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Japan Supreme Court: Couple Must Use Same Surname

Women's rights activists say the rule is antiquated, discriminatory

(Newser) - Japan's Supreme Court issued a ruling Wednesday that maintains a longtime civil rule some say is unconstitutional and discriminatory: forcing married couples to officially choose one surname, the BBC reports. Presiding Justice Itsuro Terada said that the surname mandate wasn't discriminatory, since a couple could choose to use... More »

Young Afghans Like Western Clothes, Not Western Ideas

Women's rights not catching on

(Newser) - Young people in Afghanistan are sporting more Western clothes and haircuts these days, reports the New York Times , but one trapping they haven't picked up in a decade of Coalition troops on their streets: Western ideas. In particular, women's rights, which many young Afghan men—and women—continue... More »

Facebook Removes 'Rape Joke' Pages

Women's groups weren't laughing

(Newser) - Following months of pressure from women's rights group, Facebook has finally removed a series of "rape joke" pages. "There is no place on Facebook for content that is hateful, threatening, or incites violence," said the company after the pages were pulled. But some of the pages... More »

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