What’s Current: Sexual harassment and assault hurt women’s health later in life

  • A study of women’s health intended to look at menopause symptoms uncovered negative effects later in life from having been a victim of sexual harassment or assault, including depression, anxiety, insomnia, or high blood pressure. As Rebecca Traister writes, in her new book, Good And Mad, women have good reason to be angry.
  • Graham Linehan, writer for the popular UK television series, Father Ted, has become embroiled in an escalating dispute with a trans-identified male Twitter user, Stephanie Hayden, who routinely threatens police reports or legal action against people who disagree with him about gender identity politics.
  • An analysis of UK sex crime data reveals that about one rape per week is committed by a previous sex offender, after serving an initial sentence or being released early.
  • Nepalese authorities have directed ISPs to block porn sites as part of an effort to curb rising rates of sexual assault and rape.
  • President Trump mocked Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, to cheering rally crowds yesterday, in a cultivated climate of hostile sexism. Saying that men were under attack in the US because women’s sexual assault and harassment allegations are being heard, he urged listeners to, “Think of your son. Think of your husband.”
Natasha Chart

Natasha Chart is an online organizer and feminist living in the United States. She does not recant her heresy.