Why don’t women report rape? Lena found it more harrowing than the assault

The female police officer then tried to convince her to drop the matter, reminding her the rapist had apologised. She said Lena should consider the “impact on his future”, and informing Lena that they normally deal with “much more serious cases”, Lena says.

Many women don’t report a rape because they fear a harrowing process and a long wait for court, says Carolyn Worth, spokesperson for the Centre Against Sexual Assault Forum. But for others, reporting is fundamental to their recovery.

Lena’s mental health disintegrated in the wake of the alleged rape. But every mental health service she approached had at least an eight-week wait for an appointment.

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/why-dont-women-report-rape-lena-found-it-more-harrowing-than-the-assault-20171017-gz2vhw.html

Ethical case for abolishing all forms of surrogacy

All surrogacy is cruel to human infants because even so-called “altruistic surrogacy” demands the removal of the neonate from her or his gestational mother when every aspect, every cell, every desire of that neonate, is geared toward being on the body of the gestational mother, to suckle and seek comfort and safety.

Whether surrogacy is altruistic (in whatever limited sense) or commercial, the fundamental ethical issues remains the same. Ekman sums this up well: “the woman is reduced to a container… Pregnancy is made into a function that serves others. Functionalisation always precedes commercialisation, as we have seen in prostitution.

It is urgent that nations around the world bring in legislation that enacts the rights of children under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child which in Article 9 gives every human being the right not to be separated from their parents. This legislation protection is best achieved by an explicit acknowledgement in domestic laws that we stand by our commitment to respect the rights of every child to remain with and be brought up by their gestational mother.

http://www.sundayguardianlive.com/lifestyle/11390-ethical-case-abolishing-all-forms-surrogacy

Trauma of gender reversal: Transgender activism deserves scrutiny

The transgender cause is pitched as the civil rights movement of the 21st century. It is no such thing. No legitimate civil rights movement would emasculate the rights of women or show scant regard for the welfare of children or disregard the wellbeing of the most vulnerable, people suffering con­fusion and underlying traumas.

Nor would it ignore the growing number of adults who regret ­undergoing gender-reassignment surgery. And there is nothing “civil” or “right” about a political movement that silences dissenters and punishes those who try to bring nuance to a complicated story about sex and gender.

We need to be able to discuss this serious business of gender transition by gathering research and listening to clinicians. But, as Caspian says, too many clinicians are afraid of speaking up. “One clinician told me she felt like a heretic, another said that ‘I didn’t think we were allowed to talk about this de-transitioning’. They are afraid for their careers.”

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/inquirer/first-cut-is-the-deepest-but-reversal-also-traumatic-for-trans-community/news-story/4b46bf9bba4fdbe9f3451d47fc081677

Pervert claims in court that gender crisis made him download vile images of children

A pervert who stockpiled abuse images and videos of children as young as two has had his sentence cut after judges heard he was going through a “gender identity crisis” at the time.

London’s Criminal Appeal Court was told it was Sarbjeet Jagdev’s confusion over his sexuality the led him to view and store 1,400 sexual images of very young girls.

http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/pervert-wins-jail-sentence-cut-688023

USA- After a month of unprecedented personal obstruction by Donald Trump, appeal court orders him to desist and “Jane Doe” has an abortion – Safe Abortion : Women’s Right

More than a month after she made her decision, “Jane Doe”, a young Mexican migrant in Texas, USA, was able to have an abortion on 25 October after a federal appeals court in Washington, DC cleared the way for a federal district court to order the Trump Administration to stop blocking her access and allow her to get the care she requested.

Brigitte Amiri, senior staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union Reproductive Freedom Project, had this reaction: “Justice prevailed today for Jane Doe. But make no mistake about it, the Administration’s efforts to interfere in women’s decisions won’t stop with Jane. With this case we have seen the astounding lengths this administration will go to block women from abortion care. We will not stop fighting until we have justice for every woman like Jane.”

http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/usa-after-a-month-of-unprecedented-personal-obstruction-by-donald-trump-appeal-court-orders-him-to-desist-and-jane-doe-has-an-abortion/?

The Women of the Bauhaus School

The male icons of the early-20th-century Bauhaus school, like Josef Albers, László Moholy-Nagy, and Paul Klee, are some of the most celebrated pioneers of modern art. But the women artists who taught, studied, and made groundbreaking work with them are often remembered in history books as wives of their male counterparts or, worse, not at all.

While women were allowed into the German school—and its manifesto stated that it welcomed “any person of good repute, without regard to age or sex”—a strong gender bias still informed its structure. Female students, for instance, were encouraged to pursue weaving rather than male-dominated mediums like painting, carving, and architecture. Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius encouraged this distinction through his vocal belief that men thought in three dimensions, while women could only handle two.

