New female mining boss earning half a million less than predecessor

Elizabeth Gaines officially commenced as CEO of Fortescue on Monday.

Her appointment to the role late last year marked a significant win for the proportion of women leading ASX 200 companies, which can’t seem to crack the 5% mark.

But, like with Australia Post’s new CEO Christine Holgate’s remuneration package, it seems Gaines will take home less in base pay and total remuneration than her predecessor.

According to Fairfax papers today, Gaines’ base pay is half a million less than the $2 million her predecessor Nev Power earned. Her total remuneration package also falls well short of Power, totalling out at $5.5 million compared to Power’s $7.25 million.

Interestingly, Australia Post and Fortescue share one other key thing in common: their boards are now both majority female.

https://womensagenda.com.au/business/new-female-mining-boss-earning-half-million-less-predecessor/

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Oxfam sexual abuse scandal is built on the aid industry’s white saviour mentality

Now that the trickle of sexual abuse and exploitation revelations against British aid organisations has turned into a flood, much can be discerned by the language used: the way some of the alleged victims of Oxfam staff in countries such as Haiti are being described as “child prostitutes”, when people who have sex with children below the legal age of consent are, in fact, rapists.

In my experience, particularly in the aftermath of disaster, when foreigners are sometimes the only source of resources, women seek from them any help they can get. What’s emerging now is that handouts have been offered, allegedly, in exchange for sexual favours. It’s a transaction that is obviously unequal and exploitative.

[W]e have remained utterly uninterested in the thousands of incidents of UN peacekeeper sexual abuse that have emerged over the past decade, including a rape-for-food initiative in Central African Republic, a child-sexual-abuse ring in Haiti, regular sexual assaults of girls as young as 12 in Liberia, and other incidents whose depravity is hard to grasp, such as the time blue helmets are alleged to have tied up four young girls and made them have sex with a dog.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/feb/20/oxfam-abuse-scandal-haiti-colonialism?

How guilt about housework is making women sick: work life balance

A new analysis of data from the International Social Survey Programme examines the link between working hours, household chores and physical health.

Women in 24 countries were asked to rate the amount of housework they did each day in terms of their perceived “fair share” and they also ranked their physical health levels, over a two-year period.

The study, published in the Sex Roles journal, shows that that women working long job hours are more likely to report decreased physical health and that this relationship is moderated by the hours and fairness perceptions of household labor.

The report concludes that how women feel about the distribution of housework really matters.

In the realm of domestic labour women reign supreme…and yet it is women who are becoming ill from the guilt when they perceive they are not doing enough?

https://womensagenda.com.au/latest/guilt-about-housework-is-making-women-sick/

Here’s How Labor Would Fix The Abortion Access Debacle In Tasmania

Tasmanian women would not have to travel interstate or pay huge out-of-pocket fees to access surgical abortions under a Shorten Labor government, the party has promised.

“We want Australian women to have the maximum amount of choice at an incredibly difficult time,” the party’s deputy leader Tanya Plibersek said while announcing that Labor would spend $1million on a Reproductive Health Hub in Tasmania if elected federally.

The procedure was decriminalised in Tasmania in 2013 but its accessibility is now being debated by state and federal politicians on both sides of the political spectrum, drawing in the federal health minister, as well as the prime minister, because the remaining private providers are charging thousands of dollars for the procedure.

https://www.buzzfeed.com/ginarushton/federal-labor-just-promised-to-fix-the-abortion-access?utm_term=.nrWbwQGkGK#.avy4A6KlKq

Multicultural Festival organisers to review stall policy after concerns over anti-abortion tent

The National Multicultural Festival organisers have said they will assess their policy on information stalls after attendees complained about an anti-abortion tent at the event on Sunday.

A social media post claiming the inclusive festival was no place to push moral agendas garnered hundreds of likes and dozens of comments expressing outrage.

But Ms Khan said most of the complaints related specifically to the store’s display material, which included a detailed model of foetus development and a picture of baby feet dangling through adult fingers.

http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-20/act-right-to-life-stall-at-multicultural-festival-criticised/9460956?

Hannah Gadsby on the male gaze in art: ‘Stop watching women having baths. Go away.’

“Just because it’s been around for centuries, doesn’t mean it’s cool to be a creepy old man. Stop watching women sleeping; stop watching women having baths. Go away.”

