What’s Current: Lead singer of Hedley arrested, charged with sexual assault

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  • Jacob Hoggard, the lead singer of Canadian rock band, Hedley, has been charged with two counts of sexual assault causing bodily harm and one count of sexual interference. Hoggard is accused of sexually assaulting two women on separate occasions in Toronto.
  • There are 13 trans-identified candidates running for Parliament in Pakistan, while homosexuality remains illegal.
  • An Australian man has pleaded manslaughter in court after he murdered his wife of 40 years, supposedly due to emails he discovered  between his wife and a “high school sweetheart.”
  • The New South Wales Police Association has asked the Law Reform Commission to adjust consent standards for sexual crime charges, to require that willing and enthusiastic consent have been sought in order for defendants to be able to claim a belief that they had permission for intimate contact.
  • Several men tried to take an inebriated woman they didn’t know home from a Hamilton bar, by pretending to be her boyfriend.
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  • Julia

    Trans activists have used India and Pakistan as examples the US needs to follow for tans rights. They ignore this tradition of a “3rd gender” is in a patriarchal context very different from transgender ideology, and the fact that all of these “3rd gender” individuals are trans identified men. Gee I wonder why? What “-ism” could account for the complete lack of trans identifying women?

  • Meghan Murphy

    Working on it!

  • Meghan Murphy

    Lead singers are the worst.

  • Meghan Murphy

    YES! (I can play the guitar but not drive a motorcycle… yet…) Ridiculously, I only just got my driver’s license this year, and got a truck, and it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself, I swear. I don’t drive much, I mostly just walk (the perks of living in a city…), but for certain things, the independence factor is huge.

  • Meghan Murphy


  • Gundog

    I agree. I believe a voluntarily self imposed boycott is the way to change things best.

  • Yisheng Qingwa

    You can bet all of them.

  • Meghan Murphy

    I’m 38 and still get ID’d at the liquor store… Admittedly, I dress like a teenager most days, but I think maybe some people just have a young look?

    I finally pushed myself to get my license, not because I need to get around in the city so much (the ability to drive to the pool is amaaaazing, though), but more so that I didn’t have to depend on men, in general, for things like getting to the island (I go to the island a lot, especially now that my parents are there…), moving things, getting away in general…

    I have always been pretty anti-car, but getting my license and a vehicle has been THRILLING. I highly recommend it. It felt like a huge achievement after all these years and has changed my life exponentially.

  • therealcie

    Oh do shove off back to the sewer from whence you emerged, you odious douchebag.

  • therealcie

    Nasty piece of work.

  • therealcie

    I’d not waste your words on this ass. Clearly he doesn’t understand, well, anything.

  • Meghan Murphy

    Yes, I think my little to no makeup combined with a grungy teenager look is probs a big part of the reason for me….