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2014年女人们最想忘却的九件事

时间:2015-01-01 15:43:10  作者:Helena Kealey  来源:telgraph  查看:37  评论:1
内容摘要: In a year of incredible, kickass achievements for women - from Malala Yousafzai winning the Nobel Peace Prize to Emma Watson calling m...
 In a year of incredible, kickass achievements for women - from Malala Yousafzai winning the Nobel Peace Prize to Emma Watson calling men to arms in the fight for equality.

But, sadly, not everything has been positive for women and girls. Here are the things we’d like to see consigned to 2014 – never to be repeated.

1) Sold for sex

Thousands of Yazidi women from northern Iraq, including girls as young as 12, were captured by the Islamic State this year and sold as sex slaves. A chilling pamphlet issued by IS called, “Questions and Answers on Taking Captives and Slaves,” stated that Christians, Jews and Yazidi women can all be taken as slaves, bought, sold, given as gifts and disposed of as property if a fighter dies and permits sex with female slaves who have not reached puberty.

2) Reduced to their boobs

American Fox News’ commentator Eric Bolling used a pun on “boots on the ground” to describe Mariam Al Mansouri, UAE’s first female fighter pilot, who led air strikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and the Levant. Fox News presenter Greg Gutfield commented (hilariously) that, “the problem is, after she bombed it she couldn’t park it,” before Mr Bolling asked: “Would that be considered boobs on the ground, or no?”

Our sides are splitting - or they would if our boobs didn't get in the way of everything.
2014年女人们最想忘却的九件事
3) Stopped from walking on pavements

In September, Hackney council in London removed posters telling women which side of the road they were allowed to walk down. The posters, put up to celebrate a religious procession, read: “Women should please walk along this side of the road only.” Amazingly, they were later deemed “unacceptable.”

4) Abducted

In April this year, the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram captured around 300 schoolgirls from the remote village of Chibok in Nigeria. The mass abduction, during which extremists stormed the girls’ dormitory during the night and forced the teenagers onto trucks at gunpoint, was brought to the world’s attention through the #BringBackOurGirls campaign - supported by Michelle Obama.

Eight months later, the girls have still not been rescued.

5) Told to breastfeed “in corners”

A few weeks ago, new mum Louise Burns was asked by staff at London hotel Claridge’s to cover herself and her 12-week-old baby’s head with a large napkin to avoid “causing offence” while breastfeeding. Nigel Farage agreed in a radio interview, and said that breastfeeding women should “sit in the corner.”

How nice that everyone is so keen to avoid causing offence.2014年女人们最想忘却的九件事
(The images Lou Burns posted on Twitter)
6) Robbed of private images

Private material of more than 100 mostly female celebrities, including nude images of Jennifer Lawrence, was leaked by a user on the website 4chan in September. Speaking out in an interview a month later, Jennifer Lawrence said: “It’s not a scandal. It’s a sex crime,” adding, “it’s my body, and it should be my choice, and the fact that it is not my choice is absolutely disgusting. I can’t believe that we even live in that kind of world.”

The world agrees. And Jennifer was this week named the highest earning actor of 2014 – revenge served cold indeed.

7) Told not to laugh

“Chastity is so important. It’s not just a word, it’s an ornament [for women],” Turkey’s deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arinç told a crowd celebrating the end of Ramadan in the city of Bursa in an address that decried “moral corruption” in Turkey.

“A woman should be chaste. She should know the difference between public and private. She should not laugh in public.”

Fortunately this blue-sky thinking was countered by thousands of woman on social media posting pictures of themselves laughing out loud. Mr Arinc presumably fled in a ROFLcopter.

8) Murdered in their homes

South African judge, Thokozile Matilda Masipa, found Olympic and Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide in September this year, after he shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp through a locked bathroom door in the middle of the night.

The verdict, which will likely see Pistorius serve only ten months in prison, has been widely criticised by those who find his short jail sentence evidence of the low value placed upon a woman’s life in South Africa.

9) Knocked unconscious

Two days after Valentine’s Day, NFL player Ray Rice, knocked his fiancée (now wife) Janay Palmer unconscious in a lift in Atlantic City’s Revel Casino, America. The violence - caught on CCTV - resulted in a ban by the NFL and, incredibly, an apology from Janay herself after she was criticised for staying with Rice, prompting Twitter hashtag #WhyIStayed.
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