Is selling sex just another job?

It’s one-all in the latest campaign to legalise prostitution. South Australia’s parliament voted down a proposed law to legalise, but the Northern Territory assembly voted in favour.

Now the Victorian government has announced that next year a six-month inquiry into the further liberalisation of the state’s prostitution laws will begin.

‘USA Today’ reported recently that the global sex trade was worth $99 billion – and it’s often impossible to work out the line between voluntary and coercive prostitution.

Canadian feminist and researcher Meghan Murphy is editor of the online journal ‘Feminist Current’ and host of the ‘Feminist Current’ podcast.

She has been following the campaign to legalise prostitution.

Source: Is selling sex just another job? – Religion and Ethics Report – ABC Radio National

Transgender Woman Jessica Yaniv Taking Action Against Gynaecologist Who Refused to See ‘Her Penis’

Jessica Yaniv (born Jonathan Yaniv) takes particular relish in filing complaints with businesses under the guise of fighting for her right to self-expression. The beauty salons that refused to wax her scrotum have won their case against the activist, but a Canadian clinic has now found itself in Yaniv’s cross-hairs.

The activist said she was “shocked and hurt” to have been refused examination and suggested that this went against the college’s practices. Yaniv then claimed that the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia (CPSBC), which regulates the medical practice in the province, confirmed that this refusal was in violation of their code of ethics and the provincial Human Rights Code.

Yaniv wrote: “Gynaecologists form a part of the multidisciplinary team who engage with transgender and non‐binary patients, either as part of the transition stage performing surgery or managing pre‐ or post‐transition gynaecological problems.”

“So I’ll file a complaint with you today about that clinic,” Yaniv tweeted at the CPSBC on Tuesday. “Trans people need to be included, not excluded from society. Pre and post gender affirming surgery care is super important!”

Source: Transgender Woman Jessica Yaniv Taking Action Against Gynaecologist Who Refused to See ‘Her Penis’ – Sputnik International

HUNTER: Trans killers, baby rapists terrifying female inmates

Madilyn Rebecca Harks, formerly Matthew Ralf Harks, 36, a serial sex offender has terrorized female inmates at a number of prisons.(Peel regional Police handout)

There are 200 women behind the 2.4-metre-high barbed-wire fences at the Grand Valley Institute.Most are the products of shattered and abusive homes, violent relationships, drugs and bad choices.

One of the changes that came about in the early 1990s was the recognition that most incarcerated women were there for non-violent drug crimes. Mostly, they were addicts themselves.

CSC also recognized that women’s children should play a role in their rehabilitation.

Now, Mason said the caged women are terrified to have their children around because of the newly arrived child sex predators.

“It’s sickening that they can get away with putting pedophiles in minimum security units [not at Grand Valley] where the mother-child program are,” she said.

Source: HUNTER: Trans killers, baby rapists terrifying female inmates | Toronto Sun

30 years since the Montreal massacre, we still see a deadly hatred of women

In the late afternoon of December 6, 1989, an angry young man with a semi-automatic rifle walked into the registrar’s office at École Polytechnique, the University of Montréal’s engineering school. After twenty minutes, 14 women lay dead, and 14 others, mostly women, were injured. He had compiled a hit list of 19 other women he wanted to murder. Journalist and prominent feminist Francine Pelletier learned that she was one of them.

“Please note that I am committing suicide today,” Lepine wrote, “not because of financial reasons, but because of political ones. I have decided to send ad patres [“to their ancestors”] the feminists who have always ruined my life.”

Source: 30 years since the Montreal massacre, we still see a deadly hatred of women | CBC Radio

‎The Gender at Work Podcast: Episode 12: Patriarchy Impeached – Is this what justice looks like? The Catherine Claxton story on Apple Podcasts

‎This episode walks us through Catherine Claxton’s story, which has been assembled by G@W Senior Associate Joanne Sandler and Julie Thompson, both long time UN staffers. Catherine’s lawyers — Mary Dorman and Ellen Yaroshefsky — recount the events that led Catherine, a junior UN staffer, to charge an Undersecretary General with sexual abuse. What unfolded in response mirrors the Me Too stories of today. Patriarchy closed ranks around the perpetrator and demanded allegiance to authority from those in the system; attempts were made to discredit the complainant – in this case, Catherine – and bury her in bureaucratic legalese as she sought to use the existing mechanisms and processes of adjudication to seek justice; and when all the evidence was in and a third party judgement came in favoring her, the UN buried the report. Finally the perpetrator was fired and was given a glorious send off. Sound familiar? Is this what justice looks like in cases of sexual harassment and abuse? How do we impeach patriarchy and hold it accountable?

Source: ‎The Gender at Work Podcast: Episode 12: Patriarchy Impeached – Is this what justice looks like? The Catherine Claxton story on Apple Podcasts

Women who kill their partners are still being treated differently to men

Why are so many women charged with murder, as opposed to manslaughter, if there is strong evidence of domestic violence?

How different is the attitude to men defending property than to women defending their own lives or the lives of their children against violent men? When Richard Osborn-Brooks was arrested after stabbing a burglar who tried to break into his home, the hashtag #FreeRichardOsbornBrooks was launched alongside a petition calling for the Crown Prosecution Service to take no action against him. He was released without charge. “We have the right to protect ourselves in our own home,” tweeted one man, in support of Osborn-Brooks.

The victims of domestic violence, who live in well-founded fear of their lives, have the right to a fair trial. Tragedies could have been avoided had the perpetrators of these crimes been dealt with in the first instance. For the sake of all the Emma Humphreys out there, let us demand that domestic violence becomes a thing of the past.

Source: Women who kill their partners are still being treated differently to men | Julie Bindel | Opinion | The Guardian