40,800 female births doomed in Vietnam every year – VnExpress International

Every year, the long-standing preference for boys in Vietnam’s society terminates 40,800 baby girls before they are born, according to the United Nations Population Fund.

Globally, this figure is estimated at 1.18 million each year, with 666,300 in mainland China (including Taiwan and Hong Kong), and 461,500 in India.

Naomi Kitahara, UNFPA representative in Vietnam, said because of decades of gender-biased sex selection and the neglect of daughters relative to sons, a shocking 140 million girls globally are missing today from the world’s population.

“When men far outnumber women, social problems can emerge, exacerbating forms of gender-based violence, including rape, coerced sex, sexual exploitation, trafficking and child marriage,” she told the event to launch the report in Hanoi.

Source: 40,800 female births doomed in Vietnam every year – VnExpress International

Children’s news website apologises to JK Rowling over trans tweet row

A news website aimed at British schoolchildren has agreed to pay an unsubstantiated amount after it implied that JK Rowling’s comments on gender caused harm to trans people.

The Day said: “We accept that our article implied that what JK Rowling had tweeted was objectionable and that she had attacked and harmed trans people. The article was critical of JK Rowling personally and suggested that our readers should boycott her work and shame her into changing her behaviour. Our intention was to provoke debate on a complex topic.

“We did not intend to suggest that JK Rowling was transphobic or that she should be boycotted. We accept that our comparisons of JK Rowling to people such as Picasso, who celebrated sexual violence, and Wagner, who was praised by the Nazis for his antisemitic and racist views, were clumsy, offensive and wrong.

Despite calls for a boycott of Rowling’s works, her publisher, Bloomsbury, said that sales of her Harry Potter books had increased during the lockdown as parents bought copies to read with their children during the pandemic.

Source: Children’s news website apologises to JK Rowling over trans tweet row | Transgender | The Guardian

When you look at how much people actually take home, women still earn much less than men

The latest ATO taxation statistics show that women in 2017-18 made up a record number of the top 10% of income earners, but that good news is unable to mask that overall – whether in high or low-paid jobs – women continue to earn much less than men.

But the big difference is overall numbers. Women make up only 30% of workers in the top 30 paying occupations, but two-thirds of those working in the bottom 30 paying jobs.

And this brings us back to barristers. The average income for a barrister is $131,251, but the median income was just $45,376 – the second largest gap between the average and the median.

The median income for a male barrister in 2017-18 was $113,667, while for women it was a paltry $32,464.

Source: When you look at how much people actually take home, women still earn much less than men | Greg Jericho | Business | The Guardian

The word ‘woman’ is already taken

A hundred years after women won the right to vote in many countries, Rowling has now engaged in a campaign the suffragettes could not have imagined – a battle to hold onto the word woman itself. The response was predictable and brutal. As the actors her books had made famous lined up to distance themselves from her, Rowling became the target of an emotional campaign that has the hallmarks of a modern-day witch hunt.

While it might be tempting to look the other way, for me this is personal. I am a trans woman, so it is my identity – supposedly – that is being denied. However, I am also a high school science teacher and I know magical thinking when I see it. Trans women are male – I certainly am as I fathered three children – while women are female. Male people are not female people and therefore trans women are not women. Whatever emotions might surround the debate, JK Rowling is correct.

As gender has been conflated with sex, gender identity has quietly displaced sex in policies and laws.  Effectively we have been able to choose not only our gender but our legal sex, with devastating consequences on women’s sex-based rights. As Kiri Tunks, a founder of Woman’s Place UK said, “If you can’t define what a woman is, how can you defend women’s rights?”

As they seek “validation” from others, they need society to not only chant the mantra, “trans women are women (and trans men are men)”; they need everyone to believe it as well. This has moved beyond the policing of speech and into the control of thoughts. When women object they are met with fury, as JK Rowling has experienced.

Source: The word ‘woman’ is already taken – Otras miradas

Transgenderism: The Latest Anti-Feminist Wedge of the Left

At least since the sexual revolution of the 1960s, Lefties have been rankled by the presence of feminists among their ranks.

But purging these uppity women presents a challenge. Overtly denigrating feminists is risky: it can be perceived as misogynistic, and cedes too much political ground on issues lefties like to call their own – such as abortion rights.

So the Left is stuck with having to marginalise through covert means the political movement organised to resist male supremacy and its violent war against women and children.

An effective covert tactic has been to play wedge politics.

The Left’s first victory came in the 1980s. Throughout this decade, feminist opposition to pornography was beginning to gain traction as a wedge issue. As a result, an entire generation of feminists was driven from the Left for refusing to adhere to the newly minted idea of the sexual revolution that pornography was an expression of women’s political freedom.

A subsequent generation of feminists in the 1990s was defeated, again by a Leftist wedge tactic, but this time the long history of feminist abolitionist campaigning against prostitution was the core demand turned upside down. Instead of sexual slavery, the Left reconceptualised prostitution as a form of work for women, and a consumer service activity for “clients.” Feminists who failed to parrot this newly conceived idea of “sex work” were chased out, and women got rewards for doing the chasing.

The Left today is nonetheless achieving a purge of feminists from its ranks unrivalled by their previous successes of the 1980s and 1990s. Playing wedge politics is still the tactic of choice, but the issue requiring women’s pledge of allegiance is brand new.

