What’s Current: Women in refugee camps risk male violence every time they menstruate

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A refugee camp in Greece.
  • Women and girls in refugee camps face danger of male violence ever time they menstruate. It is too dangerous for them to even get hot water to clean themselves or go to the bathroom, and they don’t have access to sanitary pads.
  • Universities in the UK could face fines for failing to uphold free speech if their student unions no-platform speakers they disagree with. Jo Johnson, the higher education minister said he plans to allow the Office for Students to fine or suspend institutions that fail to protect freedom of speech on campuses.
  • Apparently, the New York Times story about sexual harassment at Vice doesn’t even scratch the surface.
  • Pimps are tattooing their initials or names on the bodies of prostituted girls and women. Because the cost of removal is out of reach, Ben Alway of Second Skin Tattoo Removal in Edmonton is offering tattoo removal to the women for free.
  • Chris Hedges speaks with Julie Bindel about efforts to legalize prostitution and the nefarious forces behind this “movement.”
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  • lk

    Is there any situation in which men will not use the vulnerability of women to get access to their bodies?

    “When I take her inside, the men look at her, and try … to touch her. A lot of men came around our daughter and wanted to take her away.”

    I do not understand the male mind at times. I cannot imagine being in a refugee camp and trying to inflict harm on women by touching them without consent and raping them.

    Males create a world where even going to the bathroom to cleanse yourself during your period becomes a life and death decision.

    And now we live in a world we are to deny the reality of female biology.

    Are these men touching these girls because of how they identify? Are these women worried about how to soak up the blood from their periods because of “a female feeling”? Are the pregnant women worried about the health of their unborn children because self identification?

    • Missy

      I can’t help thinking about the movie “Carrie” when the crazy religious mother talks about how boys come around sniffing and slobbering like dogs when a girl gets her period. Ugh!

      Many males can’t even be considered sentient beings, a lot of them are even less self-aware than most animals, especially the kind like those primitive freaks talked about in that article who give complete control to their dicks since they seem to be in heat every second of every day, which is something not even demonstrated by male animals. Seriously, male animals are more civilized than many male humans. This is why a lot of men need to be restricted and controlled, because otherwise they pose way too much risk to women and children. It’s so sickening how patriarchy forces over half the world’s population to live in fear and indignity due to the behavior and actions of a portion of the other half.

      The men from third world counties actively use their ignorance and cultural differences as an excuse to be as disgusting as possible towards women, although they know very well what they’re doing and that their actions are depraved. Even in Western countries male sexual entitlement has gotten completely out of control due to porn culture and Liberal “feminism.”

    • Maria Gatti

      And she isn’t even a “woman”, she is a barely pubescent girl!

      Actually, even peeing or defecating is a mortal danger to girls and women in such camps – menstruation just exacerbates the problem. In theory, patriarchal religions tend to make relations with a menstruating woman or girl taboo, but I guess the guys just follow the aspects that are to their advantage.

  • Second Waver

    While a bunch of Western privileged ‘progressive’ neo-liberals are busy pandering to the clains of a “movement” that is utterly and miserably divorced from material reality THIS is what is happening to women in the rest of the world. This is what matters- male violence against women. The law-makers should be addressing these problems, providing safer and more hygienic spaces to refugee women.

  • Bar Wench

    Other than the financial aspect, could menstrual cups be a more pragmatic option for these women?