In countries like India, as Chhavi reports, things seem to changing. Rather than heinous TV ads that assume a woman is the one in charge of laundry, companies are starting to ask viewers if it’s time to “share the load” with men.
Great. All well and good. As much as this progress is welcome, however, I have to ask — what’s the real reason for the change of heart?
Ad companies are just trying to make money. So, it’s tough to swallow that all of a sudden these notoriously sexist vehicles are aboard the feminism train. Like Chanel’s “feminist protest catwalk” stunt at last year’s Paris Fashion week, or the barrage of girl power ads hawked at Superbowl viewers this year—it’s tough to decipher between genuine support and appropriation for financial gain. These acts of “empowertisement” can ring exploitative and hollow.
Journalist Donatella Lorch sent us some photos she shot from her neighborhood in Kathmandu. This is the Bungadyah Temple, home to the Red God the Rato Machhendranath. The first image is from Jean-Pierre Dalbéra (Flickr/Creative Commons) in 2013. That’s followed by Donatella’s photos after the earthquake this week. Here’s what Donatella wrote just after the earthquake.
Sometimes a word is used so much, you forget where it came from. Take
the word “thug,” we’ve been hearing it a lot in relation to the unrest
in Baltimore. But I guarantee you’ll be surprised to hear where it
actually comes from. Megan Garber traced the word’s origins for a story
in The Atlantic. Here’s a clip from our interview with Megan.
Just an hour and half from Hiroshima lies the tiny island of Okunojima, probably better known as Rabbit Island. The island is populated by bunnies and tourists feeding those bunnies — but if you look closely you can see remnants of the island’s past.
Up to a million poor and unknown New Yorkers have been laid to rest at Hart Island, where the city buries them in mass graves. The site is largely off-limits to the public, but a group called the Hart Island Project is trying to resurrect the stories of the dead with a new online museum.
She’s seen warfare. Been kidnapped. Interviewed victims of rape and helped an Afghan woman in labor get to a hospital. Photographed a dying boy with her own son growing inside her womb. She tells the stories behind these photographs.
Greek voters said “enough” to years of punishing economic austerity measures Sunday, electing Alexis Tsipras and his left-wing, anti-austerity Syriza party. Given Greek attitudes toward its own work-ethic and standing compared to other European Union nations, perhaps this outcome should not have been surprising.
European attitudes toward Greece, however, may suggest a difficult road ahead for the new Athens government in getting a better deal from its European allies.
A selection of cartoons by India’s R.K. Laxman. Reprinted with special thanks and permission from Dr. Dharmendra Bhandari, author of R.K. Laxman: The Uncommon Man: Collection of works from 1948 to 2008.
Host Marco Werman and food critic Steve Dolinsky take a culinary tour of Boston. First stop: Vietnamese Banh Mi sandwich from Ba Le restaurant in Dorchester, MA. Check out our site for more selections.
Kosovo can’t get recognition from the United Nations, so it’s gone for digital recognition from the likes of Facebook and Google. But while it’s mostly been a success, some Kosovars aren’t sure that digital legitimacy amounts to much.
After “Meryem” covered the Gezi Park protests 22 hours a day, she’s having trouble keeping up the pace of digital activism. The 28 year old Turkish activist answers your questions about activism online and through social media on our Facebook page.