What’s Current: Australia opens National Inquiry on sex discrimination in the workplace

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

  • Australian Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins has requested submissions to a National Inquiry on workplace sex discrimination.
  • The Secwepemc Women’s Warrior Society is calling land defenders to come to British Columbia to resist the Trans Mountain pipeline project, saying that the Canadian government was never granted permission to use the land in that way.
  • A paraplegic Georgia man has been arrested on charges of using zip ties and a stun gun to subdue and assault an exotic dancer he hired to perform at his home. He claims he was defending himself.
  • In New Statesman, Sarah Ditum argues that lesbians were protesting at London Pride because the LGBT coalition leaves women behind.
  • Julie Bindel writes about ballot measures that could roll back legalized brothel keeping in Nevada:

“If the legal brothels are closed down, what of the illegal ones? Even if the ballot measure to end the brothels in Lyon County passes, no one should expect prostitution and sex trafficking to end in Nevada. But with the false claims of the regulated, legal brothels out of the way, the abuses of the state’s far greater, unregulated, and illegal sex trade would come into sharper focus.”

Natasha Chart
Natasha Chart

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

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  • susannunes

    Yeah, let’s not do anything about prostitution because nothing can be done about it seems to be your claim because it “hurts” the people being abused in it. WHO is proposing penalizing the VICTIMS? Nobody. It is not a “vice,” by the way. The buyers and sellers need to serve jail time and be branded sex offenders for life. THAT will all but end this crime against humanity. When a dude can’t get a job or find a place to live, what he thinks is his right to another person’s body will end. There is no such thing as “transpeople,” either. People don’t change their sex. Furthermore, “polyvictimize” is not a word, just as “transpeople” is not a word. It is a nonword coined by an academic who couldn’t be bothered using real language such as multiple sources or causes of victimization. Using nonwords certainly makes one sound smart when they obscure more than they describe.

    • Stefy

      I didn’t say to not do anything. I said its a complicated issue. It is sometimes worse to rush with a law that has adverse effects on the people its trying to help. The war on drugs is a great example. It would be better to decriminalize and put money into housing for those who are escaping than to make people so fearful of legal reprisal that they don’t seek help. I WISH I could name a law that did what it was intended to do. The ACA was supposed to help poor people and while it did help the most vulnerable it hurt the lower middle class terribly. Sometimes, its better to take your time and get it right than shove something through quickly and regret it later.

      • Tinfoil the Hat

        Stats on the ACA? it saved lives. Did away with pre-existing conditions. Enabled previously uninsurable people to get coverage.

      • Wren

        GOOD GRIEF.

        Sure, we’ve got plenty of time to figure things out. After all, it’s the world’s oldest oppression!! Let’s just allow for millions and millions more girls and women to be raped day in and day out until we come up with the perfect solution!! (that doesn’t piss of all the menz, obviously)

        *Oh, there is a solution: it’s called The Nordic Model and is proven effective. Any argument against adopting it is specious.

  • Hanakai

    Wrong. Criminalizing behavior often extinguishes or reduces the behavior. The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution effectively ended slavery. The laws prohibiting child labor ended that travesty. Criminalizing conduct combined with effective enforcement of the laws and penalizing the perpetrators.

    Ending sex trafficking is not rocket science or nuclear physics, or complex like trying to reverse global warming. Make sex trafficking illegal, commit resources to shutting the traffic down, lock up the traffickers & pimps & johns and those who profit from prostitution and sex trafficking, seize their assets, treat & rehabilitate the victims.

    Whining about how sad and complex and hopeless is useless and defeating. Taking action is what works.

    • Stefy

      By this argument criminalizing abortion will stop it, not send women to back alley doctors, right?

      • Wren

        Uhhhh…we don’t believe abortion is a crime. Do you?

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  • Robert Lindsay

    Radfems are socialists. This is a radfem site.