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Fauci says ‘no red flags’ seen in 10,000 pregnant women who’ve received Covid shots so far

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Tokyo Olympic head says meetings with women “drag on”

The head of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee on Wednesday said that meetings with many women tend to “drag on” for longer than necessary.

“The education ministry has been very insistent about choosing female directors. But a board meeting with plenty of women will make it drag on,” Yoshiro Mori said, referring to the Japanese Olympic Committee’s plan to increase the number of women on its board.

Yoshiro Mori, president of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee. (Kyodo)

Speaking at an extraordinary meeting of JOC councilors, the 83-year-old cited his experience as a former chairman of the Japan Rugby Football Union, saying, “Women have a strong sense of rivalry. If one (female) member raises her hand to speak, all the others feel the need to speak too. Everyone ends up saying something.”

The JOC has set a goal of increasing the number of women on its board of directors to 40 percent. Women currently comprise only 20 percent of members.

“Somebody told me that if we increase the number of women (on the board), we have to also restrict their speaking time to an extent. Otherwise they’ll never stop, which is problematic,” Mori said.

But the former Japanese prime minister at the same time praised the caliber of the seven women currently sitting on the 35-member board of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee, saying many had previously served in sporting leagues and had valuable international experience.

“Their on-point remarks are of great help to us,” he said.

JOC director Kaori Yamaguchi, who has worked tirelessly for years to revitalize the male-dominated sports world by increasing the presence of women, has criticized Mori for his comments.

“Gender equality and consideration for people with disabilities were supposed to be a given for the Tokyo Games. It is unfortunate to see the president of the organizing committee make such a remark,” she said.

As part of its strategic roadmap for the future, the International Olympic Committee in 2014 set the goal of achieving 50 percent female participation and encouraging mixed-gender team events in the games.

It succeeded in having women make up 48.8 percent of athletes competing in the Tokyo Olympics, with plans to make the 2024 Olympics in Paris the first to feature an equal number of male and female participants.

With less than six months to go until the Tokyo Olympics, Mori also reiterated that the games will be “held at any cost,” brushing aside rumors that they would be postponed again or canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“We are doing some simulations while, of course, assuming that there will be no spectators,” he said.

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Fierce feminist Jill Filipovic reveals that ‘right-wing groups’ encourage homeschooling because it’s ‘not good for women or children’ – twitchy.com

The COVID19 pandemic has been a wake-up call for many parents when it comes to their kids’ education. Some families have chosen to make the switch to homeschooling, which should be their prerogative if they have the means to do it.

But there are some out there who disagree.

Despite constant assault against teachers unions during the pandemic a poll commissioned by a right wing school privatization group finds support / trust for teachers unions role. Most questions in poll were about reopening and covid. pic.twitter.com/PTB7EZLSvm

— Kombiz Lavasany (@kombiz) February 3, 2021

one other interesting thing in this poll. Right-wing education types kept saying how this would be a renaissance for homeschooling vs public schools. Not so much. pic.twitter.com/EWM5CwIrYt

— Kombiz Lavasany (@kombiz) February 3, 2021

Teachers’ unions are actually a legitimate problem with the public education system, but they’re far from the only one. Many parents can cite a number of issues that merit their skepticism and antipathy toward public schooling.

But feminist writer Jill Filipovic seems to believe that their only beef with public education boils down to being backward conservatives who want to keep women down and raise their kids in ignorance:

Hmmm yeah it turns out that if you’re doing homeschooling right, it is incredibly hard, you can’t have another full-time job, and you can’t do it alone, which… really sucks for parents (mothers) who understand their own limits or want to do anything else with their lives. https://t.co/3lZoKhdjj5

— Jill Filipovic (@JillFilipovic) February 3, 2021

Right-wing groups love to push homeschooling because it helps keep kids away from material that might challenge their conservative worldview, and it keeps women out of work and in the home. It’s a pretty transparent set of motivations, not good for women or children.

— Jill Filipovic (@JillFilipovic) February 3, 2021

This is a pet issue of mine and some day I’ll write about it at length, but the whole conversation about homeschooling would go very differently if we believed children had a right to a high-quality education — or if we believed children had rights at all, separate from parents.

