What’s Current: Bruce Springsteen cancels show in North Carolina on account of HB2


Fans disappointed as Bruce Springsteen cancels North Carolina show in protest of new law, being referred to by some as the “bathroom law.” But HB2 has implications beyond the bathroom… Law professor, Brian Clarke, explains:

“HB2 affects everyone… In a very hidden way, it eliminated the ability for employees in North Carolina to file claims under state law for employment discrimination on the basis of race, sex, national origin, color and age.

And that’s a right that North Carolina employees have had since 1982… and it’s gone.”

The law also prevents any local government from setting a minimum wage.

“Is porn immoral? That doesn’t matter: It’s a public health crisis.” Gail Dines says the scientific research on porn is now beyond dispute:

“After 40 years of peer-reviewed research, scholars can say with confidence that porn is an industrial product that shapes how we think about gender, sexuality, relationships, intimacy, sexual violence and gender equality — for the worse. By taking a health-focused view of porn and recognizing its radiating impact not only on consumers but also on society at large, Utah’s resolution simply reflects the latest research.”

“I can’t even bend over on TV because of sexist trolls” Historian Lucy Worsley talks about the way she self-polices every public gesture due to the threat of sexualized online abuse from men:

“One thing I know — and any female presenters will know this — is don’t reveal any body part or bend over because freaks will freeze-frame it and put it on their nasty message boards.

I visited [the message boards] once in my life – never again. It was upsetting, disturbing and hurtful.”

A woman from Delhi argues that women-only train cars are a good thing and don’t actually “reinforce gender roles” as some commentators have argued:

“It would be wonderful if men learned to accept women’s presence in public spaces without feeling the need to harass them. We wouldn’t need the ladies’ compartment then. But until they do, the women’s car is one good way for us to assert our right to public spaces.”

Why Kesha never stood a chance with the New York judge who said, “Every rape is not a gender-motivated hate crime.”

An eye-opening look at Fisher Price then and now: A shift from unisex to gendered toys.

Susan Cox

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