Transgenderism bastardises the core feminist insight that “woman” is a politically defined social category generated by male violence and the exclusion, expropriation and colonisation of female human beings. Rendered as a Leftist wedge issue, this insight becomes the distorted proposition that “woman” is a flexible human “identity” with which any individual might associate themselves – even fully-grown rational male human beings.

Transgenderism is not a political movement motivated by progressive concerns – it’s just the latest weapon in the Left’s covert battle against feminism.

Source: Transgenderism: The Latest Anti-Feminist Wedge of the Left – ABC Religion & Ethics

‘Anti-feminist’ lawyer suspected of murdering US judge’s son may have killed before

The FBI is investigating whether a self-described “anti-feminist” lawyer, suspected of killing the son of a federal judge, had previously murdered a fellow lawyer in California.

Roy Den Hollander, an attorney known for bringing lawsuits over perceived infringements of men’s rights, was found dead in the Catskills area of New York on Monday, a day after Daniel Anderl, the 20-year-old son of US district judge Esther Salas was shot and killed in New Jersey.

In 2015 she was the judge in a lawsuit filed by Den Hollander, which alleged a male-only military draft discriminated against both men and women.

In more than 2,000 pages of often misogynistic, racist writings, Den Hollander had criticized Salas’s life story of being abandoned by her father and raised by her poor mother as “the usual effort to blame a man and turn someone into super girl”.

Den Hollander filed multiple lawsuits challenging what he saw as unfair treatment of men. He had brought a series of unsuccessful lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of “ladies’ night” promotions at bars and nightclubs.

Source: ‘Anti-feminist’ lawyer suspected of murdering US judge’s son may have killed before | US crime | The Guardian

Kanye West rally: Two different celebrities in crisis.

Following her mental health crisis in 2007, Spears was placed under a conservatorship. For more than 12 years, the 38-year-old has been unable to drive, get married, have kids, spend money, see how her money is being spent, have any control over her career, go shopping, go for a walk, use her phone unmonitored or speak in interviews without her father’s permission.

While she hires lawyers in an attempt to retrieve any sense of agency over her own life, a man named Kanye West is running for President.

In a 2019 interview with David Letterman, West said he had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and his wife, Kim Kardashian-West, has since said they can “definitely feel episodes coming, and we know how to handle them”.

By his own admission, it seems fair to assume that West is currently unwell.

Then came his first ever presidential rally over the weekend. He spoke for more than an hour, and at times his speech was incoherent. He had no microphone. He wore a bullet-proof vest, yelled, cried, argued with people, reprimanded the audience for clapping and had 2020 shaved into the back of his head.

It is an interesting contrast, that a man behaving like Kanye is able to hold a presidential rally, while a woman behaving like Britney can’t buy herself a coffee from Starbucks.

Source: Kanye West rally: Two different celebrities in crisis.

What Was Happening Before ‘Just Be Nice Feminism’? Part I: Early Rumblings, 1970 – 1971

From early on there were attempts to use both the Women’s Liberation and Gay Liberation movements as a shield to push for the legitimation of male sexual fetishes.

The feminist response to males claiming to be female was quick to develop. The radical feminist newspaper It Ain’t Me, Babe started by the Berkeley Women’s Liberation group in 1970 were clear that transsexualism was antithetical to feminism and female liberation.

Angela Douglas claimed that ‘there have been and may be male transvestites and transsexuals active in Women’s Liberation, usually unknown to the other females’. There are many reasons for deceiving women to enter the Women’s Liberation Movement according to Douglas: ‘some [transsexuals]seek to perfect their feminine role as much as possible; some are sexually attracted to aggressive females; others may be intelligence agents’.

The clash between feminists and transsexuals became so great that it caught the attention of the Los Angeles Free Press, a widely circulated alternative newspaper established in the 1960s. Also known as ‘The Freep’, it reported in December 1970 that ‘Some feminists accused male transvestites and male transsexuals of being “super-male chauvinists.”

[T]here was an analysis in the Free Press of how transsexualism was a form of male supremacy.  . . . It was publicly discussed how transsexualism relied on sexism and sexist stereotypes. The author proposed that ‘sexist oppression will not end for many, many years and transsexualism will probably greatly increase’. The author speculated on the future and warned that ‘the pool of medically indigent transsexuals in the preoperative phase is rapidly growing…. There exists a possibility of extremely militant (to the point of violence, etc.) groups of transvestites developing on a national scale within the very near future. Such a development merits close scrutiny’.

Source: What Was Happening Before ‘Just Be Nice Feminism’? Part I: Early Rumblings, 1970 – 1971

Child removal ‘breaking parents’, mother says, as report reveals high levels of dissatisfaction

The report found a high level of dissatisfaction among lawyers and parents about the system’s effectiveness and fairness.

“We’re asking for a rethink, we’re asking for much better collaboration between the child safety system and the justice system,” report author Teresa Hinton said.

“Most significantly what we would like to see is a move from this adversarial legal system to a system that’s much more therapeutic and about problem solving.”

Source: Child removal ‘breaking parents’, mother says, as report reveals high levels of dissatisfaction – ABC News