What’s Current: Five more women come forward with sexual misconduct allegations against filmmaker Luc Besson

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  • Five more women have come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against French film-maker Luc Besson, totaling 9 women who claim Besson sexually harassed them.
  • A study shows the number of teenagers identifying as the opposite gender has increased in recent years due to rapid onset gender dysphoria. Findings reveal that 80 per cent of these teens are natal women.
  • Hugh Hefner’s personal copy of the first issue of Playboy is up for auction, which contain nude photographs of Marilyn Monroe she never consented to being published. The copy is expected to sell for $3,000 to $5,000.
  • The Vancouver Public Library (VPL) has responded to attempts by trans activists to cancel an upcoming event featuring Meghan Murphy, speaking about gender identity legislation and women’s rights. The VPL declined to cancel the booking, saying:

“VPL is not endorsing, or hosting this event; it is a rental of our public space. VPL has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not agree with the views of the Feminist Current. However, commitment to free speech and intellectual freedom are fundamental values of public libraries and are bedrock values for democratic society. As such, we will not refuse to rent to an individual or organization simply because they are discussing controversial topics or views, even those we find offensive.  We seek to be a welcoming place for all, and actively find ways to support the trans, gender variant and two-spirit community.”

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  • Gundog

    Men aren’t women.

    • Meghan Murphy

      Eek!

    • hyperjoy

      Oh, how discriminatory! VPL wouldn’t agree with you.

  • Mexican American Lesbian

    I’m feeling absolutely hopeless. It’s almost as if every single man in a position of power is a sexist creep.

  • Meghan Murphy
  • Meghan Murphy

    Yes will be filmed and I hope livestreamed!

  • Adam King

    Behavioral science tells us that women are attracted to men in positions of power, so we should examine why women find it necessary to refuse sexual encounters with men they should be finding attractive. The answer, is that they retain abrahamic brainwashing that conditions a woman to measure her value on how much sex she doesn’t have. These women aren’t refusing sex, they just don’t feel sufficiently empowered to say yes.

    • Meghan Murphy

      Are you saying they want to say ‘yes’ but aren’t confident enough to? This is ridiculous…

    • therealcie

      What is this sexist claptrap? Women tend to refuse sexual encounters with–get ready for this shocking bit of information–MEN THEY DON’T WANT TO HAVE SEX WITH!
      Surprising, I know. What trickiness will our devious lady brains come up with next?

    • nap1367

      Bwahahahaha!!!!

    • Deborah

      Do you have any idea how many young men still dismiss women who have sex with them too soon?? Do you have any idea how many young women today feel pressured into having sex they don’t want?? And that’s NOW, in 2018. This “abrahamic” obsession of your’s never sounds based in current reality.

    • marv

      Freudian sexual de-repression equals freedom theory is glib and stale.

    • radwonka

      Adam Libfem and the theory that women should have sex with random people or else they were raised by traditionnalists.

      At least the defenders of hook up culture don’t hide anymore that they got a problem with consent.

    • Cassandra

      What behavioral science are you referring to? If women are attracted to men in power it’s because power imbalance has forced them to be in order to survive… that power imbalance is fundamentally immoral. I hate powerful men with every fiber of my being and was never attracted to them. They’re repulsive.

    • Elanore

      “Behavioral science tells us that women are attracted to men in positions of power”. Is that so? Studied this at a reputable institution, have you? Because it sounds like a steaming pile of BS to me.

      If there was the merest crumb of truth in that assertion, we’d all be getting the hots for your vile creepy POTUS (apologies to all the women who will never feel clean again after reading that sentence – I feel pretty damn gross typing it and I’m trying to do so without actually thinking about it).

      Dude, women aren’t fucking these ugly, creepy old men because we’re “not sufficiently empowered”. we’re not fucking them because they’re repulsive to us.

  • Alienigena

    Or the fact that women’s status in society is so low that adolescent girls are choosing to opt out of femaleness. In a biological anthropology I took in the late 1990’s the lecturer cited a study in which intersex people (who had not had surgery in childhood) who had the option to choose their gender identity (surgical manipulation of genitalia, hormones) showed a bias towards maleness because women had very low status in the culture. Now that the ‘future is female’ men are choosing to become women while female adolescents are opting to become men because they know that the phrase is trite and likely untrue. I really didn’t like what I saw for my future as an adolescent (I was fine as a child, wore dresses and jeans, was a quiet child, a reader, liked the outdoors) and would have liked to opt out of womanhood (not femaleness), as the gender role ‘woman’ (as depicted in tv and my abusive family) was something I wanted no part of.

  • The Vancouver Library didn’t need to be quite so censorious of feminists while they defended renting their space to Meghan, did they? Zero tolerance for discrimination? Well, I suppose we can be grateful in turn that they are not bowing to pressure, as offensive as their statement was and however disagreeable their attitude.

    • acommentator

      “The Vancouver Library didn’t need to be quite so censorious of feminists while they defended renting their space to Meghan, did they?”

