Global Gender Gap Report, NOW calls Whitman a political whore, and bride-nappings

by d
The Global Gender Gap Report 2010

Image by World Economic Forum via Flickr

Today is one of those days with too much going on, news-wise. Here are some summaries with a tch of commentary.

2010 Global Gender Gap Report

The World Economic Forum has published its 2010 Global Gender Gap Report, which measures factors like the number of women who hold high-level offices in government and wage gaps to determine how how the genders measure up.

The US has made gains, jumping a full twelve places to reach spot 19. This is the first time it has been in the Top 20 in the five years the report has been put out.

@Huffington Post, or Full Report

California NOW (National Organization for Women) president adopts controversial language

Democratic California gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown‘s staffers were caught on tape calling his opponent, Meg Whitman, “a whore.” Cue furor.

This week,

California NOW President Patty Bellasalma told Talking Points Memo in an interview Thursday that “Meg Whitman could be described as ‘a political whore.’ Yes, that’s an accurate statement.”

There’s certainly some difference between calling something a whore generally and qualified slang terms like political whore. It’s still an incredibly bad choice of words, especially given the timing.

NOW has also drawn fire for endorsing Brown after the first incident. They have called for him to fire the persons responsible.

@Huffington Post

Bride Kidnapping‘ on the rise in Kyrgyzstan

Bride kidnapping is a well-worn custom in Kyrgyzstan and its neighboring regions. It’s exactly what it sounds like. Men abduct women they want to marry.

Social stigma traps most women. Their pleas are not taken seriously. It is assumed that a woman who has been kidnapped has had sex or been raped, and is therefore marriageable to anyone else.

The current rise is driven by economics–an abduction is much cheaper than a wedding–and a lack of social interaction between the sexes. Dating is not common, or at least no universal. Rather than approach a woman, it’s easier to simply choose one and take her.

At the root of all this is an inherent undervaluing of women:

“I didn’t want to get married this way. I decided to stop this criminal activity,” she said. The challenge, Orozobekova said, is that many people in Kyrgyzstan — male and female — still don’t see a huge value in women. “It used to be that if you stole a domestic animal they would cut off your finger,” she said. “But stealing a woman wasn’t prohibited.”

Your right to tradition is like your right to swing your arm–it stops before it hits my nose.

@GlobalPost

6 Comments to “Global Gender Gap Report, NOW calls Whitman a political whore, and bride-nappings”

  1. I agree with and support your post.

    Blessings on you and yours
    John Wilder

  2. Great post, D! I totally agree with everything you’ve said here. Great summary and awesome links. I’m especially interested in the report on gender gaps, so I’m glad you linked to the full report as well as the Huffington Post article. 🙂

  3. Lawd, the NOW, of all groups, should know better than to use the word “whore.” That language is outdated and inappropriate for politics.

    That said, Meg Whitman is trying to buy her way into the governor’s office. Her hypocritical position on undocumented migrants, environment-polluting plans, and stance in favor of Prop 8 (yeah, that anti-gay one) make her much worse than a whore. At least with a whore, you know you’re getting screwed…

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