Global Quickies: Sexist Textbooks, Bad Advice, and a Terribly Concieved Fertility Day

AUSTRALIA (From Jack99)
“Doctors around Australia have criticised dietary advice by celebrity chef Pete Evans who told a person diagnosed with osteoporosis to remove dairy from her diet.”

“MPs have urged China’s UK ambassador to intervene in a row over racist comments reportedly issued by a Chinese airline about ethnic minority areas of London. An image of text from an inflight Air China magazine posted on social media prompted outrage after it warned passengers that “precautions are needed when entering areas mainly populated by Indians, Pakistanis and black people”.

“A baby boy whose father advocates the use of ‘harmful alternative medication’ should be taken into council care, a family court judge has decided. The man had sold Master Mineral Solution (MMS) as a treatment for cancer and autism, social services staff told Judge Helen Black.”

“A Carmelite mother superior in Argentina faces prosecution for alleged torture after one of her former charges told a TV show that she had gone through “hell” before managing to escape from a convent.”

“A man in the Indian city of Mumbai has been sentenced to death for a fatal acid attack on a woman at a busy railway station three years ago, in what is being seen as a legal landmark.”

“Bolivian transgender activists celebrated on Tuesday as they became the first to be issued with new IDs. Under a new law passed in May, transgender citizens can request having their name, gender and photo changed on official documents in order to reflect the gender they identify with..”

“Two prominent religious leaders in Russia have provoked outrage after suggesting female genital mutilation could help reduce sexual promiscuity.”

“The publishing group Pearson has come under fire in South Africa after one of its school textbooks suggested a rape victim was at fault for the crime.”

“Police in Nigeria say a herbalist and his client have been found dead, after a ritual designed “to conjure up money” appears to have gone disastrously wrong.“

“Italian football fans have been photographed giving the Nazi salute and spitting at Jewish fans during their team’s match against Israel, the country’s football association has said.”

“India’s tourism minister has said foreign women should not wear skirts or walk alone at night in the country’s small towns and cities “for their own safety”.”

“A hairdresser who threw a woman out of her salon because she was wearing a hijab is facing six-months in prison.”

“Italy’s prime minister has distanced himself from a campaign promoted by his health minister which encouraged couples to have more children. The Fertility Day campaign was criticised on social media for appearing not to understand the reasons behind Italy’s low birth rate.”

Marta Galego, who was refereeing the match between UE Valls and Cambrils Unió, brought play to a halt after hearing the sexist comment come from the stands and ordered the offending person to be removed so the game could be restarted.

“One of Britain’s largest police forces is considering allowing Muslim officers to wear the burka while on duty in an effort to boost diversity.”

Featured image: Air China magazine’s suggestions


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. India is warning foreign women not to walk alone, presumably in ‘areas mainly populated by Indians…’?
    Who clutches which set of pearls if a Chinese travel advisory suggests the same?

  2. Doesn’t surprise me from China. Actually, Tiananmen Square began as a protest against African exchange students.

    Man, cancer and autism? I love when these people decide their treatment can cure anything. The surest sign of a quack is panacea.

    You buried the lede on the soccer one. They said they did the Nazi salutes in their support of Palestinians. (And it’s an embarrassment when the cultural studies set tries to tie these people to me.)

    In other news, Putin has called Obama’s attacks on Trump Russophobic. Not Obama’s (many, and even more vitriolic) attacks on Putin, but on Trump. Man, he’s not even trying to hide who he favors.

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