Feminism Around the World: Affluent Young Man Acquitted of Sexual Assault Because There Was No “Lascivious Intent”
A 17-year-old-girl in the affluent state of Veracruz, Mexico was attending a New Year's party with friends from her exclusive Catholic high school on the first day of 2015. As she was preparing to leave, 19-year-old Diego Cruz and three of his friends forced her into a car and allegedly sexually assaulted her.Read More
Feminism Around the World: Economist Analyzes Global Gender Gap in the Workplace Despite Feminist Gains
There's no question that, in many areas, the lives of women have improved worldwide as more and more women in more and more countries force gender equality to the forefront of the national discussion. However, there's also no question that "improvement" depends on the sector at which you're looking, and what you consider positive, feminist change.Read More
White House Denies Plan to Mobilize National Guard on Immigrants, Which Is Not Comforting for SO MANY Reasons
But here's why it's important to pay attention anyway.
Earlier this morning, the Associated Press broke the story above. That the Trump administration "considers mobilizing" National Guard troops to round up undocumented immigrants. The White House has denied this. The AP has since followed up with receipts. This is going to be a long day ...Read More
Trump Signs Executive Order Calling for Construction of Mexico Border Wall to Begin, and This Is Not Normal
President Trump recently signed an executive order that calls for the construction of the infamous Mexico Border Wall to begin.Read More
Even if Disney's Bob Iger doesn't want anyone to view Rogue One as a political film, we all know Star Wars is very political, and that Rogue One is coming out at an unusual time for American audiences. In an interview on Conan, Diego Luna addressed that tension directly.Read More
Like Pussy Riot in Russia, Las Hijas de Violencia (The Daughters of Violence) in Mexico are a feminist arts collective that take on all manner of misogyny while rocking out. Earlier today, we shared a post with you from our friends at Runway Riot who posted an awesome mini-documentary on the group. While that mini-doc is going viral right now, the song used in it - "Sexista Punk" - was released in the fall of last year, and these ladies have been going strong since 2014.Read More
The fifth installment in the "100 Years of Hair and Makeup" series is here, and this time Cut Video and model Reyna Marquez are taking a time-lapsed look at Mexico's mainstream fashion from the past 100 years. Want more history lessons from Cut Video? You can also check out their videos on the hair and makeup of Iran and North and South Korea.Read More
With summer coming, it's a good idea to remember that pouring liquid nitrogen into a pool might look cool, but is ultimately a terrible idea.
For no doubt the first time ever, a bad decision was made a pool party sponsored by Jagermeister. I know, I'm as shocked as you are. This bad call, though, went beyond the standard ill-starred hookup or barf-inducing round of Jager Bombs as organizers poured liquid nitrogen into the swimming pool. While this produced the desired 'smoke on the water' effect organizers were seeking, it also had an unintended consequence, creating a cloud of nitrogen gas that asphyxiated party goers and left several hospitalized, including a 21-year-old man who remains in a coma.Read More
His campaign promise: "To rest and to frolic."
Two students in the Xalapa, Mexico were frustrated by a seemingly endless stream of politicians lying and failing to fulfill campaign promises. In protest, they nominated a black-and-white cat named Morris to run for mayor. Election Day is July 7th, and so far this has gone about as well as you might expect.Read More
Part of the whole trademark nonsense is the idea that they have to be aggressively enforced lest they be lost to the company that filed them. It's why a number of lawsuits are filed about brand names versus slightly similar brand names, and it's a mighty headache for small companies that get caught in the crossfire just because they happen to share a name in some way with a larger company or their product. This is the reasoning that saw Apple take on iFone, a Mexican telecommunications company. Unfortunately for Apple, they've lost in a big way and now won't be able to sell phones under the iPhone name in Mexico.Read More
Curiouser and curiouser!
