What’s Current: Outcry after serial rapist and former police officer released after only 7 years

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Stephen Mitchell
  • After a serial rapist — a former police officer who exploited women charged with minor offenses — was released from a UK prison only seven years into a double life sentence, Commons Home Affairs Committee Chair Yvette Cooper is demanding a review of Parole Board decisions. Mitchell’s daughter, Abbey, said the decision is an “insult to victims.”
  • US survey finds that female lawyers face harsh scrutiny, as compared to their male peers, if they display anger or assertiveness in the courtroom.
  • Kathleen Turner on sexism in Hollywood:

“The ‘difficult’ thing was pure gender crap. If a man comes on set and says, ‘Here’s how I see this being done,’ people go, ‘He’s decisive.’ If a woman does it, they say, ‘Oh, fuck. There she goes.'”

  • Black women in the US have to work an average of 20 months to make what their white, male peers make in 12 months. Advocacy groups are marking August 7th as Black Women’s Equal Pay Day, to show how long a black woman has to work into 2018 to catch up to the amount a white man made in 2017.
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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  • Meghan Murphy

    Love her.

  • Jani

    I only saw him on YouTube giving a talk. I thought he was a creep. I wasn’t impressed.