Boko Haram Survival Stories: The Women and Girls Who Escaped Kidnapping in Nigeria

Escape from Boko Haram:

While the Islamic extremist group continues to terrorize Nigeria, carrying out a horrific campaign of sexual violence, recent efforts by the country’s armed forces have led to the rescue of hundreds of kidnapped women and girls. Marie Claire traveled there to hear their stories of survival.


France wrong on burkini ban (Opinion)

France wrong on burkini ban (Opinion, CNN)

Sometimes a bathing suit is just a bathing suit. But not today. Europeans — Muslims, Christians, atheists and others — are fiercely debating the question of what women should be allowed to wear at the beach. It seems like a trivial matter, but it isn’t.

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The Handmaid’s Tale Is a Warning to Conservative Women | New Republic


The Handmaid’s Tale is a warning to conservative women – New Republic

Like the Kingdom of God, the Republic of Gilead is both now and not yet. Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel The Handmaid’s Tale conjures a theocratic dystopia—a version of the United States taken over by fundamentalist Christians after a terrorist attack on Washington. Women are now divided into rigid classes determined by an idiosyncratic interpretation of the Bible. Atwood’s protagonist, Offred, is a Handmaid—a fallen woman who is forced to bear children for righteous couples—and the book follows her sufferings under the Gilead regime. Atwood paints in garish strokes intended to shock: This new society calls homosexuality “gender treachery” and forbids women to read, own property, or choose their own clothing.

Resistance is futile | The Monthly

Resistance is futile – The Monthly

The parallels with today are obvious – a rapidly changing political climate, environmental degradation, evolving threats to women’s rights, widening class divisions, the fallacy of linear progress – yet Bruce Miller’s adaptation does not venture here, instead dipping into our current age for cultural cues while failing to offer any insight into our particular conditions. It evades the fundamental challenge of the genre, which is to help us see, as Orwell put it, what is in front of our nose.