What’s Current: American lingerie retailer pulls ‘sexy handmaid’ Halloween costume after complaints

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

 

  • Lingerie retailer, Yandy, has stopped selling their “sexy” Handmaid costume after significant public criticism.
  • A new poll revealed that 90 per cent of UK school girls worry about going to school while on their periods, and that 27 per cent have missed school because of it. Nearly half of the girls surveyed by YouGov said they had experienced boys teasing them about their periods.
  • Doctors and medical students in the US and Canada regularly give unconscious female patients, who are under anesthesia for unrelated surgeries, pelvic exams without prior consent.
  • Julie Bindel writes in The Telegraph that the gender identity policy adopted by an all-male committee of the UK Fire Brigades Union puts female firefighters at risk of having to allow men into their dormitories and washrooms.
  • As the US Senate confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, continue, more troubling details about his treatment of and attitudes toward women have surfaced. As a student at Yale, Kavanaugh belonged to an all-male student society with a sexist name and motto. As a federal court judge, a Yale law professor helped Kavanaugh groom female clerks for his office to have a “‘model-like’ appearance.” Meanwhile, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who accused him of assaulting her when she was 15-years-old, is getting support in her home town of Palo Alto, CA, and from thousands of Twitter users on the #WhyIDidntReport hashtag.
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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