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Women's emancipation and human rights: "Can These Bones Live?"

Meredith Tax 50.50
Is the human rights movement just a couple of big Northern organisations? The emancipation of women has to be one of the big all time human rights issues, but Meredith Tax says experts still think they can answer these questions without taking women's human rights work into account

The Republican War on Women: The Newly Invisible and Undeserving Poor

Ruth Rosen Open Democracy
The U.S. Congress is fighting over how much to cut food assistance to needy families. Everyone knows that women and their children are the poorest people in America, but strangely, the faces of women have disappeared from the debate and have been absorbed into abstract “needy families.”

Ladybusiness Anthropologist Throws Up Hands, Concedes Men Are the Reason for Everything Interesting in Human Evolution

Kate Clancy Scientific American Blogs
In evolutionary theory, we have this thing we tend to look for, called parsimony. What fits the data best? Fertility into old age is part of our ancestral history if menopause is to eventually evolve, yes? Then probably our closest living relatives, like say chimpanzees, don’t have menopause, unless it independently evolved more than once of course. Right.
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