For Gadsby, the male gaze in art history is directly related to the male gaze in Hollywood, and society at large.

“We’re not seeing anything new,” she reiterates. “The art world doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Being an object, being objectified, [creates] a toxic culture, because we don’t have the same cultural influence as men do. They’ve written the story, they have the power.

When asked if Nakedy Nudes is about asserting a feminist, queer voice within art history, she says: “That’s been going on for a while – it’s just that no one’s been listening. What the Guerrilla Girls were saying in the 1980s is still what we’re battling today, and that’s just ridiculous to my mind. The new story is the same story.”

Nakedy Nudes premieres on the ABC on Tuesday 27 February.

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2018/feb/19/hannah-gadsby-on-the-male-gaze-in-art-stop-watching-women-having-baths-go-away?

‘Throw them out’: plans to eject politicians ‘beholden to the gun lobby’ | US news | The Guardian

Activist organization have renewed calls for gun control in the US in the wake of the school shooting in Florida.

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, together with Everytown for Gun Safety, launched a campaign on Friday which it says will “empower voters to find out where candidates stand on gun safety”.

“Throw them out” will target members of Congress who are “beholden to the gun lobby”, Moms Demand Action said. They’ve set up five steps people can follow to pressure lawmakers, including how to get politicians on the record as committing to stricter gun control and a tool to encourage friends to vote.

The campaign uses a Washington Post interactive to help people track donations by the National Rifle Association. It means voters can understand which of their representatives have received money from the lobbying organization.

Moms Demand Action is aiming to elect politicians who will fight for gun safety and “throw out” those who oppose stricter gun laws.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/feb/17/the-resistance-niow-activists-gun-lobby?

UN Report: Big gaps for women’s empowerment but there’s a way to fix it

In New York, UN Women released it’s first flagship report today, examining pervasive gender gaps and discrimination globally. The report, “Turning promises into action: Gender equality in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” also includes key suggestions on how to shift gears and meet the promises outlined in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The Agenda outlined goals addressing greater peace, equality, and sustainability but such goals have met fierce obstacles with the rise of global conflict, exclusion and environmental instability As a result, women are experiencing significant hardships across many regions.

https://womensagenda.com.au/politics/big-gaps-womens-empowerment-theres-plan-action-says-un/

One Billion Rising Sydney – One Billion Rising Revolution

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On Valentine’s Day, Sydney feminists, activists, unionists and community members will join thousands of their counterparts around the world for ONE BILLION RISING, the biggest global mass action to end violence against women. The Sydney event will take place at Hyde Park (South, near Pool of Reflection) on 14 February 2018, 5 pm. In Sydney, a group of grassroots organisations (Asian Women at Work Inc, GABRIELA, Immigrant Women’s Speakout Association, We Can Be Sheroes, Women’s March, UnionsNSW, United Against Domestic Violence, etc) will host this year’s One Billion Rising.

https://www.onebillionrising.org/events/one-billion-rising-sydney-3/

Stella prize: longlist for $50,000 award includes Alexis Wright and Michelle de Kretser

A literary portrait of Helen Garner, a memoir of poetry and mental illness, and a novel about the erotic encounters of a robot feature in the books in contention for this year’s $50,000 Stella prize.

The Stella prize is open to books from Australian women who are “excellent, original and engaging”, with fiction, narrative nonfiction, memoir and journalism all qualifying for the award.

The Stella prize was first awarded to Carrie Tiffany in 2013 for her novel, Mateship with Birds. Last year’s winner was Heather Rose for her novel based on the artwork of Marina Abramović, The Museum of Modern Love.

In 2018, the prize is worth $50,000 to the winner, with $1,000 being awarded to every author on the longlist. The winner will be announced in Sydney on 12 April.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/feb/08/stella-prize-longlist-for-50000-award-includes-alexis-wright-and-michelle-de-kretser?

Stella prize: longlist for $50,000 award includes Alexis Wright and Michelle de Kretser

A literary portrait of Helen Garner, a memoir of poetry and mental illness, and a novel about the erotic encounters of a robot feature in the books in contention for this year’s $50,000 Stella prize.

The Stella prize is open to books from Australian women who are “excellent, original and engaging”, with fiction, narrative nonfiction, memoir and journalism all qualifying for the award.

