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Updates to news stories that have slipped off the front page. This week: male birth control, Sarah Palin, hydraulic fracking, the Beatles, and more.

Violence Against Women in India

Breaking Story: Since the 2012 gang rape and murder of a student on a public bus in New Delhi triggered nationwide protests, both national and international media have turned their attention to violence against women in India. In 2014, international anger surrounding the issue stemmed largely from the gang rape and hanging of two teenage girls in Badaun.

Current Status: Unceasing. Do not Google “rape in India”; I did it for you. The resulting stream of recent headlines (“Minor dalit girl gang-raped, dead”; “Minor girl burnt alive for resisting rape”; “Rajasthan man’s genitals chopped off with meat cleaver for rape attempt”) alongside cartoonish drawings that resemble stills from a camp horror film (silhouette of a woman in flames; the face of a terrified woman with a shadowy hand before it) are viscerally disturbing. Together, they paint a portrait of a hurt and angry country—whose media still sensationalizes and packages this hurt into fodder.

Although the four living adult men accused in the 2012 gang rape (one died in jail in 2013) have been found guilty and sentenced to... Continue Reading

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