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Empowering Women: Indian Railways reserves 33 percent catering units for women

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New Delhi, March 7, 2017: In a policy aimed at empowering women, the Indian Railways has given 33 percent sub quota to them in each category of minor catering units at all category of stations, an official statement said on Tuesday.

“Under this policy, a sub quota of 33 per cent for women in allotment of each of the reserved catering units is being introduced on Indian Railways in order to extend economic empowerment for women. It is also in compliance with the announcement made in Railway Budget 2016-17,” the statement said.

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“The 33 per cent sub quota reservation for women in each category shall ensure allotment of minimum 8 per cent stalls to women at A1, A, B and C category stations and minimum 17 per cent at D, E and F category stations,” it said.

There are approximately 8,000 minor catering units over Indian Railways, it said, adding that Railways would ensure that women participation does not fall below a specific level. (IANS)

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Here’s How Porn Ruins Women’s Intimate Experiences with Men

The researchers reported that while most women in the study sample had seen pornography, fewer than half used it for masturbation

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Some people linked 'porn ban' to the right-wing politics of BJP. Wikimedia Commons
Some people linked 'porn ban' to the right-wing politics of BJP. Wikimedia Commons

Consuming porn instigates body-related insecurities in women that might not only reduce their interest in engaging in intimate activities with their partners but also negatively affect their arousal, a study suggests.

Researchers have explored the association between pornography and intimate partner experiences among heterosexual women and revealed that there was a complex relationship between the two.

Published in the Journal of Women’s Health, the study reveals that thinking of pornographic material during intimate experiences with a heterosexual partner among women minght give rise to insecurities about appearances and thus reduces the enjoyment of the intimate acts.

For the findings, the research team surveyed 706 heterosexual women aged 18-29 in the US, associating the consumption of pornography with sexual preferences, experiences and concerns.

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The researchers reported that while most women in the study sample had seen pornography, fewer than half used it for masturbation.

Those women who used it at higher rates for masturbation tended to rely more on pornographic scripts during sex to achieve and maintain arousal and were more likely to prefer pornography to sex with a partner.

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“The researchers demonstrate a clear difference between the role of pornography in sexual experiences of women compared to men,” said Susan G Kornstein from Virginia Commonwealth University in the US.

“Whereas the relationship tends to be more direct in young heterosexual men and just viewing pornographic material is associated with reduced sexual intimacy and satisfaction, women make the material part of their personal sexual experience and carry the pornographic script into their intimate partner experiences,” Kornstein said. (IANS)