— Jill Filipovic (@JillFilipovic) February 3, 2021

Are there no liberal homeschooling families? Are there no men who homeschool their children while their wives have other jobs or careers? Are women incapable of figuring out how to balance work with educating their kids?

everything about this is wrong. https://t.co/9qPugjS7Up

— Jessica O’Donnell (@heckyessica) February 3, 2021

I have some conflicted feelings about being homeschooled, but not about my parents’ motivations for doing it or about how much this tweet sucks. https://t.co/wSdBc5yKYR

— CJ Ciaramella (@cjciaramella) February 3, 2021

LOL. Spoken like one who knows nothing about homeschooling.

I was homeschooled. I read:

Communist Manifesto
Rules for Radicals
Don’t think of an Elephant
The Constitution
Federalist Papers
John Locke
Frederick Douglass
And the Bible

How many public schools can say the same? https://t.co/kGNWde9zDE

— Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) February 3, 2021

As a parent of a homeschooled child this is by far the dumbest thing I have heard. My child is being taught actual skills and knowledge for his future. Not “what is on the next standardized test so we can get funding”. He will be more prepared for life. #sorrynotsorry

— Ty-man’s Dad (@husqykid) February 3, 2021

“Keeps women put of work and in the home” is such a backwards view. Our greatest work is done in the home, raising, educating, and nurturing our own children.

I actually find the opposite to be more true: the need for 2 incomes keeps too many women out of their homes.

— Jessi Bridges (@jessibridges) February 3, 2021

Excuse me? I am a well-educated adult, with a masters degree. My husband and I have chosen to homeschool our children for a multitude of reasons. The least of those is to keep me “home and out of work.”

— Malnz08 (@malnz08) February 3, 2021

I taught three English classes a semester at a local college while home educating three daughters. How condescending you are!

— Leticia Velasquez (@CauseofourJoy) February 3, 2021

Nobody pushed me to HS my kids, which I have done for 21 yrs. My kids had a way better education than I did. All my kids had the choice to go to a high school or keep homeschooling and they chose to keep homeschooling. They took dual credit high school/college classes 1/2

— Lisa (@LeezaAnnie) February 3, 2021

They have friends, did sports, did archery, took up skiing, etc. one of my daughters is a Montessori teacher. So tell me again how these poor kids have to suffer??

— Lisa (@LeezaAnnie) February 3, 2021

Jill can’t tell you. She’s too busy making sweeping generalizations based on nothing other than her personal loathing of conservatives.

The left is not known to be well-accepting of challenging views.
See: safe-spaces, restriction of freedom of speech, opposition of speakers on campus or elsewhere, etc.

Hypocrisy is bad wherever it is.

— Richard Bruschi (@Richard_Bruschi) February 3, 2021

Did nobody teach Jill Filipovic that when she was in school?

Leftists when they realize they can’t indoctrinate other people’s children their way. pic.twitter.com/AoIsrcMMoI

— Jay (@OneFineJay) February 3, 2021

Supplanting parents with the state is a goal of any good leftist. https://t.co/0stYDN1mEF

— Space Lazar Wolf (@NathanWurtzel) February 3, 2021

Children have a right to be forced into failing government run schools against their parents’ wishes in the name of some left-wing scold’s idea of “high-quality education.”

— Ibuprofen Hippo ???? (@JimJamitis) February 3, 2021

“Kids shouldn’t be homeschooled because that way they absorb their parents’ values. Instead they should go to school and absorb my values.”

— Noam Blum (@neontaster) February 3, 2021

.@JillFilipovic: We are fighting home schooling tooth and nail because that would allow parents to instill their values and beliefs in their kids. Children need to be in Public School so we can indoctrinate them with our beliefs!

Credit where due, at least she is honest. pic.twitter.com/2UwXrNbc86

— Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) February 3, 2021

See? At least conservatives can find something nice to say about Jill Filipovic.

I can’t imagine why they wouldn’t want their kids in a school system that produces this type of thinking. pic.twitter.com/XX1KiN2eof

— Noam Blum (@neontaster) February 3, 2021

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One year on, Muslim women reflect on wearing the niqab in a mask-wearing world

(The Conversation) — One year into the pandemic, protective face masks have come to signify different things for different groups of people.

To some it’s an issue of protest, while for some others it’s a statement of social responsibility. Some people have even turned it into a style statement and are willing to spend hundreds of dollars on designer masks.

At the same time, racialized perceptions related to masks have put an additional burden on groups that already experience racism and inequality. Across the country, several Black American men have been arrested, followed and challenged by police officers who claimed they looked “suspicious” in pandemic masks.

