Sexism, Trafficking, and Attraction

Curated by CLAI

SEXISM – Middle East v. Latin America: The veil, for many, is a symbol of female oppression; the right to wear a bikini, one of liberation. But underneath the sartorial differences, the Middle East and Latin America’s most famously immodest country both impose their own burdens on women with the way they are treated and perceived.

  • About every two hours a woman is murdered in Brazil, a country with the seventh highest rate of violence against women in the world. Brazilian women are seen in a sexist way, in a more sexualized way because she was used as a sexual object for so long
  • Women’s activists often target the Middle East for its policies towards women. But as living in Brazil has taught me, for women, even having all the freedom in the world can be its own cage.

On the left: Women wearing burqas walk by the Gulf of Aqaba in Jordan in 2006. Right: Women in bikinis visit a beach in Rio de Janeiro in 2013. (Marco Di Fabio and Nelson Almeida/Getty Images)

SEX TRAFFICKING ECONOMY: Atlanta’s underground sex market was the most lucrative, raking in $290 million in 2007. Money spend on illicit sex in DC and Miami went down between 2003 and 2007, to $103 and $235 million respectively, while more than doubling in Seattle to $112 million.

ATTRACTION: When men become fathers, their testosterone levels drop, thus reducing their sex drive. There’s some evidence that it’s the smell of their own infants (but not other people’s infants) that sets this off.

Women, meanwhile, have different tastes at different times in their cycles. During ovulation, according to some research, they prefer ruggedly handsome and risky men, while at other times they are more drawn to pleasant-looking, nice men.

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