What’s Current: Labour officials resign in support of women’s officer harassed by trans activists

What’s Current is Feminist Current’s daily news roundup.

Anne Ruzylo, left, has been smeared as “transphobic”by a fellow Labour Party member and by trans identified male, Lily Madigan, right.
  • The executive committee of a local Labour Party has resigned en masse in support of a women’s officer who was subjected to harassment by trans activists.
  • Eighty-six percent of women incarcerated in the US have been victims of sexual violence.
  • Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, an organization representing 700,000 female farm workers, issues a statement of solidarity with women in the entertainment industry fighting back against the same type of workplace sexual harassment and reprisal they themselves face.
  • Alberta women are two and a half times as likely to experience obstetric trauma during childbirth than the OECD average.
  • Two serving members of the US Congress have committed sexual harassment during their tenure at the Capitol, says Rep. Jackie Speier, who recently shared her own story of harassment from her time as a congressional staffer.
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  • Meghan Murphy

    Sorry about that missing link!

  • Meghan Murphy

    Fixed! Sorry!

  • acommentator

    “Good night grief, if a grown-ass man doesn’t know not to pull his dick out at work, no amount of “training” is going to help him.”

    Right. They are taking a leaf from corporate culture here, IMO. This kind of “training” is not really about stopping the conduct in question. It is about “documenting” efforts against the conduct. It is about process.

    There is a whole industry of speakers and facilitators who go around to companies explaining to people that they must not do stuff they already know they are not supposed to do, and getting paid handsomely for it. Companies can point to this to show that they have taken steps against it.

    Congress is doing this for the same reason. It is ridiculous.

    • Cassandra

      Your comment is gold — 100% truth.

  • Morag999

    Do you mean about the Labour Party story? I found this other report:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5087503/All-Labour-officials-local-committee-resign.html

    • Zuzanna Smith

      Thanks!!

    • Tobysgirl

      Thanks, Morag99!

  • Hekate Jayne

    I am glad to meet you, although I have noticed your other comments. Welcome aboard!

    I will share in your rage and disgust. I can’t imagine the terror of being stalked like that for hours, AND to have your daughter with you.

    Males are a fucking disease. Women need a cure.

    • Macarons & Sakura Tea

      Thank you so much for the warm welcome, sister. You are so fabulously fierce! I am ravished by your acerbic wit and your ardent zeal for the feminist cause. I was introduced to Simone de Beauvoir by my English teacher at 12, and in reading about her life and works, I learned about her feminism. She was my first feminist hero. At present, I am trying to read at least five books by Andrea Dworkin – Thank You So Much dear sisters here at FC for inspiring me. I wish you all well.

  • Omzig Online

    Damn. That’s true. Then it’s no wonder so many gay lesbian men and women support removing the “T” from the LGBT movement, since transgenderism isn’t a sexuality.

    And GLAAD could certainly threaten to sue any publication for reporting using accurate male and female pronouns for male and female people, respectively, but I think the first amendment pretty much protects the press’s right to do that, whether GLAAD agrees with the content of an article or not. If they did sue, though, it would only continue to draw the public’s attention toward the abusive behavior of TRA’s. I don’t think GLAAD would want that.

    So GLAAD and “Trans Rights Activists” would be in the same boat: either object to the correct use of pronouns and attract the public’s attention to TRA’s abusive behavior, or keep quiet and let journalists provide fact-based, responsible journalism. The press has the upper hand in this one, really.

  • Cassandra

    Yes, it is one bit of good news. I think this kind of thing is going to start happening more, though it will be very slow going.

  • Cassandra

    A big part of the reason men go after power is so that they can either buy (marriage, or high-style coupledom/dating) or intimidate women into sexual access. Power in patriarchy = access to women, including harassing them and preying on them with impunity. But I know you know this. That’s why these “training” programs are a huge fucking joke. I almost expect a Candid Camera guy to pop out of the newspaper or screen when I read this shit.