But in a group I have studied since 2013 – Muslim women in the West who wear the niqab, or the Islamic veil, along with a headscarf, the experiences have been more positive.

Challenges faced by many Muslim women

The niqab is worn by a small minority of Muslim women. It is a piece of cloth tied over the headscarf (hijab) that comes in a variety of styles and colors. It is sometimes mistakenly labeled as the burqa, which is an all-enveloping garment that largely entered the American imagination during the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan. At that time the Western media, while depicting burqa-clad women, wrote about how the war would help advance the rights of Afghan women.

Niqab wearers are a difficult group to study, and scholars have described them as a “rare and elusive religious sub-culture.” Despite this challenge, I have been able to conduct three research projects that relied on interviews with women who wore the niqab.

Initially, I conducted a larger study of 40 women that I published in my book “Wearing the Niqab: Muslim Women in the UK and the US.” I also interviewed a group of 11 women in April 2020 after mask-wearing became mandated in public in many U.S. states and countries. In January I was able to reach 16 women who agreed to be interviewed about their experiences of wearing the niqab one year into the pandemic.

I found that many recently adopted the niqab because walking around with a covered face became less daunting as more people appeared in public with face masks. As I found, many wanted to wear the niqab to underscore the religious character of this practice.

Some women wore a mask under the niqab, mindful of the health guidance that requires masks to be constructed out of a “tightly woven fabric,” in order to stop the virus from being spread. Others used thick, snugly attached niqabs in lieu of a mask.

Studies have shown that Muslim women more likely to experience prejudice in public spaces, employment and other services, when they dress religiously. Over 80% of the women I interviewed for my book said they experienced some form of abuse in public, such as hostile stares, comments, having the niqab ripped off or being physically injured.

Legislation that bans religious face coverings in public has been passed in some countries and territories, such as France and Quebec. On March 7, Swiss citizens will be voting on a niqab ban in a nationwide referendum. In the past, advocates of such laws have argued that face-covering is a sign of religious extremism, social separation and patriarchal oppression of Muslim women.

However, during the pandemic, criticism has been leveled by scholars and activists at governments that upheld such legislation while simultaneously requiring their citizens to wear masks.

In France, for example, one is liable to pay US$165 (or 135 euros) if caught in public without a mask, while wearing a niqab still carries a risk of being fined up to $180.

During my interviews in April with 11 niqab-wearing women in the United States and Europe about their experiences of face-covering during the early phase of the pandemic, I found their responses to be guardedly positive. Women reported decreased levels of the kinds of prejudice they experienced before the pandemic. They attributed this to the new social expectation that everyone was wearing a facial covering. Many enjoyed the sense of “invisibility” while wearing the niqab.

A woman from Illinois who I spoke with over Zoom (names of the respondents are withheld to preserve their anonymity) said: “There are so few of us, and still we were told we were a threat to society because we covered our faces. Now that argument has just disappeared. I just hope this sentiment doesn’t make a comeback once the pandemic is over.”

Free to dress religiously

Almost a year later, I went back to find out whether the “mask effect” held steady for these women. I spoke with 16 women who said that the niqab had become a much more accepted option among the pandemic masks. I found that many women were switching from wearing it only occasionally outside their homes to every time they were in public spaces. Some actually adopted this garment for the first time in their lives.

Muslim women report feeling less visible when wearing a niqab in public spaces. (Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images)

In an online poll that I ran with the help of the owner of the online Islamic fashion boutique Qibtiyyah Exclusive UK as part of my 2021 study, 14 women out of 51 who responded said that they had decided to begin wearing the niqab during the pandemic.

One anonymous respondent commented: “I feel this is the perfect opportunity for any Muslimah [Muslim woman] to start wearing the niqab. I would if I didn’t already.” Another wrote: “It’s been a flawless transition [to wearing the niqab]. No one says a word.” Another stated, “I’d been experimenting with the niqab before, but now, since COVID, I have worn the niqab full time.”

The niqab is not mentioned by the Quran – which mandates only modest clothing for both men and women more generally. The Quran (24:31) says: “And tell the believing women to lower their gaze and guard their chastity, and not to reveal their adornments except what normally appears. Let them draw their veils over their chests, and not reveal their hidden adornments …”

An individual practice

There is a common misconception in the West that this is an oppressive, patriarchal practice forced upon Muslim women. In reality, several studies have shown that many women choose to wear the niqab – sometimes against their families’ preferences.

