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From The UK’s Telegraph, an article about gendered toys. This immediately brought to mind the recent Ending Pink’s Reign from Feministing and Gasp! Kids’ toys are… gendered? from Feministe in December. It’s old news that’s worth repeating.

It comes after one study on young girls’ speech patterns found that, although they can identify colours such as blue and yellow, some said simply “Barbie” when shown something pink.

There has been a report (the BBC tells us) criticising the British government concerning rights for people with disabilities:

Ministers failed to ratify a UN Convention on the rights of people with disabilities by the set deadline of the end of 2008.

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The report by the Joint Select Committee on Human Rights [of both Houses of Parliament] strongly criticises the government for a “lack of transparency” and an “unacceptable” failure to adequately consult disabled people over the proposed opt-outs.’

As for this from The Scotsman, I have nothing to say:

The documents, dating from the late 1970s – ten years before the belt was banned – were kept secret for 30 years and reveal that sex discrimination laws of the time prevented a reprieve from corporal punishment for girls.

Also from the UK, a young Muslim bank manager has made a claim against Halifax Bank of Scotland following some awful experiences.

Mona Awad, 29, corporate bank manager at HBOS plc in Nottingham, alleges that she became a victim of bullying, sexist and racist behaviour after starting work at the bank in April 2007.

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“It was a sexist culture presided over by Mr Harrison and Mr Holland in which staff were afraid to speak out,” Ms Awad said. She also accused Mr Holland of making racist and anti-Islamic comments during Ramadan.

The Independent’s article title, “HBOS manager in £1m sex claim,” is misleading. There’s another article here from The Telegraph, which has some additional information.

I offer this from The Sunday Telegraph in Australia through news.com.au without comment:

The sweetest clothing size of all is 16. A myth-busting poll has found that women who wear size-16 clothes are the most content group when it comes to overall well-being.

The British survey asked 3000 women to rate their happiness when it came to careers, love lives and friendships.

I present this article from the ABC on female tennis players at the Sydney International this month earning more than male players with my surprise:

The total women’s prize pool adds up to $860,000, which is $160,000 more than the men’s total pool.

And this from AP in the US through Google strikes me as pretty unusual.

… a soap opera with a purpose: to use short videos to go beyond pamphlets on safe sex and deliver the message to women who might otherwise tune it out.

It reminded me of something I read a few months ago about the impact of soap operas on rural Indian women.

Speaking of India, a gender-related Google News search today turned up this marvellous piece from India’s IT business weekly, Express Computer, about sensitivity to gender in the IT workplace:

While information technology-related professions appear to provide good opportunities for women, there are also processes of exclusion operating within the IT industry itself, despite its efforts to institute women-friendly policies.

It is true that women are joining the IT industry but are they included as an equal workforce in an IT organization (as the men are considered more tech savvy)?

This is amazing and comprehensive. I’m especially pleased as IT is such an important and growing industry in India. Hopefully the influence of the Indian IT industry (alliteration unintended but amusing) will mean that these attitudes rub off worldwide.

And this article from The Times of India is offered with, once again, no comment:

Your dreams of having the near perfect ‘enviable’ body are on the verge of becoming a reality, for boffins claim that they have come up with the formula for the sexiest woman.

I recommend Ultra Violet, which is a group blog run by a group of young India feminists.