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This Week’s Reason To be Beautiful: First female peacekeeper commander, Eurovision triumph, 17 year old kicked out of prom for “inappropriate” dress, and more

Each week we gather a stockpile of news and interesting links, inviting you to participate in politics.

POPULAR MEDIA:

First UN appointed female commander of Peacekeeping force.

Major General Kristin Lund has been appointed to lead 1000 peacekeeper soldiers in Cyprus, as the first female in this role she had this to say:

“I think it’s time, and I think it’s important that other women see that it’s possible also in the UN system to get up in the military hierarchy to become a force commander.”

Lund and her force are determined to maintain Cyprus’ ceasefire and end any and all disputes in the island.

EDUCATION:

Jill Abramson’s ousting at Time magazine and “the glass cliff” theory:

Michelle K Ryan and Alexander Haslam of the University Of Exeter have hypothesised that in today’s corporate world, women leaders are often put in charge at inappropriate times to take the fall for their predecessors, being given near impossible tasks that no one could complete, saving the skins of everyone else in the company by becoming their fall ‘guy’. Jill Abramson of Time Magazine was recently fired as lead editor during a troubling time for the magazine, and journalists such as Danielle Kurtzleben believe it to be no coincidence. Jill once stated:

“Every executive editor stands on the shoulders of others,”

Alongside her much lower pay for Time than her male colleagues, this example of corporate sexism shows that though she stood tall on their shoulders, they probably very willingly let her fall.

RAPE CULTURE:

17 year old girl gets kicked out of prom for “inappropriate” dress:

Whilst attending her high school prom, Clare was flagged by numerous people telling her that dress was receiving unwanted attention from various fathers at the event, who considered her to be giving them ‘impure thoughts’.

“The whole situation made me feel violated, walked over and ostracized…Goddamn I’m not responsible for some perverted 45 year old dad lusting after me because I have a sparkly dress on and a big ass for a teenager. And if you think I am, then maybe you’re part of the problem.”

Her response in a blog post is available here.

Atomic Grill restaurant in Morgantown told to “show more skin”:

As a humorous retort to misogynistic online comments on how the waitresses at the Grill need to show more skin around their customers, the restaurant has decided to introduce a  Loaded Potato Skin special instead. The owner of the restaurant, Daniel McCawley, had this to say about the issue:

“I’m a husband and a father of a 12 year old girl, I have five sisters and it was just offensive. If you have a minute, have some potato skins, try some fresh, local barbecue and give to a good cause. It’s important to us, it should be important to the community,”

Money from the sold potato skins will go to The West Virginia Foundation for Rape Information Services.

 

 CELEBRITY/LGBT

Austria’s Conchita Wurst wins 2014 Eurovision Song Contest.

With her powerful ballad ‘Rise Like A Phoenix’, Wurst won the contest with a whopping 290 points. Her performance came with mixed receptions from European and worldwide audiences alike, spawning hate groups on Facebook unaccepting of her non-heternormativity.

But the negative reactions have not floored her, and she is humbled by the positive reaction by her new fans, stating: “For me, my dream came true. But for society it showed me that people want to move on, to look to the future. We said something, we made a statement”

ART:

The secret life of the London Underground:

After 40 years of commuting to work on the london underground, Bob Mazzer has taken countless photographs of fellow travelers, documenting their funny, romantic, sad, and  day-to-day lives.

“Every day, I travelled to Kings Cross and back. Coming home late at night, it was like a party and I felt the tube was mine and I was there to take pictures.”

Copies of his book Underground will be available on the 12th June 2014, here.

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Written by Stephanie Watson

Stephanie Watson, co-founder of Fembot, joined Fembot in 2010, and since then has gotten an honors degree in Psychology, and an HNC in Professional Writing. She also contributes to HelloGiggles, and hopes to make her way further in the journalistic world. As well as her love for opinionated journalism and social media, she also writes romantic prose and cryptic poetry, dabbling in minamalist painting too. Stephanie’s goals are of a personal creative kind, however through her articles and poetry she hopes to provoke change and discussion of social justice issues.

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