Global Quickies: Male Privilege at School, Pardons in the UK, and Bad TV Presenters

“A popular Tunisian talk show has been suspended after its presenter appeared to tell a young female guest to marry the man she accuses of raping her, and suggested she was to blame.”

“Indonesia could “wipe out” paedophilia with its new policy of chemical castration, President Joko Widodo has told the BBC. […] Indonesia passed controversial laws earlier this month authorising chemical castration for paedophiles.”

“A local woman’s appearance on a France 24 TV program last week has reignited a debate about whether Qatari females should cover their hair while representing their country.

“Women across Argentina stopped work for an hour on Wednesday and took part in mass demonstrations to demand more protection after an escalation in attacks against women and girls this month.”

“Decades after homosexuality was decriminalized in Britain, the government announced on Thursday that it would posthumously pardon thousands of gay and bisexual men who were convicted, in essence, of having or seeking gay sex. Since 2012, men with such convictions who are still alive have been able to apply to have their names cleared.”

“Hundreds of viewers in France have lodged formal complaints after a male presenter kissed a woman’s breast without her consent on a live TV show.”

“A state in Australia has launched an education programme designed to smash gender stereotypes and tackle the root causes of domestic violence. The “respectful relationship” curriculum will be mandatory in all schools in Victoria from next year.”

“Women aged 25 to 35 are the most likely group in Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland to access medication online to end a pregnancy, a study suggests. […]Laws in both countries ban or restrict access to abortion.”


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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