What’s Current: A band of elder Korean women are protesting US missile defence system

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In a small farming village in South Korea, a dozen or so women, ranging in age from their 60s to 80s, are at the forefront of protests against the deployment of a U.S. anti-missile system. They stand watch each day around the clock to make sure no military vehicles enter the deployment site.

Women-owned W.N.B.A. team, Seattle Storm, announces a partnership with Planned Parenthood. In addition to fundraising through ticket sales, the owners are organizing a rally in support of the organization.

“As always, I’m so appreciative of a league that not only embraces our diversity but our status as women,” [W.N.B.A. player] Imani Boyette said. “Planned Parenthood is vital for women who don’t have access to standard health care. I was a P.P. patient in high school because I didn’t have health insurance. Taking a stand for things that affect the underprivileged, as a league and women of privilege, is how change happens.”

After five days, the jury in the Bill Cosby trial is still deadlocked, but the judge has refused all four of the defence’s motions to declare a mistrial.

The Washington Post has launched The Lily, a news publication for millennial women. Over at the New Republic, Clio Chang asks: What, exactly, is “women’s news?”

“The whole concept of women’s media seems to narrow, rather than expand, what is considered a millennial woman’s issue. It fails to acknowledge the fact that issues like welfare, minimum wage, foreign policy, and health care are all inextricably intertwined with gender issues. These problems are not exclusive to The Lily. The corporatization of ‘feminist’ media is nothing new. And the media’s presumption has always been that the serious newsreader is a male one…In The Lily’s case, the decision to create a separate space for millennial women only bolsters the idea, intentionally or not, that they are less intelligent and less curious than the rest of the Post’s readers.”

Lisa Steacy

Lisa Steacy is an Assistant Editor at Feminist Current. She has a B.A. in Women & Gender Studies from the University of Toronto. However, the women she met in her five years as a frontline worker and collective member with Vancouver Rape Relief & Women’s Shelter deserve almost all of the credit for her feminist education. She lives in Vancouver with her partner and their cats.