Invisible Women - Things Can Only Get Better
Hello GFPs...it's been a while. First of all I have to say thank you so much to you for all your incredibly kind and thoughtful responses to my last newsletter. They really meant a lot to me in a difficult time and made me feel less alone with my grief and anger. Many of you shared your own miscarriage horror stories, which made me even more angry -- but I'd always rather be angry than sad. I had intended to write to you all again sooner than I did, but unfortunately, barely a week after the miscarriage, my lovely A[merican]B[eefcake] got what ended up being a rather scary case of covid. We had a socially distanced Christmas and a NYE spent in A&E (his NYE, not mine, as the roles were reversed and this time he had to go in on his own without me.) He finally came out of quarantine in the first week of Jan and now we are on the slow path to recovery, but just so grateful it didn't get any worse. ANYWAY, it's whole new year! We've left the horrors of 2020 firmly behind us and as a wise man once sang back in the halcyon days of 1997, Things Can Only Get Better [NOT NOW, AMERICA, JFC] from here on in!!! And as we all know, that was entirely true back then too.So without further ado, let's get back to the business of being pissed off about things other than the world ending and Western democracy having a massive temper tantrum.
Default male of the week
luv to pay extra for already expensive products because multi-billion pound companies cannot cope with the fact that the female body is exactly as standard as the male body.
fun fact! Facebook (the owner of Oculus) has been parading itself around the development space as an answer to the world's gender data gap problems. A worthy effort that is only *slightly* undermined by its default male penny-pinching.
Gender data gap of the week
We have known for a long time that when food is scarce, women are the ones who disproportionately go hungry. Social norms around the world dictate that men and boys must be fed first -- girls and women get whatever is left over. So women go hungry -- and right now there are a lot of hungry women. How many though, I can't tell you, because, naturally, no-one has bothered to gather the data:
The Integrated Phase Classification Acute Food Insecurity classification, which produces food insecurity analyses, forecasts, and famine warnings, does not provide gender-disaggregated data. The World Food Programme identifies women as a vulnerable population that faces increased risks of food insecurity, and has hunger and malnutrition estimates for pregnant and nursing women. But it does not provide overall gender-disaggregated data on food insecurity in its regular updates.
No, despite the very well established norm that women eat "last and least", humanitarian organizations and governments are still on the whole sticking to measuring hunger by household rather than individual. Which is fine. Here's a snippet from Invisible Women showing just how fine it is:
An analysis of the 2010 Karnataka Household Asset Survey in India was even more damning. When merely comparing female-headed to male-headed households, there was not much gender difference found in poverty levels. However, when poverty was assessed on an individual level, the difference was dramatic, with, wait for it, 71% of those living in poverty being women [the wait for it is a reference to the regularly cited and just as regularly dismissed "zombie stat" that women make up 70% of those living in poverty, see IW, p.255]. And within those living in poverty it was women who experienced the greatest level of deprivation. Perhaps most damning for the validity of using household wealth to measure gendered poverty, the majority of poor women belonged to ‘non-poor’ households. (IW, p.258)
Yep, nothing to see here.
Poppy pic of the week
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Poppy refusing to play ball with our instagram game and fair enough really[/caption]
That's it, GFPs! Short and, well, not-so-sweet, but remember:
love you, byeeeee! xoxoxo