What’s Current: Twitter has a new hate speech policy — whether it will protect women from abuse remains to be seen


Twitter has a new hate speech policy. Attacking users on the basis of their “gender” and “gender identity” will now supposedly prompt the deletion of accounts. It remains to be seen whether this will be used to actually protect women when receiving threats of sexual violence and misogynistic slurs.

Offering a new take on the old anti-feminist “Feminazi” trope, Sherlock depicts Victorian-era suffragettes in Ku Klux Klan hoods. An episode called “The Abominable Bride” re-imagines first wave feminists as a murderous cult carrying out brutal acts of revenge against men who dumped them.

Conservative MP calls to remove sex from UK passports and driver’s licenses “because it causes problems for transgender people.”

Chris Brown allegedly punches a woman at a party. Las Vegas cops are investigating.

“If you leave me, I will kill you.” The horrifying truth about guns abuse and murder in America.

“More than one third of the women murdered in the U.S. are killed by their male intimate partners. These brazen murders expose several disturbing truths about domestic violence. First, almost everyone—the victim, the victim’s family, law enforcement, neighbors, coworkers — can see the murders coming, but seem unable to prevent them; restraining orders are either not requested or they fail. Second, the killings do not always occur behind closed doors but can happen in busy places where others become victims. (Between 2011 and 2015, women in six different beauty parlors were shot by irate gunmen seeking to harm their partners, and 17 died. Several of the gunmen were under orders of protection.)”

Susan Cox

Susan Cox is a feminist writer and academic living in the United States. She teaches in Philosophy.