What’s Current: Heather Brunskell-Evans’ talk about pornography & sexualization canceled after complaints by trans activists

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  • Heather Brunskell-Evans, academic and spokeswoman for the Women’s Equality Party, has been barred from speaking about pornography at King’s College London after discussing her concerns about transitioning children on Moral Maze.
  • The Crown is appealing a dismissed case against Sgt. Christopher Heard, who stands accused of sexually assaulting women in his police vehicle.
  • Justice Jean-Paul Braun — a Quebec Judge who said teen “may have been flattered” during sexual assault because she “was a bit overweight” — has withdrawn from the case.
  • Three White House service members who accompanied Trump to Vietnam have been reassigned for “improper contact with foreign women.”
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  • Kiwipally

    Here’s an idea, how about stopping male judges sitting on sexual assault/rape cases because they obviously don’t want to follow the law or legal practice standards when it comes to these cases.

    • Hekate Jayne

      Males would never allow that. Also, judges in a patriarchy protect males, no matter their sex. Males allow women in positions of power only if those women cater to males.

      Patriarchy runs on male domination of ALL systems. Males protect each other so that they can continue to rape with little or no consequence.

      We don’t make progress because we keep expecting to persuade male systems to protect us or get justice for us.

      We might as well be asking the moon to fix it. Male systems protect males. Period.

      We can’t adjust male systems to protect us. That is the opposite of what male systems are designed to do.

      Males are going to continue to rape and assault us and they are going to continue to use their systems to let each other get away with it.

      We are going to have to stop them. There is no other way.

      • Missy

        I was having a discussion the other day on another forum about vigilante gangs of women who hunt down and castrate rapists since the patriarchal legal systems refuses to protect women, or grant us justice for crimes committed against us. These vigilante women would be professionals and never get caught. I would love to see this happen, but after the rapists are castrated, I’d rather they be “put down” or better yet, made paralyzed from the neck down so they’ll suffer longer, and they can never use any part of their body to rape again. Also cut out their tongues so they can’t catcall ever again either.

        I know this is just a fantasy, but damn do I wish for it to become a reality so much!

        • BornACrone

          Too complicated. Just kill them. If you paralyze them, I’m sure there will be some female caretakers who are stuck wiping their butts and otherwise assigned to their total care 24/7. Just get rid of them and let them decompose and add to the environment.

          • Missy

            True. As long as their deaths are as slow and painful as possible. It’s the least that they deserve.

  • A Pew Poll came out recently comparing attitudes about transgenderism, in a vague nonspecific way, by political party and a few other demographics. In the article I read, attitudes were not broken down by sex (they would call it “gender”), which I thought was a shame. There’s little discussion, outside of radical feminist circles, about what men versus women think about this, but it would be nice to know.

  • Hannah

    So women are being censored from speaking about all women’s issues now, just because they disagree with trans ideology? Women have said that trans activists fighting to be considered female was just a way to get us to stop talking about our issues, they’re proving us right. Be considered your own category with your own needs, no one is stopping them and their needs are different from ours anyway. Not that I agree with what they’re doing but I wouldn’t give a shit if they weren’t trying to tear down women’s rights.

  • thebewilderness

    Generation after generation men in power assert that the harassment, rape, and sexual assault, of women is a compliment. I think we should take the advice of Maya Angelou and believe these men when they tell us who they are.

  • martindufresne

    I don’t think it’s a coincidence that people who wish to censor feminist concerns about children’s welfare in the context of the transing epidemic are also the first to try and silence a feminist academic about pornography and its effects on youths… and are also fighting tooth-and-nail those reporters pulling the curtain and revealing the prostitution lobby’s use of bogus “sex workers”. Thanks for the priority given to this outrage, Ms. Martin.

  • Omzig Online

    It’s really looking like Universities have ceased to be a physical location where we can discuss ideas civilly. We shouldn’t even try, it seems. There are other places to congregate, there are other places to hold debates.

    In my area, there are event centers that rent their spaces, and would provide security too, I believe. I know the money to organize a feminist event doesn’t grow on trees, but we’re going to need an alternative to universities. I myself would pay good money for tickets to see a robust feminist debate somewhere outside of the campus environment.

