Yaniv’s Other Racket: How a Single Gender Troll Managed to Get ‘Hundreds’ of Women Thrown Off Twitter

[T]he saga of JY also carries a lesson for social-media companies, especially Twitter, since JY has weaponized the issue of gender as part of a campaign against other users—typically women—often culminating in (shockingly successful) efforts to de-platform the targeted individuals.

[T]he expansion of hate-speech prohibitions to cover content that “dehumanizes” others has created a surreal playing field in which JY is free to treat Twitter as a free-speech zone, while critics—many of them women who are concerned about the implications of JY’s conduct and claims—are routinely censored, or even banned.

Readers may reasonably agree or disagree with Twitter’s decision to discipline these users. But it should be noted that many of the identified posts seem to have arisen during interactions that featured JY provoking interlocutors with equally appalling comments.

Source: Yaniv’s Other Racket: How a Single Gender Troll Managed to Get ‘Hundreds’ of Women Thrown Off Twitter – Quillette

Iranian lawyer who defended women’s right to remove hijab gets 38 years, 148 lashes

After two trials described by Amnesty International as “grossly unfair,” Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has been sentenced to a total of 38 years in prison and 148 lashes.

Critics from around the world decried the outcome of Sotoudeh’s case. Amnesty International said it was harshest sentence documented against a human rights defender in Iran in recent memory. Hadi Ghaemi, the executive director of the New York-based Center for Human Rights in Iran, told CBS News it exposed “the insecurity the regime has to any peaceful challenge.”

Source: Iranian lawyer who defended women’s right to remove hijab gets 38 years, 148 lashes – Women in the World

Too strong trans players in women’s rugby are driving referees away

[R]eferees say they have to take it on trust rather than check whether a player has been cleared by the Rugby Football Union (RFU).

One, who did not want to be identified, said: “Being forced to prioritise hurt feelings over broken bones exposes me to personal litigation from female players who have been damaged by players who are biologically male. This is driving female players and referees out of the game.”

Another referee, who said they had encountered five bearded players in women’s teams in half a season, said: “If you even ask the question, you are told you are a bigot.”

A Swedish study found that after 12 months of hormone therapy, a trans woman was still likely to have performance benefits over one whose gender identity matched their sex at birth.

Source: Too strong trans players in women’s rugby are driving referees away | News | The Sunday Times

Aboriginal robbery victim jailed for unpaid fines after seeking police help

An Aboriginal woman – left with a broken rib sustained in a violent robbery over the weekend – feared she would die in custody when WA police jailed her for unpaid fines. Keennan Courtney Dickey, 34, was only released from jail through the #FreethePeople crowdfunding campaign run by Sisters Inside’s Debbie Kilroy, who were able to pay her fines. Her treatment has led to further pressure for the WA government to change the laws that disproportionately target Aboriginal women.

Source: Aboriginal robbery victim jailed for unpaid fines after seeking police help | NITV

No One Is Born in ‘The Wrong Body’

The idea that all people have an innate “gender identity” recently has been endorsed by many health-care professionals and mainstream medical organizations. This term commonly is defined to mean the “internal, deeply held” sense of whether one is a man or a woman (or, in the case of children, a boy or a girl), both, or neither. It also has become common to claim that this sense of identity may be reliably articulated by children as young as three years old. While these claims about gender identity did not attract systematic scrutiny at first, they now have become the subject of criticism from a growing number of scientists, philosophers and health workers. Developmental studies show that young children have only a superficial understanding of sex and gender (at best). For instance, up until age 7, many children often believe that if a boy puts on a dress, he becomes a girl. This gives us reason to doubt whether a coherent concept of gender identity exists at all in young children.

Source: No One Is Born in ‘The Wrong Body’ – Quillette

Gender dysphoria in children: puberty blockers study draws further criticism

Puberty blockers are drugs that stop the rise in sex hormones that prompts development of secondary sex characteristics. In theory they might give children time to explore their gender identity without the additional distress of their bodies changing. But evidence about outcomes, side effects, and unintended consequences is lacking.