According to the UK Guardian, two people have been arrested in Mexico for spreading incorrect information over the Twitter messaging service. Local officials intend to prosecute the accused man and woman under the country's terrorism laws, meaning the pair could face up to 30 years in prison. The arrests stemmed from rumors of a school in Veracruz being stormed by gunmen which were tweeted by school teacher Gilberto Martinez Vera and radio personality Maria de Jesus Bravo Pagola. These rumors were taken as fact by a nervous populous, and led to a reported 26 car accidents as concerned parents rushed to schools in order to protect their children from imaginary dangers. Emergency phonelines apparently became paralyzed under the sheer bulk of calls concerning the false gunmen. What's still unclear where the rumors originated from.Read More
Jose Maldonado, a bricklayer in Guadalajara, Mexico recently managed to do something that no one has been able to pull off: He captured a fairy. Best Week Ever quotes him as saying:
I was picking guavas and I saw a twinkling. I thought it was a firefly. I picked it up and felt that it was moving; when I looked at it I knew that it was a fairy godmother.Not necessarily his fairy godmother, but a fairy godmother. Still better than, say, a plastic fairy figurine, right? Following his discovery, he took the fairy godmother and preserved her in formaldehyde (presumably because he assumed she was already dead) and is now showing her off to all comers, for a price. Currently unemployed, Jose is asking for donations from the thousands of people who have come to see and, at least to some extent, are convinced. “I’ve seen everything and, yes, I believe the fairy is real,” said one visitor who has apparently seen everything, except maybe Peter Pan. Read More
According to linguists, there are only two people left in the world who can fluently speak Ayapaneco, a language native to Mexico. They both live less than a mile apart in the village of Ayapa in the Mexican state of Tabasco. And they won't speak to each other. Manuel Segovia is 75 and Isidro Velazquez is 69, and apparently, they do not like each other very much.
"They don't have a lot in common," says Daniel Suslak, a linguistic anthropologist from Indiana University, who is involved with a project to produce a dictionary of Ayapaneco. Segovia, he says, can be "a little prickly" and Velazquez, who is "more stoic," rarely likes to leave his home.With or without any friendship between the two men, language death seems like a very real possibility for Ayapaneco, which a linguistics professor interviewed by the Guardian describes as "a 'linguistic island' surrounded by much stronger indigenous languages." But there's still a tiny bit of hope:, the National Indigenous Language Institute is trying to get Segovia and Velazquez to teach Ayapaneco classes to other locals, though previous similar efforts have failed. (Guardian via TDW) Read More
There are a lot of things you expect to see in law enforcement, and probably least among them is a nine-foot tall catapult being used to launch drugs across the border from Mexico. Towed into place on a flatbed, the catapult hurled 4.4lbs of marijuana at at time, 60 feet away from the U.S. border. To say that U.S. forces were surprised seeing a "medieval catapult" would be accurate. When speaking with Reuters, Tucson sector Border Patrol spokesman David Jimarez said:
"I have not seen anything like that in my time before as a Border Patrol agent ... although we are trained to handle any kind of a threat that comes over that border," Jimarez added.Points for creativity, drug smugglers. The creators of this particular device were not apprehended, so I can't wait to see what they come up with next week. (Fox News via Slashdot) Read More
A man named Craig Henderson recently achieved the remarkable feat of driving from the Canadian border to the Mexican border on just one tank of gas. Using a prototype car called the Avion, which he developed with a partner in 1984 and has been continually making better ever since, he drove from Blaine, Washington to Chulla Vista, Mexico without refueling, consuming 12.4 gallons of diesel fuel over the course of the 1,384 mile trip, giving him a Guinness record-shattering border-to-border 119.1 MPG. (The previous record of 103 MPG had actually been set by the same car in 1986.)Read More
Contested ref calls are a part of the game, but this past Sunday, soccer fans watching the World Cup were treated to two major displays of referees' incompetence: First, when England played Germany, England was down 2-1 when they got the ball into the goal, as seen in the above picture -- but because the ball bounced out before the referee 'saw' it, they didn't get the goal. Arguably, had they finished the first half tied 2-2, they might have played the second half differently and not lost 1-4. That afternoon, when Argentina played Mexico, Carlos Tevez scored Argentina's first goal when he was wildly offsides (see below), but the ref didn't overturn it. Argentina went on to win 3-1.
Now, FIFA president and arch-traditionalist Sepp Blatter has announced his plans to reconsider the tech solution that had long been out of the question for him: Video replays.Read More
The 2010 World Cup officially begins this morning, with Mexico's match against South Africa kicking off at 10:00am EDT. But the road to the tournament has been long: Not only have the players been going through rigorous training and conditioning for months, but teams, countries, and companies have held some pretty out-there promotions, encompassing tech, design, and adorable soccer-playing animals. After the jump, 18 of the 2010 World Cup's coolest promotions:Read More