Should lawyers make compromises for the Red Mass?

Protesters have called for lawyers and judges to not attend anymore and wanted lawyers to be aware of the message they are sending to the community by attending.

Child sexual abuse survivors’ advocate Chrissie Foster was one of the many people involved in the silent protest outside.

“Victims of clerical abuse need to know the judiciary is impartial,” Ms Foster said.

On the day, she was holding a sign that read “crime scene”, in reference to the venue, St Patrick’s Cathedral, where convicted Cardinal Pell abused two choirboys in 1996.

Source: Should lawyers make compromises for the Red Mass? – Lawyers Weekly

Prostitution as a cause and consequence of inequality

New Zealand was the first country to decriminalise prostitution and it was promoted as a progressive move. Yet survivors of the sex trade say that pimps and johns are emboldened operating within the law, and that the women are treated more like a piece of property to be used and abused. Speak Up For Women is calling for a review of New Zealand’s laws on prostitution after the murder of Bella Te Pania, who is the fifth prostitute to be murdered since the law change. The Nordic Model is being proposed as an alternative.

Source: Prostitution as a cause and consequence of inequality – Redline

Jamming the revolving door of women in prison, Jill Prior is putting a new spin on lady justice

Four years and 600 clients after devising a bold plan to shrink the number of women behind bars, lawyer Jill Prior is still shocked by the ‘horror stories’ she hears.

For Prior, the co-founder and principal legal officer of the Law and Advocacy Centre for Women (LACW), these small wins — keeping troubled, marginalised women out of jail — make leaving work at 8pm completely worth it.

For almost four years Prior has been doing just that. She and fellow lawyer Elena Pappas set up LACW in February 2016 in response to the dramatic increase in the number of women behind bars in Victoria.

Since then, they’ve represented hundreds of clients charged with everything from first-time shoplifting to murder, and weathered headwinds in the form of tough new bail laws, which have been criticised for making it harder to keep vulnerable women out of custody.

Source: Jamming the revolving door of women in prison, Jill Prior is putting a new spin on lady justice – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Puberty blocker drugs surge at Brisbane kids’ gender clinic

The number of children and teenagers at Queenslands publicly-funded transgender clinic has risen 330 per cent over five years, with an 85-fold spike in patients taking controversial drugs to block puberty.

In a statement dated January 30, Britain’s national health service, which runs the Tavistock youth gender clinic, announced that a past president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Hilary Cass, would chair an independent review of the use of puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones.

In a statement dated January 30, Britain’s national health service, which runs the Tavistock youth gender clinic, announced that a past president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Hilary Cass, would chair an independent review of the use of puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones.

Source: Puberty blocker drugs surge at Brisbane kids’ gender clinic

Why must women go unprotected from violent male neighbours?

Male violence continues to go unchecked in a society that fails to prioritise the safety of vulnerable women and instead often obstructs those who attempt to hold men accountable for their bad behaviour. It is high time our society acknowledged the gendered nature of all violence and gave priority to the protection of women and children.

Source: Why must women go unprotected from violent male neighbours? – Australian Lawyers Alliance

MP Amanda Stoker taking fight to transgender activists

The Queensland Liberal senator has quietly joined this toxic identity politics debate with a preamble on her personal webpage saying most Australians recognise the freedom of others “to live their life the way they want.”

“But that doesn’t mean we abandon truth. It doesn’t mean we abandon common sense or our understanding of basic biology,” she writes.

Senator Stoker said the bill was an attempt to “silence dissent” and “entrench hard-left gender ideology”.

“No reasonable person supports what comes to mind when the words ‘conversion therapy’ are used — but this law goes much further,” she told The Australian.

She cited “credible minds in medicine, psychology and law” who complain the bill is a threat to ethical and necessary exploration of personal problems and social pressures that may help explain the recent teen epidemic of gender dysphoria (the distress of feeling “born in the wrong body”).

“The drastic medical interventions that accompany a gender affirmative approach and which are being applied to ‘transition’ many young people who would otherwise go on to identify as gay or lesbian would be more rightly be regarded as the ultimate ‘conversion therapy’,” the Sydney-based Feminist Legal Clinic says in its submission on the Queensland bill.

Source: MP Amanda Stoker taking fight to transgender activists

‘She can’t say no’: the Ugandan men demanding to be breastfed

Men drinking their partners’ breast milk is not uncommon in some areas of Uganda, and in parts of Tanzania and Kenya. It is now being linked to gender violence and coercive behaviour and there are concerns over the impact on babies’ nutrition.

Source: ‘She can’t say no’: the Ugandan men demanding to be breastfed | Women’s rights and gender equality | The Guardian

New investigation reveals just how badly police have failed survivors of sexual assault

A ground-breaking investigation by ABC News has revealed, for the first time, the outcome of nearly every sexual assault reported to the police in Australia between 2008 and 2017.

Alone among Australia’s states and territories, NSW Police do not record data on why a sexual assault investigation did not lead to arrest or other formal legal action. Across the rest of Australia, 1 in 5 investigations reports are withdrawn.

Over the 10-year period, Queensland Police rejected 20 per cent of sexual assault reports, while Tasmania rejected 5 per cent. In the ACT, the rate of rejected cases jumped considering over the years, from 3 per cent in 2010 to 21 per cent in 2017.

Source: New investigation reveals just how badly police have failed survivors of sexual assault

Using woman-centred language regarding childbirth is about more than semantics

The work of feminists to normalize woman-centred maternity care in our hospitals and birthing centres, and indeed at home, has been jeopardized by a movement to impose gender neutrality in the name of “inclusivity.” Instead of supporting women, activists are shouting, “People give birth!” and “Chest-feeding is best!” As a radical feminist, I interpret this as a co-optation of our original aims to provide maternity care that respects the female body and its strengths.

As a birth attendant, I’ve witnessed women being pinched, prodded, and poked against their will. In Canada, where socialized medicine is our norm, I’ve seen a doctor stand between a woman’s legs and yell that she had to pay $1600 in cash before he would “deliver” her baby. I’ve witnessed unnecessary surgeries: caesarean sections for no reason, and episiotomies for the sake of training students. I’ve even seen an extra tight perineal repair done with a wink to the husband. I’ve watched while intelligent, educated women are convinced that their babies are too big, too small, or badly positioned. I’ve heard countless stories from women who told me that their cervixes didn’t open, their vaginas were too small, and their uterine contractions were ineffectual. I’ve heard women told that if they don’t agree to interventions like inductions, amniotomies, or epidurals, their babies will die. I’ve seen countless women try to convince medical staff that their pain medication wasn’t working, in vain. I’ve seen other women tell staff they would be giving birth soon, but be ignored. When a woman is held down, made to do things she doesn’t want to do, threatened, or ignored when she is giving birth, that constitutes abuse.

The common thread that runs through all of these stories is abuse. Medical professionals abuse birthing women every day, all over the world, because they are female.

Source: Using woman-centred language regarding childbirth is about more than semantics

Menopausal killer-whale grandmothers vital for survival of the species

Killer whales have been found to share “the grandmother effect” that humans experience – where menopausal grandmothers have a significantly beneficial effect on the reproductive success of her children and the survival of her grandchildren.

The grandmother effect is thought to explain why mammals continue to live a long time after becoming infertile.

Source: Menopausal killer-whale grandmothers vital for survival of the species