The 40 niqab wearers I interviewed for my book considered it a religious practice. Many of them said that the wives of Prophet Muhammad reportedly wore it regularly. A woman from Texas said: “I wear the niqab because I choose to follow what I believe to be the most accurate interpretation of God’s word that says women who cover their faces will be rewarded for fulfilling this extra duty.”

It is a highly individual practice to which the women I interviewed came after a long reflection. They acknowledged that while the niqab may be suitable for them, it might not work for others. A woman from the U.K. explained why some women choose to wear it while others don’t: “The Quran says to cover yourself modestly. Now, the interpretation of that is different to every group of Muslims. Some people believe it just to be the loose dress. Others believe it to be an outer garment as well as headscarf. Yet others would go one step further and say it’s the face covering as well, because [the Quran] says to cover yourself.”

Women who adopted the niqab after the beginning of the pandemic also described their experiences to me. Following years of doubt about the safety of wearing the niqab in their neighborhoods, they felt this was the best time to try.

A woman from Pennsylvania who began wearing the niqab in late 2020 sent me a message: “I wanted to wear the niqab for a long time, but I live in a very white area. I was afraid – I don’t like to be stared at and I already get enough of that in my hijab. With everyone wearing a mask, I figured now’s the time. At first, I wanted to only test it out, but literally nobody looked at me twice. So I’m just wearing it, with a mask underneath.”The Conversation

(Anna Piela is a visiting scholar in religious studies and gender at Northwestern University.mThis article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. The views expressed in this commentary do not necessarily reflect those of Religion News Service.)

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Out of 101,000 newly unemployed in Italy, 99,000 are women

Covid is also a gender issue: 98% of those who lost their jobs are women

ISTAT, the Italian National Institute of Statistics, data shows that out of 101,000 newly unemployed, 99,000 are women.  The pandemic has widened the problem of gender inequality.

The covid-19 pandemic inequalities

If there were any doubts left about the fact that the pandemic was amplifying social inequalities, ISTAT has handled them.  Data on Italian employment was recorded starting in the summer, with the end of the first lockdown, and since autumn the situation has worsened even more due to the second wave and new regulations.  In December, a month that would normally be sparkling with work between Christmas and end-of-year vacations, employment fell by 101,000 units, a tragic number in itself, but made even more worrying by the gender breakdown with which this occurred. 

It was, in fact, a collapse almost exclusively female, with 99,000 women who ended up unemployed or inactive.  A phenomenon that can be found, albeit with somewhat less extreme numbers, even by looking at the whole year.   Of the 444,000 fewer workers recorded in Italy in all of 2020, 70% are women.

The pandemic is acting in a context, both Italian and global, where gender inequality in the workforce was a critical issue even before the health emergency.  The global gender pay gap, i.e. the difference between the average annual salary received by women and that received by men, is around 20%.  In Italy, the figure is lower on average, but this does not mean that things are going well. 

In the private sector, for example, even that value is exceeded, which is why Italy continues to lose positions in the rankings of countries that implement equal pay.  But beyond wages, there is a problem of female employment that lies upstream.  Censuses up to the beginning of 2020 noted that women accounted for about 42% of the country’s total employment and the female activity rate stood at about 56%, compared to 75% for men. ISTAT’s dire December figures, which are not all that different from those of previous months, are like twisting a knife in a wound that is systemic to Italy.  2020 has only accelerated things further.

Why women

The reason why the employment slump in pandemic- ridden Italy is a mostly female issue has to do with the nature of the work itself.  Women are mainly employed in the sectors that are experiencing the crisis more than anyone else, such as services and domestic work, often with contracts that provide little security and stability, such as part-time work.  This is why today they are the first sacrificial victims of employers, a phenomenon that not even the freeze on layoffs has been able to curb.

In fact, the health emergency is only amplifying those inequalities that already characterized the social structure of pre-pandemic Italy.  Women, who are characterized by lower employment, poorer salaries, more precarious contracts and are rarely employed in top corporate positions and therefore “safe”, today are the first to suffer the effects of the crisis.  And even when everything seems to be going well, the reality is often different.  Trapped in the social construction for which the burden of care and family must weigh on their shoulders, Italian women have seen their work increase in 2020, with smart working overlapping domestic jobs without the possibility of a spatial separation between the two.

