What’s Current: Surprise! Sexual harassment is rampant at Vice

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Female journalists reveal a pervasive climate of sexual harassment and coercion at Vice Media.

Indigenous women are being targeted for trafficking and home invasions by street gangs in Thunder Bay.

Human rights observers say Rohingya women and girls are being gang raped systematically by uniform Myanmar military forces.

Sen. Al Franken (D-MN,) has agreed to cooperate with an ethics investigation into his own behavior after being accused of sexually harassing sports broadcaster Leeann Tweeden during a USO tour in 2006.

Sinead Wooding, a mother of four from Leeds, UK, was murdered by her husband and an accomplice for visiting a friend her husband had forbidden her to see.

A French jury has acquitted a man of rape after he forcibly impregnated a then 11-year-old black girl, agreeing with the defense’s argument that the girl had consented.

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  • shy virago

    I have no doubt that Franken is guilty. I used to to Air America at work back in 2004-2005. His show was disgustingly misogynist. And now he’s a senator.

    • Bleeps3

      Would love to hear some of those old shows. Franken was in the “good” category for me. Too bad, so sad. Men hate women, news at 11, 12, 1, 2…

  • Maeve

    Vice has always seemed like a cliche boys’ club pile of shit marketed toward the nihilism of trendy indies. I’m glad this has come forth because I always felt dirty turning those pages, not because I’m a naive purest, but because I am too radical a thinker to play that stupid sell-out game. I guess none of us are surprised, and hopefully more women who endured that BS will speak out. More power to them!

  • Cassandra

    BECAUSE WE ALL KNOW 11-YEAR-OLD GIRLS CAN TOTALLY CONSENT.
    Where’s my fucking gun and a ticket to France?

    Also, this sentence:

    “Human rights observers say Rohingya women and girls are being gang raped systematically by uniform Myanmar military forces.”

    Let’s make a good, active sentence that makes the subject what it should be:

    Human rights observers say uniform Myanmar military forces are systematically gang raping Rohingya women and girls.

  • M. Zoidberg

    I hope France burns to the fucking ground (et je suis française…)

  • Hekate Jayne

    Males don’t even attempt to make sense, anymore.

    They don’t have to. Since they hold all societal power.

  • Alienigena

    I don’t know why people are surprised by Aung San Suu Kyi’s lack of response to the Rohingya crisis. She is an ethnic nationalist and she has only ever worked towards the freedom of her own people not that of others. I don’t think there is a culture on earth (yeah, I said it) whose response to disadvantaged peoples doesn’t chill me to the bone. All cultures on earth seem to have a hate-on for people with disabilities, elderly people, indigenous peoples, and people with genetic abnormalities like albinism or Down’s syndrome. If a woman can support the agenda of a nation state (without reservation) or a political movement that is run by men I have more than a sneaking suspicion that that woman has as large a nationalist and/or fascist streak as the male centric organizations they align themselves with.

    Aung San Suu Kyi is the “leader of the National League for Democracy”, note the word national, not international. Unfortunately a desire for democracy in one’s home country does not translate to an impulse to promote democracy for all people’s in one’s nation or abroad.

  • Wren

    Not only was this little girl raped, but now she will forever wonder if she was somehow complicit in the crime because of the court’s ruling. It isn’t enough that we women and girls suffer, we have to also take responsibility for it and never experience any kind of reparation. We’re left to wonder if we even deserve justice. I hope everyone on that jury burns in hell.

  • FierceMild

    This attitude is even more prevalent in Europe and North America with regard to black girls. Black girls are seen as more “mature” (pronounced ‘ready for sex’) than white, Asian, or Hispanic girls at younger ages. Black girls are even more, and more aggressively, sexualized than girls of any other race.

    • Missy

      I read an article about that the other day. It’s just so messed up. Pedophiles are always making excuses to sexualize little girls, citing the child’s physical development and “maturity.” It’s no surprise that this issue is even more prevalent when combined with racism.

  • That’s how I’ve thought for years about Syrian refugees: take the women and children, and men over 80. That would save more than half of them, at least. And since the culture supports patriarchy, maybe for once the men would police their own.

    • Missy

      I completely agree. The only refugees that should be admitted are women and children. The only men that should be considered an exception are gay men escaping persecution, and men so old and feeble that they couldn’t overpower anyone.

      Let the majority of the male population stay where they are and fight the wars that they started. We don’t want or need anymore misogynistic assholes, we already have our hands full with the ones who were born here.

      • M. Zoidberg

        Lol, as a direct reaction to that, I could see a boatload of male refugees claiming trans identities.