On global day of awareness, survivors of female genital mutilation say #MeToo


On Feb. 6, the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation( FGM ), survivors of the cultural practise are taking to social media to push for their inclusion in the international #MeToo movement against sexual abuse.

FGM is the practice of intentionally cutting female genitals for no medical reasons or benefits–a procedure that causes ache and health complications, among other emotional trauma. While FGM is argued to be done for cultural or religious reasons, advocates say its a form of sexual abuse employed to control female sexuality and is a violation of human rights.

According to the World Health Organization, more than 200 million girls and women ought to have cut in 30 countries across Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. Girls are typically cut between infancy and 15 years old.

” It’s a shame the #MeToo campaign doesn’t include FGM ,” Leyla Hussein, an FGM survivor and founder of London-based counseling center Dahlia Project, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.” FGM is a form of sexual abuse, but yet again we’ve been left out .”

In response to the lack of inclusion, survivors and activists are using the hashtags # MeToo, #MeTooFGM, and #EndFGM across the internet to condemn the practice and speak up for young girls who are unable to protest the ritual themselves.

In Dublin, Ireland, FGM survivor and activist Ifrah Ahmed has pushed for the day of zero tolerance to align with the” Me Too” motion by using the hashtag #MeTooFGM in conjunction with the social media platform Thunderclap, to generate greater awareness. Within this specific campaign, organizers hope to reach 1 million Twitter users across Africa, the U.S ., Asian, and Australia, according to Independent.ie.

An estimated more than 2,500 girls living in Ireland have undergone FGM, and the country has launched a National Plan of Action to prevent the practice, offer healthcare and support for survivors, and contribute to the worldwide end of the practice.

” FGM is the ultimate form of violence against women and female children…the forcible removal of a child’s sexual organs to control her sexuality has been going on since the time of writing of the Egyptian pharaohs ,” Ahmed said at the launch of the country’s action plan.” We are calling on all women everywhere who care about women’s rights to support their sisters in 30 countries in various regions of the world to call for an end to FGM .”

While some critics have disagreed with the movement’s alignment with” Me Too ,” stating that FGM is child abuse and not are attributable to” sex gratification” associated with the anti-sexual harassment and assault campaign, Hussein, along with other advocates against sexual abuse, said sexual assault isn’t about ” gratification “– it’s about power.

” When person does FGM, it’s all about power ,” Hussein said.

H/ T Thomson Reuters Foundation

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Black vultures aren’t the predators the Courier Journal induced them out to be Courier Journal

The next time the Courier Journal decides to write about wildlife, we would hope it would seek out sources who have expertise in the subject matter.

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Numerous cougar sightings confirmed in Sooke, but no need to panic: official – Victoria News


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Walgreens accommodates transgender-inclusive bathroom policy


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Walgreens locatings nationwide have adopted a new policy permitting customers to use the restroom that corresponds with their gender identity. It’s the result of an incident in which a cis female said an employee mistook her gender identity and would only allow her to use the men’s restroom.

According to the Los Angeles Times , Jessie Meehan expended $20 at a Walgreens in Los Angeles last year, but was told by an associate that she couldn’t use the women’s restroom because she was like a human. Meehan said she argued with a manager for several minutes before confessing and using the stall in the men’s restroom, while humen used the urinals next to her.

” This in itself was very humiliating for me and I felt exceedingly uncomfortable ,” Meehan told Walgreens in a letter, including suggestions and an offer to help train staff.

She turned to the ACLU for help two months later when she received no answer. Meehan didn’t sue the company, so upon hearing about the incident, Walgreens changed its restroom policy, updating it for transgender inclusion to comply with California law, which countries it protects” every person’s right to access restrooms based on their gender identity in workplaces, schools and business establishments .”

ACLU staff attorney Amanda Goad said bathroom gender discrimination is not just a matter a transgender issue, and that it’s common for women who are perceived to be gender-nonconforming to be questioned on their style to the bathroom.

Meehan told the Times she still takes issue with the policy because it’s labeled as a “transgender inclusion” guideline, and doesn’t address how employees should react in situations similar to hers, but called it” a good first step .”

H/ T Los Angeles Times

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10 periods Grumpy Cat was gloriously grumpy


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Grumpy Cat — one of the most beloved viral pets online — has died at age 7, and the internet will never be the same.

Grumpy’s humans posted the news on social media Friday morning, and fans of the the unimpressed-looking feline, whose real name is Tardar Sauce, have been paying tribute ever since.

As internet lovers remember the pleasure this cat’s grumpy little face brought to their lives, Mashable decided to dive into the archives and reminisce on all the memories we shared with Grumpy Cat over the years. There are A LOT.

Here are 10 days Grumpy Cat was gloriously and unapologetically grumpy.

1. The time she did the “Harlem Shake”( virtually )

2. The time she wore a stylish wig

Slay, girl.

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3. The time she fulfilled Oscar the Grouch

A grouch and a grump.

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4. The time she ran the town

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5. The time she auditioned to replace David Letterman

6. The time she tried to be a hipster

“Get me my book” – Grumpy Cat, probably

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7. The time she dedicated off some serious Star Wars vibes

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8. The time she celebrated detested Valentine’s Day

9. The time when … mustache

Hmm?

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10. The time when she tolerated the holiday season. Barely.

Wrapping? No thanks.

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This is fine.

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We’ll miss you dearly, Grumpy Cat. Thanks for stimulating the internet a better place.

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Editorial Roundup: Excerpts from recent editorials – Washington Post


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Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: _____. July 16. The New York Times on the Justice Department’s decision not to bring federal …

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Mysterious “Ghost” Species Of Chimpanzee Discovered


Hundreds of thousands of years ago, a previously unknown species of ape wandered the woodlands of Central Africa. We know this not because archeologists have unearthed physical evidence but because there are clues in bonobo DNA, New Scientist reports.

Bonobos would have co-existed with this mystery ape and even mated to produce fertile progeny. Hence, the species lives on, if only in its descendants’ genes.

Martin Kuhlwilm from the Institute of Evolutionary Biology in Barcelona, Spain, presented the research at the AsiaEvo conference in China. He “discovered” this mystery( or “ghost) ape after comparing the genes of bonobos and common chimps, searching for any odd tracings or bizarre fragments of DNA that could not be explained either by mutants or mating between the two species.

And he found some in the genes of the bonobos. In fact, roughly 1 percent of the bonobos’ genes was inherited from this ghost ancestor. He calculated that the two chimp species likely interbred 400,000 or so years ago.

This would not be the first case of two separate species mating to produce so-called viable offspring. For example, there is the beefalo– a cross between a cow and a buffalo , not a chunk of meat. Then there are studies suggesting that red and eastern wolves are not so much their own species but coyote-grey wolf hybrids.

Evolutionarily speaking, hybrids can in fact help strengthen a species by introducing useful DNA. Big cats have a long history of interbreeding, even before humans sought to get a fast buck from ligers and tigons, and hybrids may be responsible for improving jaguars’ vision.

As for humen, new research confirms our ancestors get busy with some of our hominid relatives. Around 1 to 3 percent of DNA in people outside of sub-Saharan Africa is Neanderthal, and Denisovan DNA is what allows people in Tibet to survive in high altitudes.

Which brings us to so-called “ghost species”, species that are only known through fragments of DNA passed down to their descendants. A 2017 study discovered a lost hominin via modern human spit. It was this study that inspired Kuhlwilm to search for odd bits of DNA in bonobos and chimps, and it stimulates you wonder, how many more “ghost” species are lurking in genomes in the different regions of the animal kingdom ?

[ H/ T: New Scientist]

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