The Stella prize was first awarded to Carrie Tiffany in 2013 for her novel, Mateship with Birds. Last year’s winner was Heather Rose for her novel based on the artwork of Marina Abramović, The Museum of Modern Love.

In 2018, the prize is worth $50,000 to the winner, with $1,000 being awarded to every author on the longlist. The winner will be announced in Sydney on 12 April.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/feb/08/stella-prize-longlist-for-50000-award-includes-alexis-wright-and-michelle-de-kretser?

Eighty scientists set for Antarctica in world’s largest-ever female expedition

Eighty female scientists from across the world (including 35 Australians) will embark on an expedition to Antarctica this month, to learn about the effects of climate change and to promote the role of women in global sustainability. The team will be at sea for a total of 3 weeks, setting sail from Ushuaia in Argentina early this week.

Women in science are still severely underrepresented in industry leadership positions. According to a study conducted across 14 countries, the likelihood of female students graduating with a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree and Doctor’s degree in a science-related field is 18%, 8% and 2% respectively, compared to male students, 37%, 18% and 6%.

Although slow progress is occurring, initiatives like Homeward Bound are crucial in speeding up momentum.

https://womensagenda.com.au/leadership/30742/

(ed:More likely to be productive than the 100 years of mateship delegation being sent to visit Trump . . . )

The problem with inviting a delegation of major company CEOs anywhere is that you’re going to get a rather male-dominated group.

So gender imbalance was always going to be an issue for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in sorting out a “senior business delegation” to join him in the United States, during his trip to meet with US President Donald Trump in Washington next week.

A White House statement on the meeting states that the, “Leaders will celebrate 100 years of mateship through war, peace and prosperity, charting the course for the coming century of partnership.”

(ed: read unbridled and destructive masculinity . . . )

https://womensagenda.com.au/latest/eds-blog/100-years-mateship-delegation-set-visit-trump-behalf-australia/

‘Women’s representation in the Liberal party is NOT a priority’:

The outgoing President of the NSW Liberal Women’s Council Chantelle Fornari-Orsmond has slammed the party’s efforts to boost the representation of women as ‘tokenistic’.

She said the question the party needs to ask itself is whether increasing female representation is necessary. Aside from public expectations Fornari-Orsmonds says the party is losing the female vote and asks whether it’s the lack of female representation or their policies which is causal.

Whichever it is she says it’s clear something needs to change.

Women’s representation in the Liberal party has been an ongoing issue. The fact women make up just 22 per cent of Liberals in Federal Parliament, or put another way, just 18 of the 84 Liberal MPs and senators in Parliament are women, the lowest level since 1993 makes it unavoidable.

Women make up 45% of Labor positions in the federal government. The number of female Liberal MPs has been falling since 2001 which has coincided with a decline in the number of women voting Liberal.

https://womensagenda.com.au/latest/womens-representation-clearly-not-priority-outgoing-president-nsw-liberal-womens-council/

Women, men and the whole damn thing

Since the beginning of recorded time, most cultures worshipped some version of the goddess. In ancient Mesopotamia, the vulva of Inanna, the Sumerian goddess, was a sacred site and Sumerians sang hymns to her “lap of honey”. Agrarian societies honoured their female deities, as menstrual cycles were interconnected with the lunar-based agricultural cycles. The earth was Gaia, the ancestral Mother of life. She was inherent to all of Nature. She was nature, until the rise of patriarchal religions began declaring goddess worship and female sexuality the devil’s work. Nature and woman needed to be tamed.

At the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, writer and director Jill Soloway (Transparent) offered an intriguing insight into this when they (Soloway prefers “they” to the gender-specific he or she) said: “Five thousand years ago cavemen saw women getting their periods and bleeding, and they bled in time with the moon, and they didn’t die when they bled. And so prehistoric man thought that women were magic and they got scared. So they created language to just fuck with us.”

Man has been fucking with Woman for a long time … and not just through language.

“Family violence is mostly a man choosing to use violence against his partner. Violence is almost exclusively the domain of men. Who’s doing the vast amount of killing? It’s men. Who picks up the pieces, and fights to hold families together? It’s women.

