What’s Current: Vancouver women to Take Back the Night

Dr Kathleen Richardson says the development of sex robots further objectifies women and girls, reduces human empathy, doesn’t reduce sexual exploitation, and promotes violence and inequality among humans.

Law professor, co-founder of the Human Rights Research Fund, and former Black Panther, Kathleen Cleaver:

“The type of political framework of the United States and what types of things are possible in 2015 does not resemble what was possible in 1970. In between, you have what we call the war on terror and 9/11, and a whole host of things pushing the country into a more authoritarian and militaristic structure of government, and a very low level of popular participation in the political process. Or you can participate, but you can’t make any impact.”

Charlotte Proudman, a barrister in human rights law at the Chambers of Michael Mansfield QC, spoke out against a sexist message sent to her by a senior lawyer via LinkedIn and was subjected to virulent, misogynist abuse and threats. She writes:

“The eroticisation of women’s physical appearance is a way of exercising power over women. It silences women’s professional attributes as their physical appearance becomes the subject.”

Join Vancouver women to Take Back the Night this Friday (September 18)!

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Meghan Murphy

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Meghan Murphy is a freelance writer and journalist. She has been podcasting and writing about feminism since 2010 and has published work in numerous national and international publications, including The Spectator, UnHerd, Quillette, the CBC, New Statesman, Vice, Al Jazeera, The Globe and Mail, and more. Meghan completed a Masters degree in the department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University in 2012 and lives in Vancouver, B.C. with her very beautiful dog.