Rape suspects can choose to self-identify as female | Scotland | The Times

Rape suspects are able to self-identify as female, it was revealed after a freedom of information request by a feminist policy think-tank.

Police Scotland said that if a rape or attempted rape was perpetrated by a “male who self-identifies as a woman . . . the male who self-identifies as a woman would be expected to be recorded as a female on relevant police systems.”

Source: Rape suspects can choose to self-identify as female | Scotland | The Times

ACLU blocks woman’s request for data on numbers of transgender inmates in women’s prisons | The Post Millennial

A woman was interested to know how many inmates in Washington state identify as transgender, and how many of those transgender identified inmates have been given transfers to go from men’s prison to women’s prison, and the reverse. To get this information, she filed a Freedom on Information Act request. Instead of getting the information she requested, she got sued by the ACLU.

WoLF is fighting the injunction, which aims to prevent the public from obtaining information about the number of male prisoners currently housed in women’s prisons.

“I started requesting information about what is happening in US prisons after learning about cases abroad where violent male offenders were housed in women’s prisons,” the woman who made the request told The Post Millennial, “including a case where a woman became pregnant as a result. Due to the shameful lack of impartial media reporting on this issue, the public can’t trust the institutions we’ve come to rely on to get accurate information.

The Washington Department of Corrections did not respond to the public request within the given time period, and WoLF tells The Post Millennial that is is unclear as to how the ACLU got wind of this FOIA request, and had time to put together a lawsuit, within the 10 days from which the request was made.

The woman is not wrong. In fact, Washington state radio host Dori Monson has detailed several accounts of women who are housed in women’s prisons in the state and have been raped by gender non-conforming males who identify as transgender and have successfully been transferred into women’s prisons. Monson writes that there were “two inmates moved from male to female prison. One is a serial killer who admitted to killing prostitutes and hating women, another is a sex offender charged with having sex with a 12 year old.”

In California, after a bill was passed in July 2020 that authorized inmates to be housed according to gender identity and not biological sex, despite their status as regards sex reassignment surgery, more than 260 inmates have requested a transfer since the beginning of the year when the law took effect. California also has a policy of funding sex reassignment surgeries for inmates, and prior to the new law, once a biological male prisoner had undergone that surgery, namely castration, that person could be transferred to a women’s prison. This resulted in the case of a notorious baby killer undergoing the surgery and then being transferred into the same prison where the women whose children he killed is housed.

Women, including former inmates, have launched protests, but it’s nearly impossible to figure out what’s going on because once a biological male identifies as female, the Correctional Services of Canada officially records them as female. This means, additionally, that the crimes those biological men committed before they self-identified as women are recorded as crimes committed by women. And the numbers as regards the sex-breakdown of inmates in women’s prisons is not accurate.

Source: ACLU blocks woman’s request for data on numbers of transgender inmates in women’s prisons | The Post Millennial

Woman: human being or profit centre? | Morning Star

Socialists should not support the decriminalisation of prostitution – an institution of oppression that has been used for centuries to ensure the subordination of women and the division of the working class, writes ANNA FISHER.

The Nordic Model approach decriminalises those who are prostituted and provides them with support, genuine alternatives and routes out.

It also cracks down on pimps and traffickers, and makes buying sex a criminal offence — with the key aim of changing men’s attitudes.

This approach is founded in the socialist feminist understanding of prostitution as an institution of oppression that has been used for centuries by the capitalist system to co-opt men, and to ensure the subordination of women and the division of the working class.

More recently women have become the locus of wealth extraction as the global capitalists have turned to mining women and girls’ bodies for the primitive accumulation of capital through the industrialisation of prostitution, porn, egg harvesting and surrogacy.

Prostitution in all its forms is inherently dangerous and can never be brought into line with even the most basic health and safety guidelines.

We need to reduce the size of the prostitution system, while providing those caught up in it with a viable transition out.

This is exactly what the Nordic Model aims to do — and can do when implemented properly and with solid support from the working class.

Source: Woman: human being or profit centre? | Morning Star

Stop the contagion of violence against women

What would happen if governments approached the other pandemic in our midst – violence against women – with the same level of urgency and leadership?

Violence against women and girls is the most widespread human rights violation in Australia and the world, with approximately one in four having experienced physical and/or sexualised violence by an intimate partner. The most common characteristic shared by survivors is their gender, and people who perpetrate are predominantly male.

Children and young people are frequently overlooked but suffer greatly, with one child a fortnight dying in the context of domestic and family violence (DFV). Many first experience abuse in utero: 1 in 4 women who experience DFV are abused for the first time when pregnant. Stopping the contagion requires that the impact on children is identified and responded to early. Many women separate from abusive partners to protect children, only to find that their children are exposed to unsupervised time with ex-partners who often continue the pattern of abuse, through their child.

Source: Stop the contagion of violence against women

Oxfam rocked by new sex claims against aid workers | News | The Times

Oxfam is facing new allegations of sexual exploitation, bullying and mismanagement only weeks after it was cleared to apply for government aid funds again following the Haiti scandal.

The charity has commissioned an independent investigation into accusations against senior managers in the Democratic Republic of Congo that allege intimidation, death threats, fraud and nepotism.

Source: Oxfam rocked by new sex claims against aid workers | News | The Times

Aboriginal teenager loses bid to have trial heard by female judge for cultural reasons

An Aboriginal teenage girl has lost an appeal after she requested her criminal trial be heard by a female magistrate for cultural reasons, saying she wouldn’t defend the charges if footage of her being strip-searched had to be seen by men.

The girl, then 15, was strip searched at Wagga Wagga Police Station in March 2019 after she was arrested on suspicion of stealing a car.

