What’s Current: Italy’s Supreme Court rules masturbating in public is not illegal

Italy’s Supreme Court

Italy’s Supreme Court rules that men sexually assaulting women in public by flashing them and masturbating in front of them is no longer a crime. (I’d like to express my condolences to all the Italian women who ride public transit or otherwise have to leave the house and encounter men.)

A writer relays mundane experiences of male violence that happen in close quarters where there is no escape: Commuting while female.

Community in Arizona takes stand, demanding a man be arrested after he posted about preying on girls from local middle school on Facebook .

Kevin Ewing kidnapped and tortured his estranged wife for 11 days straight. After being freed on bond because he was not “deemed too dangerous to society,” he killed her.

Kajsa Ekis Ekman, on how prostitution became the world’s most modern profession:

“A hundred years ago, the fight against prostitution was crucial to both the labor and women’s movements. Remember the British docker union’s classic posters, which proclaimed, ‘We shall not cease until all destitution, prostitution and capitalism is swept away’ and ‘An injury to one is an injury to all’? It was apparent to the male dock workers that prostitution sentenced their sisters of the working class to be used by upper-class men, and they were not going to let that happen. The women’s movement took up the fight against prostitution before it even demanded the right to vote: to get rid of the slave trade was the most urgent matter.”

Susan Cox

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