What’s Current: Woman births in jail cell after guards accuse her of ‘faking labour’

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  • Woman gives birth on the floor of her jail cell after guards accuse her of faking labour. The baby is in critical condition and may not survive.
  • Labour Party suspends the man who applied to the women-only shortlists based on self-identification.
  • Estranged husband charged this week with the 2002 murder of Terrie Anne Dauphinais of Calgary.
  • As Ireland prepares for a referendum on repealing the eighth amendment, this woman describes her experience travelling on her own dime to end a nonviable pregnancy.
  • The tea producers of Tetley and Britain’s Twinings are paying women in India as little as two dollars a day to work in sub-human conditions.
  • Ten women across nine U.S. cities have filed sexual harassment complaints against their employer, McDonalds.
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  • lk

    “A party spokeswoman said it was “committed to upholding the principle of affirmative action for women” but said obvious abuse of the process would not be tolerated.”

    How did Lewis abuse the system?

    “In a meeting on Tuesday, the party’s ruling national executive committee affirmed a policy statement explicitly stating all-women shortlists and women’s officer roles are all open to self-identifying trans women.”

    It seems to me that Lewis is following the rules exactly…he selfidentifies as a transwomen, transwomen can apply to women’s roles, therefore Lewis should be allowed to apply for women’s positions.

    “Anyone attempting to breach Labour party rules and subvert the intention of all-women shortlists, women’s officers or minimum quotas for women will be dealt with via our established safeguards, selection procedures and disciplinary measures.”

    LMAO…I can’t believe that the labour party cannot see that their self-identification policy itself subverts the intentions of women-only posts.

    The reality of this self-identification is king/transwomen are women/gender is not a binary/sex is fluid nonsense is the chipping away of female only-spaces and resources: women’s prisons, shelters, girls sports, scholarships earmarked for women and etc.

    • Tobysgirl

      And the UK Labour Party has a humor deficit!

  • Polly MacDavid

    WOW, what compassion.

  • Melanie

    The staff shouldn’t be making assumptions based on their own judgements or prejudices towards people with an addiction, people in prison or women. Their job is to oversee prisoners according to the law, including ensuring that prisoners have access to medical care. If they can’t do that without their personal biases getting in the way they should get another job. It’s also not true that all addicts are lying, manipulative drama queens. That’s just a stereotype. Maybe if they had access to decent drug treatment that didn’t make such arbitrary moral judgements on them they would have a better chance of getting clean.

  • お茶

    Can’t upvote this enough. I dated a guy who had graduated from medical school who insisted that I needed to clean the inside of my vagina with soap when washing. He still seemed dubious when I told him it was self cleaning and that soap was painful (it’s naturally acidic for crying out loud).

    • Mexican American Lesbian

      I have heard some women prefer male OBGYN’s. Don’t know why, but some say its because they don’t add in their personal preferences.

      • Meghan Murphy

        I would assume the only reason a woman might prefer a male OBGYN is sexism… i.e. the idea that somehow male doctors are more competent or something. I would *never* see a male gynecologist.

        • Mexican American Lesbian

          That’s odd. All of those women I refer to tell me it’s because they tend to offer advice untainted by personal preference.

          • Meghan Murphy

            So, sexism…. Like the idea that men are ‘unbiased’ (and ‘rational’), whereas women are ‘biased’ (and irrational).

        • Mexican American Lesbian

          I can understand where you’re coming from though. Many autistic men I work with oftentimes demand an autistic male therapist for varying reasons, most of them being abuse by female aides or a belief that men would better empathize with the more… “intimate” aspects of their life.

          MRA’s love to winge and whine about men being under represented in female-dominated fields, yet ignore the fact I’m willing to roll out the red carpet for them if they were so willing.

  • Po21

    More like its only okay to harrass and abuse when you have a ladydick, and you abuse women. I think they dont get the irony of this statement.

  • Po21

    Seriously, what is the difference between this Madigan brat who was a boy who made rape jokes three years ago and Lewis who is a woman on wednesday? Is Labour against genderfluidity when its on wednesday? Technically, how can they accept one and not the other, both are self idying? They dont even see the problem when it’s right in their face.

  • Meghan Murphy

    I’ve never heard this before…

    • Mexican American Lesbian

      Likewise. I was surprised too

      • Meghan Murphy

        What I mean, really, is that I find this hard to believe… There is absolutely no reason why a male OBGYN would offer better advice than a female one. I have no idea what your ‘sample size’ is, but if any woman actually *did* say this to you, I suspect it was either random or rooted in sexism.