Also read: French Senate votes for sexual consent at age 13

Are we really all in the same boat?

For months, the fable was repeated that in the face of the pandemic we’re all in the same boat, but reality quickly showed that in every respect things are not like that. From the right to housing, to the job market, from access to care to education, the health emergency and its aftermath are hitting harder or even harder, depending on geographical location and social profile.  Pre-existing economic, social, racial and gender inequalities have been accentuated, and all of this risks having longer- term consequences than the virus itself.  A fact from which Italy has not proved immune.  That 98% of laid- off workers December are women is just one several examples.

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Winter Adventure for Women at NH BOW Ice Fishing Class – NH Fish and Game Department

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Concord, NH – Registration opens today for New Hampshire’s 2021 Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) ice fishing workshop, a one-day program where women will learn the basic skills required to enjoy angling through the Granite State’s hard waters during the winter months. This class is intended for beginners and is taught by a line-up of volunteer Let’s Go Fishing instructors who are excited to teach you about the sport of ice fishing!

The hands-on class will be held on Saturday, February 20 at Eileen Lake in Gilmanton, NH. Following a preparatory Zoom meeting before the day of the event, participants will meet at the lake and be provided with all the essential gear including tip-ups and live bait. Students will learn about ice fishing equipment, ice safety, knot tying, fish identification, and the winter ecology of lakes and ponds.

A fee of $70 covers the workshop and equipment use. Registration is open to women 18 years of age or older and is limited to New Hampshire residents. No experience is required, and participants are exempt from holding a fishing license while participating in the program. Meals will not be furnished, so please bring your own brown bag lunch.

To sign up, visit www.nhbow.com where you will be redirected to the event registration page. If the program is full, please check back to see if spaces have opened up through cancellations.

New Hampshire BOW programs are co-sponsored by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department (www.wildnh.com) and the New Hampshire Wildlife Federation (www.nhwf.org), a nonprofit group that advocates for the promotion and protection of hunting, fishing, and trapping, as well as the conservation of fish and wildlife habitat.

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Women detained in China’s Xinjiang allegedly raped, sexually abused: BBC – World News

Women in China’s system of detention camps for ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims in its western region of Xinjiang were subject to rape, sexual abuse, and torture, according to a BBC report on Wednesday.

The British broadcaster said on its website “several former detainees and a guard have told the BBC they experienced or saw evidence of an organised system of mass rape, sexual abuse, and torture.”

The allegations could not be independently verified by Reuters.

Beijing strongly denies accusations of abuse in Xinjiang and has said the complexes it set up in the region provided vocational training to help stamp out Islamist extremism and separatism and to teach new skills. Those in the facilities had since “graduated”, it says.

Asked on Wednesday about the BBC report, foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said it “is wholly without factual basis” and the people interviewed by the BBC have been “proved multiple times” to be “actors disseminating false information.”

The United States accuses China of committing genocide against Uighurs in Xinjiang.

Last year, a report by German researcher Adrian Zenz published by the Washington-based Jamestown Foundation think tank accused China of using forced sterilisation, forced abortion, and coercive family planning against minority Muslims. China said the allegations were groundless and false.

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Golden Globes 2021: Stunning year for women filmmakers. And, again, for Netflix

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has recognised a healthy wad of Irish talent with its nominations for this month’s Golden Globe Awards. Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart’s Wolfwalkers, produced by Cartoon Saloon, in Kilkenny, was an inevitable nominee for best animated feature. Brendan Gleeson also landed a predicted nod as best supporting TV actor for his role as Donald Trump in The Comey Rule.

Pundits expected Normal People, Element Pictures’ adaptation of Sally Rooney’s hit novel, to get its two nominations, but those tipsters may been surprised at how the mentions fell. The series received a shortlisting as best limited TV series, but Paul Mescal, the male lead, failed to score in the corresponding acting race. Daisy Edgar-Jones, electric as Marianne, was, however, nominated as best actress in a limited series. To this point, the English actor, shut out at the Emmys when Mescal was nominated, has been somewhat underacknowledged.

“It’s brilliant news during a very trying lockdown for everyone,” says Ed Guiney, producer of Normal People. “I’m so proud and thrilled for the entire team. And it’s amazing for Daisy to be properly highlighted, although obviously sad that Paul didn’t get a nod.”

