What’s Current: Three Toronto police officers accused of rape walk free

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Three Toronto police officers accused of sexually assaulting a female colleague were found not guilty by a judge who claimed the complainant was not “credible.”

Women-only swim in Gloucestershire abruptly cancelled after single complaint by man-baby.

Google memo is not James Gamore’s first sexist rodeo. The administration at Harvard were required to issue a formal apology on his behalf several years prior for an offensive skit performance.

Toronto Crime Stoppers has released a tongue-in-cheek anti-trafficking campaign called Hotel de Jeunesse (Hotel of Youth) to address the realities of sex trafficking.

Trump Administration revokes asylum approval for Afghani woman fleeing a murderous man.

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  • Hekate Jayne

    I can’t look at the rape article today. Every one of them has multiple links to other rapes. I still can’t let go of one of the links from yesterday, about a 10 year old girl that was refused an abortion resulting from a rape in India and 3 other similar links.

    Story after story about rapists being let go. I can’t today.

    But the man baby that cried about the women’s swim. This is where we are now. We can’t have anything. At all. Males are going to take it all.

    In the comments for that story, a guy said “why don’t they just have a male swim? That fixes it.” And a woman responded that males wouldn’t attend because they don’t care about having a swim, they just don’t want women to have it.

    We are going to have to start fighting back. Unless we want to just let them have everything.

    • Amy

      The problem I have is.. how do we fight back? It’s so bad for us that whenever we speak non-anonymously, we are persecuted, fired, shamed, trolled, assaulted etc. If I had my full name on things, I wouldn’t be able to have a job, since I’m called a “TERF”, “feminazi” etc no businesses want to take a chance on a radfem. Im trying to think of what we can do and still be safe and able to earn a living.

  • LollyWillowes

    Untameable Shrews are under attack by trolls and angry men and their enabling stupid handmaidens at the moment.
    Both Twitter & FB accounts.

  • Rachael

    The article about the women’s swim team just horrifies me. Is this where we are going now? If that’s the case, we need to get out and fight against this because very soon we won’t have any safe spaces left. We will be meeting in secret and on the internet (thank god for the internet) because we won’t be able to do anything as women, in public.

  • OldPolarBear

    Also, speaking of man-babies, someone shared bit from The Advocate this on Facebook this morning. In and of itself, it’s not completely out of line; I used to feel the same way 40 years ago and it’s funny in a way, but also dispiriting, that some things change so little. But coming from The Advocate, and in context of women-only spaces, and especially lesbian ones, being shut down and intruded on, it seems a little whiny and oblivious. He does mention lesbian bars, but only in passing and doesn’t seem to understand why transwomen maybe shouldn’t be there.

    Then, in trying to track that piece down again, I found this, by a lesbian, which was well-written and also pretty funny.

    • Amy

      “doesn’t seem to understand why transwomen maybe shouldn’t be there”
      How do people not understand this??? Telling a lesbian she must be willing to have a penis in her orifices is the same as telling a gay man to eat out a FtT or a straight man to blow a dude…..which we know would NOT be tolerated by men. How do people not see the misogyny?

      Seriously, one day a MtT is gonna rape a woman and when she fights back to defend herself she’ll be charged with a hate crime. That’s how messed up this world is

  • Marla

    So much I want to say on this issue but just can’t

  • Meghan Murphy

    Awful. Solidarity with our Untameable sisters! Anything we can do to help?

  • Amy

    I keep seeing tons of people admitting to reporting them to FB even though they didn’t violate any terms or conditions. Doesn’t FB staff check a page before they pull it down?

    • Meghan Murphy

      You would think so. Every time I’ve reported something, they check it out and tell me it doesn’t ‘violate community standards.’ So wtf.

  • will

    Have photographed the perves as well? It seems that documentation of these behaviours is the first step. As someone noted on another current thread here: there is deep denial that women’s washroom have become unsafe. The more documented evidence that this is a lie, the better.

    Sorry to hear this is happening. No one should be afraid to use the bathroom.

  • marv

    “I ask the question because usually feminists are not the best supporters of due process, innocent until proven guilty.”

    The State, law, police, and judiciary are a white male formations. Due process has been defined within these male made structures. The power of white men is stacked against women, indigenous people and blacks. In this political context innocent until proven guilty is not fair because the law doesn’t take into consideration the subordinate class position of the woman in relation to the three men and the whole oppressive system undergirding them.

  • Tobysgirl

    And it’s nice to realize that old-style Gay Liberation is not dead.

  • Tobysgirl

    James Gamore is the living proof of the author of Hillbilly Elegy’s take on the Nazis in Charlottesville. I can’t remember his name — he spoke on the CBS morning show — but he pointed out that these men are not poor or marginalized but actually pretty well-off. His next point is that they are failures in a large part of their lives, usually relationships. For some odd reason, women generally want nothing to do with them. The murderer was tossed out of the army in basic training, and I would guess that he could not do as he was told, even for five minutes. Gamore is most likely a failure in a large part of his life, so women are to blame. What else are we here for?

  • M. Zoidberg

    Ok, honey, we’re going to take this slow:

    Women have to try to prove within a system run by men that rape occurred — a system and culture that consistently ignores and degrades women for profit (i.e. the world at large.)

    Not believing women is a big part of the problem (and the culturally acceptable stereotype that all women are crazy, lying bitches doesn’t help.) Even in cases where the woman had proof she was incapacitated (3rd party witness), displayed physical injuries in line with an assault, or even underage (y’know, a child), still we have judges and juries who claim the girl/woman doesn’t “seem” credible. That’s what we mean by an unfair system.

    Now, she might not be credible because her story changed or her facts were inconsistent (a very common symptom of PTSD and TRAUMA,) she might have been too drunk to remember (also too drunk to consent, but that often gets forgotten) or in the case of the officer, she had male colleagues betray and close ranks on her (like all men do) faster than you can say “rape party!”

    By the way, the judge decides there’s “no proof.” They decide what’s proof and everything else is no proof by omission.

    Let me ask you, honestly, do you think women want to put themselves through a rape trial for the LOLZ? For the FAME? For the sweet, sweet DOLLA’ BILLS???

    You smell like troll shit. Go back to RoK — Roosh needs his dick sucked pronto!

  • marv

    Hey charlatan, quit dismissing sound evidence and adopting dross fables.