Police say she kicked the female officers searching her and smashed some of their body cameras. She was charged with assaulting police officers executing their duty and destroying property.

The girl’s defence team wants to argue that the strip search was illegal.

Footage of the search showed her fully exposed backside and chest.

A field officer with the Aboriginal Legal Service gave evidence that in Aboriginal cultures showing a woman’s sensitive parts was women’s business.

The Children’s Court magistrate rejected her application.

But the NSW Court of Appeal ruled last month that the Children’s Court could actually order a case like the girl’s to be heard by a woman.

Ordering a case to be heard by a woman is not the same as ordering a case to be heard by a specific judge, the court said. Some 47 per cent of magistrates in NSW are women.

The court rejected the girl’s appeal because the legal error hadn’t affected the magistrate’s decision.

The girl was initially refused bail and held in jail for more than six months after the strip search. She has since been granted bail.

Source: Aboriginal teenager loses bid to have trial heard by female judge for cultural reasons

Misogynistic ‘radicalisation’ of boys online has these experts calling for change – ABC News

In Australia, 65 per cent of girls and young women have reported being harassed or abused online.

But some experts are arguing that in a “manosphere” of online anti-women groups, methods of communication and organisation are becoming more sophisticated.

At the more serious end of the spectrum, these experts say, are operators that must be seen and named as “extremist” or “terrorist” groups – particularly if anything is to be done to stop them.

Dr Roose would like to see a “reclassifying” of the worst of the online behaviour that exists, in groups that target women online, and actively advocate harassment and violence towards women.

When the behaviour involves promoting, advocating or threatening violence or sexual violence to control women, “it needs to be actually considered a form of violent extremism,” Dr Roose says.

Source: Misogynistic ‘radicalisation’ of boys online has these experts calling for change – ABC News

Foucault’s attitude to sex is alive and well in intersectional feminism – The Post

When revelations broke on Sunday about Michel Foucault sexually abusing young boys in Tunisia, the massed opponents of ‘woke’ were delighted at the opportunity to smear one of the intellectual colossi of the worldview they so loathe. But those currently demanding that the woke cancel Foucault for kiddy-fiddling or be outed as hypocrites are looking in the wrong direction.

If inheritors of the post-Foucauldian ‘critical theory’ worldview see existing systems of power as inherently oppressive and evil, then dismantling them can only be good. It’s then incumbent on adherents of this worldview to be open-minded about the attendant dismantling of all norms associated with those systems of power.

A detailed programme for this ongoing project of dismantling was published recently by a ‘Women’s Rights Caucus’ of over 200 intersectional feminist groups, LGBT+ campaigns and trade unions around the world. As flagged by the Women’s Human Rights Campaign, of particular note is a line about how the campaign should encourage governments to eliminate ‘laws limiting legal capacity of adolescents, […] to provide consent to sex or sexual and reproductive health services’.

When we recall that the WHO defines as ‘adolescent’ everyone in the 10-19 age bracket, it becomes clear that this inserts into an ostensibly ‘intersectional feminist’ policy declaration, as mainstream consensus feminist aims, the goal of abolishing the age of consent for everyone over the age of 10.

Source: Foucault’s attitude to sex is alive and well in intersectional feminism – The Post

Former CEO of Org Sponsoring Drag Queen Story Hour Arrested for Sex Abuse Images of Children | Women Are Human

US — Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A recently elected judge best known for his role as president and CEO of Cream City Foundation, a fiscal sponsor of the Milwaukee chapter of Drag Queen Story Hour, was arrested after investigators connected him to graphic videos depicting sexual abuse of children.

A page now removed from the Cream City Foundation website says “DQSH [Drag Queen Story Hour] captures the imagination and play of the gender fluidity of childhood and gives kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models.” The organization called DQSH the “point of first contact for families seeking LGBTQ+ information” and provided a method for website visitors to sign up to sponsor the event.
The Drag Queen Story Hour, Drag Queen Storytime and Drag Story Time events have come under fire around the globe in recent months. In mid 2019, the group Mass Resistance discovered that Albert Garza, a registered sex offender who served five months’ probation for the 2009 sexual assault on an 8-year-old child, was reading to children for “Drag Queen Storytime” at the Houston Public Library under the name Tatiana Mala Niña. Mass Resistance said the City of Houston had ignored months of requests for information about the drag queens before the group launched its own investigation. The group filed a lawsuit against the mayor and the Houston Public Library Executive Director.

Source: Former CEO of Org Sponsoring Drag Queen Story Hour Arrested for Sex Abuse Images of Children | Women Are Human

Pornographic distortions: The struggle for intimacy in the 21st Century

Pornography impedes love, intimacy, respect, and connection. Yet many continue to defend it.

Let’s start with the world according to pornographers:

Sex is natural. Pornography is just sex on film. Therefore, pornography is natural.

If you do not accept the obvious “logic” of that argument, you are a prude who is sex-negative.

If your concerns about pornography flow from spirituality, you must be a religious nut.

If your concerns about pornography are based in feminism, you must be a man-hater.

I used the term “sexual-exploitation industries” to include prostitution, strip clubs, massage parlors, and escort services, along with pornography and other mediated forms of commercial sex. Applying a feminist analysis, all of these enterprises are ways that men buy and sell objectified female bodies for sexual pleasure. Boys and vulnerable men are also exploited in these industries, but the majority of these businesses offer men the opportunity to buy women and girls.

Some of the ideas are drawn, and updated, from my 2007 book, Getting Off: Pornography and the End of Masculinity, which is available as a free PDF at https://robertwjensen.org/books/getting-off/.

Source: Pornographic distortions: The struggle for intimacy in the 21st Century