lower birth rate would drive down poverty - at first received much praise. But then more and more women complained about being sterilised without their consent. Most of them were poor, indigenous and spoke Quechua.
11-28-15 100 Women 2015: Return of a topless rebel
100 Women 2015: Return of a topless rebel
In 2013, Tunisian feminist Amina Sboui left the country after publishing a topless photograph that caused a scandal across the Arab world. After two years in France, Amina is back in Tunis - with a new plan to stir things up. On 8 March 2013, from her grandparents' house in the Tunisian capital, an 18-year-old activist called Amina Sboui uploaded a photograph to Facebook, took a deep breath, and hit "post". The photo showed Amina reclining on a leather sofa, reading a book and smoking a cigarette. She wore red lipstick and black eyeliner. She was naked from the waist up, and across her torso was a message written in Arabic: My body belongs to me; it is not the source of anyone's honour.
11-25-15 The trouble with saying you don't want children
The trouble with saying you don't want children
When Holly Brockwell spoke to the BBC about her decision not to have children, she knew she might be criticised on social media. But the attacks went far beyond what she had expected - accusations of selfishness soon turned into vitriolic abuse that made her deactivate her Twitter account. "The fact is, there's nothing about creating another human that appeals to me," 29-year-old Holly Brockwell wrote in a story we published at the weekend, explaining why she wants to be sterilised.
11-20-15 Parasitic worm 'increases women's fertility'
Parasitic worm 'increases women's fertility'
Infection with a species of parasitic worm increases the fertility of women, say scientists. A study of 986 indigenous women in Bolivia indicated a lifetime of Ascaris lumbricoides, a type of roundworm, infection led to an extra two children.
11-20-15 Different parasitic worms can raise or lower female fertility
Different parasitic worms can raise or lower female fertility
Amazonian women have three fewer children if they are infected with hookworms, but those afflicted by roundworms have two more. Can a parasite be good for you? Although some types of infection seem to lower a woman’s fertility, there’s evidence that women infected with roundworm have more children. But women infected with roundworm, a different kind of helminth, seemed to experience the opposite, with an earlier first pregnancy and shorter gaps between children. Projected over a lifetime, women infected with roundworm would be expected to have two more children than uninfected women, and those with hookworm three fewer.
11-12-15 Maternal mortality falls by almost 50% - UN report
Maternal mortality falls by almost 50% - UN report
Pregnancy-related deaths have fallen by almost half in the past 25 years, according to a report by United Nations agencies published in The Lancet. Around 303,000 women died of complications during pregnancy or up to six weeks after giving birth in 2015 - down from 532,000 in 1990. Officials from the World Health Organisation (WHO) said the results showed "huge progress". However, only nine countries hit targets set by the UN. Women are twice as likely to die from causes related to pregnancy or childbirth in the United States than in Canada, a new global survey of maternal mortality published by the United Nations and the World Bank showed on Thursday. The United States was also one of only 13 countries to have worse rates of maternal mortality in 2015 than in 1990 - a group that also includes North Korea, Zimbabwe and Venezuela. The United States and other developed countries are already far ahead of the target, but the U.S. average has slipped from 12 deaths to 14 per 100,000 live births over the past 25 years, while Canada's is where it was in 1990, at seven. Over the same period Belarus has cut its maternal death rate from 33 to four, making it one of the safest places to have a baby, just behind the world leaders - Iceland, Finland, Poland and Greece - where only three mothers die for every 100,000 births.
10-29-15 'Foxy' group brings sexual education to the Arctic
'Foxy' group brings sexual education to the Arctic
Did you hear about the Canadian girls who skidoo across frozen lakes teaching sex education with feather boas? Foxy (Fostering Open Expression Among Youth) won the $1m (£494,000) Arctic Inspiration Prize for their bold approach to traditionally taboo topics in sexual health. They held a demonstration class for the BBC Pop Up team during their visit to Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.
10-24-15 Menstruation adverts deemed too racy for NYC's metro
Menstruation adverts deemed too racy for NYC's metro
Adverts for Thinx, a brand of pants designed to absorb menstrual blood, have been deemed too racy for the New York City subway.
