Go See “Obvious Child”

tumblr_n5uealfkGq1twsxt5o1_500Last night authors of STL went to see the new romantic comedy film “Obvious Child.” Here’s the synopsis of the movie and here’s the link to the official website:

For aspiring comedian Donna Stern (Jenny Slate), everyday life as a female twenty-something provides ample material for her incredibly relatable (sic) brand of humor. On stage, Donna is unapologetically (sic) herself, joking about topics as intimate as her sex life and as crude as her day-old underwear. But when Donna gets dumped, loses her job and finds herself pregnant just in time for Valentine’s Day, she has to navigate the murky waters of independent adulthood for the first time. As she grapples with an uncertain financial future, an unwanted pregnancy and a surprising new suitor, Donna begins to discover that the most terrifying thing about adulthood isn’t facing it all on her own. It’s allowing herself to accept the support and love of others. Never failing to find the comedy and humanity in each awkward situation she encounters, Donna finds out along the way what it means to be as brave in life as she is on stage. Anchored by a breakout performance from Slate, Obvious Child is a winning discovery, packed tight with raw, energetic comedy and moments of poignant human honesty. Written and directed by Gillian Robespierre.

This was a funny yet still tragic movie that everyone, especially those concerned with women’s issues, should go see.

Carter For Women’s Rights

BASE CLOSINGS CARTERAn article in The Guardian reports that the new book by former President Jimmy Carter rails against violence of all kinds against women and girls. Carter cites in the texts how the violence is justified through gross interpretations of religious texts.

Carter’s new book, A Call To Action, may be a must read according to the report.

Read Here.

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Malala’s Critics At Home

Malala YousafzaiA good article in the NYT Magazine on how Malala Yousafzai (the young Pakistani teen who was shot in the head by a Taliban fighter for going to school and was rumored to be a possible recipient of the Nobel Peace Prizw) has critics at home. Varying reasons why she goes unheralded by some are examined along with a good documentary on her story is presented.

Read/See Here.

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U.S. Ban on Women in Combat to be Lifted

Military-articleLargeGood article in the NYT reporting that Def. Secretary Leon Panetta has lifted the ban on women serving in front-line combat. And the amazing thing is it’s being supported by the leaders of the four major divisions of the armed forces.

It’s about time the U.S. caught up to the rest of the world.

Read Here.

Indifferent Indian Police Address Sex Crimes Against Women

indexA good article in the NYT on how the Indian police forces are poorly equipped and even less motivated to address sex crimes against women. And what is even more woeful is none of the discussed problems are easily or quickly solved.

Read here.