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No, Women Aren’t the New Men

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 5, 2012

By Dr Peggy Drexler, Author, research psychologist, and gender expert

Comment: Women have to create their own identity by their work where male domination is not a question. Equality question could be relevant only in the society where women are dominated by men:

When the news broke — or, more specifically, when the paparazzi broke the news — that actress Kristen Stewart had cheated on her longtime boyfriend,Twilight co-star Rob Pattinson, many in the media pointed to her total failure as a “role model to women.” Good girls, the argument seemed to go — or, at least, girls lucky enough to land a “good” guy — owe it not just to their partner but also to society as a whole not to mess it up. Men, on the other hand — well, cheating might not win them any points, but it’s something that men do. It’s that same old double standard that has plagued women for years: girls are sluts, guys are studs. Think about it: When’s the last time you saw an adulterous male celebrity being publicly chastised for being a terrible role model to young boys? Exactly.

At the same time, when a 16-year-old gymnast cries on international TV, she’s criticized for being “too emotional,” “too girlie.” The implication here is that she’s weak. So what’s the lesson? It’s certainly not about women “toughening up” or that women should act like women only when society deems it appropriate. In fact Jordyn Wieber should be celebrated for expressing her very real and understandable disappointment in an age-and situation-appropriate way. And the media should stop feeling the need to compare every female action to its male counterpart. Read the rest of this entry »

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How Men Can Be Wise About Women

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 14, 2011

Biological difference­s between men and women create lots of problems, challenges­, interests, attraction­s and sometimes frustratio­n as well.
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

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International Women’s Day 2011: World’s Most Inspiring Women (PHOTOS)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 8, 2011

Most of them are really brave women.
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

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Rebuilding a Robust Economy, With Women Entrepreneurs

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 28, 2011

By Amy Rosen, resident & CEO, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship

Sitting here in a country that did not give women the right to vote until 1971 and where today four of the seven member governing body are women, I am struck by the uneven progress and persistent barriers that woman face in specific fields. TheInternational Herald Tribune led with a story today about the wide gender gap at top of the ladder in Europe. On that note I headed into this morning’s WEF session titled, “Six Global Challenges, One Solution: Women.”

Some of the true leaders pushing gender equity as an issue affecting all aspects of our world were with us. President Michelle Bachelet, who having finished transforming Chile, has now taken the helm of a new effort called UN Women, provided informed insight into the realities of gender inequity. Laura Tyson, long a leader in economic policy for the US, provided guidance to keep the conversation on track. Laura Liswood, from the Council of Women World Leaders and senior adviser to Goldman Sachs, Beth Brooke of Ernst & Young, Tae Yoo of Cisco were among the impressive women in the room who have been at the table for years, fighting for political capital around these issues in very meaningful ways. All of them offered provocative comments that will continue to resonate with me for some time to come. There were even some men in the room (of course not enough) who contributed meaningful ideas and solutions. In general, I was struck by how strong a case the data makes for changing the equation for girls and women.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Modern Women Pursue Gender Equality

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 19, 2011

By Shobha Shukla

The United Nations General Assembly has created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, in July 2010 – a new agency solely focused on women’s rights with a view to invest in women’s equality. In the words of Michelle Bachelet, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, “This is a time of great promise. We have a historic opportunity to accelerate the achievement of what champions of gender equality have worked towards for years.”

These encouraging words assume a lot of significance for us women in India where women are still ill treated and discriminated against. Three recent happenings reveal the Dark Age environment in which most of the modern Indian women are living.

The first one relates to the Kerala Police charge sheeting Kannada actress Jayamala, alleging that she had made a fake claim that she was pushed into the sanctum sanctorum of the Sabarimala temple and accidentally touched the deity of Lord Ayyappa in 1987. The charge sheet alleges that the fake claim hurt the religious sentiments of devotees, as this was deemed to be contrary to Sabarimala custom, which currently restricts entry for women over 10 and less than 50 years of age in the shrine. Read the rest of this entry »

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