10-23-15 China professor's wife-sharing proposal sparks ire
China professor's wife-sharing proposal sparks ire
A Chinese professor's controversial suggestion that poorer men could share wives has sparked debate online on how to solve China's gender imbalance. Zhejiang University economics professor Xie Zuoshi's proposal has been met with heavy criticism that it is immoral. China has one of the biggest gender imbalances in the world, with about 118 boys born to every 100 girls. The imbalance is largely due to the one-child policy and cultural preferences for male children. Increasing wealth and population movement also means many women are leaving the countryside to work in cities, with men who stay behind struggling to find partners.
10-19-15 Maldives annuls death by stoning sentence for woman
Maldives annuls death by stoning sentence for woman
The Maldives' top court has overturned a sentence of death by stoning issued to a woman found guilty of adultery, local media report. The woman, who reportedly gave birth out of wedlock, was convicted by a magistrate's court on Sunday. However, the Supreme Court quashed the sentence late on Sunday, saying the ruling had violated legal procedures. The island nation has previously issued flogging sentences to those convicted of extramarital sex. (Webmaster's comment: The Islamic dark ages are still with us.)
10-18-15 Would you tell Apple when you've had sex?
Would you tell Apple when you've had sex?
Would you go around telling people when you've had sex? When Apple released its iOS9 mobile operating system it included a new feature - the ability for women to log their sexual activity alongside details of their menstrual cycles. An earlier version of its HealthKit software - which tracks everything from electrodermal activity to chromium intake - had lacked the facility.
10-17-15 In the October 23rd edition of The Week
Raised expectations, after a South Carolina man was arrested for calling 911 to complain that his girlfriend had refused to have sex with him. (Webmaster's comment: Only in America.)
10-16-15 The African series that's getting women talking about sex
The African series that's getting women talking about sex
What do you think of when you think of African women and sex? South African director and actor Mmabatho Montsho said she was tired of stereotypes around HIV/Aids, sexual violence and unwanted pregnancies, and wanted to broaden the conversation. Her YouTube series "Women On Sex" includes discussions on everything from virginity testing to sex education.
10-13-15 Making online dating a lot more female friendly
Making online dating a lot more female friendly
Women who use online dating websites often complain of receiving unwanted, unsolicited photographs of "crotch shots" from men. The practice has become so common that many women don't even consider it harassment - many consider it a mere annoyance, a necessary evil in the modern cyber quest for love. (Webmaster's comment: Men again completely miss what women are really interested in. All these crotch shot men are doing is showing what interests them, not women. What a bunch of ignorant losers. Women are far more intested in a man's character than in their dicks. Every man has one of those so what's the big-little deal?)
10-2-15 Amsterdam brothel owners must speak sex workers' language
Amsterdam brothel owners must speak sex workers' language
Dutch brothel owners must be able to communicate with sex workers in their own language to protect them from abuse, the EU's top court has ruled. The authorities in Amsterdam were right to refuse a brothel owner permission to operate because he could not speak Hungarian or Bulgarian, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) said. Brothels are legal in the Netherlands and must be licensed locally. But the authorities are trying to tackle human trafficking and abuse. ECJ rulings are binding throughout the 28-member EU.
9-16-15 Sex worker Charlotte Rose on brothels and prostitution
Sex worker Charlotte Rose on brothels and prostitution
A former sex worker of the year claims her colleagues feel unsafe at work as she puts the case to decriminalise brothels. Charlotte Rose said prostitution was legal in England, Scotland and Wales, although the law had changed in Northern Ireland to criminalise men who use sex workers. She said police no longer turned a blind eye to the sex trade in London's Soho, but prostitutes should have the same rights as other workers.
8-28-15 Taiwan metro cards to show Japan porn star Yui Hatano
Taiwan metro cards to show Japan porn star Yui Hatano
Taiwan's capital is to introduce a pre-paid public transport card featuring the Japanese porn actress Yui Hatano, despite an outcry over using her image. "Just because I am an adult video porn star... does it mean that I cannot pay a debt of gratitude to my beloved Taiwan?" she said, in a statement quoted by the Focus Taiwan news website.
8-2-15 Can Ottawa really be the infidelity capital of Canada?
Can Ottawa really be the infidelity capital of Canada?
The capital of Canada has long been called the city that fun forgot. But is it really a hotbed of infidelity? "When I tell people I'm a sex therapist from Ottawa, they say, 'People in Ottawa don't have sex,' and I say, 'Oh, you have no idea,'" says Sue McGarvie, founder of The Ottawa Sex Therapy and Libido Clinic. Ashley Madison has competitors, such as European-focused Gleeden and traditional dating sites.
