What’s Current: Hospital admissions for girls who self-harm in England nearly double

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  • According to NHS figures, hospital admissions for girls under the age of 18 who self-harm has nearly doubled compared with 20 years ago.
  • Evie Amati (formerly Carl) — a 26-year-old trans-identified male who attacked three strangers with an axe in an Australian convenience store — has been found guilty by unanimous jury verdict of wounding with intent to murder. Amati blamed hallucinated voices ordering him to commit mayhem, but the prosecution identified anger over romantic rejection as a likely motivation.
  • A US study indicates that female heart attack patients might be more likely to survive if they’re treated by a female ER doctor.
  • Michael Stirling has been charged with the murder of 28-year-old midwife, Samantha Eastwood, whose body was found Saturday after she was reported missing eight days previously. Stirling is the brother-in-law of Eastwood’s former fiancé.
  • Twelve girls’ schools were burned down in Pakistan on Friday by unidentified men, near a tribal region of the country where the Taliban and other extremist militant groups have burned down or blown up around 1,500 schools over the past decade.
  • Legal experts say a judge who cried while listening to the impact statement of an eight-year-old sexual violence victim should not have to recuse herself from the Kelowna, BC courtroom. “As a society, we should have a revulsion to the sexual abuse of children, there’s nothing wrong with finding that distressing,” Janine Benedet, a law professor at the University of British Columbia, told CBC News.
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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  • Omzig Online

    Re: female doctors treating female MI victims

    You would think that these statistics would inspire hospitals to preferentially hire female doctors. Emergency Rooms everywhere should have a critical mass of female physicians on staff for all shifts 24 hours a day.

    We would have better patient outcomes with more female physicians. It would save lives. It’s a no brainer for those of us that think female patients matter.

  • Meghan Murphy

    Yes! The “school work and social media” thing pissed me off too. I seriously doubt “school work” is leading girls to self-harm, and the issue with “social media” is objectification, porn culture, bullying, and sexual harassment, not simply “social media.” In other words, clearly sexism is a (if not THE) key factor here.

  • Misanthropia

    Women have been healers and doctors since forever but males burned us as witches for practicing the healing arts. Males called us charlatans and Satan followers for harnessing different herbs and plants for pharmaceutical purposes all the while being considered legitimate for blood letting and giving patients possibly harmful substances, all because the male catholic church ordained that and saw women and the knowledge women had as sinful. It is males who kept women out of learning institutions and formal training. It is males who took the great role that is nursing and turned it into yet another glorified wife-and-mother sort of role and reduced its value.