What’s Current: Novelist Junot Díaz accused of misogynist behaviour and sexual harassment

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  • Women in the literary world have started to surface allegations of sexual harassment and misogynist behaviour by novelist Junot Díaz, while Mary Karr, a memoirist and poet, reminds us that her former partner and deceased novelist, David Foster Wallace, was known to have violently abused her and it only added to his fame.
  • Cara Creaby, an officer with the Metropolitan Police in London, UK, is suing for £200,000 in damages for suffering PTSD after having to watch over 100 child rape videos without proper support in the course of her work.
  • Vancouver Rape Relief has releases statement about the de-platforming and smearing of activist Yuly Chan from a panel scheduled as a part of the Vancouver Crossroads conference:

“We, as long-time feminist organizers in Vancouver, understand these attacks for what they are; the silencing of feminists”

  • A Montreal massage therapist has filed a complaint with police over an officer’s dismissive attitude when she first tried to file a police report regarding a client masturbating in front of her after a session. She says the officer told her:

“There’s a lot of weirdos out there… I’m saying, be prepared to have weirdos. You will have weirdos. That’s the nature of the business. Unfortunately, that’s what happens. I just don’t want you to get emotional because you have weirdos out there.”

  • Indian police have arrested 14 men suspected of aiding in abducting and burning a 16-year-old girl to death while her family was away, following her family pursuing punishment against two of the men for raping her.
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  • Hekate Jayne

    It is the job of male law to protect males. So of course, when we go to the police with a dude who knew that he could do something like that, the police are going to do everything to protect the pervy male.

    It isn’t right or fair. It is a perfect example of dudes covering up their disgusting entitlement with their systems. The police tell us that they can’t really do anything, it wasn’t a big deal, males are going to be disgusting, and what are you going to do?

    Males are insuring other males can assault, harass, and rape. They have been doing it for centuries. And it works very well.

  • Hanakai

    I do not know what country you are in, but your suggestion is not going to happen in the USA. But massage parlors can put up surveillance cameras and identify abusers that way. Easy, cheap and no need to get a male-dominated legislature to enact helpful legislation.

  • Hanakai

    The only remedy is to start electing women to the position of District Attorney and City Attorney. Male prosecutors are not interested in protecting victims of sexual assault, and indeed like powerful men everywhere, many prosecutors are themselves sex offenders who get away with their crimes.

  • Rich Garcia

    @disqus_JBqhgJBLou:disqus Female prosecutors are very good at getting justice for women. But I’ll add that female law enforcement are not that different from their male counterparts in the ways they flaunt their authority and abuse the citizenry. If you’re black, brown, or poor you don’t get the benefit of being treated with respect by a woman in uniform. She has to uphold the “male law” too.

    • Hanakai

      I have observed this, too. Women prosecutors will work hard to convict rapists and sex offenders, while too often female cops internalize the whole occupying army racist ideologies of the law enforcement establishment and are as bad as the racist male cops. Occasionally you get an outlier who can play the cop role and maintain some humanity.