7-22-15 Semen has controlling power over female genes and behaviour
Semen has controlling power over female genes and behaviour
Seminal fluid alters gene expression in females, including humans. It can even alter behaviour in fruit flies, but does it do the same in women? In many animals, seminal fluid alters both the bodies and sometimes even the behaviour of females. Human semen, too, triggers changes in the uterus, and might have wider effects on women, aimed at just one goal. “It’s all about maximising the chances of the male reproducing.”
7-1-15 Viewpoint: Watching the lesbians in India
Viewpoint: Watching the lesbians in India
"This whole lesbian thing is not as new-fangled as people are making it out to be." Writer and humourist Shovon Chowdhury gives his perspective on a recent advert featuring lesbians in India, arguing that we shouldn't be surprised, given India's ancient liberal tradition, which accepted all forms of sexuality and sexual expression.
6-26-15 The mystery of the female orgasm
The mystery of the female orgasm
From the existence of the G-spot to the origin of multiple orgasms, female sexuality once mystified scientists. But as Linda Geddes discovers, radical experiments are finally revealing some answers. Why are orgasms so intensely pleasurable? How come women can experience multiple orgasms? And does the fabled G-spot even exist?
6-11-15 Uganda's ethics minister attacks 'lunchtime sex'
Uganda's ethics minister attacks 'lunchtime sex'
Uganda's ethics minister, previously known for his statements on mini-skirts and homosexuality has sparked yet another furore - this time over the issue of "lunchtime sex". Father Simon Lokodo has said that he will ask the police to carry out raids on guesthouses where people are believed to be meeting to have sex during their lunch breaks. Most Ugandans discussing this are wondering if such a clampdown would be the best use of police time.
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6-5-15 ‘Female Viagra' to treat low libido gets go-ahead from FDA panel
‘Female Viagra' to treat low libido gets go-ahead from FDA panel
A US Food and Drug Administration advisory panel has approved the drug, which will be given the brand name Addyi. The first drug for treating low sexual desire in women looks set to go on sale in the US next year. Flibanserin, sometimes called the female Viagra, was approved by 18 votes to 6 by a US Food and Drug Administration advisory panel yesterday, although some of the committee members had doubts about the drug's risks and benefits.
6-5-15 'Female Viagra' nears US approval after expert backing
'Female Viagra' nears US approval after expert backing
A US government panel has urged regulators to approve a drug to treat low sexual desire in women, nicknamed the "female Viagra". The experts backed flibanserin, but said it must carry warnings about strong possible side effects including fainting and tiredness. Experts said the drugs had modest effects - but meaningful in some patients.
6-4-15 Female "Viagra" could be approved today: what you need to know
Female "Viagra" could be approved today: what you need to know
The first drug to treat low sexual desire in women may get approved in the US today. Find out why not everyone is rooting for it. It increases sexually satisfying encounters" – an average of once a month extra, from a baseline of two to three times a month.
5-26-15 Australia tampon tax: Canberra urges scrapping of levy
Australia tampon tax: Canberra urges scrapping of levy
Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey is to ask state and territory governments to remove the consumption tax on tampons and other sanitary products. Earlier this month, an online petition asking the government to stop taxing a "bodily function" attracted about 90,000 signatures. Unlike products such as condoms and sunscreen, pads and tampons attract the 10% Goods and Services tax (GST).
5-25-15 Ashley Madison: Is infidelity a billion-dollar business?
Ashley Madison: Is infidelity a billion-dollar business?
Noel Biderman sounds like your run-of-the-mill technology chief executive: he peppers his speech with words like "disruption" and of course, his start-up is not just a business, but a vehicle for "societal impact". "I am making it easier for women to catch up to men," he says of AshleyMadison.com, the website he founded in 2001. The catch, of course, is that Ashley Madison is the website for cheating spouses, with the unsubtle tagline, "Life is short. Have an affair." And Mr Biderman, a former sports lawyer who says he was often forced to deal with the aftermath of his clients' affairs, says he is helping women catch up to men not by giving them equal pay or more education, but by allowing them to cheat with just as much frequency as men do.
