Only men at your event? This blog will shame you

  • 27 May 2015
Image of all white men on a panel
This all-male panel in Paris was at last year's Global Summit of Women

How often have you looked around at a meeting or in the office, lecture hall or event space and seen a room full of just men?

Now one website is pointing out this phenomenon by publishing photos of all-male panels, or "manels". The site is a Tumblr blog, sarcastically called, Congrats! You Have an All-Male Panel.

It started in February and features 200 photos, submitted from people from about 10 countries. The simple but now-viral idea is a project of the Finnish feminist researcher and artist Saara Sarma, who specializes in internet parody images and memes.

Whether it's a Global Summit of Women with only men on the panel or back-to-back male panels in conferences, the images on the site bring home the message that gender equality among rostrums of leaders or experts is in short supply.

All male all white panel
"Someone photoshopped out the women" was the caption for this image of a hearing on education funding

The blog has over 5,000 followers on Tumblr. The site has been shared on Twitter more than 6,000 times and been liked or shared on Facebook over 60,000 times.

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Where did Charlie Charlie Challenge come from?

  • 26 May 2015

The internet has been gripped by a Ouija board-like game called "Charlie Charlie challenge", but its origins are not what they seem.

More than 2 million people have used the hashtag #CharlieCharlieChallenge over the past 48 hours. It's a game which involves balancing pencils over the words "yes" and "no" on a piece of paper. Players ask questions which are supposedly answered by Charlie - a mysterious demon who spookily moves the pencils, if you believe in that sort of thing.

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A channel that's young, British, witty and black

  • 26 May 2015

What's it really like to be young, black and British?

The answer won't be found on UK television, says filmmaker Cecile Emeke, so she created her own YouTube channel to serve as a platform for black voices.

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'A tale of two skirts'

  • 26 May 2015

Restrictions over appropriate skirt length have caused controversy in two countries recently and trended big online - but for entirely opposing reasons.

In Algeria, a young woman was turned away from a university exam because her skirt was too short. But a few weeks before in France, school authorities sent a Muslim teenager home because of her long black skirt.

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Can social media cause PTSD?

  • 25 May 2015
Soldiers
Post-traumatic stress disorder is most commonly associated with soldiers in war - but could similar symptoms be caused simply by watching videos online?

A recent study hit the headlines when it found that some social media users could develop the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by viewing violent or disturbing content. Should we be worried?

The headlines were stark: "Online videos can cause post-traumatic stress disorder" one said, while another announced: "Social media users 'traumatised'".

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They begged their heroes to come - but will they listen?

  • 24 May 2015
Young YouTube fans in the Philippines successfully caught the world's attention - but will their heroes show up in Manila?
Young YouTube fans in the Philippines successfully caught the world's attention - but will their heroes show up in Manila?

A co-ordinated effort by die-hard YouTube fans in the Philippines has caught the attention of some of the site's most famous video bloggers, but will they follow through on promises to visit the country?

The Philippines has one of the youngest and fastest-growing populations in Asia and a huge social media fan base to match. Despite that, Manila does not always head the list of destinations for top YouTube stars - a fact that a concerted effort by young Filipinos aimed to change.

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Uzbekistan's answer to the selfie stick

  • 23 May 2015

Take a modern device, attach it to an ancient farming implement and what do you have? Well in one central Asian country - a wry political comment.

In a nation with strong farming tradition, the everyday farming hoe is a national symbol. And for Uzbeks, the hoe - or "ketmon" - has recently taken on a new significance in light of the country's economic wobbles. Cotton is Uzbekistan's biggest export, but the economy also relies heavily on sales of gas and other natural resources. The price of gas has been sagging on world markets and Russia - Uzbekistan's main trading partner - has been hit hard by the impact of western sanctions imposed over the crisis in Ukraine.

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The amazing elephant selfie. But is it a world first?

  • 22 May 2015
Elephant selfie in Thailand

Forget selfie sticks. If you're looking for a wide-angle shot with a much longer range than any pole can give you, then ask an elephant.

That's what Christian Le Blanc discovered while travelling in Thailand. The 22-year-old from Vancouver, Canada was feeding a friendly elephant in Koh Phangan when the unexpected happened.

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The 'wrinkled women' of Russia

  • 22 May 2015
Instagram #WrinkledWoman selfie

Hundreds of Russian women are posting selfies with scrunched faces on Instagram, as part of a protest against officials - including one who remarked about women aged 27 having wrinkles, and another who married a teenager aged under 18.

It began with an arranged marriage. On Saturday, Nazhud Guchigov, a 47-year-old local police chief in the Russian republic of Chechnya, married Kheda Goylabiyeva - who is 17 years old. The bride has gone on TV to say she was marrying the "manly and reliable" Guchigov of her own free will, but many commenting online disagreed - especially since Guchigov is already married, and so was marrying a second wife, as is permitted by the Muslim faith predominant in Chechnya.

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The mother who 'outed' her daughter's Facebook lie

  • 21 May 2015

Millions have watched an American mother who discovered that her 13-year-old daughter was pretending to be 19 online, and publicly "outed" her in an angry Facebook video. But is it right to shame teenagers in this way?

Val Starks was furious when she discovered that her 13-year-old daughter had a secret Facebook account and was pretending to be much older online. Not only that, but her daughter was using the account to chat to older men, and had even uploaded photos of herself in her underwear. The Denver mother confronted her daughter - and posted the video to Facebook as a punishment.

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