What’s Current: Polish police forcibly remove feminist protesters to make way for far-right march

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Women activists in Poland staged a sit-in to block the route of a far-right march in Warsaw and were forcibly removed by police.

As part of a civil lawsuit, dashcam footage has been released of police in Texas subjecting a black woman named Charneisha Corley to an invasive, 11 minute long vaginal search in a gas station parking lot in 2015. The officers were charged with official oppression last year but those charges were dropped earlier this month.

Alice H. Wu, a female economist, has done a study of sexism in her profession by analyzing over a million comments posted by economists in an online forum. The study found:

“The 30 words most uniquely associated with discussions of women make for uncomfortable reading. In order, that list is: hotter, lesbian, bb (internet speak for “baby”), sexism, tits, anal, marrying, feminazi, slut, hot, vagina, boobs, pregnant, pregnancy, cute, marry, levy, gorgeous, horny, crush, beautiful, secretary, dump, shopping, date, nonprofit, intentions, sexy, dated and prostitute. The parallel list of words associated with discussions about men reveals no similarly singular or hostile theme.”

Amelia Tait at the New Statesman examines how male YouTubers are preying on and exploiting their young female fans.

Lisa Steacy
Lisa Steacy

Lisa Steacy is an Assistant Editor at Feminist Current. She has a B.A. in Women & Gender Studies from the University of Toronto. However, the women she met in her five years as a frontline worker and collective member with Vancouver Rape Relief & Women’s Shelter deserve almost all of the credit for her feminist education. She lives in Vancouver with her partner and their cats.

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  • Hekate Jayne

    About the YouTube article. There’s an entire section of dudes threatening suicide.

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

    Any trannies around? Want to talk about how these dudes threatened suicide because their victims stood up to them? Because when a rapist is told by his victim that she will be pressing charges, he starts with the suicide threats?

    Or how about the dudes that threatened suicide when the girls wouldn’t show their breasts?

    Males use suicide as a distraction, a manipulation. Personally, I think that rapists should go ahead and kill themselves. All these males that exploit girls, too. And after these girls live a lifetime of male abuse and all kinds of degenerate, disgusting fuckery, they will probably agree with me.

  • Kathleen Lowrey

    oh god. I couldn’t watch the video. This is what it shows? and the charges were DROPPED? grrrrRRRRRRRRRRRR

    • Morag999

      I couldn’t watch it, either.

    • will

      Yeah. My hand hovered over the link, but I couldn’t bring myself to click it. Some days it’s too much to witness the relentless torture and humiliation.

    • Anthocerotopsida

      Wait, the god damn video is publically available?! I guess I’m just a sensitive little snowflake, but why on earth would anyone want to watch a sexual assault? And hasn’t she been humiliated enough?

      • Cassandra

        Yes, I’m struggling with the video being up at all.

  • Hekate Jayne

    And while I can appreciate that list of sexist terms in the economist profession, I have had quite a few different types of jobs, and heard ALL of those terms in reference to women at all of them.

    Here’s how you can tell if you are going to have to deal with sexism and misogyny in your workplace. I have created a survey that can tell you with 100% accuracy if this is a concern for you. Here it be:

    1. Do you have any males in your workplace? If you answer yes, proceed to the next question.

    2. Do you ever have to interact with male/males?

    If you answer yes to both of these questions, then you will have sexism and misogyny in your workplace.

    Unless you work with maybe one male that happens to be mute. In which case, he will probably still have hands and the ability to write. Even that dude is questionable.

    • rosearan

      Just to give an anecdote … I once worked in an editorial department with one token male, an awfully nice guy. During a coffee break, we got onto the topic of women in sport and how high-achieving women’s sporting teams often have to struggle for financial support and media coverage. The token male got up and made a theatrical display of climbing under his desk and cowering with his hands over his head. The females all dutifully laughed. With much coaxing, the token male then climbed out from under his desk and the conversation tentatively switched to other stuff. I tried to keep on topic, but the females didn’t want to go back there. I was defeated. The token male won. He was an awfully nice guy though.

      • Cassandra

        That is so screwed up. They always dominate, huh?

  • will

    “If it didn’t mean further public humiliation of this woman, I’d say that this incident should be up there with Rodney King in provoking widespread civil protest. But somehow, I don’t think so. Judging by some of the BTL comments on the YouTube video, it will be reduced to little more than a YouTube soft-porn flick.”

    Exactly. If Rodney King had been female there would have been no riots. Rape, torture and murder of women by men is perfectly acceptable, apparently. In fact, those things are mere entertainment for men.

  • Omzig Online

    In Texas, this most certainly satisfies the legal definition of rape. It’s described under section 22.011 of Texas penal code. It’s also considered rape if “The offender is a public servant, such as a police officer, who used his or her position to force the victim to submit.”

    I hope Ms Corley unleashes hell on those officers. If I were an attorney, I would work for her pro-bono. I will be keeping my eye on this case. My heart truly goes out to her.

  • FierceMild

    Made the same mistake. Should have known better. The comment section of the NYT is a pocket of antediluvianism…wonder why that is?

    • Cassandra

      I think it’s because the NYT fashions itself as “real,” “tasteful” and “educated” news. It’s elitist and stodgy but tries to act progressive, so it attracts the same mentality.

  • Cassandra

    They like rape in Texas. They force women to get a rape by ultra sound probing in order to get an abortion. They have to hear a lecture about life and see the zygote. They are FORCED by law. I fucking hate men and the fucked up women who side with them.

    Hey fuckers: There is no such thing as GOD or ALLAH or JESUS CHRIST or YAHWEH or ANY OF IT. Forcing your religion on uteruses that aren’t your own (almost always poor and/or black/hispanic uteri, because you good white Christians with money can go your own private doctors to get your abortions) is an act of hatred and a human rights violation, just like what these fucker cops did to Charneisha. Charneisha if it makes you feel any better, I’d kill those men—happily and gladly if I could get away with it—and it would be a good deed. They’re oxygen thieves. Human excrement.

    • Morag999

      “Charneisha if it makes you feel any better, I’d kill those men—happily and gladly if I could get away with it—and it would be a good deed.”

      You and me both. I went into a white-hot rage reading what they did to her. But I suppose I’d feel some sense of justice for her, and all women, if those involved in the assault — including the female police officer — had their badges taken away and served some time in prison. I’d also like to see their names and mugshots on a sex offender registry.

  • radwonka

    Ha yes, I remember when five years ago, I started to read more and more political articles, men were just EVERYWHERE.
    All of them are the same: Arrogant, patronizing, scornful. All of them. And if the article is about male domination (such as prostitution), then the comment section just explodes and they become more agressive.

    This is social pressure: since they outnumber dissidents, they can take control of the environment and make it unbreathable. That way they can silence others and create a stronger bond with other dudes.