What’s Current: Playwright Ntozake Shange dies at 70

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

  • Ntozake Shange, the influential and popular playwright who wrote, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf, died this Saturday, at the age of 70.
  • Cesar Sayoc, who mailed pipe bombs to numerous public figures on the US left, told his lesbian manager that she would “burn in hell” because, he alleged, God hated gay people.
  • Kenyan widows are fighting back against a practice of ritualized rape known as “sexual cleansing,” which forces them to accept intercourse with a man chosen by their family or be ostracized from their communities.
  • Calgary-based group, Otahpiaaki, says that sexualized Halloween costumes purporting to represent Indigenous women are dehumanizing and should be avoided.
  • A petition addressed to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) asks the organization to reconsider their recently released policy statement on the care of transgender youth. The statement supports the “gender-affirmative care model” (GACM), which affirms a child’s belief that he/she is transgender and normalizes the concept of “gender identity,” instead of considering other factors, such as mental health issues, social trends, or same-sex attraction.
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  • lk

    I read about the AAP’s “gender affirming care model” in an article discussing where a parent was discussing their trans daughter. I linked the article below and highly recommend reading it..the story feature a girl whose parents supported her decision to transition at 4 years old.

    The introduction to the AAP guideline says: ” In its dedication to the health of all children.”

    Lol, you do not care about the health of children when you encourage children, their guardians, and their medical caretakers to alter children’s healthy, developing bodies because of “gender identity.”

    One of their recommendations: “that insurance plans offer coverage for health care that is specific to the needs of youth who identify as TGD, including coverage for medical, psychological, and, when indicated, surgical gender-affirming interventions”

    Why in the world would we want to give children hormones to suppress puberty? Why would we want children to have surgery on their healthy bodies?

    I cannot believe these people are medical doctors….


    • will

      There is a correlation between childhood experiences of invasive surgery and PTSD. It’s sick what’s being done to these kids.


      • lk

        When it comes to gender identity, we are not allowed to discuss the idea that invasive, unnecessary surgery, hormones may cause serious negative impacts on the bodies and minds of children.

        I know in the US, in some states it is illegal for a minor to get a tattoo with or without parental consent. I am really starting to think it should be illegal to allow minors to take hormones/have surgeries because of gender identity. No matter how much people go on and on about how children know themselves and can make life-altering decisions….lets be honest, thats nonsense. Children’s minds, bodies and emotions are developing..the idea that we would allow them to do permanent harm to their bodies because of a “feeling” they are having is crazy to me. How can we really say that a child is really capable of understanding the full ramifications of suppressing their puberty, the full ramifications of top/bottom surgery?

        If adults want to do have “sex changes”, thats fine, but there is something so weird about putting kids through all this….

    • Tobysgirl

      I can totally believe they are medical doctors. I cannot walk properly due to what was done to me by “medical doctors.” And I don’t even credit them with evil intentions, just blazing ignorance and thoughtlessness. When $$$$$ become part of the equation, any remnants of a conscience shrivel up and blow away.

  • “If we think of things like missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls… the biggest issue is how these women are dehumanized,”

    It’s probably true that sexualized Halloween costumes and images of native women, and women in general, didn’t start with gay pride marches (and subsequent gay Halloween marches) or normalized porn, but these did represent an up-tick in lewd costumes, sexualized dancing/posturing, shockingly simulated sex acts, and nude-y costume display (add in female impersonation, and other forms of misogyny and s-m sexuality) All of which soon reached to various degrees even the most local Halloween parades.

    Yesterday, submitted Halloween photos in my local paper featured a teenage girl with a much younger brother holding a cleaver against her sensuous, invitingly lifted, neck. Since I expected this photo set the tone for the contest, (perhaps it was the winner) I didn’t look much further, and returned to the contiguous report on the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre.

  • Tobysgirl

    What else would one expect from the AAP? These are the people who support circumcision of male babies, at least one reason being that they make a billion dollars a year cutting infants. Transing children will make them more money, first giving them drugs, second giving them more drugs to deal with the effects of the first round of drugs. Doctors seem to generally be people without consciences. And “do no harm” is simply laughable.