What’s Current: Biggest women’s demonstration in South Korea’s history fights ‘spycam porn’

What’s Current is Feminist Current’s daily news roundup.

  • In Seoul, South Korea, a demonstration of 22,000 women was organized to speak out against an epidemic of video voyeurism crimes, called molka, committed against women using public toilets, with the resulting “spycam porn” being uploaded to the internet. It was the largest women’s demonstration in the country’s history.
  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions has reversed a ruling by an US immigrations appeal court that had allowed a domestic violence victim from El Salvador, where law enforcement does not protect women from abusive husbands, to claim asylum in the United States. The move is expected to set a precedent of refusal for all such claims.
  • Four in ten UK domestic violence refuges are likely to have to close in 2020 if women are no longer allowed to use housing benefits to reimburse providers.
  • The Liberal government passed a motion to repeal Canada’s prostitution laws, which decriminalize those who sell sex, and criminalize pimps, johns, and brothel owners. Protect the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act (PCEPA)!
Natasha Chart
Natasha Chart

Natasha Chart is an online organizer and feminist living in the United States. She does not recant her heresy.

Like this article? Tip Feminist Current!

$
Personal Info

Donation Total: $1

  • therealcie

    Many years ago when I had bought into the “porn is female empowerment” rhetoric, I was doing affiliate marketing for porn sites because, you know, I was one of the cool girls, not one of those uptight types. I started feeling more and more leery of what was being promoted. It wasn’t just sex, either straight or gay. Things like choking hadn’t come into vogue yet, but there was a lot of stuff like revenge porn. I questioned how it could be legal to distribute a video of someone who hadn’t signed a consent form. The more I saw the less I thought it was “empowering” in any way.

  • lk

    “Generally, claims by aliens pertaining to domestic violence or gang violence perpetrated by nongovernmental actors will not qualify for asylum.”

    What percentage of people seeking asylum for domestic violence are women and children?

    Can we honestly say that the US will be safer because we are turning away women and children who are fleeing male violence? Of course not.

    I feel like women and children are forced in so many ways to just accept male violence..they either live in countries where the government/police/religions supports the idea that men own women and therefore can do whatever they want with us. When they try to flee they end up in refugee camps where men continue to abuse them. When they try to gain entry into countries where women have better rights, they are turned away. When we report rape/dv to the police, they are often not taken seriously. When we use charities or public assistance to help ourselves or our children instead of remaining in a violent households we are accused of being lazy/welfare queens.

    In the UK: “Since 2011, Refuge has seen funding for its safe-houses slashed, on average, by a third.”
    Isnt it interesting that when governments need to save money, they always seem to start with programs that help the most vulnerable people-like women and children needing housing after fleeing a home with domestic violence?

    I really have to wonder at what point keeping women and girls safe will become a priority.

    I feel like government leaders love to talk generically about equality and fighting for women and respecting women…..but the actions of many government leaders (in terms of the laws they pass, the way funding is allocated and etc) really reflects governments that couldn’t care less about the lives of women.

    • oneclickboedicea

      Various governments including uk are gaslighting women citizens, telling us they are against violence against women whilst flooding society with media endorsement of it as ‘sex’.

    • It all goes to show that women’s rights are tenuous everywhere in the world. This is why, among other things, I think we need parity in our elected officials – that is, each riding/electoral district would elect one natal male and one natal female, to have equal representation. We’re even further from that than we were when I first heard the proposal, thanks to trans activists, but I still think we need it.

  • Cassandra

    Whattsa matta, Ladies? Why you no want men in your ladies rooms? You think men are going to come into your restrooms to perve on you? That doesn’t really happen! So paranoid!

  • Jani

    Oh, please everyone in Canada do it too! Otherwise Canada is going to be a sex tourist destination for all the alt-right pornsick pervs and ‘incels’ from the USA. Oh, fucking no. Don’t let this happen. Because once prostitution is commercialised — and it will be if this goes ahead — the US lobby will only get stronger and if prostitution is legally commercialised in the USA then the rest of the world is fucked. Because ‘we’ all look to America as the social, economic and political blueprint to aspire to. Because we’re all brainwashed by Hollywood so we think it’s all swimming pools and big houses and everybody’s rich and all that shit. What America does, we copy. And although I hate to say this, most people see Canada as a sort of outpost of the USA, so they don’t see the difference. Good luck.