Cooked Laws That Will Get You Fired Up For International Women’s Day

It's an international day for good reason.

International Women’s Day is this Sunday, and we’re celebrating International Women’s Week here at GOAT because why not? As much as there is to celebrate about being a woman in today’s world, there is also sadly a lot that really isn’t so great, and nothing exemplifies that more than some of the sexist laws that we still follow.

2020 marks the 25th anniversary of the 1995 Beijing Platform for Women, when 189 governments pledged to get rid of all the sexist laws in their countries. 25 years on, here are some of the very real laws that are still in place around the world that need to be spoken about.

CW: Sexual assault, domestic violence

Women Are Banned From Some Jobs

There are 104 countries that don’t give women the same job options as men. These laws differ from country to country, but generally any job that’s seen as “strenuous” or involved working at night won’t be open to women. 

Women Can Be Raped By Their Husbands

There are 10 countries in which forcing your wife to have sex with you is totally legal. In four of those countries, it’s still legal if your wife is a child. In Ghanian law, “consent given by husband or wife at marriage, for the purposes of marriage, cannot be revoked.”

Women Can Be Beaten

In 46 countries, there aren’t any laws that protect women from domestic violence. In Nigeria, she can be beaten as much and for as long as her partner likes, “for the purpose of correcting” her. As long as the man doesn’t cause “grievous bodily harm,” he’s good to go.

Men Can Inherit Twice As Much As Women

In Tunisia, there is a law stating that “where there are any sons, the male inherits twice as much as the female.” Cause you know, men are twice as valuable as women. A bill has been introduced to parliament to repeal this law, but it hasn’t passed yet.

A Woman Can Be Refused An Abortion

What is often a life saving procedure for a woman is an illegal practice in a lot of countries, because a fetus is considered more valuable than an adult woman. Legislators in Ohio have gone so far as to order doctors to ‘reimplant ectopic pregnancies’ or be charged with murder. It’s impossible to reimplant and ectopic pregnancy, by the way.

A Woman’s Whole Life Can Be Controlled By Men

Saudi Arabian women might be able to drive these days, but they still live under the male guardian system. From the day they’re born, every detail of women’s lives are controlled by their fathers, and then their husbands, and sometimes even brothers or sons.

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Fair Trading Is Investigating That Mardi Gras After Party Disaster, So What Next?

Faux gras.

If you’re one of the people who went to the Mardi Gras after party this weekend, you’re probably still scrubbing glitter out of places that you didn’t know had glitter. There’s a 50% chance that you’re also still fuming over not being able to get in to the main event after spending a decent chunk of money on tickets. If you’re one of those people, then take some comfort in the fact that the whole Mardi Gras after party was such a screw up that The NSW Fair Trading Commissioner is now involved.

If you hit up the clubs instead of heading to the afterparty, here’s what happened. 

The official Mardi Gras after party was held at the Entertainment Quarter at Moore Park, and the organisers confirmed that the event sold out after 10,000 tickets were sold. There were five stages around the Quarter – four smaller ones and the main stage at Hordern Pavilion.

All well and good so far, except Hordern Pavilion has a maximum capacity of 5,500. The result was that thousands of people got stuck in lines all night, and missed out on seeing the show headlined by Sam Smith, Dua Lipa and Kesha.

Fair Trading Commissioner Rose Webb has said that she’s going to investigate whether or not people were mislead when they bought the Mardi Gras after party tickets. 

“We are still looking into the circumstances of what happened,” she said.

“It’s one of those ones where you go, ‘Should they have only sold 5000 tickets because that’s what the Hordern Pavilion can take?’”

“At the moment it’s a bit hard to say categorically they’ve broken the law.”

For the people who bought Mardi Gras after party tickets, the outcome for you is going to depend on what the Fair Trading Commissioner finds. If she decides that the law wasn’t broken, then there’s not much you can do I’m afraid. If she finds that you were misled when you bought your tickets though, you’ll be entitled to a refund from Mardi Gras.

At this point, we’ll just have to wait and see.

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Why You Will Never Be The Perfect Feminist, And That’s OK

All we can do is our best.

It’s International Women’s Week (that’s right, we’re celebrating feminist Christmas for a whole week), which means it’s time to celebrate all the kick-ass women in our lives. 

I’m lucky enough to have a number of amazing women in my life, strong women who will shut bullshit down before it can appear. I’ll admit, no matter how hard I try to be one of those strong women, I’ll wonder forever if I count as a good feminist like the ones I celebrate on International Women’s Day.  

Think back to your 13-14 year old self. When I was that age, I was only just beginning to find the words to describe why teachers asking for “some strong boys to carry something for me” annoyed me so much, and had definitely never heard the word “intersectionality” before. 

Even as a 15-16 year old, being called “not like the other girls” was the height of compliments and I figured the wage gap was because women decided to go into lower paying jobs. The fact that female-dominated jobs were lower paying because they were female dominated didn’t even cross my mind.

Obviously these days I know better and do better, but I had a lot of insecurity about the fact that there was always someone doing better than me. It took a while, but eventually I accepted that feminism isn’t a competition.

We all learn, and we all grow. Even the best feminist you know has had to make their way to the point they’re at now, and sometimes it’s really hard to remember that.

In five, ten, twenty years from now, there’s a good chance that we’ll be looking back on 2020 the same way we look back on early 2000s in terms of how ~woke~ (or not) we were. Something that we think we’re doing correctly right now will horrify our future selves, I guarantee it. 

And you know what? That’s ok. As long as we’re open and willing to accept change when it inevitably comes, then we’ll be fine. None of us will ever be the perfect feminist, but if our daughters and nieces can grow up in a world that treats women more fairly than it treated us growing up, we’ll have succeeded.

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