What’s Current: Kathrine Switzer ran the Boston Marathon 50 years after an official tried to kick her off the route for being female

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Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to officially enter the Boston Marathon, crossed the finish line today, wearing the same bib number an official tried to rip off of her in 1967.

A North Cowichan woman escaped after being held captive for three days and tortured. Police arrested a 52-year-old man on Wednesday.

In some U.S. cities, calling 911 to report domestic violence can get you evicted for being a “nuisance.”

The School for Justice in India teaches sex trafficking survivors to become lawyers, with a special focus on commercial sexual exploitation cases.

Delegates at the National Union of Teachers (NUT) annual conference in Cardiff passed a motion to teach transgender ideology to children starting from nursery school.

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  • TheArtistFormerlyKnownAsYoya

    Can the word “inclusive” please fuck off now. Thanks.

    (Re: the trans education story)

    • Lucy Potato

      It’s funny too that it’s often the same people that go on about the importance of consent that push inclusivity. Are we allowed to have boundaries anymore, or not?

      • Rachel

        You’re right. So many ideas in this world are rife with contradictions. It goes back to the evopsychobabble – men are wild animals with this innate and almost uncontrollable desire to sow their seed with every woman… Yet they are also highly evolved and intelligent human beings who must rule the world because their female counterparts are far too emotional. So which is it boys – are you Neanderthals or the most intelligent beings on the planet? It’s one or the other. You can’t have both.

    • lk

      The word inclusive makes me cringe now…

      Society must be inclusive of all behaviors and all beliefs, no matter how irrational or harmful they might be…we can’t have anyone feeling excluded from society for any reason!

      We must include and support the following behaviors/ideologies:

      • FierceMild


      • Gundog

        Remember when “tolerance” was enough? You could still work against somebody’s ideas as long as you tolerated that person. Now we you to accept and embrace everything and body. Madness.

    • genny

      And take its lowly cousins cis, pregnant people and sex work with it.

  • genny

    I couldn’t even get through the article on Cardiff. I just can’t with these crazy people.

  • lk

    “Teach toddlers about transgender issues, National Union of Teachers say…”

    What does this mean? That we are going to start teaching children that there is no such thing as male or female, that anyone can have babies, that they might have been born in “the wrong body”, that babies are born with a girl brain or a boy brain….


    We also need to teach children that God made the earth, that prayer cures disease and that 2+2 is 5….

  • cday881@gmail.com

    What did you expect from an organization named “NUT”?

  • Miranda

    Gah – the NUT Conference strikes again 🙁 It isn’t the only teacher’s union in the country and has been haemorrhaging members – many only joined in the first place for the useful group membership benefits like home insurance. My Dad was a teacher and a long time Labour Party member and activist but he left the union and joined the rival one because he said the NUT was becoming a playpit for theoretical extremists who cared little about education and less about teachers.

    • FierceMild

      Thanks for clarifying that. Things like that often go right past those of us on this side of the ocean.

  • Kathleen Lowrey

    I was so relieved today to read that that 1967 image of Katharine Switzer is not of multiple men attacking her, but one official (the one in a suit) charging her and a couple of men trying to block him from succeeding. Not everything is depressing, hooray.

  • Zuzanna Smith

    LOL!! NUT is so apt for these transcultists! I’m soooo glad I chose not to have kids.

  • Jade

    I had never heard of Kathrine Switzer. I’d never heard this story and didn’t even know that the Boston Marathon used to be only for men. Thank you for this story, Meghan!

  • FierceMild

    Strongly agree! But I think trans-ideology precludes balanced equations.

  • FierceMild

    We call it stupid, they call it “logic.”