Saoirse Ronan missed out on a nomination for her role in Francis Lee’s Ammonite. That handsome film, featuring the Irish actor and Kate Winslet as lovers in 19th-century Dorset (and which will have its Irish premiere next month), opened to some acclaim at Toronto International Film Festival but has registered only limply with awards predictors.

The film nominations, which traditionally offer vague pointers towards Oscar success, spread the wealth liberally. The best-drama-film nominees comprise The Father, a searing story of dementia starring Olivia Colman and Anthony Hopkins; Mank, David Fincher’s drama set amid the creation of Citizen Kane; Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland, featuring Frances McDormand as a boomer adrift; Emerald Fennell’s Promising Young Woman, a revenge scorcher; and Aaron Sorkin’s characteristically talky The Trial of the Chicago 7.

Mank scored the most film nominations, with an impressive six, but Zhao’s picture, first to win both the Golden Lion, at Venice Film Festival, and the People’s Choice at Toronto, remains favourite for the best-picture Oscar. The Trial of the Chicago 7 was in second place, with five nominations.

Two stories stand out. It has been a stunning year for women filmmakers. For the first time, a majority of the nominees for best director were female. Zhao, Fennell and Regina King, director of One Night in Miami, are all up for that gong. To this point, only five women have been nominated in the category throughout the awards’ history.

Second, the domination of Netflix continues. The streaming giant clocked up a huge 42 nominations across television and film. The Crown, the digital studio’s most prestigious series, secured six mentions. Netflix productions and acquisitions taking nominations in the film section included The Prom, Mank, Pieces of a Woman, The Trial of the Chicago 7 and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

Their rivals at Amazon can console themselves with strong showings for One Night in Miami, story of a meeting between Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X and Sam Cooke, and the surprisingly resilient Borat Subsequent Moviefilm. Sacha Baron Cohen’s mockumentary competes in best musical or comedy film against The Prom, Palm Springs, Disney+’s filmed version of Hamilton and – one of the day’s big surprises –Sia’s Music, a directorial debut for the Australian singer.

Maria Bakalova, the Bulgarian breakout star of Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, secures a predicted nomination as best actress in a comedy or drama. Her rise has been one of the more inspiring stories in the current, unusual awards season. An Oscar nomination seems certain.

Taraji P Henson and Sarah Jessica Parker presented the nominations online from remote locations. Like every other awards ceremony, the Golden Globes have had to alter eligibility rules in response to the Covid emergency. The ceremony is still scheduled to be broadcast live from the Beverly Hilton, in Los Angeles, on February 28th. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will host for the fourth time.

The members of the Hollywood Press Association – about just 90 members – have been voting on the Globes since 1944. The ceremony is usually that bit more informal and boozy than the Oscars. It will interesting to see if the party atmosphere survives Covid rearrangements.

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The Tokyo Olympics chief thinks it’s ‘annoying’ how much women talk in board meetings – MarketWatch

So much for a level playing field. 

As if the Tokyo Olympics didn’t have enough hurdles to leap over, what with the ongoing global pandemic causing people to question whether the postponed 2020 Games should still go on this summer, now there are calls for the president of the organizing committee to resign over alleged sexist remarks. 

Yoshiro Mori, a former prime minister of Japan, was speaking to members of the Japanese Olympic Committee  on Wednesday — with reporters present — when he was asked to comment on the plan to increase the number of female board members to more than 40%. 

He reportedly responded by saying that board meetings with a lot of women in them take longer because women talk more, which is “annoying.” 


“You have to regulate [women’s] speaking time to some extent, or else we’ll never be able to finish.”

“When you increase the number of female executive members, if their speaking time isn’t restricted to a certain extent, they have difficulty finishing, which is annoying,” said Mori, 83, according to an Agence France-Presse translation of a story reported in the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun.

“Women are competitive,” he continued. “When one person raises a hand, others think they need to speak up, as well. That’s why everyone speaks.”

“You have to regulate speaking time to some extent,” he added. “Or else we’ll never be able to finish.”

Oh, but the current female Olympic Committee members are the exception to the rule, apparently, because they know their place. “We have about seven women at the organizing committee, but everyone understands their place,” Mori said. 

