What’s Current: #SafeNailSalonsNYC — Agencies and volunteers are mobilizing for nail salon workers’ rights

A tipster sent Jezebel these shots of the flyers being handed out at the Staten Island ferry terminal.Hundreds of volunteers are working for #SafeNailSalonsNYC today.

There’s only one week left to help fund Julie Bindel’s new investigative book: “Abolishing the Sex Work Myth: The Rise of the Prostitution Survivor Movement.”

“I’m not like other girls” — A great piece on that seductive idea of being a cool girl.

Believing myself to be different from other girls was the first step toward internalizing and then externalizing misogyny that took years to purge from my system.

Emma Sulkowicz carried her mattress to her graduation from Columbia University.

A Florida college forced female students to undergo vaginal probes by their fellow students (including males) in a medical technician program.

Game of Thrones gruesome rape scene causes fans to quit watching the series en masse. (Personally, I loved that show, but this is the last straw. All the fantasy glitz and glam can’t cover up the porny torture of women that happens every other episode. I quit.)

Ontario MPP, Laurie Scott, seeks to establish a Human Trafficking Task Force (similar to the Guns and Gangs Task Force) to bring justice officials together to fight the pimping and slavery of girls and women. Scott says:

It’s more lucrative than guns and gangs and drugs right at the moment … The girls are getting younger. I’ve been told by police forces there are some at 11 years old … Often they’re sold to other parts of the province or other provinces. There’s just a lot of money — $280,000 they figure, one girl makes in a year.

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  • J

    I never got in to GoT because the first few episodes were all kinds of gross.

    • I don’t have a TV, but I’m really wondering how anyone got past the first season, with all the gratuitous bare breasts I was hearing about.

      I’m guessing people are so used to making do with sexist entertainment that they block themselves from thinking critically for the longest time. After all, if you have high standards for avoiding sexism, there isn’t a whole lot left.

  • Anna

    Don’t read the comments on the CBC Game of Thrones article. Just don’t.

    There was a good post going around on Tumblr about all the many (MANY) rapes that have occurred in the book series of Game of Thrones. That series is riddled with rape and sexual abuse. It is a bit hypocritical for fans to be crying about how this particular rape was an “unnecessary” rape because it wasn’t in the books, when the books themselves are a rape-fest. Or maybe there are two classes of rape victims: those that are more deserving and those that are less deserving. I hope the criticism coming now is a “last straw” situation.