This video is an excellent explanation of how and why female-on-male violence is in no way comparable to male-on-female violence.
This was made as a rebuttal to some social media claims that society’s focus on ending violence against women and girls is distorting the current situation and giving it more importance than it deserves. The explanation, from the Women’s Resource Centre, is thoughtful and well-reasoned.
An infographic from The Co-operative Insurance examines the amount of time people around the UK spend doing various activities in their free time. It’s interesting to see that, when added up, adults spend the equivalent of two years and six months cleaning, gardening and making other home improvements. This may be particularly useful for the less tidy among us.
As part of a large study into the evolutionary function of anger, researchers at UC Santa Barbara and Griffith University in Australia recently published a new set of results that show that the anger face “expression is cross-culturally universal. Even congenitally blind children make [the] same face without ever having seen one.”
The human angry face “is a constellation of features, each of which makes a person appear physically stronger.” The features are a lowered brow; raised cheekbones (as in a snarl); lips thinned and pushed out; the mouth raised (as in defiance); the nose flared; and the chin pushed out and up.
Lead author Aaron Sell, a lecturer at the School of Criminology at Griffith University in Australia, said that “Our earlier research showed that anger evolved to motivate effective bargaining behavior during conflicts of interest.”
The research appears in the Evolution and Human Behavior journal, and an article about the work was published by Science Daily.
Bad and changing weather and losses of habitat, especially as farming practices change, are considered the main causes of the changes. The population of some types of bird continue to plunge at an alarming rate. For example, the numbers of known turtle doves are halving every six years.
The United States loses 1.7 billion tons of topsoil every year, largely due to crops that must be replanted annually, stripping soil of plant cover, nutrients and biodiversity. Sixty-nine per cent of global crops are annual cereals, linseed and legumes.
The Land Institute is suggesting a change in agricultural practices to return to a more diverse method of farming that includes crops of perennials. Rather than rely on the monoculture crops that must be replanted every year, perennial crops would help prevent soil erosion and improve the overall health of the soil. Researchers have discovered food forests that have fed communities for centuries and are still viable and active.
A number of events, actions and campaigns in 2014 seem to be joining together to create a feeling of possibility that violence, and the threat of violence, against women and girls will finally be taken seriously as a crime against a woman’s basic human rights.
Most (all?) women carry some variation of fear with them at all times; mine is when walking alone in the dark. Half the population should not have to bear the burden of a near-constant fear for their safety.
A few of the events, reports, movements and news pieces that have caught my eye this year include:
#EndSWHack – this was part of the first Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict event held in London in June 2014. Participants worked in small teams to create technology-based ways to support the Summit’s goals.