Yet many women would argue that they actually struggle to get a word in edgewise during meetings. An often-cited study of several university faculty meetings by communications researchers Barbara and Gene Eakins found that men spoke more often during meetings, and they also spoke longer. In fact, the longest comment by any woman at the seven meetings surveyed was still shorter than the shortest comment by a man. And a 2017 study commissioned by Bloomberg analyzed more than 155,000 company conference calls over 19 years, and found that men spoke 92% of the time on them.

And even when women do speak in meetings, they tend to be interrupted more often than their male counterparts get cut off. Several studies of differences in speech patterns between genders since the 1970s have found that men are more likely to interrupt other people — and they interrupt women the most. This is why Vice President Kamala Harris made headlines for telling then-VP Mike Pence “I am speaking” when he talked over her during their debate last October. 

The sexist statements led to calls on Twitter for Mori to resign, with some readers noting that discrimination against women (or discrimination in any form, be it over race, religion, nationality or sexual orientation) goes against the Olympic Charter

These aren’t Mori’s first controversial remarks. During a January 2000 interview, for example, he said “I felt like I had AIDS” after greeting farmers during a 1969 election campaign. He later apologized. And while musing over U.S. preparedness for the Y2K bug in February 2020, he offended Americans by stating, “When there is a blackout, the murderers always come out. It’s that type of society.” BBC News called him “one of Japan’s most unpopular leaders in years” at the time, citing these and other problematic statements.

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NY Governor Signs Bill Repealing ‘Walking While Trans’ Ban Used to Harass and Arrest Transgender Women for 45 Years

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation repealing the state’s so-called “Walking While Trans” ban which has been used since 1976 to harass and discriminate against transgender women.

From the governor’s office: “Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation (S.2253/A.654) repealing portions of a law – known as the ‘Walking While Trans’ ban – that led to arbitrary and discriminatory policing of transgender women. The law, originally passed in 1976 with the intent to prohibit loitering for the purpose of prostitution, has been used with an extremely broad definition of loitering that led to the arrest of law-abiding transgender and cisgender women of color. Many local district attorneys have voluntarily stopped enforcing the law, recognizing its discriminatory impact.”

I just signed legislation repealing the discriminatory “Walking While Trans” ban.

For too long, trans people have been unfairly targeted & disproportionately policed for innocent conduct based solely on their appearance.

NY will never stop fighting for #LGBTQ rights & justice.

— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) February 2, 2021

Said Cuomo: “COVID exposed low tide in America and the ‘walking while trans’ policy is one example of the ugly undercurrents of injustices that transgender New Yorkers – especially those of color – face simply for walking down the street. For too long trans people have been unfairly targeted and disproportionately policed for innocent, lawful conduct based solely on their appearance. Repealing the archaic ‘walking while trans’ ban is a critical step toward reforming our policing system and reducing the harassment and criminalization transgender people face simply for being themselves. New York has always led the nation on LGBTQ rights, and we will continue that fight until we achieve true equality for all.”

Added Senator Brad Hoylman: “New York today corrects an injustice in our penal code that has permitted law enforcement to arrest transgender women—namely those of color, along with immigrants and LGBTQ youth—simply for walking down the street and the clothes they wear. This outdated, discriminatory statute has led to hundreds of unnecessary arrests of transgender women of color and a broader culture of fear and intimidation for transgender and gender nonconforming New Yorkers. Thanks to the hard work and determination of the LGBTQ community—in particular, transgender and gender nonconforming New Yorkers who bravely shared their stories—New York has repealed this statute once and for all. I’m deeply grateful to LGBTQ+ advocates, including TS Candii, Bianey Garcia, Kiara St. James, Norma Ureiro and many others, four their passionate advocacy. And I’m grateful for the efforts of Assemblymember Amy Paulin, who was instrumental in ensuring passage of this legislation in her chamber. We are able to pass this bill today because of the historic leadership of Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and it’s being enshrined into law today because of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s continued commitment to LGBTQ equality in New York.”

UPDATE: @NYGovCuomo has signed our bill into law.

The ‘Walking While Trans’ ban has finally been repealed. https://t.co/Ft03fb9yle

— Brad Hoylman (@bradhoylman) February 2, 2021

I was overwhelmed with emotion today as I spoke in favor of finally Repealing the #WalkingWhileTrans Ban. I am proud to vote for its passage.

Thank you to the advocates & directly impacted people like Mayra who made this happen. I’m with you in the struggle & ready to do more! pic.twitter.com/BfaRB0rHJF

— Jessica González-Rojas (@votejgr) February 2, 2021

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