What’s Current: New York foster care system targets poor women of colour

The New York Times reports that the foster care system in New York City is used to surveil and “punish parents who have few resources,” particularly “poor black and Hispanic women.”

Man in Hamilton, Ontario finally charged with extortion and publishing intimate images without consent after using 11 aliases to sexually harass women online.

European Rights Court charges Lisbon judges with discrimination after they slashed a woman’s compensation for a botched gynecological surgery. The judges argued that the value of the 50-year-old woman’s sexuality was diminished due to her age.

Man arrested and charged with first degree murder in connection with death of Ottawa woman, Rania Moussa. Moussa’s body was discovered in her Tunney’s Pasture apartment in March.

Murder of 13-year-old Marissa Shen of Burnaby, B.C. confirmed as a random attack. Information on whether the girl was sexually assaulted during the attack is not yet available to the public.

On how using sexual exploitation to titillate viewers ruined Game of Thrones:

“It took me a while to realise how right Ian McShane was when he described Game of Thrones as “only tits and dragons”, by which he meant, surely, formulaic hokum that degrades its viewers by commodifying women’s bodies, making entertainment out of sexual torture and pimping up its spectacles.”

Jess Martin

Jess Martin is a public relations professional, an aspiring writer, and an assistant editor at Feminist Current. She prefers to write about feminist topics, disability, or environmental issues, but could be persuaded to broaden her horizons in exchange for payment and/or food. In her spare time Jess can be found knitting, gardening, or lying in the fetal position, mulling over political theory that no one in their right mind cares about.