What’s Current: UK Labour councillor resigns over local council’s refusal to protect women’s rights

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Ann Sinnott
  • Councillor Ann Sinnott, has resigned from the Cambridge council over the council’s “dereliction of the law” in allowing gender self-identification to override protections for women’s rights to single-sex spaces under the UK’s Equality Act.
  • A Michigan appeals court ruled that a lawsuit against a gym chain, Planet Fitness, can proceed on the grounds of breach of contract, with plaintiff, Yvette Cormier, arguing that she was not informed before signing her membership contract that the gym had a policy of allowing customers to use whichever changing and shower facilities they wish.
  • An Afghan man who was given a 7-year-old girl to “marry” as payment of her family’s debts is now on the run from authorities after strangling her to death two years after claiming her as his wife.
  • In Bangladesh, where men are allowed to “marry” girls and purchase sex, brothels are selling sex with girls under the guise of marriage.
  • A 70-year-old UK man has been sentenced to five years in prison for a collection of child abuse imagery and dark web chats so frightening that officers dealing with the case needed counseling after reviewing the material.
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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  • oneclickboedicea

    Do you know which ones didn’t? We should target those as bigoted against women.

  • hyperjoy

    Reminds me of looking for a job in the 1970s – I saw employment applications with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 printed on them, misquoting the Act by simply omitting sex from the categories under which it is illegal to discriminate. I actually pointed this out to someone interviewing me and what a sour look that old lady gave me.

  • Yisheng Qingwa

    Men still piss all over toilet seats and install cameras in unisex/ single occupant bathrooms. I do not spend money at or patronize business that do not have sex-segregated bathrooms.

  • Tobysgirl

    An anthropologist attempted to answer this question in a book published in the fifties or sixties titled The Dangerous Sex. I read it when I was quite young but haven’t dipped into it recently.

  • Kathleen Lowrey

    We could stop bombing them (Afghanistan, Yemen). We could stop buying stuff made in sweat shops (Bangladesh). There is a lot we could do that wouldn’t involve intervening there but that could start at home, that would instantly make their lives better even if they still suffered from misogynist practices.

  • Alienigena

    This rush to endorse the trans agenda really angers me because the feminist film festival I was part of was a media target (right and centre) because it had programs featuring work by lesbians (and all kinds of women, including indigenous women). We were that ‘lesbian film festival’ in the minds of many. But when Fairy Tales (local LGBT film festival) they didn’t seem to get the same flack that we did. In fact people on programming committees at that festival who were also on our “queer committee” (lesbian programming committee) tried to coerce us into including a film that did not meet our mandate (films had to have women in three prominent roles (none of them acting roles), e.g. producing, directing, animating, writing, editing) but did have female actors. Negative media occurred in the early 2000’s and the demand that we include the film that did not have women in central creative roles came in 2007. Where were all these people in the early 2000’s given that we also had a Gender Continuum segment that was initiated by a former board member, a lesbian who was a lawyer with the local civil liberties union. This is entirely about wanting to be one of the popular crowd. I didn’t really have strong feelings around the gender continuum segment at the time.