1. Viewpoint: Are Africa’s women on the rise? [BBC World News]
Research clearly illustrates that the principle of male supremacy is the engine of the oppression of many African women.
For women to be on the rise, the ideology of seeing men as people who are superior to women has to be brought to an end.
Another factor that is crucial to remember is that right now, only two out of 54 African countries are being led by women.
This pathetically imbalanced proportion is being read by some as women being on the rise.
Kanye West once famously said, “If it wasn’t for race mixing, there’d be no video girls.” While I shouldn’t be quoting West as a wise philosopher, his comment revealed the rampant colorism and objectification of women seen in the entertainment world, where light-skinned women are privileged but then utilized as props. And such sentiments don’t seem to be going anywhere. This year, we saw the release of Eric Benet’s ode to light-skinned women, “Red Bone Girl,” where he recalls his experience with a light-skinned woman whose “reputation ain’t squeaky clean.” Benet, surprised by the outrage this caused, said “You can talk about having an experience with a dark-complected person but how dare you talk about having an experience with a light skinned person.” The fact of the matter is too much has been afforded to and denied of black people based on skin color to claim that a song celebrating a woman’s fair complexion is a simple matter of attraction. If her skin color was irrelevant to him, the song wouldn’t have been written.
3.The Myth of Male Decline [The New York Times]
Much has been made of the gender gap in educational achievement. Girls have long done better in school than boys, and women have now pulled ahead of men in completing college. Today women earn almost 60 percent of college degrees, up from one-third in 1960.
Domestic violence rates have been halved since 1993, while rapes and sexual assaults against women have fallen by 70 percent in that time. In recent decades, husbands have doubled their share of housework and tripled their share of child care. And this change is not confined to highly educated men.
Among dual-earner couples, husbands with the least education do as much or more housework than their more educated counterparts. Men who have made these adjustments report happier marriages — and better sex lives.