Principal to pay $170,000 in damages for ‘sinister’ sexual harassment

The principal of a boutique firm in northern NSW has been ordered to pay $170,000 in damages to a former employee over “relentless” sexual harassment, in what the Federal Circuit Court described as “a very grave example” of such harassment.

In his statement, Mr Hughes “attempted to put the blame for his behaviour” on Ms Hill being “flirty and coquettish” and said she wore “alluring dresses to the office”. Her counsel described this as “slut shaming”, a term the Court opted not to use, but instead described the claims as “utterly outrageous”.

“It is the mark of a bygone era where women, by their mere presence, were responsible for the reprehensible behaviour of men,” the Court responded.

Source: Principal to pay $170,000 in damages for ‘sinister’ sexual harassment – Lawyers Weekly

Dr James Barry: A Woman Ahead of Her Time review – an exquisite story of scandalous subterfuge

A bright and spirited girl, 18-year-old Margaret chastised her spendthrift brother with the words: “Were I not a girl, I would be a soldier!” The following year she set out on the path towards that unlikely ambition when she exchanged her skirts for breeches and enrolled as a medical student at Edinburgh, shrewdly reducing her age to explain her hairless chin and petite frame.

Source: Dr James Barry: A Woman Ahead of Her Time review – an exquisite story of scandalous subterfuge | Books | The Guardian

Barry was the second child born to Jeremiah and Mary-Ann Bulkley, and was given the name Margaret Anne. . . .  A third child appeared in the Bulkley family and was named Juliana. Although presented as being Barry’s sister, it is likely that she was Barry’s daughter as a result of childhood sexual assault, as the charwoman who discovered Barry’s sex when laying out the body stated that pregnancy stretch marks were present.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Barry_(surgeon)

Women turned away from underfunded shelters: Ottawa

OTTAWA — Women who are victims of violence are being turned away from shelters across Canada due to a chronic lack of resources and funding, according to two new national studies, including one by the House of Commons committee on the status of women.

Source: Women turned away from underfunded shelters: new national report | National Post

She Wanted to Drive, So Saudi Arabia’s Ruler Imprisoned and Tortured Her

Shortly before women were allowed to drive last June, the government rearrested Hathloul, along with other women’s rights activists who had fought for the right the government was about to grant.

“She said she had been held in solitary confinement, beaten, waterboarded, given electric shocks, sexually harassed and threatened with rape and murder,” her sister, Alia al-Hathloul, who lives in Belgium, wrote in a searing Op-Ed in The Times this month, recounting what Loujain had told their parents when they saw her. “My parents then saw that her thighs were blackened by bruises.”

Saudi Arabia will never live up to its potential as long as it treats women as second-class citizens. What’s at stake is not only justice but also stability, economic development and peace in the region.

Thus I urge the Nobel Peace Prize committee to consider selecting Hathloul this year.

Source: Opinion | She Wanted to Drive, So Saudi Arabia’s Ruler Imprisoned and Tortured Her – The New York Times

Twitter Blocked Ray Blanchard, a Ph.D. Psychologist Who Helped Write the DSM V Rules on Gender Dysphoria, for ‘Hateful Conduct’ in Expressing His Clinical Views on Transgender Identity

In the early hours of Sunday morning, an expert Ph.D. psychologist who helped write the official psychological position on transgender identity was blocked on Twitter for expressing his opinion informed by clinical experience. His well-reasoned position was flagged for “hateful conduct.”

He still affirmed the controversial idea that sex-change surgery is the “best treatment” for “carefully screened, adult patients, whose gender dysphoria has proven resistant to other forms of treatment,” but he opposed “treating” children who may change their minds.

After this qualified statement of support, Blanchard explained his clinically-informed opinion that “sex change surgery should not be considered for any patient until that patient has reached the age of 21 years and has lived for at least two years in the desired gender role.”

Blanchard defended this restriction by explaining the roots of gender dysphoria.

“Gender dysphoria is not a sexual orientation, but it is virtually always preceded or accompanied by an atypical sexual orientation – in males, either homosexuality (sexual arousal by members of one’s own biological sex) … or autogynephilia (sexual arousal at the thought or image of oneself as a female),” the Ph.D. psychologist explained. “There are two main types of gender dysphoria in males, one associated with homosexuality and one associated with autogynephilia. Traditionally, the great bulk of female-to-male transsexuals has been homosexual in erotic object choice.”

Source: Twitter Blocked Ray Blanchard, a Ph.D. Psychologist Who Helped Write the DSM V Rules on Gender Dysphoria, for ‘Hateful Conduct’ in Expressing His Clinical Views on Transgender Identity

U.S. Supreme Court won’t hear appeal to overturn Boyertown transgender bathroom policy

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a case on Tuesday that challenges a Boyertown School District policy which allows transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their sexual identity.

Source: U.S. Supreme Court won’t hear appeal to overturn Boyertown transgender bathroom policy | PhillyVoice

Vicar resigns over school’s plan to keep an eight-year-old pupil’s sex change a secret from parents

Rev John Parker, 49, was told in that a boy would be transitioning to a girl at the primary school in an Essex village. He supported the pupil’s decision but quit over the school’s bypassing of parents.

Andrea Williams, of the Christian Legal Centre, said: ‘This is not an isolated case and we are going to see more like it if nothing is done.

‘Parents have a right to know if and when this ideological movement is in their schools and being taught as fact.

‘I believe a real threat is posed to schools from organisations such as Mermaids. They implement a new ideological tyranny – and any disagreement is at best silenced, and at worst, punished.

The number of children confused about their sex and gender and seeking treatment is escalating and it is our children who are suffering. In imposing this ideology, we are not being kind but cruel. It is time for this to stop.

‘The Church of England has one million children in its care. This is a serious God-given duty which the Church is failing at.

Source: Vicar resigns over school’s plan to keep an eight-year-old pupil’s sex change a secret from parents | Daily Mail Online

HUD Secretary Carson wants to roll back Obama mandate on gender identity at homeless shelters

Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson wants to roll back an Obama-era mandate that single-sex homeless shelters funded by his department admit residents based on their stated gender identity instead of their sex at birth, arguing that people could intentionally misrepresent their gender for malicious reasons.

HUD said the change is needed because the Equal Access Rule under the Obama administration “leaves no room for shelter providers to make decisions about potentially dangerous individuals who may misrepresent their gender to access gender-specific shelters.”

Source: HUD Secretary Carson wants to roll back Obama mandate on gender identity at homeless shelters | Fox News