“Women build life, while we are adept at destroying it. Unless, as men, we begin to look at what it is in the male psyche, in the versions of masculinity we’re born into and enforce upon each other, and begin actively engaging each other to become the solution to this issue, we’ll be having the same conversation 500 years from now.”

http://www.smh.com.au/good-weekend/the-great-sexual-reckoning-how-did-we-get-here–and-what-happens-now-20180124-h0npcc.html

Why domestic abusers thrive in Trump’s White House

It’s no secret that Trump respects men who keep women in their place: “You have to treat ’em like shit.” Perhaps that’s why top White House staffer Rob Porter got a hero’s goodbye this week, even as a picture of his ex-wife’s battered face was splashed across the news.

Porter, accused of assaulting both of his ex-wives and a former girlfriend, gave his resignation but “was not pressured to do so”, according to press secretary Sarah Sanders. In fact, Sanders lauded Porter as having the full confidence of the president and Gen John Kelly, and took the time to read Porter’s statement, in which he called the accusations “vile” and a “smear campaign”.

This came less than a day after Kelly called Porter “a man of true integrity and honor” in response to the allegations. So much for women being “sacred”. As it turns out, the White House knew for quite some time about Porter’s history of domestic violence – he couldn’t get security clearance because of it – but continued to rally behind him. In fact, Kelly promoted Porter soon after finding out about the abuse.

The truth is that Porter’s history of abuse allegations is less of an anomaly than a feature of this administration.

This is an administration overflowing with men who hurt women. Even so, we can’t become jaded as to how incredibly remarkable this all is. The White House, knowing that Porter abused multiple women, called him a man of integrity. They looked at a picture of his battered wife and defended him, still. He left the administration not in shame or disgrace, but honored.

“You have to treat ’em like shit” is no longer an embarrassing old Trump quote. It’s a mandate.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/feb/09/why-domestic-abusers-trump-white-house?

Arizona bill would give unlimited free pads, tampons to female inmates

The Arizona Legislature is considering a bill that would provide incarcerated women with an unlimited supply of feminine hygiene products, including tampons, pads, cups and sponges.

Currently, incarcerated women automatically get 12 free padseach month. They must ask an officer if they need more and may possess up to 24 at a time. Unlike in other states, if they want tampons, they must buy them.

The average menstruation lasts two to seven days, according to Mayo Clinic, and happens every 21 to 35 days. Most hygiene-product companies advise changing a pad or tampon every four to six hours to prevent odor and infection.

If a woman has an average menstruation of five days and follows guidelines to change her pad or tampon every six hours, she would need 20 pads or tampons per period. Some women experience heavy menstruation and require more.

Separate from the health risks, a woman who doesn’t have enough pads or tampons will likely end up bleeding on her clothes.

Base pay for prisoners starts at $0.15 per hour, which means a pack of pads would require about 21 hours of work.

A 20-count box of Playtex Super Gentle Glide tampons is $3.99. So a woman who wants tampons and uses one box per period would have to work up to 27 hours to cover the cost of her own menstruation.

Sue Ellen Allen, who served seven years in Perryville, said officers can and do deny requests for more pads.

“The humiliation is really something you carry with you forever,” she said.

https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/legislature/2018/02/07/arizona-female-inmates-get-12-menstrual-pads-month-bill-proposes-more-legislature/312152002/

How to close the female orgasm gap

In middle school sex ed classes, drawings of female anatomy often don’t even include the clitoris, as if women’s reproductive function is somehow separate from their pleasure. Female pleasure remains taboo and poorly understood.

This silence has real consequences. Almost 30% of college-age women can’t identify their clitoris on an anatomy test, according to a study from University of Wisconsin-Madison. Another survey by the UK gynecological cancer charity, Eve Appeal, finds that women are more familiar with men’s bodies than their own: while 60% could correctly label a diagram of the male body, just 35% of women correctly labeled female anatomy. (For the record, men scored even worse.)

Lack of sexual health knowledge is associated with lower rates of condom and contraceptive use. It also contributes to pleasure disparities in the bedroom. While gay and straight men climax about 85% of the time during sex, women having sex with women orgasm about 75% of the time and women having sex with men come last at just 63%, research from the Kinsey Institute shows. The reasons for this “orgasm gap” are surely multifaceted, but we can start to address it by talking more about the importance of women’s pleasure.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/feb/09/female-orgasm-gap-sexual-iq?

