No platform: my exclusion proves this is an anti-feminist crusade

The campus craze of banning outspoken women from university events and debates across the country is such a gift to the misogynistic “men’s rights” movement, that if I were a conspiracy theorist I would be insisting this is a global plot to end women’s liberation.

Lies and smears against radical feminists and allies who name male violence as the key way in which we are oppressed are nothing new.

Initially, the University of Manchester decided to no platform me and not my opponent, Milo Yiannopoulos, a vocal anti-feminist, (though he too was later disinvited, after protests over the hypocrisy). In doing so, they handed me a gift. Here is proof that this is an anti-feminist crusade, and nothing at all about so called safe spaces.

Source: No platform: my exclusion proves this is an anti-feminist crusade | Opinion | The Guardian

I’m coming out — as a gender critic

Contrary to the myths and smears, gender critics agree that transgender people, like all human beings, deserve human rights, civil rights, equality of opportunity and freedom from discrimination.

Gender critics do NOT:
-oppose trans rights
-hate and fear transgender people
-deny that transgender people exist
-invalidate transgender people’s ‘identities’

We are not fascists, bigots, fundamentalist Christians, or far right fanatics.
We are whistleblowers, drawing attention to the concerted ideological attack which is being waged upon the rights, wellbeing and safety of female people and children.

It is impossible to fight for the rights and protections of female people if we deny that sex difference exists, or that it matters, and even more so if we insist that the very definition of woman must be rewritten to include males.

Women’s prisons house male prisoners who ‘identify as’ women — even after they’ve raped women and children. Domestic abuse shelters accommodate male domestic abusers — if they ‘identify as’ women. Males win women’s cycling events. Males lead the Women’s March. Males lead Amnesty’s Women’s History event.
This needs to stop.

Source: I’m coming out — as a gender critic – Bea Jaspert – Medium

Reproductive coercion affects one in three female domestic violence victims, study shows

 

One in three women who experience domestic violence are probably also experiencing reproductive coercion, according to new research.

Source: Reproductive coercion affects one in three female domestic violence victims, study shows – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Woman stabbed after another found dead, as domestic violence shelter admissions spike

The Alice Springs Women’s Shelter reported an “astonishing” 500 more women and children had sought its help this year compared to last year.

Its chief executive Di Gipey said that was despite government and police statistics showing a drop in alcohol and domestic violence-related assaults and alcohol-related presentations at the hospital’s emergency department.

She said police referrals to the centre were also up by 110 since October, “which is quite a lot”.

“So they’ve arrested less people, but referred more people into our service,” Ms Gipey said.

She called on the Territory Government to look at the shelter’s data and work with them before declaring alcohol policies a success.

Source: Woman stabbed after another found dead, as domestic violence shelter admissions spike – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

What a waist: why the corset has made a regrettable return

 

On the red carpet, on Instagram, even in Mothercare – corsets are everywhere. What is behind the disturbing trend for ‘waist training’?

Last week, Mothercare was accused of pandering to the pressure on new mothers to lose their pregnancy weight and remain “sexy” by selling a corset, modelled by a woman wearing patent leather platform stilettos. “I’m very anxious for women who are getting the wrong message,” Jacqui Tomkins, the chair of Independent Midwives UK, told the Times. “It’s saying the most important thing is for you to be back in shape, looking like Kim Kardashian. That worries me.”

Source: What a waist: why the corset has made a regrettable return | Life and style | The Guardian

Imagine the uproar if women adopted dumb dad tactics

The idea that women must be the domestic gatekeepers, unofficial managers of the mental load, and unpaid servant of the family has been scientifically proven.

In a study conducted by researchers at the University of Melbourne, a group of men and women were asked about a messy room, owned by either by a woman named “Jennifer” or a man named “John”. Participants were not told the room was clean or unclean, they were only asked how Jennifer or John might be perceived if their boss, or family, (including in-laws) or friends dropped by unexpectedly for a visit. The results, though unsurprising, were still disturbing.

“Women with a messy house are not just perceived as messy” says sociology lecturer Associate Professor Leah Ruppanner, who led the study. “People actually said that if someone drops in unexpectedly, people are going to see that woman as less human.”

We know that there’s a gender gap in housework after a woman has her first child. Survey after survey tells us things have remained largely static since the 1970s, despite gains for women in education and the workforce. But the prescription has always been to relax, and stop worrying about the housework. JK Rowling once said the only way she was able to write Harry Potter was by letting the house go to ruin. It was an almost feminist message: just do less.

It’s true, women are adopting this strategy, and our homes are getting messier, but, according to Associate Professor Ruppanner, it hasn’t translated into less stress.

“Women are still responsible for the mental load, which is why they report feeling overwhelmed, like too much is going on, this work/family balance doesn’t exist and they feel incredibly anxious … like they aren’t doing enough.”

Source: Imagine the uproar if women adopted dumb dad tactics

Alabama: pregnant woman shot in stomach is charged in fetus’s death

Marshae Jones was charged with manslaughter, while the woman accused of shooting her walks free, report says.

Alabama is one of 38 states with fetal homicide laws that recognize a fetus as a potential victim.

It is also a “stand-your-ground” state, which means people are allowed to use physical force to defend themselves if their reason is considered “justifiable”.

Source: Alabama: pregnant woman shot in stomach is charged in fetus’s death | US news | The Guardian

Trans Victorians can alter birth certificates without surgery under Labor plan

Trans, gender diverse and intersex Victorians will no longer need to have gender reassignment surgery in order to change the sex on their birth certificate, under proposed new laws.

The state Labor government will on Tuesday introduce a bill to parliament which, if passed, will allow applicants to self-nominate the sex listed on their birth registration as male, female or any other gender diverse or non-binary descriptor of their own choice.

Source: Trans Victorians can alter birth certificates without surgery under Labor plan | Society | The Guardian

Cambron sentenced to prison for killing of boy in Cherokee Park

Cambron pleaded guilty in April to manslaughter and tampering with evidence in connection with the case.

Cambron, 26, was supposed to stand trial for the murder of 12-year-old Ray Allen Etheridge, but this guilty plea avoided that. Upon conviction, Cambron could have been sentenced to life in prison.

Before handing down the sentence, the judge asked whether there was anything the defense wanted addressed. Cambron’s attorney asked that all pronouns in the paperwork be changed from “he” to “she,” because “Joey” Cambron identifies as a transgender female.

Source: Cambron sentenced to prison for killing of boy in Cherokee Park | News | wdrb.com

Sisters who killed abusive father spark Russia domestic violence debate

 A case against three teenage sisters who killed their father after what lawyers say was years of beatings and sexual abuse has sparked protest and highlighted Russia’s dire record on domestic violence.

Source: Sisters who killed abusive father spark Russia domestic violence debate, Europe News & Top Stories – The Straits Times