5-25-15 Why one Canadian midwife won't be giving birth at home
Why one Canadian midwife won't be giving birth at home
A Canadian midwife has helped almost 200 women deliver their babies, but when she gives birth in July, there won't be a midwife by her side. Across the country, the health system is not keeping up with demand. "Midwifery is a part of my history and a part of who I am," Kim Goodman posted on Facebook. "This lack of funding means I am not receiving the care that is so important to me." Ms Goodman applied for her own midwife in her home province of Alberta as soon as she learned she was pregnant. Within a matter of days, all the practices replied that they were at capacity. "I always believed that I would have the right to choose the birth environment and care provider that was important to me, especially after helping so many other women achieve those same goals," she said.
4-25-15 Bruce Jenner: I am living as a woman
Bruce Jenner: I am living as a woman
After months of speculation, Bruce Jenner has said he is transgender and identifies as a woman. "For all intents and purposes, I am a woman," he told Diane Sawyer on ABC. Jenner was speaking in a two-hour interview on ABC News where he confirmed that he'd been wrestling with his gender since childhood. The former US Olympic gold medallist is considered the most high-profile American to come out as transgender.
4-3-15 The faces of prostitution in Australia
The faces of prostitution in Australia
What kind of people are sex workers? In Australia, hundreds of them are telling the world about themselves using social media. "College student. Aspiring lawyer. Activist. Daughter, sister, sex worker. I don't need rescuing".
3-29-15 Instagram period photo: Woman who took it says she wasn't being 'provocative'
Instagram period photo: Woman who took it says she wasn't being 'provocative'
A woman who posted a photo showing her clothes and bed after her period on Instagram says she wasn't doing it to be purposely provocative.
3-16-15 'Chilling out' at an egg freezing party
'Chilling out' at an egg freezing party
The timing of having a child has always been complicated for working women, but egg freezing parties hope to capture their attention by promoting advances in technology alongside cocktails and mingling.
3-11-15 Iran birth drive 'turns women into baby-making machines'
Iran birth drive 'turns women into baby-making machines'
Draft laws aimed at boosting the birth rate in Iran reduce women to "baby-making machines", the rights group Amnesty International warns. One proposal outlaws voluntary sterilisation and promoting birth control, while another makes it harder for women without babies to get jobs. The other bill cited by the organisation would make it more difficult for women to seek divorce, and instructs employers to prioritise married women with children.
3-4-15 Ethiopian cinema focuses on prostitution
Ethiopian cinema focuses on prostitution
Ethiopian scriptwriter and film director Hermon Hailay says she grew up close to prostitutes. "I know them as young, beautiful women, mothers, sisters and friends," she tells me at a popular cinema in the middle of Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa. "I always wanted to tell their story, because I know it well. As a kid, I did not see the shame in what they do."
2-27-15 Virginia eugenics victims compensated for sterilization
Virginia eugenics victims compensated for sterilization
Lawmakers in the US state of Virginia have agreed to pay compensation to people who were forcibly sterilized by the authorities decades ago. Victims will be paid $25,000 following a legal fight by campaigners. Campaigners say there are only 11 known surviving victims of the program. More than 8,000 Virginians were operated on between the 1920s and 1970s. Along with more than 30 other US states, Virginia once operated a sterilization program for individuals deemed undesirable or mentally unsound. In the US, about 65,000 Americans were sterilized in 33 states. More than a fifth of those sterilized in Virginia were African Americans. Two-thirds were women, many of whom went in for other procedures and were unaware of what was happening to them. In 1927 the US Supreme Court upheld Virginia's Eugenical Sterilization Act law. It remained in force until 1979. (Webmaster's comment: How was this ever justified using the constitution! So much for the rights of US citizens. They will be violated by the Supreme Court whenever they want to for whatever reason.)
1-21-15 Is it the last taboo? How sportswomen deal with periods
Is it the last taboo? How sportswomen deal with periods
Former British tennis player Annabel Croft has called it "the last taboo". She's talking about periods and she made the comment after Heather Watson admitted that she lost in the first round of the Australian Open because it was that time of the month.
1-16-15 Cafe's ban on kissing Austrian lesbians sparks protest
Cafe's ban on kissing Austrian lesbians sparks protest
Some 2,000 people have staged a protest in Vienna after a lesbian couple said they were thrown out of a renowned cafe in Austria's capital for kissing. The couple were ejected from the 112-year-old Cafe Prueckel last weekend for what they called a "greeting kiss".
1-15-15 How teenage hugs angered Islamic authorities in Malaysia
How teenage hugs angered Islamic authorities in Malaysia
A video of a Korean pop band embracing teenage girls in Malaysia has attracted heavy criticism and triggered a debate over the behaviour of young Muslim women in the country.
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