What’s Current: Harvey Weinstein pleads not guilty on rape charges

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  • Harvey Weinstein pleads not guilty on rape charges. His lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, told reporters:

“Mr. Weinstein has denied these crimes. He has never engaged in non-consensual sex with anyone. As terrible a crime as rape is, it is equally reprehensible to be falsely accused of rape. In his view, he has been falsely accused of rape.”

  • A “hyper-masculine” culture in pipeline work camps (dubbed “man camps”) has led to a notable increase in sexual assaults, specifically against Indigenous women living in these remote areas.
  • Jocelyn Macdonald reports on the recent assault against a lesbian accused of being a “TERF,” which took place outside a St. Louis pub.
  • Judge Aaron Persky, who sentenced Stanford athlete Brock Turner to only six months in jail for sexually assaulting and attempting to rape an unconscious woman, has been recalled from office.
  • Teespring pulls “Fuck TERFs” shirt from its online store.
  • Stephen Colbert reminds Bill Clinton that his behaviour “was the most famous example of a powerful man sexually misbehaving in the workplace” of his lifetime.
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Meghan Murphy is a freelance writer and journalist. She has been podcasting and writing about feminism since 2010 and has published work in numerous national and international publications, including New Statesman, Vice, Al Jazeera, The Globe and Mail, I-D, Truthdig, and more. Meghan completed a Masters degree in the department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University in 2012 and lives in Vancouver, B.C. with her dog.

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