What’s Current: Judge denies Kesha escape from working with her rapist, Dr. Luke

Kesha cries as court hands down verdict to uphold her obligation to record six more albums with rapist -- Photograph: Jefferson Siegel/Pool
Kesha cries as court hands down verdict to uphold her obligation to record six more albums with rapist — Photograph: Jefferson Siegel/Pool

Judge refuses to issue injunction that would allow Kesha to work with anyone other than her rapist, Dr. Luke.

Even when selling items on Ebay, men earn more money than women. A new study shows that men are paid 20 per cent more than women on average for selling IDENTICAL items. Authors of the study suggest that this is the result of an unconscious bias, where buyers attribute higher value to male sellers and their items.

Meet the lesbian woman of colour who proved Einstein’s theory of gravitational waves.

Hillary wins the Nevada Democratic Caucus; as she gets closer to the presidency her opposition becomes more ugly:

“We are witnessing an uprising of straight white males, a revolt from the core of the patriarchy. And their singular target is the woman who is inching closer to the presidency than any other woman in history.”

Hillary Clinton faced with a double bind when being presidential means everything that is the exact opposite of the feminine gender role:

“The trickiest thing about the double bind is that it operates imperceptibly, like shots from a gun with a silencer. ‘It has nothing to do with gender,’ I heard recently. ‘It’s just that she’s shrill.’ When is the last time you heard a man called shrill?”

Julie Bindel speaks at a feminist conference against surrogacy:

“The argument the neoliberals use to defend surrogacy are almost exactly the same as the arguments they use to defend the sex trade. It’s all about ‘choice’ or about ‘agency’ or ‘how can a woman make so much money doing anything else,’ or ‘the women enjoy it,’ all of the same arguments. Bearing in mind this parallel, we can see that legalization of the sex trade in countries where they have experimented with it such as Germany, the Netherland, Nevada in the US, where all it does to legalize this trade is to encourage the illegal markets that creep up behind it. The same will happen with surrogacy — we cannot possibly look to regulation — we have to look to abolition.”

Susan Cox
Susan Cox

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

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