What’s Current: Up to half of trans-identified male inmates in the UK are sex offenders

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Rapist, Davina Ayrton (née David), wants to be sent to a women’s prison.

According to a new report by Fair Play for Women, as many as half of trans-identified male inmates in the UK may be sex offenders.

Eight women have accused longtime US broadcast journalist, Charlie Rose, of sexual harassment while they worked, or aspired to work with him.

A survey of 500 housekeepers and servers (low-paying professions dominated by immigrant women) in Chicago hotels and casinos revealed that a majority are subject to severe sexual harassment, indecent exposure, and assault by male guests.

Students and parents at an Alberta school have expressed dismay over a decision to replace the majority of the single-sex washrooms with gender neutral facilities.

Lindsay Shepherd, a graduate teaching assistant at Wilfrid Laurier University, has been reprimanded for neutrally presenting a video from an Ontario public television debate with Prof. Jordan Peterson about pronoun use in relation to gender identity, after the subject came up in class.

Russell Simmons is accused of forcing a 17-year-old model into performing oral sex on him, while in the company of director Brett Ratner, who has also been accused of multiple incidents of sexual harassment and rape.

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  • fxduffy

    I’m not in the least surprised by Charlie Rose, even though I’ve heard none of the grapevine accusations that have apparently surrounded him over the past couple decades.

    He’s one of these sanctimonious, pseudo-Renaissance guys who obviously and heavily dominates as TV spokesman for the liberal, upper class, intellectual. It’s as if no one in politics, in the arts, in the media, in science, in literature, in sports, is beyond his mental reach, or his showman’s reach. He gets to take on all the top dogs and to do it as either their superior or their equal. Despite his peek-a-boo humility, he is never at a loss with any of them. And he can be so condescending and smug that it makes me cringe. To the point that I’ve never been able to stomach him for more than ten minutes no matter my interest in the interviewee.

    So how can I be the least shocked that his grasping of all the stars in the firmament of modern life doesn’t extend to his grasping at all the women who come within his reach. The casting couch, the exhibitionism, the harassment, and his gaming are just typical expressions of his power grab which, of course, is chiefly achieved over the bodies and minds of women. As we now learn from a courageous few of his silenced female “colleagues” and operatives.

    • Cassandra

      Your second paragraph is such a perfect assessment.

  • Danielle Matheson

    I blasted Lush on Instagram. It sounds stupid but it made me so mad to see their little alter to this cult of ridiculousness. It was a picture with the “trans flag” with candles and something about how 23 “women” have been murdered this year. I asked how dare they, and have they counted how many women and girls who have been raped and murdered. But oh wait, society hates us.

  • Danielle Matheson

    Of course they didn’t! I mean real woman and girls die at the hands of male violence all day, everyday and we can’t even name the problem. I’m feeling suffocated.

  • calabasa

    So why don’t more people know this link between the paraphilia of autogynephilia and other paraphilias (such as voyeurism, exhibitionism, or biastophilia)?

  • Danielle Matheson

    It is! It’s so much worse than all these bull shite statistics. I spent a day with an aunt (that’s one of like 8) and found out she’s been raped and molested, my own mom was repeated almost raped by her employers husband, his drunk ass asked my grandpa how much for her virginity on her confirmation (my grandpa and his BIL almost killed this man) and so have my mom’s other sisters. And that’s just my family anecdotes and that’s twenty women!

    But no, it’s that trans people that are at risk. I read a statistical breakdown someone did about their bs 1 in 12 being murdered. Confirmed with my dad, who is a statistition, that it make no sense. And they never, ever point out that it’s the MtT who are of color and working in prostitution that are killed. Killed by other men. But the epidemic of women and girls murdered by partners, family and strangers are all the more at risk. Women of color in prostitution at the highest. It enrages me. There is no justice.

    • Omzig Online

      According to the most recent census data available, transgender-identified people have a slightly lower chance of being murdered than the general population. And when you control for those trans-identified males that work in prostitution, their risk for being murdered is far, far less than anyone else.

      Thought this article was very helpful:

      https://medium.com/@niki_in_france/trans-murder-rates-the-facts-9d87a8090e17