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Chart of the Day: Women write about family and gender, men cover literally everything else

When we talk about gender imbalance in the media, it’s not just about women being generally underrepresented compared to men–it’s also about what topics they’re covering. Are women’s voices present in the media conversations around the full range of important issue areas of the day, or are they still siloed into certain traditionally feminine spheres? Welp, take a look at today’s depressing chart brought to you by Foreign Policy using data from The Op-Ed Project:

Bill O’Reilly Asks a Couple Broads If They Really Think a Chick Could Be President

"This six-minute video, uploaded to youtube by Sanjay Newton, does a wonderful job of explaining and illustrating the portrayal of masculinity in Disney movies. "

Here, rape is normal.



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Photographer Sofie Knijff has spent the last several years traveling the world, documenting the goals and ambitions of children around the globe. From South Africa to India to Brazil, her stirring series “Translations" captures boys and girls’ "dream characters," prompting the young individuals to imagine their distant future selves.

Knijff was inspired by an interaction she had with her cousin, a young boy who enjoyed “playing” soldier. He would frequently don a German helmet and immerse himself in the character, revealing to Knijff a desire that went beyond play and dress up.

"How much of our dreams are influenced by our surroundings, culture, history and life conditions?" she asked herself. And so began her photographic investigation, in which she transported the same dark backdrop to various locations, moving from the countryside of Mali to the desert of Touareg to the isolated village of Kulusuk, and meeting a beautiful cast of subjects along the way.

(via ezibota)


In Pictures: Surfing culture breaking ground in Sierra Leone.

About a year or a two ago, I came across an article somewhere on the web that talked about how Sierra Leone locals were trying to revive their country’s tourism industry after it had been marred by years of a terrible civil war. In particular, part of these efforts were being channeled into building up both a culture and industry around surfing, a sport originally developed by the native Polynesians in Hawai’i, as the western coast of Sierra Leone is home to a number of beaches that make for some pretty good surf locations.

Whilst not on the level of more mature surf industries and primary surf locations, there are at least four beaches in Sierra Leone that those who visit the country can venture on to with their surfboards in tow: River No.2 beach, Aberdeen beach, Bureh beach and Sulima beach

Out of the four listed above, Bureh beach seems to be gaining the highest level of popularity, probably due in part to the Bureh Beach Surf Club (BBSC) of which some of its members are pictured above as part of a photographic essay by Sierra Leone-based photographer Tommy Trenchard.

The BBSC was set up in 2011 as a non-profit organization in and is the country’s first and only surf club. Bureh is a small fishing village that is about an hour and 30 minutes drive from the capital Freetown.

So if you were thinking of visiting Sierra Leone, or looking for a place to vacation in Africa, these spots are definitely areas to consider. For those who possess ECOWAS passports, you can get passport stamped upon arrival if all your documents are intact. But be sure to check with the Sierra Leonean embassy where you live before departing. Non-ECOWAS passport holders will need visas upon arrival into Sierra Leone.

(via ourafrica)

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