What’s Current: New Cross Learning shuts down ‘What is Gender’ event after threats & harassment

What’s Current is Feminist Current’s daily news round up.

• An event scheduled to take place on September 13th called “What is Gender?” has been cancelled by the venue due to safety concerns.


• Spencer Hight barged into his ex-wife’s home during a football watch party and shot and killed her, before killing seven more people. Meredith Lane was married to Hight for six years before filing for divorce in July. A neighbor said police had already visited the apartment in Plano, Texas. Hight was killed by police.

Newstalk staff are calling on management to remove broadcaster George Hook after he suggested some blame could be placed on victims of rape for “putting themselves in danger.” Hook apologized for his comments on Monday.

Two female students allege they were raped by two Carabinieri police officers in Florence.

Victorian MP Rachel Carling-Jenkins has revealed that her estranged husband Gary Jenkins has been convicted for child pornography possession. “These little girls would not be abused if people like my ex-husband did not provide a market,” she said.

• Police are searching the Oshawa Harbour after a fisherman discovered a female torso floating in the water.

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  • melissa

    “Victorian MP Rachel Carling-Jenkins has revealed that her estranged husband Gary Jenkins has been convicted for child pornography possession.”

    Crap like this is exactly why the idea of dating men seems more and more impossible to me these days. You never know the kind of sick shit that’s is in their minds, even for the nicest seeming guys. If not straight up watching child porn,watching creepy, abusive, pedo themed porn is perfectly mainstream and normal. It just grosses me out that the likelihood that I’d be with someone regularly getting off to teens or “step daughters” or “little girls” being “destroyed” by a bunch of violent old dudes, is pretty high.

    Even if you can avoid violent, abusive murderous dudes, the chances of avoiding men that enjoy and fantasize about violent, abusive treatment of women and girls seems to be getting lower every day.

    Btw, have you guys heard of the hypocrite Ted Cruz liking incest porn on twitter?

    • Sashimi73

      There must be some kind of litmus test to find out… is asking them – “do you like porn/are you disgusted by the “teens” in porn” – actually a viable thing?

      • melissa

        Lol yea, perhaps.

      • FierceMild

        I would just ask (in a neutral-to-deceptively-enthusiastic manner) if he’s into porn at all. If the answer is yes, he’s off the island. There isn’t any porn that’s acceptable. I mean really, it’s all getting off to power dynamics which is weird and yucky and incapable of producing a good lover.

        • Amy

          “incapable of producing a good lover.” I haven’t slept with a statistically significant portion of the male population, so I don’t claim this is an exact science, but… the most talented guys I’ve been with were NOT the ones into porn. But as you say, a vast majority are into porn (and a majority of the guys I’ve slept with too). Porn is made for them and therefore there’s orgasm faking left-and-right (I’m not speculating on this, in my libfem days I watched it with guys bc that’s what “cool girls” do ugh). so the guys get used to this fakeness and put little effort into pleasing women. then, when you don’t have an orgasm, they say it’s YOU because the porn stars and their exes “have tons of them”. When I’ve mentioned the epidemic of faking that goes on, it just pisses them off more since they can’t handle the truth (well or are stupid enough not to know women fake all the time, most of my friends have admitted to it on more than one occasion and again, I was one of them when really young, and I regret it so much bc they’ll never learn to please when you act for them.)

          In this porn fueled society not only are women supposed to allow guys to do whatever painful stuff he wants to them, but then we’re supposed to act like we like it or be told it’s OUR fault and that all other women like their sex. When I was younger I did believe them that it was just me, then when then I finally had a good lover and I knew…..beyond any doubt….. it’s not me. If it’s done right, I can EASILY enjoy several. Please don’t read this as me being pissed at women for faking, I get it, it’s often required of women and they’re just doing whats in their best interest (dont want to be belittled about it). that said, I wish women would stop faking as it just add to the problems. I feel like women (myself included) put up with patriarchal BS because it’s in their best interest (don’t want to fight with a guy, want to have a job, be safe, etc etc) but we really need to do what’s best for women as a whole!!! This is why I love this site so much, thank you Meghan and all of you. Maybe girls will read this site and realize it’s NOT ‘just them’.

          • FierceMild

            Men are terrible in bed like, really bad. They’re lazy, ignorant, and emotionally needy. They demand servicing, rarely reciprocate, and pay no attention to non-verbal feedback.

            They have the effrontery to claim that women lose interest in sex because we’re women. The obvious answer is right in their pants. If the sex felt as good to her as it does to him she would seek it. She doesn’t seek it. That means the sex is bad. QED

      • TheArtistFormerlyKnownAsYoya

        They would probably lie. Unless you ask very early on in the relationship, in which case they would try and make you feel like a “prude”. At which point you can run in the opposite direction!

