What’s Current: 18 johns arrested and charged in Nova Scotia

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

  • Eighteen johns have been arrested in Sydney, Nova Scotia. The police have released the names of the men — who range in age from 26 to 85 — who have been charged with the criminal offense of Obtaining Sexual Services for Consideration.
  • The Scottish government has stepped in to make up the funding shortfall at Glasgow Rape Crisis. Earlier this week the centre announced they would have to make cuts to services after being denied a grant due to their exclusive focus on women and girls.
  • A New Zealand man, whose name authorities are not releasing, has pleaded guilty to putting cameras in shampoo bottles at his guest house, filming 34 women while they showered, and posting the videos to porn sites.
  • It’s Prisoners’ Justice Day in Canada. Lisa Neve, an Indigenous woman who was labeled a dangerous offender and sentenced to an indefinite prison term in 1994, is speaking publicly for the first time since her sentence was overturned in 1999.
  • Radio host Leanard Lopate, who was fired from his job at WNYC after an investigation into complaints of  sexual harassment, has been given a new job hosting a show on WBAI — a “progressive” radio station.
Lisa Steacy
Lisa Steacy

Lisa Steacy is an Assistant Editor at Feminist Current. She has a B.A. in Women & Gender Studies from the University of Toronto. However, the women she met in her five years as a frontline worker and collective member with Vancouver Rape Relief & Women’s Shelter deserve almost all of the credit for her feminist education. She lives in Vancouver with her partner and their cats.

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  • unfashionable

    So “progressive” radio WBAI hopes to increase its “progressive” audience on the backs of women. Nothing new here.

  • Liz

    Good point

  • Omzig Online

    So will those 18 Johns have to register as sex offenders? Seems appropriate, since seems they clearly pose a public health crisis for Canadian women and girls.

    What kind of punishment does “Obtaining Sexual Services for Consideration” entail, anyways? If it’s just a fine, that doesn’t seem like much of a deterrent, seeing as they’ve obviously got money to burn.

  • mail_turtle

    The article on wnyc.org explains that Lopate made sexually suggestive comments, for example by explaining the etymological relation between avocado and testicle. If such comments are forbidden, then it basically means that you cannot refer to sex in any way in the workplace. Is that really what you want?

    • marv

      Author, Kathi Weeks, asserts we need liberation in the workplace and liberation from work. I add, we need a liberation from sex talk at work. It easily slips into sexual harassment. Sex and work don’t belong together in more ways than one.

  • mail_turtle

    Yes, I know men are obsessed with sex. But I will take your answer as a ‘yes, there should be no mention of sex in the work place’.