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Are heart attack symptoms sexist?

Men often experience a heart attack as a crushing sensation on their chest, but women are more likely to have flu-like symptoms. Why do we only know about the male symptoms?
Women support Jacob Zuma outside court during his 2006 rape trial. Women are often complicit in sustaining patriarchy. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

Trump and Zuma: worlds apart but bound by patriarchy and sexism

Seemingly poles apart, Donald Trump and Jacob Zuma have something in common: they are both prominent patriarchs with populist support. And they both count women among their staunch supporters.
She has been through some trying times of late, but the Madonna machine has not been derailed. Walter Bieri/EPA

Bitch, I’m (still) Madonna …

Madonna, who attacked "sexist" criticism of her Rebel Heart tour, has always had a troubled relationship with feminism. And there is little about pop's perfectionist workaholic that is rebellious today.
The climax of popular simianisation was the hugely successful classic of Hollywood’s horror factory, King Kong. Shutterstock

Comparing black people to monkeys has a long, dark simian history

Animalisation remains a malicious and effective form of dehumanisation. Simianisation is a version of this strategy, which historically manifested a lethal combination of sexism and racism.
Script writers need to think past adjectives for “sexy” when creating female characters. David Noah

Sexist screen representations of women start in the script

Bad female characters start with bad writing. We compare male and female character descriptions, which are often used as the starting point for casting calls.
There are very clear ideas in Ghana about what girls can and should do, and how boys ought to behave. EPA/Nic Bothma

How parenting in Ghana shapes sexist stereotypes

Ghanaians believe that boys and girls should be raised very differently. This feeds into strongly defined traditional gender roles and ultimately leads to women having a lower social status.
Cricketer Chris Gayle’s comments to journalist Mel McLaughlin in a mid-game interview left her reportedly ‘embarrassed, angry and upset’. Network Ten

The game is changing, baby: Chris Gayle and sexism in cricket

As Chris Gayle has so amply demonstrated, there is still considerable resistance to the full integration of women into sport culture – and not least in the sports media.

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