Michael Biggs, an Oxford University sociologist, used freedom of information requests to obtain the early intervention study’s protocol and information sheets for young people and parents, which we have seen.

He has alleged that GIDS has suppressed “negative” data.

We sought the views of methodologists and clinical trial statisticians, but few were prepared to speak publicly for fear of reprisal. However, they noted that the cohort study had no control group; that outcome measures were not well defined; and that there was no definition of what would constitute a serious adverse event. Similar concerns are common to many studies of puberty blockers in young people with gender dysphoria.

The researchers released some preliminary data for 30 of the 44 young people in the study, presented to the Tavistock’s board by Carmichael in 2015 and documented in meeting minutes.11 The researchers flagged up their finding of a “significant increase” in the number of children agreeing to the statement “I deliberately try to hurt or kill myself” after taking puberty blockers for one year.

A 2018 study from the UCLH clinic was presented at a conference in Rome in 2019.13 The 70 12-14 year olds in this retrospective cohort had bone scans over three years after starting puberty blockers. GIDS has said publicly that the published abstract indicated “no actual change” in bone density and “no true fall as initially suspected.”

GIDS interpreted these findings positively: “This confirms that long-term . . . treatment has minimal impacts upon bone health, one of the major concerns about treatment.”15

However, others are not so optimistic. William Malone, an endocrinologist in Idaho with an interest in puberty blockers, says that the drugs seem to halt the rapid increase in bone density that occurs in adolescence.

He said that GIDS’s “conclusion should be the opposite: puberty blockers profoundly inhibit normal bone density development and this should be of great concern to any practitioner using this medication.”

In response to this opinion GIDS said, “There is no evidence that the blocker actively and directly causes loss of bone mineral density, but . . . the expected rise that takes place typically in adolescence is delayed.”

Source: Gender dysphoria in children: puberty blockers study draws further criticism | The BMJ

Gillard urges legal profession to improve reporting of sexual harassment

When it comes to addressing sexual harassment in law, Australia’s first female prime minister says we must focus on solutions that will create safer and more productive working environments, writes Samantha Mangwana.

She said multiple universities in the US had recently introduced software allowing users to lodge an encrypted and timestamped record of their harassment. Users can then decide whether to upwardly refer the incident to trigger an investigation. The most interesting aspect of this online reporting tool is the optional repeat offender matching system, which connects users who make complaints about the same alleged perpetrator.

“This ensures the victim has the option to report harassment as part of a group,” Ms Gillard said.

These online reporting tools are also accessible from anywhere, allowing users to engage on their own terms, when it suits them. They are also becoming increasingly common. In fact, the NSW Legal Services Commissioner is about to launch one of its own, specifically focusing on sexual harassment and bullying.

Source: Gillard urges legal profession to improve reporting of sexual harassment – Lawyers Weekly

Abortion decriminalised in NSW after marathon debate

New South Wales parliament has passed a bill decriminalising abortion, overturning a 119-year-old law and achieving what advocates say is a “massive step forward for women” in the state.

The bill was opposed by religious groups, anti-abortion activists and several MPs who raised concerns about late-term and sex-selective abortions, conscientious objection and the way the bill was introduced.

Tensions reached a climax last week when Liberal MPs Tanya Davies, Matthew Mason-Cox and Lou Amato threatened, then withdrew, a leadership spill motion against Premier Gladys Berejiklian over her handling of the bill.

The premier was not present for the final vote on Thursday.

Source: Abortion decriminalised in NSW after marathon debate | Australia news | The Guardian

Fathers’ group urges mass child abduction

A post in an online group of fathers has urged more than 19,000 members to abduct their children in a coordinated strike that would reduce the ability of law enforcement to respond.

The group, Domestic Violence Against Men, posted the call to action asking Australian fathers to ”grab their kids” on December 1 and take them interstate.

The following day an administrator posted that the mass abduction would attract media coverage.

“We are going to make headlines no matter what it takes, no one gives a shite about how we are affected or why we #suicide,” he said.

Source: Fathers’ group urges mass child abduction