An argument against same-sex marriage has a warm, fuzzy Dr. Spock-ian ring. But a review of recent writings shows how marriage had nothing to do with child welfare. The shift of marriage towards love is an ideal best supported by making it inclusive.
This cultural innovation is part of why 2014 will go down in Indian history as a year when society began cherishing girls and women and overcoming denigrating traditions. Reason to celebrate the U.N.’s International Day of the Girl Child on Oct. 11.
She thought she would be taking care of orphans in Aleppo, says her brother, referring to one of the most war-damaged cities in Syria. “Now, she watches children of fighters.” In the past month, a network of jihadist recruiters have been exposed in Turkey and France.
Women continue to choose to get married, despite feminism and our economic freedom, says Debora L. Spar in this excerpt from “Wonder Women: Sex, Power and the Quest for Perfection.” Better health and wealth appear to be two benefits from this union.
A former U.S. federal judge, Nancy Gertner took on many civil rights cases, starting in the 1970s, as a lawyer. In this excerpt from her memoir, “In Defense of Women,” she recounts helping to defeat an anti-choice law in Massachusetts.
NEW YORK–"In Mexico, many girls do not have to play at being prostitutes. They are forced by organized crime into prostitution", says Silvia Calderon, with a firm voice.
The dogs barking and women whispering do not distract Silvia. The Mexican mother tells her story via cell phone from a street in Mexico City.
"The injustices are already part of everyday life in this country," she states with anger.
Among an indigenous group in Nepal’s western region, the human rights violation of kidnapping women and girls for marriage is still a matter of masculine pride. Stealing a bride is more honorable than eloping, one husband says.
Now that Yemen’s Saleh has agreed to cede power, Nadya Khalife says it’s time to remember the country’s girls who are being forced into marriage. The practice dooms many young women and should be stopped as part of the transitional reform process.