Microsoft women greeted by sceptical court in unequal-pay case

Women engineers who claim Microsoft Corp. discriminates against them for pay and promotions faced tough questions from a federal appeals court weighing whether their ground-breaking lawsuit should become a class action.

The lawsuit against Microsoft is the first in a series of gender-pay-disparity cases against big technology companies to reach an appeals court over the question of class-action status.

The three plaintiffs want to represent about 8,630 peers who have worked for the company since 2012. Pursuing the case on behalf a large group would give the women much stronger leverage in settlement negotiations before a trial.

Women employees at Twitter Inc. lost their bid for class-action status in July 2018 in San Francisco state court. Similar cases against Oracle Inc. and Google are pending.

Source: Microsoft women greeted by sceptical court in unequal-pay case

Co-founder of Stonewall calls for calm

Fanshawe believes that the Stonewall of today is undermining the rights of lesbians and putting women and girls at risk by “unthinkingly” merging the rights of lesbians and gays with those of trans people  . . .

“I have never seen a feminist placard that says, ‘Death to trans people’ but I have seen many placards that say, ‘Death to Terfs’ [trans-exclusionary radical feminists] or ‘Punch a Terf’. The violence coming towards lesbians is completely staggering.” …

“And what is absolutely awful about this is the way debate is being shut down. There is a group of people who are also actively trying to get people out of their jobs.   . . .

One of the problems with self-identification becoming the basis for law is that it affects women. Negatively. Because it creates confusion between biology, social identity and the law. So firstly, you can’t change sex. I mean, that is really clear and intersex people are really fed up with being thrown under the bus about this.

So transwomen are not women, transwomen are transwomen and I respect them for that. When I went out to campaign for gay equality, I didn’t campaign to be heterosexual. I went out in the streets and I said, ‘I’m gay’. I am different, I may be a minority, but I want equal treatment under the law. I want trans women to have equal treatment under the law. I want them to be free from bullying and harassment and violence, but I absolutely can’t accept that they are women.

And if you allow self-ID to become the basis for the law, which means that a man on his say so can be treated legally as a woman, it then means that men can claim discrimination against them as women. There are implications for a whole set of things around that and bad law drawn up around self-ID ends up with the famous wax my balls case in Canada, where a man with male genitalia is legally saying he’s a woman.sment and violence, but I absolutely can’t accept that they are women.

What we are saying is that we will not support a law that defies biology and defies the history and importance of women’s-only spaces and rights.”

Source: Co-founder of Stonewall calls for calm

Gay parents to get both names on child’s birth cert in Ireland

Same-sex parents will be able to legally register both their names on their child’s birth certificate from next May under new regulations to be signed by Health Minister Simon Harris today.

(ed: Complete erasure of mothers increasingly viable)

Source: Gay parents to get both names on child’s birth cert – Independent.ie

Andrew Sullivan: Questions About Youth Gender Transitions

EEarlier this week, I met a group of women in their early 20s who are not supposed to exist.

They’re women who, in their teens, realized that they were actually men, socially transitioned to the other sex, and then underwent hormone therapy to change their bodies, faces, and voices to become transgender men. After varying amounts of time, however, they all realized they had made a big mistake, stopped testosterone therapy, and “detransitioned” back to being who they were before.

By their own accounts, they had been adamantly trans in their teens. “I was the student trying to get a professor fired because he wouldn’t allow they and them to be used for a singular person in my papers … I threatened my parents and friends with suicide. It became part of my identity to be suicidal. I screamed at my parents about this, even though I knew I wasn’t going to kill myself.” One went by the pronouns xe and xer and flew into a rage if she was misgendered. Once they had transitioned, and felt miserable nonetheless, they felt that this too was just part of being transgender.

How typical are these responses? We can’t tell, because in the U.S., it’s close to impossible to get an empirical grasp on it. The Reddit group for detransitioners has over 6,000 members, which might be indicative — but certainly some of that number includes observers and people merely questioning their transition. Clinical research on this topic is scant and tenuous. Even in Britain, where the NHS keeps statistics, and where there is only one center devoted to treatment of transgender kids (the Tavistock Centre), there’s no data on detransitioning.