      • Anon

        There could be a litmus test if women could count on honesty. That’s the rub.

      • Yisheng Qingwa

        Yes, but you have to act like you aren’t that invested in the answer, or they flip out and get all defensive and demand to know what is wrong with porn. That is when I walk away.

      • Wren

        The overwhelming majority of men joke about porn and their habits pretty early on, as a “litmus” test for us. Most women just don’t listen and/or shrug it off. Depending on how I am feeling about the guy, I may bring it up again or I may dump him or I may be looking for something casual. But if I’m seeking a serious relationship, it won’t be with him.

        You can also bring up the issue as a political discussion about censorship and such, and usually they just go on their “free speech” rant which leads to “everybody uses porn” which means they do. Obviously.

        I don’t think it’s a good idea to just outright ask a man that you don’t know well. Men will see that you care about the issue, they will lie, then they will use it to manipulate you or appear like a sensitive sort, but they could be the type that sees it as an opportunity for sadism. They will coddle a woman and bide their time to hurt her by manipulating her to use porn or do anal or anything to humiliate her and prove that she “likes” it. I don’t know if I’m explaining myself well, but I think women need to get this intel indirectly to avoid exposing vulnerabilities. These are the most dangerous men.

        The only men who’ve ever told me (and I believe) that they don’t use porn are ones who recognized the harm it was doing them and their attitudes toward women. Some had to go through a difficult withdrawal period and/or program like for sex addicts. These men are pretty rare. Even rarer is this unicorn man who apparently has always felt porn was distasteful, but once in a while you hear about them. Personally, I have never met one.

    • radwonka

      haha, religious are the most hypocrite people on earth! what’s new
      they can’t even obey their own rules and their own gods

      but then again, I highly doubt that religious were really serious about their “faith”

  • TheArtistFormerlyKnownAsYoya

    Not due to outside pressure? There must have been threats made, otherwise how else would New Cross know there were safety concerns?

  • FierceMild

    Dr Carling-Jenkins Is yet another example of gen bravery of women. I don’t think there’s a man alive in this world who could even begin to imagine what she has gone through and is going through yet she shows moral integrity and courage. Women are truly an inspiration once you take off the blinkers of Patriarchy and allow yourself to see Women as they are.

  • rosearan

    I live in Ireland and, in the past, have listened to George Hook’s Newstalk programme, ‘The Right Hook’- but not for long, as I found his extreme right-wings views offensive.

    One programme interview is burned into my brain. He had a guest on the programme, a single mother of three living on welfare. She had a blog about how to healthily feed one’s family on a welfare income – in her case, she fed herself and her three kids on 40 euros a week.

    At one point, he asked her if she had ever gone without a meal to feed her kids. She said that she had, often. His response? ‘Oh, but that’s a mother thing, isn’t it?”

    I was driving on the motorway at the time, and I was so outraged that I had to pull over and stop.

    This is an anecdote, based on recall. Even so, from the bare bones of it, this is a man (on one of Ireland’s highest incomes) who apparently sees the extreme poverty of many single mothers as simply ‘a mother thing’.

    Is it any wonder that he also sees rape as just ‘a woman thing’?

    My admiration goes out to the Newstalk staff, who put their livelihoods on the line to boycott one of their highest paid presenters for his views on rape and women in general.

  • According to this blog post, the “what is gender” event did happen, but it became violent. No, that’s not the right way to put it: trans activists attacked the women, and one 60 year old woman was injured, but apparently did not require hospitalization. http://www.butterfliesandwheels.org/2017/non-metaphorical-violence/

    • Omzig Online

      Being violently opposed to critical thinking is one of the surest signs you’ve been indoctrinated into a cult. I hope she turns over those pictures of her battered face and neck to the police, and I hope she presses charges.

    • Yisheng Qingwa

      They destroyed her camera and stole the memory card. The police implied she was somehow at fault for them attacking her. This was organized violence, and the police did nothing to stop it.

    • Stroke_Your_Own_Ego

      There’s a video on youtube of the violence, and the perpetrator was identified as Taryn Wood.

    • kfwkfw

      Can’t be said enough! They’re turning their heads, plugging their ears, and going la la la la la la…away from truth.

      It’s violent male with an agenda on peaceful middle-aged woman, HELLOOOOOOOO, HELLOOO…what is that??? Why are police indifferent?!? Why aren’t all media outlets discussing this & connecting dots?? Why isn’t male-on-female violence, domestic fucking violence…highlighted or treated properly in media ever?

  • Yisheng Qingwa

    AND a woman was strangled and punched outside the event by 4 men in dresses. The police apparently did nothing to stop it.

    I am sure you will cover this… this is male terrorism.