What’s Current: Wilfred Laurier University apologizes for disciplining TA who showed gender identity debate in class

What’s Current is Feminist Current’s daily news roundup.

  • Wilfred Laurier University apologizes to Lindsay Shepherd, a graduate teaching assistant who was disciplined for showing a debate on gendered pronouns in her class.
  • Influential New York Times political correspondent, Glenn Thrush, has been accused by several women in journalism of sexually harassing or assaulting them, and then destroying their reputations with colleagues.
  • A new documentary has spurred a social media campaign to free Cyntoia Brown, convicted and incarcerated for murdering a man who purchased her to rape and beat when she was 16 years old.
  • House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has called for an ethics investigation of Rep. John Conyers, following reports that he sexually harassed a former staffer.
  • Yet another lawyer for the National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls has resigned.
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Natasha Chart

Natasha Chart is an online organizer and feminist living in the United States. She does not recant her heresy.

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  • Wren

    I’m totally with you, sister.

    • Danielle Matheson

      Thank you! Needed that.

      • Hekate Jayne

        Also with you.

        Males make everything exhausting.

  • Tobysgirl

    I got an email from some supposed leftist which included her name and her preferred pronouns, they and them. One can only roll one’s eyes at the infinite silliness of human beings.
    Except when a young woman, Lindsay Shepherd, is being bullied and harassed by a couple of creepy men — GenderTrender has the recording available if you have the stomach to listen to it. I wish a group of women would target and harass these two men.

  • fxduffy

    It’s really hard to fathom why the the current Congressional sex offense laws were even enacted. They seem purposely designed to punish the accuser and exonerate and hide the accused.

    I mean can you believe that the ACCUSER has to go through 90 days of counseling and mediation?? And a long “cooling off period” after that, before filing a complaint that should have been done immediately. And if that is not enough the victim is not allowed to disclose the findings of the court which means she is outlawed from naming the accused or the settlement reward.

    This current law should obviously not be improved, as is the intention, but SCRAPPED. And immediately replaced with a law at least commensurate with the law governing other work places (actually it should be stronger and set the model and tone for the whole country).

    • Hekate Jayne

      You said:
      “They seem purposely designed to punish the accuser and exonerate and hide the accused.”

      This is exactly what this law is meant to do.

      It is a manipulative male reversal. Males claim to want to stop their abuse. And then they write something like this, that is the OPPOSITE of stopping the abuse.

      Because males love enacting violence against us, so they write their laws in order to protect their “right” to do so.

      The law isn’t meant to protect us. It is meant to protect males, to allow them to rape, beat, harass, us with little to no consequence. The law works just as males intend it to work.

    • It’s really simple. Congress writes their own rules, and they’re not going to risk exposing themselves to public scrutiny. They’re excused from fair hiring laws too, among many other things.

  • I’m in favor of gender neutral pronouns where it’s appropriate — ie textbooks, ordinances, stuff like that. I HATE being made invisible because of early Man and his inventions of fire and agriculture, which were probably discovered in many places by women. Miller and Swift, in a tiny book called “Words and Women” about 40 years ago, reviewed all the research finding that generic “he” was never generic. So “they” and “them” are just fine there, except that we’ve been excluded so long I’d gladly support a law requiring that for the next 40 years all textbooks, court documents, and public information will use the universal “she” as the generic.

    • Missy

      Absolutely. I’m so sick and tired of “man” and “he” used as the generic wording. By all logic “woman” and “she” should be the default since women are literally the default human. Of course men had to take that away from us with their made up male gods and religious garbage, but the fact remains that female is the default while male is a deviation. Every fetus starts off as female and half of them go on to become male. The two X chromosomes are default while the Y was a genetic mistake that I often wish never happened.

      • Hekate Jayne

        I don’t really consider male as a deviation.

        I think that it is actually a deformity.

        • Missy

          Makes sense. Men are just pretty much warped in every way.

  • fragglerock

    I also think that the university’s apology was HOLLOW.