What’s Current: One in four teenage girls in UK engaging in self-harm

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  • A new report estimates that nearly 25 per cent of 14-year-old girls in the UK have engaged in self harm. The report also refers to a survey of 10-17-year-olds which found:

“Nearly a quarter (24 per cent) said they heard jokes or comments about other people’s bodies or looks all the time, while more than a fifth (22 per cent) of those in secondary school said jokes or comments were often made about people’s sexual activity. Both made girls feel much worse about their appearance and less happy with their life as a whole, but this pattern did not apply to boys.”

  • A trans-identified male was arrested in Beaverton, OR, for menacing a group of strangers with what appeared to be a handgun. Police and news reports describing the suspect as a woman caused some confusion.
  • Seven feminist philosophers published an article in the Daily Nous objecting to the use of the slur “TERF” in two academic articles published in the journal, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research.
  • Ottawa hospital data indicates that 54 per cent of patients presenting for treatment after sexual assault suspect they’ve been drugged.
  • A new study published in the National Bureau of Economic Research suggests that women’s suffrage in the US directly resulted in improvements in children’s educational outcomes and decreases in child mortality.
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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