What’s Current: Canadian femicide report says a woman or girl has been killed in Canada every other day this year

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  • A report from the Canadian Femicide Observatory for Justice and Accountability (CFOJA) says that one woman or girl has been killed in Canada every other day this year.
  • A Texas man shot 33-year-old Karkea Crenshaw to death when she ended their relationship and told him to move out of her apartment.
  • Arguments have broken out in BBC employees’ women’s groups, where older women pressing for equal pay and representation are being insulted and dismissed by younger women arguing that trans-identified males should be eligible for maternity leave.
  • James Kirkup wonders why MP Stephen Doughty appears to be trying to shut down open discussion in newspapers about issues related to the rapid rise in trans-identified young people.
  • Matthew Wright, who has hosted the UK Channel 5 show, The Wright Stuff, for the past 18 years, has quit the show rather than apologize to Paris Lees over a comment by guest Anne Hegerty that Lees “used to be a boy.”
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  • Cassandra

    “Arguments have broken out in BBC employees’ women’s groups, where older women pressing for equal pay and representation are being insulted and dismissed by younger women arguing that trans-identified males should be eligible for maternity leave.”

    I had to read this twice, and then click over to the original article to see for myself. The stupid hurts, truly. It wasn’t mentioned in the article, and this is a bit of conjecture on my part, but I think that there are actually young women (and men) out there who think that there is such a thing as a sex change — that you can actually change sex.

    I remember reading a string of comments years ago, under an article about “including” transgender people in reproductive rights conversations (which is the most absurd example of this entire thing, as there’s no way to talk about reproductive rights without “erasing” *somebody* so we end up with phrases like “uterus haver,” which ironically enough, underlines and shouts out exactly what they say doesn’t make a woman a woman, right? and is the only difference between trans identified males and females, right?) …Anyway, the comments below the article contained some DOOZIES, and one comment in particular raised the hair on the back of my neck; it was from someone, my gut feeling a female, who was buried in pomo speak and referring to “operations” that trans people couldn’t afford to be able to have children. “What operation is that?” I asked. It took three or four back and forths before another trans sympathizer chimed in and admitted that people with penises can’t have operations that will enable them to have children. The original commentor NEVER DID verify whether or not she grasped this.

    The next thing we’ll be hearing is that the teaching of biology and reproductive reality as it applies to human beings is “transphobic” and should be banned entirely, or else, a la the Midwives Association completely emptied of any definition of the two biological entities involved. Men and women are now “prostate owners” and “uterus havers/bearers” (notice how it’s never phrased as “uterus OWNERS”).

    But *we’re” the biological essentialists.

    • lk

      “The stupid hurts, truly.”

      It really does. When I read the arguments by transsupporters, they are often so ridiculous…I can’t do anything but laugh and shake my head.

      Years ago, I read some nonsensical article on everyday feminism about being gender inclusive when we talk about abortions…I don’t think I will ever forget the first line: “Women aren’t the only people who need access to abortions”

      LMAO….I mean, how can you have a rational conversation with someone who truly believes that men need access to abortions?

      “but I think that there are actually young women (and men) out there who think that there is such a thing as a sex change — that you can actually change sex.”

      Honestly, I used to think that nobody really believed this stuff. But now, I think there are people who really and truly think it is possible to change one’s sex and that the human race has more than two sexes. If you google how many sexes are there:…you get lots and lots of nonsense about how its complicated and there are 63 and how 2 sexes just isnt enough and so on…

      I can only hope that scientific textbooks will remain rooted in truth and facts, so that at least when kids go to school they will learn the truth about human biology.

  • lk

    “A younger employee replied: “Shouldn’t trans women qualify for maternity leave though?””

    LMAO….this cannot be a serious question…

    “I think womankind is big enough to embrace those on the edges,” one woman wrote.”

    Since when are have men been on the edges of society? And why must womankind embrace them…why arent men rushing to embrace these men on the edges of society…

  • Robert Gonzalez

    Tell me again trans-identified men how so many of you get slaughtered.

  • My mother would never have stood for the genderist ideology, nor would my grandmother or my great grandmothers (one of whom was a suffragist). I think people who question genderist ideology cross all ages, political parties, ethnicities, and levels of education. However, I do think there is a class element to this, with the gender revolutionaries tending to come from well off families. When Julie Bindel called the transactivist blocking her from attending the meeting, “Posh Boy” it hit the mark.

  • Tinfoil the Hat

    What’s “maternity leave”?

  • Cassandra

    HOLY SHIT!!!

  • lk

    “In reference to that kid Jazz, apparently some woman asked when he would start menstruating.”

    Well, language around human sex is being warped so much that people probably think this is true. We live in a world where statements like: “Some girls have penises, Some boys have vaginas” are spoken as though they were factual statements.

    I’ve seen a few articles about how TIMs get periods/period symptoms….Buzzfeed has one titled: This Is What It’s Like To Get A Period When You Aren’t A Woman”
    WHAT?! NOOOOOO. NO MAN IN THE HISTORY OF THE HUMAN RACE HAS EVER HAD A PERIOD.

    I linked the article below because the comments under it are hilarious…most of them are about how they never thought about how hard it is to be trans and have a period (because being a woman/girl and having your period is sooo easy) and about how having a period doesnt make you less of a man…

    https://www.buzzfeed.com/susiearmitage/heres-what-its-like-to-have-your-period-when-youre-trans?utm_term=.vj0xYGzEBK#.dj61MjzZx5

  • The term comes from the National Geographic issue and documentary Gender Revolution. https://www.feministcurrent.com/2016/12/16/national-geographic-gender-revolution-cover-fails-women/ And yes, it means the same-old same-old, but with more sequins and child abuse.

  • Elise