    It’s really too bad, the way things have become. Campuses have apparently replaced their students with a bunch of spoiled, coddled ninnies that will collapse into a fetal position and begin rocking themselves and sucking their thumbs if they are exposed to ideas that are controversial. So if a feminist event (or a debate!) were held somewhere other than a campus, we wouldn’t risk offending their sweet, delicate sensibilities.

    • OldPolarBear

      A good idea! Probably easier said than done, because of money and logistics, but certainly not impossible. After reading the other day here on FC about Julie Bindel being no-platformed once again, I immediately had the thought of trying to bring her to my city for a talk. I’m not in a position to take on that kind of organizational task, but I hope to be some time in the near future.

    • Kathleen Lowrey

      I don’t think students are nearly as sensitive as they are portrayed as being. It’s so convenient, right? To say, “oh, it’s not ME who wants to quash debate, I LOVE debate, but I’m thinking of the tender students”. I also am becoming quite suspicious of the way that students, who in my experience are rather a tough lot, often dealing with jobs, family upheaval, all kinds of things, are increasingly *exhorted* to think of themselves as fragile. Feminists know that trick, right? “oh I’m just worried about you sweetheart. That’s why I think it would be best if you stayed very quietly in this locked room where it’s safe, there’s a lot you can’t handle, are you sure you aren’t cracking up? You really seem like you *might* be, just saying, I’m just concerned for you, so concerned. For YOU.”

      • Melanie

        I’ve been diagnosed with CPTSD and there are some ideas that I find distressing to hear, for example the idea that sex work is work, because I did not experience it that way. This is an idea that’s legitimized in most universities but you won’t see many people worried about my ‘safe space’ in regards to that. I just have to suck it up, like all women are expected to accept misogynistic ideas that are discussed or legitimized in academia. I understand the need for trigger warnings in some circumstances, but i don’t think that people need to be protected and mollycoddled from every idea that they find offensive or distressing.There are techniques that you can use to decrease your anxiety and distress when you come across an upsetting theory, article or idea. Nobody has ever died from hearing ideas that upset them. And to suggest that expressing these ideas in a debate can lead to suicide and murder is just hyperbole and emotional manipulation. These fragile snowflakes need to grow a backbone like women have done for eons, because we’ve had to.

  • Hekate Jayne

    That cannot be overstated.

    Males wrote most laws when we were still their legal property, to be owned, traded, bought and sold.

    That bullshit going through Congress about “accusers” having to go to mandatory counseling and having to have a “cooling off” period benefits males and only males.

    There is nothing for us to be confused about. There is nothing for us to explain to them. Of course, that is what they want, when they explain that they wrote some law to protect us and it is obviously a manipulative male reversal. Because when we lobby them, or beg, or ask, or plead, then everything stays the same. With them abusing us and using their systems to insure that they can continue.

    We can keep spinning our wheels, expecting that males will just kindly hand over our rights and begin to treat as as somewhat human, just because we ask. Even though this hasn’t worked for centuries.

    Or we can attempt to put a stop to it.

    No amount of us participating in patriarchy is going to improve things. Patriarchy improves things for males, period. We are going to have to implement our own improvements.

    And We can absolutely do it.

  • Missy

    Agreed. These gangs should be organized in every country, castrating and killing rapists everywhere.

  • Sashimi73

    Looked them up. How inspiring! http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2014/02/gulabi-gang-indias-women-warrriors-201422610320612382.html

    There is also Megalia in Korea, who shut down male violence through their computers.

  • Jani

    The effects of internet pornography on society, sexuality and relationships needs serious consideration. It’s only when young men are suffering from erectile dysfunction that the problem is acknowledged. As if erectile prowess is sacred. Meanwhile women are being brainwashed into believing they are supposed to be capable of giving their boyfriends and husbands the “porn star experience” whilst trussed up in cheap polyester tat and reciting someone else’s corny script and faking orgasms. And now men can’t get aroused by real life sexual experiences because they expect to see body after body on a screen trying to find the “one” that they can ejaculate to whilst strangling their own dicks to the point of killing off their natural physical responses. Garbage in, garbage out — that’s sexuality in age of internet pornography. Women still have crappy sex with their male partners Nothing much has changed since Shere Hite’s report. The reasons may be different but the result is the same. Porn is a totally backward dysfunctional kind of sexuality.