What’s Current: New research shows people feel less empathy for sexually objectified women

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  • New research out of Melbourne University and Sydney University shows the sexual objectification of women discourages sympathy for them, and primes men to be more aggressive when rejected.
  • Mireille Knoll, an 85-year-old Holocaust survivor living in Paris, was brutally murdered and then set on fire. One of the suspects — a neighbour — had previously been convicted for sexually assaulting a domestic helper who worked for Knoll.
  • Following his arrest in Mexico, federal sex trafficking charges have been filed in New York State against Keith Raniere, the secretive leader of the Nxivm “self-help” group, where women were branded by “masters” and coerced into having sex with him.
  • Ontario is budgeting to provide free daycare for children starting at 2 1/2, going until kindergarten, in a move that’s expected to save families in the province as much as $17,000 per child.
  • William Jaggs, a murderer who now prefers to go by Gillian and has begun cross-dressing, is now out on community medical release after serving only 11 years for tricking his way into the home of a woman he was obsessed with and stabbing her 66 times.
Natasha Chart
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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