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    Women: A Wray of Light into Ideas of Male Entitlement
    By Corey Gilkes
    May 15, 2014

    How nobody eh pick up on this one, jred? Or maybe someone did and I jes eh see it. So much things going on eh, I almost forget this gem of an article that came out in the Jamaican Gleaner on March 30th. I had to read it several times just to make sure the writer, one Milton Wray, wasn't using irony – a dying skill in vocabulary of late I gather.

    The good Mr Wray, in an article titled "Are Women Natural Leaders?" was commenting on the vexing issue of gender equality. Now for those who believe subjects like history has no importance, this article is proof that for Caribbean people seeking to create what some call a Caribbean civilisation, history, structured to focus on the advancement of humanity, should be compulsory if even only up to secondary level – so articles like this one will not be written again because in 2014 we can really do without such ignorance.

    Essentially, according to the article, society is in the decadent mess that it's in because women want gender equality. Reading through the article, one gets the impression that in the mind of Mr Wray, once women are sent back to their rightful place in the home to rear children and defer to men's authority and acknowledge the legitimacy of men's (read public) spaces, all will be well with the world. Throughout, one detects an air of entitlement affected by challenges by women. One will be forgiven for wondering if the many advances in human and women's rights, if the many, many developments and discoveries in biblical scholarship and archaeology occurred in a different universe in which the Caribbean simply does not exist or have access to.

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    Women: Jesus and Spiritual Bondage
    By EmpresKeneilwe
    Posted: April 03, 2009
    Africa Speaks Reasoning Forum

    I recently came across an article that has made reference to "Jesus's" race. It was actually the second time I read it. But with time, my consciousness has expanded more than the first time I read it, therefore, I had a more in-depth overstanding of what the author was trying to portray. I'm sure most of you are familiar with it; the symbolism of Christ and the cross. Eventually, I ended up "Googling black Jesus". That also brought up a lot researchers' claims on the race of Jesus and the origins of religion, Christianity in particular.

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    Women: Black Women and HIV/AIDS
    By Ayanna, rootswomen.com/ayanna
    December 01, 2006

    Women are at the highest risk for contraction of the HIV virus. Current statistics for Trinidad and Tobago state that the number of female HIV positive cases in the age group of 15–29, make up 65% of the total cases for the same age group. These statistics lead us to many questions and inevitably should draw greater attention to issues of gender discrimination, racism and poverty. With millions of dollars being pumped into HIV research internationally and great media exposure in Trinidad and Tobago, it is equally important to examine the values that exist and fuel the spread of the disease in its most vulnerable group, African women.

    There are several biological and sociological issues that cause women to be at greater risk. The biological make up of male and female genitalia makes it easier for bacteria to be transmitted and stored in the genitalia of a woman rather than that of a man. As a result, there is a greater risk of women contracting the virus from their male counterparts, rather than men contracting the disease from women. Simply put, biologically, women are more prone to HIV contraction.

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    Women: The Significance of African History
    Education and Self Development

    Lecture given by Leslie at the Princess Town Senior Comprehensive School, Trinidad and Tobago on Wednesday 1st November, 2006.

    Posted: November 08, 2006

    Good morning principal, teachers, other members of staff and students, I was asked to address you on the importance of African history and the relevance that this subject has on your lives. I only have a few minutes to address you so I would be brief. Before I do so, I would like to state that this address is not only for the students of this school but for the teachers and other members of staff as well who could benefit from what I have to say. I would also like to take this time to recommend a few websites that you can access a plethora of information on the subject matter and other issues relevant to us as young men and women. They are: AfricaSpeaks.com, RastafariSpeaks.com and HowComYouCom.com. You can also view websites such as TriniView.com, TriniCenter.com and TriniSoca.com for information about Trinidad and Tobago. I would repeat the names of these websites at the end of the discussion.

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    Women: Women and Activism: Where Have The Women Gone?
    Tante Merle, whey yuh?

    By Corey Gilkes

    "Woman is Boss" – Denyse Plummer, Calypsonian

    "Woman is principal, is principal, is principal" – Igbo women chant

    Michael De Gale asked a very important question in his article published on July 27th: "Where have all the good men gone?" That is, where are the larger than life intellectuals, "radical" thinkers and revolutionaries who shook up the Western world from the 50s to the mid 70s? The rationale that led to the colonising of the Americas and Africa, the holding of the indigenous peoples in positions little better than cattle, is still around and is no less diabolical. There is still a pressing need for intelligent, articulate people striving to engage the imperialist (that much-beaten word already?) and transform the various societies we find ourselves in. But, as Comrade De Gale has suggested, it appears that no one has stepped in to carry on the works of Amilcar Cabral, Malcolm X, Che Guevara, Sir Arthur Lewis, Kwame Ture, Walter Rodney and the others we know of.

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    Women: The Right to Exclusiveness
    by Sis Traci

    It is generally accepted by most people that the women have been downpressed in many parts of the world through various patriarchal social systems. Patriarchal social systems keep womb-man in sub-equal roles by limiting the educational, economic, and legal freedoms of women. Although legal inequalities are often erased, strong patriarchal cultural and social conditions continue to limit the opportunities of women and serve oppressive patriarchal social systems. Throughout the world, women work harder for less pay and recognition, are more subject to mental, emotional and physical abuse, and are less likely to have recourse to justice when abuse occurs.

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    Women: Re: What do you think about multiracial children?
    Taken from Africa Speaks Reasoning Forum
    The thread for this reasoning is linked here

    Posted by Erzulie
    February 01, 2005

    I think that there is absolutely nothing problematic about a Black person, and more particularly a Black woman, asserting that she understands this current fixation on multiculturalism to be a false and dangerous paradigm. Black women and our perspectives are often silenced, excluded and abandoned when people start talking about the wonders of multiculturalism. More importantly, Black women who understand biracial progeny involving those of African descent as most often existing in relation to the projected demise of Black women's dignity, beauty and voice as the white supremacist aesthetics and values are still entrenched in the minds of many people globally, should not be demonized especially in Black safe places such as this.

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    Women: Real Beauty
    PoeticEmpress writes

    Beauty these days to others is not what I know or believe it as; others have changed beauty to putting on layers of makeup and all these beauty pageants and competitions which I see as mentally and at times physically degrading to a woman.

    If you are a woman and proud of how you look and like the way you are, you shouldn't have to enter these competitions, you should have enough self-esteem inside to tell yourself I am beautiful. Why must you go parade your body in the skimpiest outfits for the world to say to you that you are beautiful and carry around a title for just a year when you can just be contented with how you were made and be happy with it.

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    Women: Beautiful Woman
    By Leslie
    June 06, 2004

    Today's society is indeed a complex one. We have witnessed the rapid advance of computer technology and significant contributions in other scientific fields. We have also observed the ever-changing standards of beauty. Imagine the new phenomena: white women with caramel coloured skins, Afrikan women with straight hair, people looking decades younger than their actual age… Strange things have definitely occurred within recent times. Why then are people in the West so critical of other traditions concerning aesthetics? Some view body mutations and mutilations as taboo. But aren't we here in the West guilty of the same?

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