Global Quickies: Permission for Pregnancy, Street Harassment, and Police Violence in Turkey Pride

“As an increasing number of women enter the workforce in Latin America — more than 70 million in the last two decades — they are beginning to demand equal treatment in the street, as well, insisting that so-called compliments really aren’t flattering.”

“Although the gay pride parade has happened in peace for at least 13 years in Istanbul, on Sunday the parade was interrupted by police who fired pepper spray and rubber pellets at thousands when they arrived to march.”

The well-intentioned Twitter campaign #SelfiewithDaughter was criticized by women, the internet response is the usual sexist backlash.

“The supreme court legalized marriages of minors under 16, considering them adult ready for marriage.”

An Indian bureaucrat is suing one of the country’s leading news magazines after it described her as “eye candy”.

“Mozambique has decriminalised homosexuality in its new penal code, making it one of a few African countries where same-sex relationships are legal.”

“Iceland’s parliament has abolished its blasphemy laws, despite opposition from some of the country’s churches.” The bill was introduced by the Pirate Party, which campaigns for internet and data freedom.

“A Chinese firm reportedly plans to ask its staff to seek approval before they get pregnant, provoking scorn in the state-run press and on social media.” “The plan distributed by the firm suggested that only married female workers who had been with the company for more than a year would be allowed to conceive – and only within a specific period.”

“A leading Iranian actor has apologised after coming under pressure over a tweet he posted in support of a historic US supreme court ruling on gay marriage.”

Featured image: “I’m not your ‘sweety’, asshole”. Alberto Font/The Tico Times


Born and raised in Mexico City, Daniela has finally decided to abdicate her post as an armchair skeptic and start doing some skeptical activism. She is currently living in Spain after having lived in the US, Brazil and Italy. You can also find her blogging in Spanish at esceptica.org.

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  1. Oh, my old nemesis now has a job in Beirut. Good for him. Maybe he won’t start saying things as if he, a non-Indian, speaks for all Indians.

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