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Argentina is Poised to Make Catcalling a Crime

New legislation could make harassing women on the street a punishable offense by law.

Two months ago, 20-year-old Aixa Rizzo posted a video on YouTube. In the piece, Rizzo discusses her experiences of being catcalled and followed by a group of male electricians, and goes on to forcefully argue that harassment can lead to abuse. Rizzo’s story went viral, and now Argentina (both because of the video, and the work of many other organizers) is now considering making catcalling a crime.

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Thousands in Buenos Aires Rally to Demand Justice for Argentine Prosecutor’s Death

A march was held Wednesday night to honor Alberto Nisman, a lawyer who accused the government of conspiracy before his untimely death.

In Buenos Aires, about a quarter of a million Argentines marched in the rain Wednesday night to honor the life of Alberto Nisman, a prosecutor who was found dead in his apartment last month.

Nisman’s death shook the country and the world in late January due to the controversy surrounding whether his death was a suicide, as the official autopsy determined, or an assassination. Leading up to his death, Nisman was working on finding and convicting the perpetrators behind Argentina’s 1994 Jewish community center bombing, which was the deadliest terrorist attack in the country’s history. As his investigation developed, Nisman accused Argentina’s government of covering up Iran’s involvement in the bombing, a conspiracy that affected high-level officials and even President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.

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Argentinian Town Bans Beauty Pageants

Plastic surgery and extreme diets cited as rationale

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The town council of Chivilcoy, Argentina just banned beauty contests, arguing that the competitions promote unhealthy standards of beauty that cause women to turn to plastic surgery or extreme diets. The town council said that they’ll hold carnival mask competitions instead. Beauty pageants in Argentina, as in the rest of Latin America, are massively popular. Argentinian women frequently place favorably in contests like Miss World and Miss Universe, which often serve as reliable pipelines to careers in other image-focused fields, like broadcast news and entertainment. Perhaps not coincidentally, Argentina recently placed 21st on a list of the top “plastic surgery countries” in the world.

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