97% of childcare workers are female, but gender inequality not an issue??

This week the Fair Work Commission put an end to a five year battle by unions for a 35% pay increase for childcare educators.

The unions had been arguing that gender inequality is seeing such work undervalued.

But according to the Commission, gender inequality is not an issue. In dismissing the unions’ application, the Commission claimed they had failed to provide “any evidence whatsoever” that gender inequality was behind childcare work being undervalued.

That’s despite the fact 97% of childcare educators are female, and earning significantly less than the rest of the population. These workers take home an average $21 an hour, about half the average hourly wage in Australia. “You can earn more money working in a supermarket,” educator Kylie Grey told the ABC.

The ruling now looks set to see childhood educators going on strike on March 27 in order to demand the government help fund equal pay.

The below quote from Lisa is telling:

If educators all leave, what will we do as a country when there is no one left to care for the children? It may just be women’s work, but like all women’s work you sure as hell will notice when it is no longer done.

https://womensagenda.com.au/uncategorised/gender-inequality-not-an-issue-despite-97-of-childcare-workers-are-female/

The ‘motherhood penalty’ stings no matter how much governments do

The fact is that kids still hurt a woman’s earnings and career options, significantly more so than they hurt the earnings and careers of men. And no amount of affordable childcare (although that would certainly help) and paid parental leave can account for the massive cultural shift that’s needed.

The motherhood penalty affecting a woman’s earnings can start immediately, especially with one in two mothers in Australia saying they have experienced discrimination related to duties, pay or other conditions while pregnant or shortly after having a baby. As we’ve seen in example after example on Women’s Agenda, pregnant women are made redundant. They’re overlooked for promotions. They’re penalised during pay negotiations because they’re going on leave. They’re seen as being less committed to their work.

Following pregnancy, it’s estimated that mothers returning to work after 12 months of parental leave will suffer a wage penalty of 7%, which will later increase to 12%. That penalty increases again with every subsequent child she has. For Dads, it’s different. A number of studies have found that fathers can often see their earnings increase after having children.

Of course the ramifications run deeper that the immediate wages lost from all of the above. The loss of earnings women experience around the time they have children often becoming irreversible – resulting in them retiring with half the superannuation of men.

https://womensagenda.com.au/uncategorised/the-motherhood-penalty-stings-no-matter-how-much-governments-do/

Winter Olympics: women’s long race to parity

The proportion of women at the Winter Olympic Games reached 40% in 2010, after a slow but consistent increase over time, rising from only 4% in 1924 to over 25% in 1992 . The sharpest rise was noticed in the 1990s, when female athletes started to finally gain approval to compete in traditionally male sports, such as biathlon or ice hockey.

In 2018, the percentage of women taking part in the Games is 43%.

As more events were opened to women, most countries sent more female athletes to the Olympics.

Some, though, didn’t follow the trend. Three nations, Brunei, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, banned women from competing altogether until the 2012 Summer Games in London, and have yet to send a female athlete to the Winter Olympics.

Even in disciplines where female athletes have achieved equal participation, many of their events have different durations and distances, stereotyping women as weaker and less skilled than men.

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/ng-interactive/2018/feb/08/winter-olympics-womens-long-race-to-parity?

Women working for Wellcome Trust ‘earn 21% less than men’ on average

Women working at Britain’s largest charity earn 21% less on average than men, gender pay gap figures reveal.

The Wellcome Trust, one of the world’s biggest funders of biomedical research, is the latest major institution to make public its record on gender and pay under new government rules.

The pay imbalance at Wellcome is linked to a disproportionate number of men in the top jobs, rather than men and women being paid different salaries for doing the same work, the charity said.

The figures showed that while women make up 64% of Wellcome’s workforce, they represent a minority in the top pay quartile and this imbalance was greatest at the very top tier of pay. The median difference in pay between men and women was 20.8%, above the national median of 18.1%. The most dramatic difference was in mean bonuses, where men earned 78.8% more than women on average.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/feb/07/women-working-for-wellcome-trust-earn-21-less-than-men-on-average?

Women Seeking Safety: BWSS Forum on Violence against Women, Children and the Law

The assumption that there is value in shared parenting time even if a father is abusive is a dangerous one and can have fatal consequences.

