What’s Current: Polish police forcibly remove feminist protesters to make way for far-right march

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Women activists in Poland staged a sit-in to block the route of a far-right march in Warsaw and were forcibly removed by police.

As part of a civil lawsuit, dashcam footage has been released of police in Texas subjecting a black woman named Charneisha Corley to an invasive, 11 minute long vaginal search in a gas station parking lot in 2015. The officers were charged with official oppression last year but those charges were dropped earlier this month.

Alice H. Wu, a female economist, has done a study of sexism in her profession by analyzing over a million comments posted by economists in an online forum. The study found:

“The 30 words most uniquely associated with discussions of women make for uncomfortable reading. In order, that list is: hotter, lesbian, bb (internet speak for “baby”), sexism, tits, anal, marrying, feminazi, slut, hot, vagina, boobs, pregnant, pregnancy, cute, marry, levy, gorgeous, horny, crush, beautiful, secretary, dump, shopping, date, nonprofit, intentions, sexy, dated and prostitute. The parallel list of words associated with discussions about men reveals no similarly singular or hostile theme.”

Amelia Tait at the New Statesman examines how male YouTubers are preying on and exploiting their young female fans.

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.