The year 2019 will mark the 100th birthday of the Bauhaus. As that date approaches, this bias toward the school’s male students is being revised, and its many integral female members recognized by scholarship and institutional exhibitions. Weavers, industrial designers, photographers, and architects like Anni Albers, Marianne Brandt, and Gertrud Arndt not only advanced the school’s historic marriage of art and function; they were also essential in laying the groundwork for centuries of art and design innovation to come after them.

https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-women-bauhaus-school

#THEREALRAKE: Barrister Charles Waterstreet Showed Masturbation Video To Law Student During Job Interview

In the course of a one-hour job interview with a 21-year-old law student seeking a junior paralegal position, Charles Waterstreet – one of Sydney’s most prominent criminal barristers and the real-life inspiration for the popular ABC television drama series Rake – played a video on his phone of a man receiving a handjob, showed numerous photos of naked women, described how he liked to go to sex parties and enjoyed having women snort cocaine off his body, before revealing he preferred to hire “pretty young things” to work with him.

USyd student, Tina Huang, has accused well-known Sydney criminal barrister Charles Waterstreet of serious sexual harassment while working at his chambers. Waterstreet is a USyd alumnus, and jobs at his chambers are regularly advertised by the university on CareerHub.

Tina is sharing her story in the hope it will empower other women to speak out about their experiences. She said to New Matilda “In speaking out [now] I’m hoping to reassert some control over this narrative and turn a disempowering experience into an empowering one. I want other women to feel less alone and more supported, I want to encourage every woman who has been a victim of harassment to speak truth to power.”

https://newmatilda.com/2017/10/24/real-rake-barrister-charles-waterstreet-showed-masturbation-video-law-student-job-interview/
https://newmatilda.com/2017/10/24/the-real-rake-a-sense-of-whats-possible-calling-out-charles-waterstreet/ https://www.facebook.com/events/842426449265479/

Stop telling women their suffering is normal. Pain should be treated

Pelvic issues like incontinence, prolapse, period pain and painful sex are common but they are not normal. Just because a woman menstruates does not mean that period pain is normal.

Pelvic organ prolapse and incontinence affects one in three women, which makes these issues common. What is normal is that two-thirds of women are not affected. Period pain is common and affects one in five girls and women. What is normal is the 80% of women who have pain-free periods. The sooner we reform this culture, the better access women will have to effective solutions.

The World Health Organisation has outlined that there is a global maternal health crisis. In response, a working group of women’s health physiotherapists from four nations was set up with the aim of reducing the physical, psychological and social impact of pregnancy and birth-related injuries. We propose a proactive model to revolutionise postpartum care, similar to a successful model currently available to new mothers in France.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/oct/24/stop-telling-women-their-suffering-is-normal-pain-should-be-treated?

How pornography has replaced sex education

Boys harassing girls for nude photographs and sending unsolicited “dick pics” has become part of the typical teenage dating routine. Almost 60% of girls said they are often pressured to take “sexy” photos of themselves for boys and the requests were almost always unwanted and uninvited; 57% said they often receive unwanted sexually explicit material.

In August last year, Green Left Weekly nvestigated a network of boys and young men from more than 70 Australian high schools who traded and ordered the sexual images of more than 2000 female students and other non-consenting women.

Seven out of ten young women surveyed agreed that girls are often bullied and harassed online. Girls described growing rates of sexual assault on the playground, including being groped at school and on the school bus.

A 2012 review, The Impact of Internet Pornography on Adolescents, found “adolescents who are intentionally exposed to violent sexually explicit material were six times more likely to be sexually aggressive than those who were not exposed.”

https://www.greenleft.org.au/content/how-pornography-has-replaced%25C2%25A0sex-education

Spread of ‘baby boxes’ in Europe alarms United Nations

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, which reports on how well governments respect and protect children’s human rights, is alarmed at the prevalence of the hatches – usually outside a hospital – which allow unwanted newborns to be left in boxes with an alarm or bell to summon a carer.

The committee, a group of 18 international human rights experts based in Geneva, says that while “foundling wheels” and baby hatches had disappeared from Europe in the last century, almost 200 have been installed across the continent in the past decade in nations as diverse as Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, Czech Republic and Latvia. Since 2000, more than 400 children have been abandoned in the hatches, with faith groups and right-wing politicians spearheading the revival in the controversial practice.

Herczog, a prominent child psychologist from Hungary, says baby boxes should be replaced by better state provision of family planning, counselling for women and support for unplanned pregnancies.

“There is growing evidence that it is frequently men or relatives abandoning the child, raising questions about the mother’s whereabouts and whether she has consented to giving up her baby,” he said.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2012/jun/10/unitednations-europe-news