What’s Current: Doug Ford — a blatantly sexist, anti-abortion man — wins Ontario election

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  • It’s election day in Ontario, and Doug Ford, the brother of Rob Ford — a man who has made blatantly sexist remarks and pledged to introduce anti-abortion legislation — and the Progressive Conservatives have won a majority government
  • Women working in Asian factories manufacturing clothing for H&M and the Gap report that they are routinely physically and sexually assaulted.
  • A 53-year old Manitoba man has been charged with buying sex from a 16-year-old Indigenous girl while she was living at a group home run by the province’s child-welfare agency.
  • Eyvi Agreda died in Peru last week. Carlos Hualpa — a man who had stalked her for years with impunity — doused her with gasoline and set her on fire while she was riding a bus in April. Over the weekend, women who took to the streets to protest femicide were teargassed.
  • The UK Supreme Court has dismissed a lawsuit challenging Northern Ireland’s anti-abortion laws. The majority of judges said that the laws violate women’s human rights they ruled that the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission did not have standing to bring a legal challenge forward.
  • Two women – Skye Martin and Samantha Piercey – recently died while incarcerated at the Clarenville Correctional Centre for women in Newfoundland. Former prisoners are speaking out about conditions at the prison and advocates are demanding an inquiry into the provincial correctional system.
Lisa Steacy
Lisa Steacy

Lisa Steacy is an Assistant Editor at Feminist Current. She has a B.A. in Women & Gender Studies from the University of Toronto. However, the women she met in her five years as a frontline worker and collective member with Vancouver Rape Relief & Women’s Shelter deserve almost all of the credit for her feminist education. She lives in Vancouver with her partner and their cats.

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  • meri dian

    I’m scared and ashamed to be an Ontarian right now.

  • Maria Gatti

    Yeah, Doug has put on a lot of weight recently. Imagine how a woman candidate would be treated if she looked like that. Horvath gets slammed for being slightly plump, as does Wynne for being “gaunt”.

  • TwinMamaManly

    Progressive Conservatives? Isn’t that an oxymoron?

  • lk

    “Despite the prevalence of exploitation, being charged for buying sex from a minor is rare. In the past two years, 31 charges were laid in the entire country, according to Statistics Canada.”

    I wonder how many children were raped for money by men and are walking around Canada free, having suffered no consequence for their behavior. Men paying to rape children is horrific and I think its important for the justice system to spend the money and time arresting, convicting and fining these men. Preventing these kinds of crimes should be a priority, not an afterthought.

    “I think a lot of people don’t realize that [the girls] may have been sexually abused as children. And they’ve grown up in some not very nice homes and unfortunately they are being exploited. This isn’t a choice for them,” said McCallum.

    I think a lot of men do realize these girls have been sexually abused, I think they do realize they are vulnerable, I think they do realize they are addicted to drugs, they do realize these girls are under the care of child protective services and men are happy to pay to be part of exploiting women and girls.

    “The charge of obtaining sex for money with a person under 18 comes with a minimum six-month jail sentence and a maximum of 10 years.”

    I hope he gets 10 years. Something is really wrong with you, if at the age of 53, you think it is okay to search online for vulnerable girls to rape for money.

  • TwinMamaManly

    What on earth does that actually mean?!

    • Tobysgirl

      It was supposed to be a joke! That said, I have no idea what “progressive” means. I’m guessing that it translates into Democrat.

  • TwinMamaManly

    I hope it’s the upcoming generations. When this latest crop of bloated, ugly, self-serving, conservative males get too old and fat to tell us what to do anymore and the baby boomers start dropping off their perches and can no longer hoard their wealth, I am hopeful when I see the activism of the millenials (Stoneman kids etc) – their sensitivity to climate change and environmental issues, growing up under with the “Harry Potter effect”, the “mighty girls” (as my daughters’ teachers call them) and female trailblazers coming through that we just might have a chance. I remain hopeful, otherwise we are f**ked and then I hope for a pandemic, so we can start again.

    • BeeWall

      Ah, the female trailblazers are indeed the Boomers, and there were many, many other brave women before us. To suggest all of the baby boomers are hoarding wealth to is vexing to say the least. Those coming through are much welcomed, but let’s not forget those who invented the wheel…even though traditional history is then more than happy to do just that.

      • Maria Gatti

        I have zero wealth to hoard. Quite a few of us were fighting sexism, racism and environmental destruction from at least 40 years ago – 50 in the case of some of us who were early boomers or war babies.

        Pandemics are typically hardest on the poorest people and the poorest countries. We certainly don’t want women and girls in countries such as Haiti or Guatemala to have to face such things (such as the cholera epidemic in Haiti after the earthquake, and the crap going on in Guatemala right now, not to mention the horrible death toll in Puerto Rico (mainland US did practically nothing to help, and clamped down on Puerto Ricans seeking help from Cuban emergency services).

    • Alienigena

      Hoarders of wealth? No wealth to hoard here, never married, worked in higher education and government agencies (on contract) most of my life. Younger boomer. Experienced being a member of the precariat before that was even a term used by the media. Millennials resemble my parents generation (grew up during depression but were too young to fight in any world wars) to my mind, the Silent or ‘silencing’ generation as I like to call them. They were quite happy to take all the oxygen in the room given how narcissistic they were. They talked, you listened, you weren’t allowed to have any problems (including health problems, god forbid you were diagnosed with a chronic illness as a child as the problems of adults were always greater than those of children). Basically a ‘shut up we are talking and we matter’ kind of attitude. I never liked the music, attitudes (sexual liberation, misogyny, neoliberalism masquerading as liberalism), or beliefs of my generation but wasn’t impressed with my parents generation either, they made good workaholics but not good humans. Truthfully I am not impressed by any succeeding generations either. Everyone seems like self-righteous, self-promoter in this era, across all generations.