“Women are hesitant to use the family court system to expose his violence in the fear that she will be punished by shared parenting time and decision, that she will be viewed as speaking ill of the father or trying to limit his access to the children, or on occasion accused of alienating the children from the father. When in reality her only goal is to protect her children from an abusive man. Yet the court, in particular the family court, has the authority and ability to air on the side of caution to believe the women and restrict or deny his access to the children. Instead what we hear over and over again is although they believe there was violence in the home directed to the mother, this should not dictate his ability to be a parent to his children. YES, it does mean he should not have access to his children. Yes it does mean he is not capable of being a good father to his children. And this 100 percent means that shared parenting time not only continues to put her safety at risk but the safety of her children is also at risk. Men who resort to hurting or killing their children do so because they have lost control over hurting her and therefore will hurt, what is most important to her, her children”, Summer Rain Bentham, BWSS Manager, Indigenous Women’s Program.

“At present time, the false notion of gender neutrality has lead to the belief that both parents are equally situated and share equal parenting abilities. Men have power in society and this is reflected in their power over women. Women continue to be the primary caregivers of children. After separation and divorce, many women are relegated to a position of relative poverty which is held against them as it is demonstrated repeatedly through our experience that the legal system will hold women accountable to patriarchal standards but are unwilling to hold fathers to female standards when it comes to parenting. Gender neutrality and standards based on it may appear to be democratic and fair but in reality, this concept pretends that social inequalities between women and men do not exist” , Angela Marie MacDougall, BWSS Executive Director, BWSS Open Letter to Minister Eby.

https://www.bwss.org/women-seeking-safety-bwss-forum-violence-women-children-law-2/

The problem with women eating crunchy chips?

And I dare say that the ‘crunch’ chips make when you’re eating them is not high on the list of key grievances affecting women in 2018. Nor is the fact that flavour gets stuck to fingers as you’re attempting to dive down to collect those last few broken chips at the bottom of a pack.

But PepsiCo, parent company of Doritos, has felt the need to deny it will be releasing “female-friendly” chip product following a global backlash to CEO Indra Nooyi’s comments on the Freakonomics podcast that women eat and enjoy chips differently to men, and that female-friendly chip packaging could be on its way, with the company getting ready to “launch a bunch” of such products soon.

According to Nooyi, women are looking for snacks with a “low crunch” sound, that we can enjoy with less flavour sticking to our fingers, and in packaging that can fit in our purses.

https://womensagenda.com.au/latest/problem-women-eating-crunchy-chips/

‘Most of the children still have parents’: behind the facade of a Bali orphanage

An orphanage using the name of an Australian Bali bombing victim has been accused of sourcing children with living parents from a remote island to help solicit donations from western tourists.

Former volunteers and staff, in interviews with the Guardian, said up to five tour groups could be moved through the orphanage each day, bringing donations, potential sponsorships, food and gifts.

Only a handful of the children are orphans, despite the institution marketing itself as an orphanage for more than a decade.

In recent months, as pressure mounted in the Australian parliament to stop orphanage tourism, the institution rebranded itself as Jodie O’Shea House. The word “orphanage” has been removed from parts of its website.

The formal complaint alleged the centre was operating without a proper licence, and helped facilitate an adoption to a western tourist.

The Guardian has seen photos of the baby who was allegedly adopted and a copy of the passport of a Canadian man who staff said took the child.

“The baby was just gone,” a former worker, Tim*, said. “Someone very quickly adopted the baby. I think he is from Canada, and I’m not happy with that part.”

The complaint also alleged lax child protection measures were putting children at risk. Tourists had been able to take children on unaccompanied trips away from the orphanage, the complaint said.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/05/most-children-still-have-parents-bali-orphanage?

Freemasons are blocking reform, says Police Federation leader

Reform in policing is being blocked by members of the Freemasons, and their influence in the service is thwarting the progress of women and people from black and minority ethnic communities, the leader of rank-and-file officers has said.

Steve White, who steps down on Monday after three years as chair of the Police Federation, told the Guardian he was concerned about the continued influence of Freemasons.

