Global Quickies: Zumba Dancing, #AintNoCinderella, and Making Cool Art Out of Hate

“Four boys and two girls have been arrested in Iran for teaching “western” dance moves including Zumba, a Colombian fitness routine, a Revolutionary Guards commander has said.”

“Campaigners welcome introduction of jail sentences and fines for isolating women during menstruation but warn education is needed to end stigma”

“A German-Israeli artist who accuses Twitter of failing to delete hate speech tweets has taken matters into his own hands, by stencilling the offending messages on the road in front of the company’s Hamburg headquarters.”

“A Spanish actress has publicly denounced a film she starred in due to the inclusion of a scene she claims makes fun of women being raped.”

Fishermen stop anti-migrant boat from docking in Tunisian port. C-star, chartered by far-right activists, reportedly low on supplies after being prevented from landing at Zarzis”

“A new survey shows that even when it comes to young children, boys typically get more money than girls from their parents and as gifts.”

“Women in India have been posting photographs of themselves enjoying a night out on social media in response to a politician who said a woman who was chased in her car by two men “should not have gone out so late at night”.”

“A Chinese restaurant has come under fire for offering discounts to women depending on their bra size, it’s reported.”

A ragtag band of Berlin street artists is taking aim at an urban scourge of neo Nazi graffiti, using “love and humour” to turn swastikas into colourful symbols of inclusiveness.

“A girl in the Piedmont was turned down for a retail assistant position by a shopkeeper because she is in a relationship with an African man.”

“A sports nutrition store has been a hot topic on Russian social media and LBGT forums over its feedback to an unsuccessful job applicant. Eduard Myra from Omsk, applied for a position as sales assistant at LLC Hardcore earlier this year but was unsuccessful. When he asked for feedback, he was sent a letter explaining his “feminine manner” and being “too well-groomed” suggested he was part of the LGBT community and his appearance promoted “non-traditional sexual relations”.”

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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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One Comment

  1. Daniela

    Come to think of it, I’m surprised that Eduard Myra wasn’t arrested. After all Russia still has that ridiculous and hateful, anti gay “propaganda” law.

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