Happy holidays! Or, wait, not so much. Tis the season for an onslaught of happy, feel good stories about sharing, giving and remembering the things we should be the most grateful for. However, in the midst of the news filler commending every day heroes, charities giving back for the holidays and other stories meant to warm the cockles of your festive hearts, it’s also important to pay attention to the not so good news they may be trying to slip by while you aren’t looking.
Along that line, here are five really depressing stories for women. Try not to let them make you hit the holiday spirits too hard:
1) Women committing adultery in Afghanistan may get stoned publicly again: After over a decade of reasonable heads prevailing, Afghanistan is considering bringing back stoning as a punishment for married people committing adultery. Unmarried adulterers will receive a 100 lash whipping. This comes on the heels of the country “refusing to set penalties for rape, child marriage and ‘baad’ – the local term used for the giving of girls to resolve disputes,” according to The Telegraph. Is the country completely back-pedaling on what gains it has made when it comes to protecting the rights of women and girls? It’s definitely starting to look that way.
2) Women are disproportionately affected by Alzheimer‘s: Women are hit with a double whammy when it comes to this degenerative disease, according to Meryl Comer writing at Talking Points Memo. Not only are women two-thirds of all Alzheimer’s patients, but they are also far more likely to be the caregiver for a patient who suffers from the illness. As a woman, you are almost destined to be touched by it in some way, shape or form. “Why do women have more neurofibrillary tangles than men? Why do women’s brains shrivel at a faster rate than men? Why have studies pointed to greater inheritance of Alzheimer’s disease from the mother’s, rather than the father’s side? Why do female carriers of a gene that is a strong risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease, have significantly more memory disruption over time than men?” Women, more than anyone else, need these questions answered.
3) Women need husbands: No, I’m not saying it. It’s Fox News, of course. Yes, Susanne “My aunt is Phyllis Schlafly!” Venker has managed yet again to carry the family torch on the war on feminists with another column on how women just can’t survive on their own unless they are part of a heterosexual married unit. “So why not let husbands bring home the bulk of the bacon so women can have the balanced lives they seek? There’s no way to be a wife, a mother and a full-time employee and still create balance. But you can have balance by depending on a husband who works full-time and year-round.” Got it? You can have it all, as long as you do it dependent on a husband for support.
4) Women, now you are spreading STIs: Didn’t snag yourself a husband like the last story said you should? Well, here’s hoping that you are abstinent. Otherwise, you are probably spreading disease with your wanton, out of wedlock sex. Or so claims a cartoon that draws the correlation that since women can get no-copay birth control options under the Affordable Care Act, they must be spreading sexually transmitted infections because hey, no condoms are needed! “Got insurance? No. What I ‘got’ is an S.T.D. from one of the many women who now get free birth control and a website I can’t access. Now you can, too. Thanks, Obamacare,” read the conservative cartoon making the declaration, according to Salon.
5) Women find life even harder now than they did just a few years ago: That positive thought is from American Women, a policy group associated with EMILY’s List, and is based on polling they released this September. “A 63 percent majority of women feel their lives and those of their families have become harder, including 36 percent who say their lives have become much harder,” touts the study.
Considering the news we women are dealing with, it’s not hard to figure out why we feel like our lives are getting harder, is it?
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