What’s Current: Thousands protest sexual assaults during bull run in Pamplona, Spain

Protesting sexual violence against women during the San Fermín festival in Pamplona, Spain. Image: Susana Vera/Reuters
Protesting sexual violence against women during the San Fermín festival in Pamplona, Spain. Image: Susana Vera/Reuters

After 15 people were arrested over the past week in separate cases of sexual assault, including gang rape,  in Pamplona, Spain thousands of people interrupted the running of the bulls.

Maria Teresa Rivera, a 28-year-old factory worker in El Salvador, was incarcerated for four years for having a miscarriage.

The Calgary man who dismembered Joey English, a 25-year-old Indigenous woman was granted bail on Thursday. Joshua Jordan was charged with offering an indignity to human remains, but not murder, because the police did not believe English died due to a criminal act.

On the chess gender gap shows how real gender socialization really is:

“When women did not know their opponents’ gender or thought they were playing other women, they won about half of the games. But when they thought their opponents were male, they won only one in four games, even though they faced the same opponents in all conditions.

The women also played less aggressively and displayed lower self-esteem against ‘male’ opponents.”

Loser dudes are conspiring to try to make the new Ghostbusters movie fail, because Women, wah!


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  • therealcie

    My problem with the Ghostbusters reboot is the reboot factor, not the fact that it has women. I would have taken to it better if it had been framed as a continuation. To me reboots always say “we have nothing original, time to remake something that’s already been made.’ I’m old enough that I dread the day it’s done to some of the favorite movies of my youth, such as Alien.
    Ms. Magazine had a good article recently about gender bending reboots and how they actually perpetuate the idea of “man as originator and woman as imitator.” It does a good job of summing up my issue with the Ghostbusters reboot, which from the trailers actually does look entertaining.


    • Alienigena

      I never really liked the original Ghostbuster movies, they are sexist (and a bit creepy, for example, the treatment of Sigourney Weaver’s character (she is stalked by the Bill Murray character, never understood his appeal)). The original movies aren’t even that funny. American triumphalism and self-congratulation presented on a smaller scale, Americans saving themselves vs the world. Why all the mass group shots and cheering? Was the audience expected to cheer as well? Did New Yorkers really stop their daily activities to gather en masse and cheer for iconoclastic vigilantes? This mass cheering seemed to be a 1980s movie motif. The references to the Stay Puft man were lost on me … I’d never heard of the brand in my Canadian city. Anything would be better than the original movies. I think I have a well developed sense of humour, I can appreciate everything from Monty Python (the absurdist aspect, for example, a tennis playing blancmange), Eddie Izzard monologues (on horror movies or Pavlov’s defeat by cat psychology), SCTV (e.g. movie parodies) and the Kids in the Hall to Amy Schumer and Elvira Kurt. Just don’t find Saturday Night Live alumnists that funny in the main, including the original cast members. But given that I didn’t really like the show, I didn’t watch it (also didn’t have a TV for 14 years up to the year 2001). Of the few episodes of SNL I have seen, I did find Eddie Murphy’s version of Mr. Rodger’s neighborhood quite funny. I never saw Tina Fey or Julia Louis-Dreyfus perform on SNL, but love their work including VEEP. Why are reboots necessarily bad? Americans reboot British (e.g. House of Cards, The Daily Show (reboot of Not Necessarily the News), The Office) and European series all the time (e.g. The Killing, The Bridge). Not all of the series are bad.

  • Zuzanna Smith

    Well little surprise that an event that celebrates sexism and male violence towards not only animals but their own bodies has those men perpetrating rape against women, well duh.

  • DeColonise

    I still haven’t seen it since the trailers made it look like it could have been an Adam Sandler movie with poo poo humor and fancy looking colorful ghosts.
    And from multiple reviews I’ve read many say that they have such a good cast of women but they are not given anything of value to work with in the movie itself so I think I just pass on this one, which is not the first American movie I pass on haha.