Vatican Frees Activist Who Stole Baby Jesus Statue While Topless — TIME Women’s Babies, Women’s Bodies, Women’s Rights. Patriarchy perpetuates the dualistic nature of gender: Men should be……., and women should be…….and ne’er the two should meet. Gender continues to be, with a few modern concessions, a struggle for power. Anthony Synnott, in

The Body Social , 1993, said it quite well: “Men have justified their hegemony and women’s inequality in numerous ways and in every discipline. But times change and so do societies. Now men are being defined as the problem: killers, rapists, racists, imperialists and death-oriented and genetically deficient. The battle is not only verbal, however, it is also physical and structural. Dualism, as a defining and dichotomizing ideology, is itself problematic. It has both ‘legitimated’ male dominance, and, more recently ‘legitimated’ the women’s movement. In the past it used to be considered part of the problem perhaps; now, some consider it to be part of the solution – a necessary ideology, until structures are equalized and humanized. Gender remains therefore a critical attribute of the body politic, like colour and age, and also like beauty.” Women who are ‘forced’ to use their bodies to fight back, i.e., toplessness, are not only directly challenging men’s control over their bodies [e.g., if men can go bare-chested in public why can’t I?],  but also alerting society to wider disparities within the socio-economic and political spheres, e.g., equal pay for equal work, the ‘glass ceiling’, etc. By keeping women’s identities tied up primarily to the appearance of their bodies, men coerce women psychologically, and through the subtle use of complicit media, objectify them as consumable but natural products of the human condition everywhere. If women’s rights to their bodies were on an equal par with men, this demonstrator wouldn’t have to take her shirt off, nor have an unwanted child, nor have the only female vote on a board of directors, nor be a small minority member within a political party. “The disciplinary techniques through which the ‘docile bodies’ of women are constructed aim at a regulation that is perpetual and exhaustive – a regulation of the body’s size and contours, its appetite, posture, gestures, and general comportment in space and the appearance of each of its visible parts.” (Sandra Lee Bartky, Femininity and Domination: Studies in the Phenomenology of Oppression, 1990).

The FEMEN activist stole the statue topless with “God is a Woman” written across her bare chest

via Vatican Frees Activist Who Stole Baby Jesus Statue While Topless — TIME

A strictly Western world phenomenon. This well-balanced article is a brief introduction to the political usefulness and mere enjoyment, of being nude. It speaks to the broader issues of body-acceptance and organized nudity, and to the ease with which public nudity divests itself from sexual overtones. Recent governmental policy changes, as in Canada’s legal recognition of women’s right to go topless in most public areas, point to the day perhaps, when gardening and mowing your lawn for example, in the nude, will be totally normalized. Many barriers face proponents however, including religious, ethnic, legal, social, and family values. And individual body acceptance within the fishbowl of media pressures to be someone else but you. But the path has been started.

O Public nudity, or nude in public (NIP), refers to nudity not in an entirely private context, that is, a person appearing nude in a public place or being able to be seen nude from a public place. Nudity on private property but where the general public is commonly free to enter, such as a […]

via Public Nudity and The Socio-cultural Impact — THE LONDON PRESS

The ‘structural-functionalism’ aspects of schooling in which the value of classroom learning has not kept pace with the value of instant gratification through self-directed access, i.e., iPhones, Tablets, are at the core of educational issues today. Technology precedes cultural adaptation, and educational bureaucracies are extremely slow in adapting to social change.

Public school funding has shrunk over the past decade. School discipline rates reached historic highs. Large achievement gaps persist. And the overall performance of our nation’s students falls well below our international peers. These bleak numbers beg the question: Don’t students have a constitutional right to something better? Many Americans assume that federal law protects…

via Why We Need a Constitutional Right to Education — TIME

The importance of ‘whistleblowers’ as custodians of truth, cannot be underestimated within a feeble, inept one-man band disguised as a democracy.

(WASHINGTON) — A whistleblower has told House Democrats that during President Donald Trump’s inauguration speech, national security adviser Michael Flynn texted a former business associate to say a private nuclear reactor plan Flynn had lobbied for would also have his support in the White House. As the whistleblower chatted with Flynn’s associate at an Inauguration…

via Michael Flynn Told Ex-Business Partner Russia Sanctions Would be ‘Ripped Up,’ Whistleblower Says — TIME

“Bring back Obama”, is the underlying thread to a majority of Trump trollers.

This year was a rollercoaster socially, politically — and on social media. With news moving at a rapid clip, people turned to platforms like Twitter to keep up with current events, share funny stories and memes and take part in important conversations. Twitter, it turned out, was also an important gathering ground for messages of…

via President Trump Didn’t Make It on the List of 2017’s Most Retweeted Tweets. But Obama Did — TIME