What’s Current: France introduces bill which would fine men for public sexual harassment

  • A new bill in France aims to lengthen the time limit for reporting rape, set a new legal age of consent — 15 — at which a minor is considered able to agree to a sexual relationship with someone over 18, and target public sexual harassment. The legislation, once passed, would be enforced by police officers issuing on-the-spot fines and is backed by 90 per cent of the French public, according to a poll.
  • An Edmonton softball coach’s decision to allow trans-identified males on his amateur girls’ league has prompted policy reviews at the sport’s highest levels in Canada. As a result of these reviews, Softball Canada now plans to drop the requirement that trans-identified players prove they are going through “gender re-assignment” in order to play on the team with which they identify.
  • An employer of Krissy Pejcinovski, who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend on Tuesday, says the history of abuse was well known in their workplace.
  • Ottawa professor, Chris Bruckert, claims pimps are necessary to keep prostituted women “safe.”
Jess Martin

Jess Martin is a public relations professional, an aspiring writer, and an assistant editor at Feminist Current. She prefers to write about feminist topics, disability, or environmental issues, but could be persuaded to broaden her horizons in exchange for payment and/or food. In her spare time Jess can be found knitting, gardening, or lying in the fetal position, mulling over political theory that no one in their right mind cares about.