What’s Current: While attractive female students earn higher grades, looks don’t make a difference for male students


New study finds that attractive female university students earn higher grades than unattractive female students do. For male students, looks don’t seem to matter.

Isis has executed what is believed to be the first female citizen journalist for reporting inside its territory, Ruqia Hassan. Some of her last words were: “When Isis arrest and kill me it’s ok because… it’s better than [living] in humiliation with Isis”

Women lawyers tell the U.S. Supreme Court about their own abortions.

“The narratives came from ‘attorneys who care deeply about the Constitution and its protections, as women who have exercised their rights — recognized and reaffirmed by this Court — to liberty, dignity, and autonomy over their bodies and destinies, and on behalf of future generations of women lawyers,’ the breif said”

“‘I often tell people — and I believe it to be true — that access to a safe, legal abortion saved my life,’ wrote one public defender from Oregon who underwent the procedure at 16 and later went on to graduate from an elite law school. She said access to abortion ‘broke the familial cycle of teenage parenthood’ in her life.”

Two men in France filmed a gang rape of a teenage woman with their phone and posted it to Snapchat. Governments must react immediately to quell this new epidemic of violence against women that has emerged, in which a woman is sexually assaulted, then repeatedly raped en masse by hundreds of thousands of strangers who view her rape online.

“As subtle as the pose.” This is a great article documenting how fashion industry standards depict women in poses and image compositions designed to “keep women in their place.” Notice how the “model expression” is that of a frightened victim and how the model “hunched back” pose is a body language of powerlessness…

Susan Cox

Susan Cox is a feminist writer and academic living in the United States. She teaches in Philosophy.