Critics have called the acquittal of powerful Bishop Franco Mulakkal a ‘miscarriage of justice’.
The accusations of rape against Bishop Franco have made headlines in India. The case shocked one of the country’s oldest Christian communities and sparked widespread protests after the nun alleged that the Catholic Church had ignored her complaints.
The verdict shocked many, but once the 289-page order became publicly available, it led to massive outrage in India with many pointing out that the judge seemed to be questioning the woman’s conduct and moral character.
“The order was not just to exonerate the bishop, it was also to demoralise the survivor and the other nuns who had supported her. It contains graphic descriptions of sexual acts and assault as narrated by the nun. The judge even details a breast examination she underwent. What was the need for any of that?” she added.
The Indian Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled that in rape cases, the judges must not comment on the behaviour or character of the woman and the only question they should ask is – did the accused commit rape?
“But you get the sense the nun was on trial here,” says Ms Devika.
“The judge completely ignored the social setting in which the alleged crime happened. In the church, even the senior-most nun has to defer to the junior-most priest. And Bishop Franco is a very powerful man. But the judge overlooked that power dynamic.”
“There may be sceptics who say that the fireflies cannot beat the night… Please tell them… If millions of fireflies get together, they may beat this unending night,” she wrote.
Some of the concerns around “Monica Sulley” are about the Guide Leader’s social media activities, such as posting inappropriate pictures on Twitter, in one of them posing with a gun. In other pictures, Sulley is seen in sexualized poses.
“It is alarming to find that raising safeguarding concerns about a Guide leader’s social media profile might get you arrested, Ms Killen told 4w.pub.
Concerned women have been reaching out to GirlGuiding since the organization changed its policies to allow anyone born with male anatomy to be a Guide Leader or to be part of a GirlGuiding group as a pupil. Helen Watts, a former girl guiding leader, started to raise concerns about these policies in 2018. According to what she told Woman’s Place UK, GirlGuiding formed a partnership with a pro-trans organization Gendered Intelligence in 2016. The next year, GirlGuiding released a “trans inclusive” policy that allowed male born individuals to be part of GirlGuiding, but excluded gender non-conforming or trans-identified girls (born with female anatomy).
Tweeting about the case, Scottish MP Joanna Cherry said that she is “keen to hear from any women or indeed men who have been approached by police” over allegations of “malicious communications” or “non-violent hate crimes” for having written to GirlGuiding regarding their “trans inclusive” policies.
Ms Cherry was part of the defense team in the case of Marion Millar – an accountant who was charged with “posting allegedly homophobic and transphobic content online.” The Crown Office dropped proceedings against Ms Millar in October, 2021.
On these numbers, we can say with some confidence that last year there were between 142 and 145 transwomen in the male prison estate. (This is 146 minus a number between one and four). And 87 of those prisoners had at least one conviction for a sexual offence.
This means that the proportion of male-born transwomen in the prison system who are sex offenders is between 60 per cent and 61.3 per cent. That is significantly higher than the roughly 18 per cent of the general population of the male estate who are jailed for sexual offences. It is also a lot higher than the 41 per cent estimate that Fair Play for Women made in 2018, to some controversy.
Do these figures suggest that men who commit sexual offences are more likely than others to claim to be transgender? I think that possibility should be given more attention, not least by trans-rights advocates. If it is the case that predatory males are exploiting trans-inclusive policies for their own ends, those who champion those policies should be deeply concerned, since this could not just undermine those policies but also adversely shape wider public debate.
Carolyn Burjoski, a Waterloo Region District School Board teacher spoke to trustees about pulling resources in school libraries that contain content that she feels, may not be appropriate for children.
During the meeting, Burjoski said, “Some of the books filling our libraries make it seem simple, or even cool to take puberty blockers or opposite-sex hormones.”
She told the school board that after a character named Shane is told by a doctor that taking puberty blockers and starting testosterone will make him infertile in the future, the character responds with “it’s cool.”
Burjoski said that is “a very typical adolescent response.”
“This book is misleading because it does not take into account how Shane might feel later in life about being infertile. This book makes very serious medical interventions seem like an easy cure for emotional and social distress,” the teacher said.
The majority of the school board voted in favour of having Burjoski removed from the meeting.
Earlier in her presentation, the teacher also expressed concern for a book titled Rick by Alex Gino.
“A boy named Jeff keeps talking to Rick about naked girls. Rick is confused because he doesn’t think about naked girls, so he wonders if something is wrong with him. Rick gets invited to the school’s Rainbow Club and he ends up declaring an asexual identity,” Burjoski said.
“While reading this book, I was thinking, maybe Rick doesn’t have sexual feelings because he is a child.”
She said this book contributes to pressuring children to be sexual too soon.
The 10 richest men in the world doubled their fortunes during the pandemic, a new Oxfam report has found.
The report also noted that even if the men were to lose 99.999 per cent of their fortune, they would still be richer than 99 percent of the world’s population
Chairperson of the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, Jayati Ghosh told Business Today that the unequal access to income and opportunities during the pandemic did “more than create unjust, unhealthy and unhappy societies”.
