‘Butcher of Gatineau’ granted parole, wants to live quiet life

Khaled Farhan, dubbed The Butcher of Gatineau by the press in 1999 after killing and then dismembering his lover days later, has won parole with the hopes of starting a new, quiet life as a transgender woman at an undisclosed halfway house.
After Farhan’s conviction, she(sic) was sent to a men’s prison, where she(sic) spent some time in solitary confinement. According to prison files, she(sic) was put in solitary confinement in 2010 after sending sexually inappropriate letters to guards.
Farhan was also placed in solitary confinement at her(sic) own request after she(sic) expressed a fear for her(sic) life because she identified as a trans woman. Farhan had no problems after being transferred to a women’s prison.
[category global, trans]

Sharron Davies on the transgender sports row: ‘How can this be fair to women?’

Sharron Davies was stopped by strangers in the street half a dozen times this week. The former Great Britain swimmer – she won a silver medal at the 1980 Moscow Olympics and two Commonwealth golds – is used to being recognised every now and then, but as she walked around Bath on Tuesday, the interactions were of a different kind.

“It was all parents who were just saying to me, ‘Thank you. Thank you for speaking out on this,’” she recalls when we meet at her home near the city. “People didn’t realise what was going on.”


[category global, trans]  

International Women’s Day went from bloody revolution to corporate breakfasts – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

While the first “Women’s Day” was held by American socialists in 1908, it was soon picked up by others worldwide. By 1913, it had reached Russia: one of its founders there was Lenin’s wife, Nadya Krupskaya (they married, quite literally, in Siberian exile).
In 2019, International Women’s Day looks very different. Instead of striking for “peace and bread”, women are more likely to gather for platitudes and breakfast.
While it’s been a public holiday in Russia since it triggered the revolution, these days, it’s like a combination of our Mothers’ and Valentine’s Day, where Russians buy gifts to celebrate the women in their lives.
In the West, more than a century after suffragette Sylvia Pankhurst was arrested on her way to speak at IWD 1914, there are still marches in most cities but far more women take to social media than the streets, posting loving tributes to their favourite women.
While IWD may’ve lost its revolutionary edge, it seems it’s never been more prominent in our consciousness.
That’s in part thanks to a new set of champions: brands.
“This is a palatable and marketable feminism because it is non-threatening: it doesn’t address the devastation wrought by capitalism, misogyny and sexism.”
[category Aust, worforce discrimination, inequity]

NHS transgender clinic accused of covering up negative impacts of puberty blockers on children by Oxford professor

Dr Michael Biggs, an associate professor at Oxford’s Department of Sociology claims the Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) has been giving puberty blocking hormones to children, without robust evidence as to the long-term effects.

It comes after the governor of the clinic based in London with the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust resigned last month in protest at its “blinkered” response to doctors who had raised the alarm about “woefully inadequate” care. There is also another centre in Leeds.

Declaring the trial a success, the clinic has continued to treat over a thousand children with the hormones but Dr Biggs’ research suggests that after a year of treatment “a significant increase” was found in patients who had been born female self-reporting to staff that they “deliberately try to hurt or kill myself”.

Parents also reported “a significant increase in behavioural and emotional problems” and a “significant decrease in physical wellbeing” in children born female, he claims. According to his research, there was no positive impact on “the experience of gender dysphoria”, the diagnosis given to those who are described as feeling intensely uncomfortable with their biological sex.


[category global, trans]


Women Invented Coffee Filters, Wifi, and More

Coffee filters. Monopoly. Windshield wipers. Wireless tech. These very different inventions share one thing in common: they were created by women. Despite their significant contributions, many of these female inventors have gone unrecognized.

In honor of International Women’s Day, take a moment to appreciate these six inventions we wouldn’t have without women.


[category global, herstory]

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How a journalist was duped by pedophiles

Newton and Truong introduced me to their gorgeous five-year-old son.
The two men then proceeded to tell me in great detail about how they had longed to become fathers and, after a difficult journey, ended up having their son via a surrogate mother in Russia.
At length, the men explained how hard it was to get their son into Australia. They told me Australian customs quizzed them for hours at the airport. At a later date, police checked whether the couple had suitable equipment to raise a child: a bed, clothes and bottles.
At this point in the interview I was compelled to ask, “Do you think there was a suspicion that this must be something dodgy? There must be some paedophilic thing going on here?”
Both Newton and Truong smiled at the absurdity of the idea they might somehow be suspect. ‘We’re a family just like any other family.’
On Friday, 28 June 2013, Mark Newton was sentenced to 40 years in prison in a US court after pleading guilty to conspiring to sexually exploit a child, and for conspiring to possess child pornography. Peter Truong also pleaded guilty for his crimes and was sentenced to 30 years’ jail.
[category global, sexual violence]

Illegal brothels targeted in Canberra as police express concern for trafficked workers

Key points:

  • Police and border force officials raid 10 illegal brothels in Canberra since July
  • Authorities say there is an uptick in the number of businesses due to an “opportunity” in suburban Canberra
  • There are concerns for the health and wellbeing of the workers, usually trafficked from South-East Asia


[category Aust, sexual violence]


‘Snake oil’: the popular IVF therapy that has just been proven useless

A common IVF treatment marketed as a fertility booster and costing hundreds of dollars is useless and clinics should stop offering it, experts say.
The procedure known as ‘endometrial scratching’ does not offer women a better chance of taking home a baby after IVF, found the largest and most comprehensive trial of the treatment.
Despite a lack of robust evidence, a recent survey found 83 per cent of fertility clinicians in Britain, Australia and New Zealand offer or recommend endometrial scratching at a cost hundreds of dollars to increase the chances of having a baby via IVF.
www.smh.com.au/national/snake-oil-the-popular-ivf-therapy-that-has-just-been-proven-useless-20190122-p50syu.html [category global, reproductive rights]

Training guide ‘pushed GPs to endorse gender swaps’

The professional body for family doctors has dropped a course provided by a transgender activist charity because GPs felt it pushed them to guide patients towards gender reassignment.
The course on gender variance, which the Royal College of General Practitioners had hosted on its website since 2015, has been withdrawn.
The college’s decision represents a significant response by the medical establishment at a time of growing disquiet about the surging number of children who are transitioning.
www.thetimes.co.uk/article/training-guide-pushed-gps-to-endorse-gender-swaps-0v28x07v8 [category global, trans]

Australian Border Force accused of targeting women suspected of fleeing Saudi Arabia

Witnesses and activists have accused Australian Border Force officers of targeting Saudi Arabian women whom they suspect will apply for asylum and blocking them from entering the country when they arrive at Australian airports.

Key points

  • Australian Border Force officers are accused of targeting Saudi women they suspect will apply for asylum.
  • Activists say some Saudi women have been questioned about why they are travelling without a male guardian.
  • At least 80 Saudi women have sought asylum in Australia in recent years.

Activists have also reported that Australian Border Force officials have asked for the phone numbers of women’s male guardians.

“They started to meticulously interrogate girls at the Australian airport at least since August 2017. It is getting worse,” Saudi activist Dr Abdulmohsen said.


[category Australia, domestic violence, violence]