Keep Yourself Updated

There is a lot of news to read, so make it a bit easier on yourself and check out these links that I found interesting.

  • BBC– According to research published in the journal Nature, a vaccine has cleared Simian Immunodeficiency Virus (SIV) from the bodies of monkeys. SIV is the equivalent of HIV in humans.
    The vaccine was effective on nine of 16 monkeys. Scientist are looking for a similar approach for humans and hope to have a vaccine in the next two years. Scientists are also looking into why only nine of 16 vaccines were effective.
  • A man will not serve a day in jail of “raping the gay away.” Brent Girouex, 31, a youth pastor in Iowa, was arrested on 60 counts of suspicion of sexual exploitation for having sex with teenage boys to “help them with homosexual urges.” He received a 17-year prison sentence. The sentence will be suspended provided he attends sex offender treatment while on probation.
    Girouex confessed to police that he “had sexual relations with four young men starting in 2007 to help them gain ‘sexual purity’,” reports UPI.

    He claims it was hit duty “to help [them] with homosexual urges by praying while he had sexual contact with [them].

  • Brave Miss World, a documentary about Linor Abargil, Israeli beauty queen who was raped before she won the Miss World pageant, is being released and showing at multiple film festivals.

  • Hanna Rosin declares patriarchy dead. This obviously shocked everyone who sees sexism every day.
    The author of the article says:

    “I’m an immigrant and a woman of color who has heard too many weatlthy, white, middle-class woman tell other women how o think about and respond to their place in society.”

    She then explains that we see patriarchy and sexism every day through “widespread abortion restrictions, a gender wage gap, pervasive slut-shaming, and the likes of Miley Cyrus using black women as props. ”
    Needless to say, anyone who is living in the real world knows that patriarchy is not dead.

  • The Guardian shockingly said that a teenager “let herself be gang raped” to get her Blackberry back. After readers had a reaction to this, the paper changed the phrasing of the sentence to “let herself be sexually assaulted.” Because this is much better than the original.
    From the edited version:

    In one, a girl who does not reveal her identity, talks with heartbreaking candour about how she would do anything for her BlackBerry; when a gang of boys takes it from her she recounts how she allowed herself to be sexually assaulted in order to have it back.

    An accompanying note:

    The standfirst to this article was amended on 12 September 2013. It originally referred to a girl who “let herself be gang-raped” to get her BlackBerry back. This misrepresented the text of the piece, which says she allowed herself to be sexually assaulted.

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