      I think they think they did. The language they used (“gender variant and two spirit community”), as somebody points out above, is the language of all this nonsense. They felt the need to do some virtue signaling and give the activists as much of a victory as they can.

  • Meghan Murphy

    So glad you are coming!

  • Meghan Murphy

    We will record and hopefully livestream, yes.

    • Goddess_of_Dischord

      when?? I want to watch!!! And ugh the whole zero tolerance for discriminating *eye roll* how exactly is calling a man a man discrimination??? This world I swear

  • therealcie

    I just wonder how many of these teenage girls being identified as gender dysphoric simply don’t want to express themselves in overtly “girly” ways and/or are bothered by the way that girls are treated in society. The way things are now, I’m almost certain I would have started to believe I was gender dysphoric. I actually wasn’t. I was simply aware of how fucked up things were. I knew that as my body developed, I would be sexualized, and I didn’t want that. I also often liked wearing “boyish” clothes simply because they are more comfortable and practical. I got branded a “tomboy,” a term which I despise, and later a “lesbian” because I liked things that weren’t stereotypically feminine.
    Back then I knew I didn’t have a problem with BEING a girl, I had a problem with the way girls were treated. I wonder if “well meaning” people would push a girl like me to believe that she was “gender dysphoric” and needed to alter her body these days.

  • “A study shows the number of teenagers identifying as the opposite gender has increased in recent years due to rapid onset gender dysphoria. Findings reveal that 80 per cent of these teens are natal women.”

    Just out of curiosity:
    What do you think that men should do with them entering in men’s bathroom?
    What would be a sensible, feminist, behavior towards them?

    • unfashionable

      I think interact with them as little as you interact with males in public bathrooms, which I hope is minimally. Unless they physically threaten you, which seems far fetched.

  • Deborah

    “…We seek to be a welcoming place for all, and actively find ways to support the trans, gender variant and two-spirit community.”

    This. This BS statement reveals that the library has someone on their staff and/or Board of Trustees who is drinking the Kool-Aid by the gallon. “Gender variant”? “Two-spirit”? This is internet, cult tran-speak. I wish I could feel relieved that some semblance of intellectual integrity still existed in this climate of idiocy, but I suspect that the real reason the VPL accepted the allowance of Meghan’s lecture is because they are in no position to refuse the income generated by the space rental. Libraries are a threatened bastion these days, much like free speech. Funny that…

  • Alienigena

    Trans activists have co-opted the phrase “The Future is Female” in this CBC article.

    https://www.cbc.ca/arts/5-trans-people-on-the-most-pressing-issue-they-re-facing-1.4925606

    Apparently the future is trans. Can trans activists seriously claim that their movement is friendly to natal women? Because in addition to all the overt threats against women they also try to silence women and displace them.

  • Cassandra

    Yup.

  • Cassandra

    YES!!!!!!! I hate it all! I am so sick of the “think positively ” crap — it’s just the newest form of victim blaming and it’s disgusting.

  • Cassandra

    From the bullet points above:
    “A study shows the number of teenagers identifying as the opposite gender has increased in recent years due to rapid onset gender dysphoria. Findings reveal that 80 per cent of these teens are natal women.”

    I am disturbed by two things in this:
    1. “…indentifying as the opposite gender…” Does this mean gender ROLES or is this a conflation of sex and gender? They are not the same thing. To fight this nonsense we need to say “sex” or “gender role.”
    2. I know we are tempted to clarify what we mean when we say “women” or “woman” these days but there is no need to qualify it with words like “natal.” There are the terms “female” and “woman.” That is all that’s necessary. Saying “natal women” is like saying “ATM machine.”

  • unfashionable

    I don’t know where to start explaining everything that’s wrong with that question.

  • Dear Prudence

    I remember a couple years ago it was impossible to scroll through tumblr without seeing endless pictures of 11 year old Natalie Portman in Leon. And these were women posting them.
    Women trying to act like sexy little girls…I wonder if Natalie will ever talk about it.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWuj-S8tnQk

  • corvid

    Great points. I also think all girls and women presenting as “trans” should be screened for PCOS. Femininity is awkward and oppressive enough, but trying to perform it while having facial hair, a deep voice and/or other so-called masculine traits, without knowing what’s happening, just adds another layer of abject humiliation and confusion. Enough to send a person to the edge of sanity.

  • myrto

    I will never understand how Luc Besson is seen as some “auteur” in the US. He’s the French Michael Bay. There are far more interesting French directors if you care to look: François Ozon, Catherine Corsini, Claire Denis, Céline Sciamma, Christophe Honoré. Like, really, lots of interesting directors who aren’t abusers. No need for Besson.

  • Robert Gonzalez

    I didn’t even realize that. Disgusting.

  • acommentator

    “they felt the need to include the genuflection about how they disagree with Feminist Current of course of course bow and scratch and tugging of forelock.”

    Well put.

  • Cassandra

    I don’t believe that any role it plays in any “mate selction process” is natural. That’s evo psych babble. The immoral power inequity IS the reason and the only reason.