World Watch

World Watch May 10, 2014

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Taylor Crain
Written by Taylor Crain

Our Digest of Global Feminist News and Opinion

Lead Story

 PHOTOCREDIT AP Photo Haruna Umar, File

A survivor of the kidnappings in northern Nigerian villages of Warabe and Wala, who prefers not be identified by name or photograph, details her captivity and escape. The sixteen-year-old student was rounded up with her female classmates by the Islamic militant group Boko Haram and transported into the dense Nigerian forest. Meanwhile, 276 of the missing girls and their captors remain at-large.



Maria Alyokhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot fame continue to voice opposition to a system of patriarchy and repression, six months after their respective prison releases.

The Americas

International No Diet Day serves as a lighthearted reminder that health and body acceptance deserve to be celebrated every day of the year.

Tolerance does not equal justice—this year in trans* news leaves little to celebrate, and Monica Jones’s legal battle is no exception as she fights to overturn a “walking while trans* and black” conviction.

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At eighty-years-old, revolutionary pioneer and icon Gloria Steinem explains feminism as a forward movement that ought to be threatening.

Body positive blogger Brooke Birmingham opted out of being featured in Shape Magazine with a refreshing denouncement of the media’s propagation of glamorized weight loss.

In a disturbing defense of sexual predation, Tucker Carlson’s exemplification of a double standard fails to take into account that children are children no matter their gender.

Monica Lewinsky’s return to the forefront of public jeering conjures eye rolls but begs the question—is there no statute on slut-shaming?

For fifty years, the “Godmother of Masturbation” has made sexual liberation her priority. Now, Betty Dodson revives her master-class for a new generation of eager pupils.



Another kidnapping in the wake of April’s mass abduction sparks outrage over the incompetence of the Nigerian administration. The international community may be reeling in horror over the most recently publicized act of terrorism committed by extremist group Boko Haram, but the string of mass kidnappings is only one thread of an established and growing trend.


State-sponsored family planning enters into official policy in the Philippines, where the widespread practice of traditional Catholicism is evolving with human rights in mind.

The implementation of an extreme penal code in the state of Brunei—a system that is openly hostile toward women and members of the LGBT community—has sparked widespread protests and a boycotts on US soil.


Academic and activist Marilyn Waring finds that her work in the realm of feminist economics is more relevant than ever as global communities continue on the slow ascent to equality.

About the author

Taylor Crain

Taylor Crain

Taylor Crain is a Chicago born writer and committed pedestrian earning her Fiction Writing BFA from Columbia College Chicago. When not hoofing it around town on foot, she allocates a significant amount of time to practicing melt-into-your-mat yoga and dancing to cardio videos which in no way make her look dorky. She aspires to one day learn to ride a bike.

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