Oct 252007

Please check out this wonderful blog by  Rezwan, a Bangladeshi blogger living in Germany, who points out that while we observe Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the U.S., the reality is that intimate violence is a worldwide problem.  His blog aggregates a number of different posts by Bangladeshi  bloggers that show how horrendous the problem is in South Asia,

“Adhunika Blog has some shocking statistics:

Studies show that up to 3 million women are physically abused annually by intimate partners in the United States. However, the numbers seem worse for the South Asian community in the U.S, where approximately 41% of women are physically and/or sexually abused in some way by their current male partners in their lifetime. Unfortunately, the real percentage may be higher as many South Asian women are less likely to categorize various interactions as domestic violence, or are afraid or prevented from reporting such incidents.”

 October 25, 2007  Posted by on October 25, 2007 Comments Off on Intimate Violence in Bangladesh
Oct 252007

What do L’Oreal Colour Riche “Classic Wine?, Cover Girl Incredifull Lipcolor “Maximum Red? and Christian Dior Addict “Positive Red? lipsticks all have in common? Unfortunately, they contain lead. Yes you read that right, every time you use these products, you are spreading highly toxic lead all over your lips.

According to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics’ new report, “A Poison Kiss”:

  • More than half of 33 brand?name lipsticks tested (61 percent) contained detectable levels of lead, with levels ranging from 0.03 to 0.65 parts per million (ppm). None of these lipsticks listed lead as an ingredient.
  • One?third of the tested lipsticks exceeded the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s 0.1 ppm limit for lead in candy – a standard established to protect children from directly ingesting lead. Lipstick, like candy, is ingested directly. Nevertheless, the FDA has not set a limit for lead in lipstick – which fits with the disturbing absence of FDA regulatory oversight and enforcement capacity for the $50 billion personal care products industry.

Just in case you are wondering,

“(T)here is no safe level of lead – no amount of exposure is without harm. Lead is a proven neurotoxin that can cause learning, language and behavioral problems. Lead is also linked to infertility and miscarriage. Pregnant women and young children are particularly vulnerable to exposure because lead easily crosses the placenta and enters the fetal brain, where it interferes with normal development. Lead does not break down in the body, but builds up over a lifetime of exposures.”

And no, The FDA does not limit the amount of lead in lipstick.

Be sure to also check out Heather Gehlert’s interview with Stacy Malkin, author of “Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry.”

 October 25, 2007  Posted by on October 25, 2007 2 Responses »
Oct 242007

Many thanks to Sarah Deer for letting us know that Sharing Our Stories of Survival: Native Women Surviving Violence is now out. Deer, who is one of the editors of the book, is the “staff attorney and Victim Advocacy Legal Specialist for the Tribal Law & Policy Institute in Saint Paul, Minnesota; she is a citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma.” We have referred to her work several times on the FPN blog (see here, here and here) and are grateful for her insights about intimate violence against native women, her work does so much to shed light on this horrendous problem that is usually so invisible.

 October 24, 2007  Posted by on October 24, 2007 Comments Off on New Book About Violence Against Native Women
Oct 242007

I have an article out on Alternet today about how women’s mass media magazines cover breast cancer and (don’t) cover domestic violence.  You can read it here.

 October 24, 2007  Posted by on October 24, 2007 3 Responses »
Oct 242007

According to a report from Mexidata:

“Legal charges in the murder cases of several women and young girls in Ciudad Juarez began falling apart in recent days. Even as Mexican authorities stepped up a campaign to convince international public opinion that the justice tide was turning in favor of female victims of gender violence, multiple defendants walked free or were not charged with crimes.

As they report, 2 cases in particular illustrate just how hard it is to get justice in these murders:

“Two other recent cases also cast doubt on women’s prospects for justice in Ciudad Juarez. In late September, state Judge Neza Zuñiga decided that there wasn’t enough evidence to charge Rafael Pineda Delgado with murder. Pineda claimed that last month’s shooting death of his 20-year-old wife, Karla Ivonne Quiroz Bernal, was accidental.

“It happened when I was playing a joke on her,” Pineda said. “I pointed the pistol at her, from which I had removed the bullets for cleaning, but a projectile got stuck in the magazine and caused her death.” Quiroz left behind two young children.

Eyebrows were also raised in the city – even within the ranks of the PGJE – when a commander for the State Investigations Agency (AEI), the police department long responsible for investigating women’s homicides, was ordered to undergo therapy instead of criminal prosecution for allegedly trying to strangle his girlfriend before attempting suicide. Jesus Eduardo Aleman Medina previously served in different posts in Palomas, Villa Ahumada and the Juarez Valley, but now reportedly is assigned to the AEI’s special anti-kidnapping squad.

 October 24, 2007  Posted by on October 24, 2007 1 Response »