Saturday, March 29, 2008

Buffet of the Week  

There are so many stories I come across in the news that deserve attention that I can't possibly make individual posts about them all. So, here is a list of small samplings (a buffet, if you will) of recent events and news stories. Follow the links to read more, should something spark your interest. Enjoy and look for more "buffets" in the future.

  • Following up with my last post, the Transportation Security Administration responded to Mandi Hamlin's complaint about being forced to remove her nipple rings to board a plane.
  • Larry King was a gay eight-grader who was shot in the head because others did not like him wearing makeup and jewelry to school. His murder is prompting gay activists to call for better education about exercising respect and tolerance towards GLBT people.
  • Efforts have begun in Zimbabwe to increase female political involvement.
  • A frightening statistic: in Nigeria, 61% of new HIV/AIDS infections are found in women.
  • Muslim leaders are speaking out against the practice of forced marriage.
  • Rikki Rockett, drummer in the band Poison, has been accused of rape.
  • In India, a woman was accused of being a "witch" and was consequently tied to a tree and beaten by an angry mob.
  • A string of purse snatchings have been underway in California. The offenders are clearly targeting Asian women.
  • A new natural form of birth control has emerged that is receiving praise from both women and men.
  • Top ten craziest things John McCain has said while you weren't watching.
  • Chelsea Clinton states that she believes her mother would make a better president than her father.
  • Castro's daughter is promoting the acceptance of gay rights in Cuba.

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2 comments: to “ Buffet of the Week

  • March 30, 2008 at 2:49 PM  

    i'd be interested to know, what are your feelings on the legalization of prostitution?

  • March 30, 2008 at 4:58 PM  

    Well, honestly, prostitution is always going to be around - so I think it can be a positive thing to embrace it. Because at least with legalization, it can better be controlled. Prostitutes will be required to undergo tests for STDs, and there be far less cases of prostitutes being treated as sub-human by their clients and managers ("pimps").

    Then again, in Germany, prostitution is legal, but over half of the working prostitutes there are illegal prostitutes. I feel like regulations can backfire and cause a false sense of security in people. A person who hires a prostitute may think he/she is legal, and therefore safe, when in reality, he/she might be illegal and perhaps not safe.

    So, I think that if it is properly regulated, it can be a good thing. Less women would be forced into it; more would become prostitutes by choice. Not to say that I necessarily condone the actual act of selling sex, but I think that as long as it's going to be around, it should at least be controlled.