The pressure on parents to give puberty-blocking drugs or cross-sex hormones to gender-dysphoric kids or teens is also intense. “Do you want a happy son or a dead daughter?” is the usual formula, deploying statistics on suicide among transgender people.

All the women I spoke with who detransitioned now date women or don’t date at all. Their transition was based entirely on how they felt at the moment, which they now regard as a false signal about their long-term identity. Which prompts the question: How much of the extraordinary surge in transgender girls is related to their discomfort with being a lesbian? What role does homophobia play in enabling transition?

Source: Andrew Sullivan: Questions About Youth Gender Transitions

Gangs targeting private schools to traffic Vietnamese girls to Britain, it is revealed

Private schools are making hundreds of thousands of pounds from Vietnamese children who are entering Britain on student visas then disappearing, it has been revealed.

Children thought to be as young as 15 are being brought to the UK by suspected trafficking gangs through legitimate visas sponsored by elite private schools, an investigation by the Times found.

The students often go missing, in some cases disappearing without a trace, within weeks of starting at the schools. It is believed they are victims of trafficking gangs who have exploited a loophole in Britain’s visa rules to bring minors into the country.

The children – who are mostly girls – are feared to have been trafficked into brothels, cannabis farms or nail bars.

Source: Gangs targeting private schools to traffic Vietnamese girls to Britain, it is revealed

The Move to Erase Women from Periods, Pregnancy, and Parenting

The stated goal of activists who push for “gender-neutral language” when discussing female reproduction is to be inclusive of “nonbinary” or trans-identifying females. Yet, it is clear that this is just a continuation of Men’s Right’s Activism to erode the rights of women and girls and hide the sexualized violence that we face because of our biology. Watching women’s organizations cave to this bullying is heartbreaking, a reminder that our “freedom” only comes at the will of men.

Source: The Move to Erase Women from Periods, Pregnancy, and Parenting

Female prisoner takes government to court after alleged assault by transgender inmate

A female prisoner who was allegedly sexually assaulted in jail by a male-bodied transgender inmate has launched a High Court action for a judicial review of government policy.

She says the transgender woman, who is serving a sentence for rape of a female, groped her breasts in the prison toilets. Shortly after the assault, the victim was moved to a different prison only to find her assailant had also moved there and would be sharing accommodation.

She is challenging the lawfulness of the government decision to place trans-women prisoners convicted of sexual and violent offences against women in women’s prisons without, it is claimed, adequately protecting female prisoners.

Source: Female prisoner takes government to court after alleged assault by transgender inmate | News | The Sunday Times

Mainstream misogyny – when the media calls the murder of your mother and sister ‘understandable’

On 19th July 2016, our father shot and killed our mother, Claire, and 19-year-old sister, Charlotte, in a car park swimming pool in broad daylight. He then committed suicide.

We had broken Mum and Charlotte out of the family home only five days previously, and moved them to safety five miles from the family home.

Despite our father’s controlling nature, we had never considered our lives to be in danger. We had never considered that we were victims of domestic abuse as our father was never physically violent.

In every media report, there was speculation that the prospect of divorce ‘drove’ our father to murder Mum and Charlotte – that our actions were responsible for his choices.

Source: Mainstream misogyny – when the media calls the murder of your mother and sister ‘understandable’ – Safe & Together Institute

https://www.cocoawareness.co.uk/

Barcelona court acquits five men of rape because unconscious victim didn’t fight back

A court in Barcelona cleared five men of sexual assault charges on Thursday after saying the crime did not fit the legal definition of rape because the unconscious teenage victim didn’t fight back.

Source: Barcelona court acquits five men of rape because unconscious victim didn’t fight back – CNN

Attack on public libraries for letting Meghan Murphy speak is a nauseating spectacle

It boggles the mind that so many people now want government agencies to pick and choose what ‘deserves a platform’ and what doesn’t

Source: Chris Selley: Attack on public libraries for letting Meghan Murphy speak is a nauseating spectacle | National Post