“What makes this situation even harsher is that women in many countries face a second pandemic of increased gender-based violence- while, as with every crisis, having to absorb the shock of a mountain of unpaid care work that keeps them trapped at the bottom of the global economy.”
We are very concerned about the dangers to lesbians resulting from the advance of Trans Rights Activism (TRA) and the rapid, unquestioning adoption of trans perspectives by governments, institutions and community organisations. Not only are our rights to be lesbian, and to congregate as lesbians, being eroded there are even moves to completely erase lesbianism as a sexuality!
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The tiny female prison population, which makes up only five per cent of the total, differs radically from the male estate. Women are overwhelmingly incarcerated for non-violent crimes such as fraud, theft or failing to pay fines. They arrive in prison with higher levels of mental illness and physical disability, problems with drugs and alcohol, and anxieties about housing and children. They are more than twice as likely to self-harm and most have suffered domestic abuse.
What they are not, or only very rarely, is sex offenders; men are responsible for 98 per cent of sex offences, according to the Ministry of Justice. When the two prison populations display such widely different patterns of offending, it is hard to see why members of the sex that commits the vast majority of sex crimes should be locked up with women who are principally victims of male violence. But peers who spoke against Blencathra’s amendment seemed far more concerned with the rights of trans-identified prisoners than the female inmates forced to share bathrooms with them.
A Green peer, Baroness Jones, expressed her annoyance that “the majority of speakers have been male, and they have spoken against the amendment”. She said she supported her party’s policy that trans women are women but pointed out that “there are occasions when women in women’s prisons experience sexual predation by men who have falsely identified as trans”. To no avail: in the face of so much opposition, Lord Blencathra’s amendment was withdrawn, and the stealthy replacement of women’s prisons with mixed-sex establishments continues apace.
A man who identifies as a woman has been spared a jail sentence despite being convicted of being in possession of sadistic child pornography.
Louise Foord, born Lewis, was apprehended at his home in Colchester after a breach of a protection order related to a previous sex attack he committed in 2019. The order required Foord, 21, to register all social media accounts, names, and banking information with police so they could keep tabs on his behavior.
In the United Kingdom, a suspended sentence means the offender avoids jail completely, and instead spends their time in the community during which they are expected to not commit another offence.
In 2019, Foord was sentenced to 22 months for imprisoning a woman in his home and sexually assaulting her. Foord was 19 years old at the time, and identified as male.
Professional bodies, including the American Academy of Paediatrics, have endorsed “gender-affirmative” care, which accepts patients’ self-diagnosis that they are trans. This can mean the prescription of puberty blockers for children as young as nine. Trans medicine is not a core part of medical schools’ curriculums. But an academic paediatrician (who did not want her name, institution or state to appear in this story) says that all medical students understand that they are expected to follow the affirmation model “uncritically and unquestioningly”. For most doctors that will mean referring a patient to a gender clinic, some of which prescribe blockers or cross-sex hormones on a first visit.
Affirmative care has done irreversible harm to some young people’s bodies. This has become especially clear from the experience of “detransitioners” who regret taking hormones or having their breasts or genitals removed. Puberty blockers also prevent bones from developing properly; when combined with cross-sex hormones they can lead to infertility and inability to have an orgasm. A 26-year-old student at a medical school in Florida who plans to become a paediatrician is shocked by what she has not been taught about these treatments. “With other diseases and treatments we are taught in such depth about every possible side-effect,” she says.
A true test of loyalty hinges on an invention, a piece of pure fiction. If an issue hasn’t been invented—or distorted beyond recognition—it’s a poor test of loyalty, an experiment contaminated from the start in ways that might skew the results.
There’s a Chinese expression for this: “calling a deer a horse,” derived from a famous 2,000-year-old loyalty test that exposed and thinned the Chinese court and smoothed an Imperial Chancellor’s rise:
Zhao Gao was contemplating treason but was afraid the other officials would not heed his commands, so he decided to test them first. He brought a deer and presented it to the Second Emperor but called it a horse. The Second Emperor laughed and said, “Is the chancellor perhaps mistaken, calling a deer a horse?” Then the emperor questioned those around him. Some remained silent, while some, hoping to ingratiate themselves with Zhao Gao, said it was a horse, and others said it was a deer. Zhao Gao secretly arranged for all those who said it was a deer to be brought before the law and had them executed instantly. Thereafter the officials were all terrified of Zhao Gao. Zhao Gao gained military power as a result of that.
Enforce a line like ‘transwomen are women’ and you’ll learn something about the people who repeat it—or don’t.
‘Transwomen are women’ is the perfect loyalty test because it’s a conclusion not based on observation or inquiry or even just sitting alone in a room thinking your thoughts all the way through to the end. You have to take some other route to reach such an absurd conclusion.
‘Transwomen are women’ exposes both the dissenters and those willing to go along with absurdities, whatever their reasons for doing so—and those private reasons never matter so much as the public willingness to spout and submit to absurdities.