What’s Current: Jeremy Corbyn comes out in support of the Nordic model

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  • In an interview with Sophie Ridge on Sky News, Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn declared his support for the Nordic model, saying Britain should look to Sweden and other countries that have criminalized the purchase of sex and decriminalized prostituted women.
  • Ten lesbians were mobbed and harassed during the San Francisco Dyke March. Since, the March, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and the Bay Area Reporter have posted defamatory comments about the women in question. Sign the petition demanding accountability and a retraction.
  • Greyhound had decided to cut a significant portion of its bus services in Canada, putting Indigenous women in rural and remote areas at risk.
  • The Rikers Island women’s jail is among the top-12 worst jails in the country. Former inmate Darcell Marshall tells her story after suing the city and the guard she says assaulted her.
  • The CEO and founder of Feminist Apparel, a company trying to profit from faux-feminism, fired his entire company after social media posts were discovered, wherein he admitted to sexual misconduct.
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  • Gundog

    At this point when a man says he is a feminist, does anybody not assume he has done or is currently doing some horrendous shit on the side?

  • Chicken Little

    Regarding the lesbians being harassed… I’m guessing it’s related to the “cotton ceiling” bullshit?

    I strongly recommend checking out ANYTHING by Magdalen Berns on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvTTakI97sQ4SkMnsH8r0qQ

    She tells it like it is. She rips those trannies apart. She and Feminist Current are two of the best voices out there, imho.

  • Ah, great news about Jeremy Corbyn. It means he has moved from the worse possible track on prostitution in full decriminalization, which he has been backing, to the best current track towards the abolition of prostitution, in the Nordic Model.

    Now, let’s see if Corbyn’s heroic stature with the U.S. left will help create a tiny crack in its own all out decriminalization position.

  • Rona Stewart

    I’ll take anything that prick says with a pinch of salt, given his previously stated pro prostitution
    stance, and his party’s hounding of gender critical women and his pandering to the TRA lobby.

    • foamreality

      His party doesnt agree with a lot of what he thinks. He’s famous for it. But we also have to allow people to change their views. I used to believe all sorts of stupid shit, including legalising prostitution. But we all had less knowledge yesterday. If he’s changed his mind, it might well be because some feminist activists have convinced him recently. They have been making a lot of noise in the party recently. A lot of people havent really thought it through much either way. For politics to work we have to support policies on their own merits. If hes supporting Nordic model, thats a serious and important step for labour to propose, Caroline Lucas supports it too, but shes not said anything against the Self-ID thing either.

  • Omzig Online

    Question of the day:

    Is Jeremy Corbyn supporting the Nordic model only because he realizes now that he has to somehow earn back the Feminist vote? He’s obviously married to the Trans lobby, so he can’t really backpeddle on that issue, but I feel like he may be throwing UK women a really juicy bone by voicing support for the Nordic model.

    We’ve seen how trans activists and the prostitution industry support and reinforce each other as two completely male-centered institutions. It will no doubt piss off the trans lobby to hear about Corbyn’s support for the Nordic model, but not enough to lose their vote. Conversely, UK Feminists don’t like his position on self-ID, but they may feel enticed to vote for him anyway because he supports one of their hot-button issues.

    I dunno, guys. I think this was just a strategic politician’s move. It suspiciously comes days after a poll revealing only 18% of UK voters support changes to the GRA. I think #Labourlosingwomen is working, and Corbyn knows it, or he wouldn’t have given a shit about prostituted women.

    If I were in the UK, I would keep pressing Corbyn to ditch the trans lobby. He’s obviously fishing for the Feminist vote.

    • rosearan

      Whatever Jeremy Corbyn’s reasons are for supporting the Nordic model, what does it matter? Politics are a zero-sum gain, and so are feminist politics. Let’s focus on the outcomes.

      There’s no real evidence that he supports the trans-gender lobby. It’s just another issue he has to deal with within his party, most of whom are hostile to him and he’s a political figure that the establishment is determined to bring down.

      What matters is that he favours the Nordic model now, for better or worse. Let’s just go with that.

      • Omzig Online

        Of course it’s important!

        My point is that he would not have made that conscession if he wasn’t trying to earn your vote. Which means that #Labourlosingwomen has him by the bollocks, so to speak, and Feminists are in a good position to make demands. UK women shouldn’t settle for lip service from politicians. Women everywhere have had to settle for breadcrumbs for way too long.

        If he’s not in bed with the trans lobby, then it would be wise of him to ditch self-ID, since it is not widely supported.

        • rosearan

          I’m sorry. While I don’t agree with him on the trans-gender issue (which I doubt most female British voters could care less about), I don’t see how his decision to go with the Nordic model is simply making concessions for votes.

          The Nordic model has been gaining ground against the ‘legalise prostitution’ model and Corbyn seems to have recognised this. Corbyn has been around the ‘wrong’ side of politics for a long time and he has been proven time and again to be on the right side of history. As many have said of him, he is a long-time decent and principled politician, one of the few left in the Western world. Rightly or wrongly, I feel that his past record indicates that he is a person and politician who looks at the justice of an issue over its potential for votes. If he didn’t, he wouldn’t be where he is today.

        • foamreality

          ISnt Self-ID widely supported by his core voters? I dont know, but I imagine that if he did not support it, he would loose a LOT of the young vote, many have been so brainwashed by the trans lobby, and the further to left you look the more you see it. Whilst JC isnt exactly far left in my view, hes as far as anyt politician has gone in my lifetime. His support would be wiped out if he ditches self-ID. Since politics isnt a zero sum game i’m not sure it would be wise, he would allow the Tory govnt to win, and they proposed and support the idea anyway (and hate women even more). That said, i do wonder what impact he would have on people if he opposed self-ID, if the left like him enough they may listen to his reasoning. If they don’t, we are fuc**d over on both issues by the tories. Its a really tricky one

    • foamreality

      Except a lot of women do not support the Nordic model. I’m not sure this will help win support. There are a lot of choicey choicesters and pro prostitution women on the left. I’m very glad Corbyn has come out in support of the Nordic model. He’s the only politician i could practically vote for.

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  • Candice Smith

    Hi Jeff, yes I had noticed that as well. Corbyn has not stated that he wants customers arrested. (By the way, I believe in arresting female Madams as well, not just male pimps.) Corbyn has been working on this issue for at least 2 years, in conjunction with women’s groups. However, I still think it’s a step forward. I have mentioned in a another post that Leftist leaders aren’t perfect, but they need to be acknowledged when they take steps against religious extremism and terrorism and mass immigration (Bernie Sanders); acknowledge that Muslim women who wear burkas and niqabs are probably victims (Thomas Mulcair); or stand against prostitution (Corbyn). It’s like centrist French President Macron doing something about Muslim extremism, and consulting with progressive Muslims. Getting back to Corbyn, we will have to wait and see if he adopts the position of arresting the customers (who are obviously abusers). Sometimes I think Leftist leaders are far more feminist than the base; and that they tailor their policies (on prostitution, mass immigration, religious extremism) to please the base.

  • Chicken Little

    I didn’t know she’d been assaulted. That’s awful. I’m really sad to hear that. I’m assuming it’s because she committed the cardinal sin of a “microaggression” against some tranny by not pretending he’s a woman?

    • Tobysgirl

      No, I think it was a random attack on the street.

  • Chicken Little

    And yes, she’s the best. I could listen to Berns all day.