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Author Topic: Gender offender


Alcuin
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Gender offender
on: June 26, 2017, 10:20

Rabinowitz has been thrust into the spotlight over an issue that has become an increasingly familiar problem for airlines flying in and out of Israel: ultra-orthodox men who refuse to take their seats next to women, demanding changes in seating and sometimes causing delays.

After successfully suing the country’s national carrier, El Al, for gender discrimination and winning a landmark ruling, Rabinowitz’s stand now means that flight stewards can no longer request female passengers move seats to accommodate ultra-orthodox men who do not want to sit next to them.

Describing the practice as “discriminatory” Israeli judge, Dana Cohen-Lekah, who heard Rabinwotz’s complaint, on Thursday ruled that “under absolutely no circumstances can a crew member ask a passenger to move from their designated seat because the adjacent passenger doesn’t want to sit next to them due to their gender”.
Source:
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/22/israeli-airline-cant-make-women-move-seats-for-religious-reasons-court-rules

There's no prejudice against blond or blue-eyed people, so what is it with skin colour? We all know the history, but...

Four-fifths of the festival area will be set aside as a “non-mixed” space for black women, according to its website. Another space will be a “non-mixed” area for black people regardless of gender. Another space would be “open to all”.

The English version of the site does not use the word “non-mixed”, but “reserved”.

Hidalgo said on Twitter that she firmly condemned the organisation “of this event, ‘prohibited to white people’”.
Source:
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/29/paris-mayor-demands-black-feminist-festival-prohibits-white-people-banned-nyansapo
It may not be something to encourage too much, but banning it? What about freedom of association?

From:
http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/03/egypt-women-divorce-atheism.html#ixzz4l6C6IzpW
...revealed that 6,500 women had filed for divorce, or "khula" — separation and returning the dowry to the husband — in 2015 over their husbands' "atheism or change of belief."...

Fundamentalism and misogyny often seem natural bedfellows with organised religion. Religion is harmless, right? Superstition is harmless too, I suppose?! Just because someone can lead a good life and be religious doesn't make religion right, true - or harmless.

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