From Sally Haslanger on SWIP-l:
We are going to be closing the philosophy publishing survey at noon on Dec. 15, 2009. Please be sure to complete it before then and invite others to do so too! Please send the info to your lists, friends, colleagues, etc. Currently 866 have completed the survey (more have started it and not completed it). It would be good to have as many philosophers as possible represented in this initial effort.
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Many theorists have pointed out that the features commonly held up as being the most beautiful are those typically possessed by Caucasians. The features that are typical of other races are denounced as being inferior, less beautiful, and even defective. One manifestation of this is in the huge plethora of skin-lightening creams aimed at dark-skinned races. Here’s an Indian advert for a Ponds lightening cream:
The story of an Asian girl winning her man back by bleaching her skin is continued in later adverts.
Malalai Joya is a female member of the Afghan parliament. For a long time now she has been speaking out and campaigning against the warlords that rule Afghanistan, who have the support of the US and their allies. When the Taliban were overthrown seven or so years ago, people in the West were told that things would be better for the Afghan people, especially Afghan women, but this is far from the case. Malalai Joya has now written a book about her experiences. You can read more here.