What’s Current: Man kidnaps British woman, tries to auction her off on porn site

What’s Current is Feminist Current’s daily news round up.

Image of Lukasz Herba released by Italian police.

Last month, a man named Lukasz Herba kidnapped Chloe Ayling, a British woman who was in Italy for a modeling gig. He then attempted to auction her off on a dark web porn website. It appears that Ayling was not his first victim:

“Italian investigators have since established that the suspected kidnapper had already organized several online auctions for the sale of abducted girls, referring to them as ‘prey.'”

Google employee pens anti-woman, anti-diversity memo, sparking furious backlash. The male engineer claimed that women fail to get ahead in tech due to their biology, specifically the fact that females suffer from “neuroticism.” He has since been fired.

Google VP, Danielle Brown, responded to this embarrassment in a statement, somehow managing not to mention women or sexism even once; instead offering vague sentiments about “inclusive environments” and “assumptions about gender.”

The Vancouver Dyke March took place this weekend. Here is one woman’s account of the harassment she was subjected to for explicitly supporting females in her signage.

Female passenger exposes child sex predator after glancing at his text messages on flight.

New analysis reveals the suicide rate among teenage girls hit a 40-year high in 2015.

 

Susan Cox
Susan Cox

Susan Cox is a feminist writer and academic living in the United States. She teaches in Philosophy.

Like this article? Tip Feminist Current!

$
Personal Info

Donation Total: $1

  • Dr.Z

    Women and children are trafficked everyday, it’s reached pandemic levels. That white male is just dumber than your average pimp/ brothel owner so it got caught.

    I really hope Chloe is okay, she’s part of a very small group of women who survive peak male hatred.

  • melissa

    From the child sex predator article…

    “. The Tacoma native told police the texts were just role playing and sexual fantasy…”

    “Role playing” child sex abuse is suppose to be seen as a perfectly normal, valid excuse now thanks to whats normalized by mainstream porn and “Kink”(referring to “Age play” and things like “Daddy dom”/ “Little girls”). Wow.

    And not surprised one bit about girls becoming mentally ill and suicidal in the kind of messed up culture we’ve creating.Reminds me of the quote… “It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”

    Funnily i often see MRAs and conservatives hold this up as a proof that its actually feminism making women unhappy. Sadly Libfems have been giving people like this more ammunition than anything else. Both create a false choice against one another. Like choosing between anorexia and obesity. They can recognize the unhealthiness on the other side but never in themselves.

  • Julian Assange offered the Google employee who wrote the sexist screed a job, calling his firing censorship. As near as I can tell, though, this was an intra-company memo circulated to other employees, not something they guy published on his blog or elsewhere outside his place of employment.

  • Hekate Jayne

    Some male at yahoo wrote a “manifesto” directly after the Google one.

    Two things. The first is that whatever is happening in the companies, these whiney males seem to forget that the overwhelming majority at the top are WHITE and MALE.

    The second ties into the first, in that here we are with male hypocrisy again. Women are ruining everything with our all powerful and pervasive presence and control while the factual reality is that there are very few women actually employed at these companies, and males insist that we are too stupid, lazy and/neurotic to actually be productive or an asset.

    So which is it?

    Males have perfected a sick patriarchy in which they control everything while simultaneously avoiding responsibility for anything. And while we control nothing, all things wrong or bad is somehow our fault. Male logicks.

  • Just Passing Through

    That’s a good point you bring up about female fetuses being aborted ALL THE TIME just because they are female. seriously, I’m with you…. I really do understand that sentiment now, I had to do a little soul searching the first few times I saw comments like that because it seemed a little harsh…. but I really truly do get it now. The pain and suffering men bring to women in this world justifies feeling this way…. it really does.

    • Hekate Jayne

      I really think that it would just be better for us to be able to control our own reproduction. I’m pretty sure that there wouldn’t be 7 billion people, if we were allowed to do so.

      I’m also sure that if we reproduced only when we wanted to, that the population would naturally come out to being at least 70% women. If you take into account the fetuses aborted for being female in addition to how many of us die (either directly or indirectly) from male violence.

      Males have artificially inflated their numbers through forced and selective birth.

      Things would be quite different for us if there were fewer of them to buy/sell us, murder us, rape us, abuse us. It’s not about punishing males. It’s about our safety, and believing that not only they absolutely do mean us harm, that they happily do it and protect other males so that they can do it, too.

      I don’t care why they are violent. But I happen to believe that something in them is just irreparably damaged, just from observing little boys. But I also think that keeping their numbers in check will alleviate the majority of the violence, and eventually stop it altogether.

  • Just Passing Through

    I would never in 5 million years want to even take a peek at that vileness. I’m sure it’s what we all believe it is… the core of hell.

  • Just Passing Through

    Also after seeing the latest story about the woman being pushed in front of the bus on the London bridge just affirms my feelings about it. Men are unpredictable and dangerous. I used to eyeroll at the culling idea but now I think I’m getting on board with this idea. Here in the US (not sure where you are) road rage incidents are picking up pace too. A 4 year old boy was shot in the head because a woman driver apparently had the audacity to honk her horn at a man… so he thought following her and then shooting a gun and murdering a child was the right course of action. This is the world we live in now…male anger and hatred is at frightening levels.

  • Hekate Jayne

    The dark Web exists for no other reason than for males to buy and sell women and girls.

    • Omzig Online

      There’s no doubt in my mind that you’re right.

  • Atheist

    Nope. I won’t listen to people who consider other people inferior due to biology alone.

    I refuse to go down that rabbit hole where there’s the possibility that neo-Nazi and misogynist viewpoints will be given any legitimacy.

    There’s a difference between saying “men and women are different” and saying “women shouldn’t this kind of job or that kind of job” or talking about the inferiority of other races.

    I am not happy with the Left, in fact the Left has failed women so utterly I consider them just as misogynistic as the Right.

    But in no way am I cozying up with the alt-right. No way, no how, not ever.

    Edit: Besides, how long will it be until people start talking about the “biological differences” between Jews and whites? Eastern Europeans and Western Europeans? People with blue eyes and people with brown eyes? Where does it end? It doesn’t. History shows this much.

    • Just Passing Through

      Jordan Peterson is a HUGE mra figurehead and hero. I will never waste minutes of my life listening to his misogynistic BS.

  • Atheist

    But if a woman were to talk about how men commit the majority of violent crime, and how men have been responsible for all the genocides in the world, and how men perpetuated thousands of years of patriarchy against women, she would be called “misandrists” and “feminazis.”

    These guys can go fuck themselves with a sideways chainsaw.

  • Meghan Murphy

    Fair enough!

  • Just Passing Through

    25 non stop years of the vilest most extreme porn you can imagine has been funneling into the eyes and minds of boys and men 24/7…..hmmm I think there might just be a connection. I believe we are cultivating them.