What’s Current: Roman Polanski accused of raping former actress Renate Langer when she was 15

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

  • Former German actress, Renate Langer, reported to the Swiss police that film director Roman Polanski raped her in February 1972, when she was 15. Langer is the fourth woman to publicly accuse Polanski of sexual assaulting her when she was a teenager.
  • Rep. Tim Murphy, an anti-abortion congressman from Pennsylvania, told the woman he had an affair with to get an abortion.
  • The US joins 13 other countries, including Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and China, in voting against a United Nations resolution condemning the death penalty for homosexuality.
  • Sabrinna Valisce on the decriminalization of prostitution in New Zealand:

“I thought it would give more power and rights to the women. But I soon realised the opposite was true.”

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  • fxduffy

    “It’s both satisfying and demoralizing to look back on Murphy’s predecessors, such as anti-abortion Rep. Scott DesJarlais of Tennessee. DesJarlais, who’s still in office, supported his wife’s two abortions…”

    I agree, at least on the surface, that these two admissions are “both satisfying and demoralizing” but when it comes to women’s actual lives, the confessions are only bitter and cruel.

    But the hypocrisy and cynicism is, of course, built into the system. No politician who has reached the status of Rep. or Senator can be expected to align their beliefs fully with their policies. At least not in the US of A. I mean does any member of either party ever seriously question US foreign policy which causes indescribable suffering to an almost infinite number of lives?

    This said, Rep. Murphy, in fairly liberal Penn. would seem to be more reprehensible than Desjarlais who, after all, is up against Tennessee. And no feather in either of their caps for being for abortion because most men are, esp. when it comes to their personal lives, where they seem to be far more emboldened to not only “come out” but demand or set the terms of the abortion.

  • Anthocerotopsida

    Gotta clarify something with this Timothy Murphey thing: the man is no hypocrite. His position is and always has been that that HE should decide if a woman keeps or aborts a pregnancy. What I’ve read was that he tried to pressure her into getting an abortion, not that he was a sympathetic supporter of her choice. That’s just as bad as trying to prevent a woman from getting an abortion. Pathetic and predictable.

  • Cassandra

    I fucking loathe Polanski. That he got a standing ovation from “the Academy” for that piano movie made me want to barf. He’s human refuse and I hope he dies a long, slow death.