Critics of the Freemasons say the organisation is secretive and serves the interests of its members over the interests of the public. The Masons deny this saying they uphold values in keeping with public service and high morals.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/dec/31/freemasons-blocking-reform-police-federation-leader

That’s patriarchy: how female sexual liberation led to male sexual entitlement

The right for women to escape the passive sexual role obliged of them by culture – the imperative to do so in the cause of women’s liberation – is at the heart of Greer’s demands in her 1970 manifesto, The Female Eunuch.

In Australia, married women could not apply for passports without their husband’s approval until 1983. Britain did not make marital rape illegal until 1991.

But what has happened in the intervening decades is that sexual freedom has become another realm of women’s experience for patriarchy to conquer. As soon as older feminists had won sexual liberation, patriarchy reframed it as sexual availability for men.

The flipside to the destigmatisation of sex for women has been a sense of patriarchal entitlement to sex with women, which is why the painful conversation about consent in our new era of “freedom” must be confronted. One in 10 women, as opposed to one in 70 men, report they’ve been coerced into sex, the vast majority by an intimate partner.

And ubiquitous female sexualisation has manifested a reality in which young women find themselves in unwittingly sexualised situations all the time. Young women are right to feel that destigmatised sex has enhanced their traditional patriarchal status as sex objects, not liberated them from it.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/feb/02/thats-patriarchy-how-female-sexual-liberation-led-to-male-sexual-entitlement?

Rose McGowan Cancels Public Appearances After Shouting Match At Book Event

A male audience member who self-identifies as a ‘transgender woman’ disrupted a New York booksigning by the #MeToo movement’s Rose McGowan on Wednesday night.

The event was to promote McGowan’s new memoir ‘Brave’. McGowan is best known for exposing the crimes of serial sexual predator Harvey Weinstein.

The next day on Twitter, she announced her cancellation of her public appearances, saying that she had been “verbally assaulted for two full minutes … by an actor” while “no one in [the] room did anything.”

She demanded apologies from her publicists, assistants and managers as well as the audience members at the bookstore event, adding: “The truth is you all failed me. Again. And again. And again.”

Now the transwoman involved, identified as Andi Dier of Long Island, NY, is being accused of serial sexual assault by multiple women who claim Dier sexually assaulted them when they were teens.

https://gendertrender.wordpress.com/2018/02/02/transwoman-who-heckled-rose-mcgowan-is-a-known-sexual-predator-claim-women/
https://www.pedestrian.tv/news/rose-mcgowan-brave-shouting-match/

‘We need to be braver’ — women challenge ‘gender identity’ and the silencing of feminist discourse

Women who challenge discourse around “gender identity” have been largely isolated on the front lines for the past decade.

Sheila Jeffreys argues, in her talk, that “transgenderism is an invention that is socially and politically constructed,” and that, rather than being innate, exists in direct connection to the forces of power that exist in a heteropatriarchal society.

Jeffreys connects the notion of “gender identity” to American neoliberalism in that it is, of course, a very individualistic notion, but also in the way that it connects to capitalism and the cash cow that transgenderism is for Big Pharma, gender identity therapists and clinics, and cosmetic surgeons. It seems odd to discuss gender identity outside the context of capitalism, considering the way “identity” and “expression” is so connected, in modern society, to consumerism.

In fact, Jeffreys suggests feminists drop the term “gender” entirely. She says instead, “We need to talk about sex class or sex caste” as “gender” has become meaningless and conflated with biological sex.

As feminists, what we really are doing is working towards an end to gender — a thing that was invented and imposed in order to naturalize the sex class hierarchy that positions men as dominant and women as subordinate

http://www.feministcurrent.com/2016/09/27/need-braver-feminists-challenge-silencing/

Fortune Magazine reports women received 2.2% of venture capital in 2017

Female founders received 2.2% of venture capital funds in 2017 according to research published by Fortune Magazine, and that actually represents a bump on previous years.

Data collected by PitchBook shows that all-women teams received just $1.9 billion of the $85 billion total invested by venture capitalists last year. By way of comparison, all-male teams received about $66.9 billion, or nearly 80% of the dollars invested, and the remaining funds were raised by mixed-gender teams, and/or teams where the gender of the founders wasn’t specified.

There is no way around these numbers without recognising that VC and the land of start-ups remain not merely dominated by men so much as drenched.

https://womensagenda.com.au/business/entrepreneurs/fortune-magazine-reports-women-received-just-2-of-venture-capital-in-2017/