What’s Current: Sweden takes steps to ban surrogacy

Sweden takes steps to ban surrogacy:

“[Last] week, Sweden took a firm stand against surrogacy. The governmental inquiry on surrogacy published its conclusions, which the parliament is expected to approve later this year. These include banning all surrogacy, commercial as well as altruistic, and taking steps to prevent citizens from going to clinics abroad.

This is a ground-breaking decision, a true step forward for the women’s movement. Initially divided on the issue women came together and placed the issue higher up on the agenda. Earlier in February, feminist and human-rights activists from all over the world met in Paris to sign the charter against surrogacy, and the European Parliament has also called on states to ban it.”

Men glare at the Mad Max’s Jenny Beavan, who didn’t conform to Awards Show fuckability standards, as she walks up to accept her Oscar.

“In a Vine that has now been viewed more than 11 million times, none of seven men sitting along the aisle are seen clapping for her. Eventual Best Director winner Alejandro González Iñárritu keeps his arms crossed and virtually glares at Beavan as she tromps down the aisle.”


A boy wins a UK tech competition for girls.

Melissa Harris-Perry walks off her MSNBC show after pre-emptions. Perry said:

“I will not be used as a tool for their purposes. I am not a token, mammy or little brown bobble head. I am not owned by Lack, Griffin or MSNBC. I love our show. I want it back.”

Lesbians tend to make more money than straight women because they don’t have a man slung around their neck.

“Evidence for the [man] penalty shows up in what researchers call the ‘lesbian wage premium.’ Across years of research, women who have never lived with a male partner make more money than women who have.”

Susan Cox

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