What’s Current: Starbucks will block porn on its Wi-Fi in 2019

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  • Starbucks will block pornography from its free Wi-Fi in all U.S. locations beginning in 2019.
  • Christine Blasey Ford says she intends to donate her GoFundMe donations — $650,000 raised over two months — to charities that assist sexual assault survivors. On speaking out, Ford said:

“Although coming forward was terrifying, and caused disruption to our lives, I am grateful to have had the opportunity to fulfill my civic duty. Having done so, I am in awe of the many women and men who have written me to share similar life experiences, and now have bravely shared their experience with friends and family, many for the first time. I send you my heartfelt love and support.”

  • Fifa is investigating claims that members of the Afghanistan national women’s team have been physically and sexually abused by men from the country’s football federation.
  • An Indian activist who attempted to become the first woman to enter the Sabrimala shrine has been arrested for “exposing her thigh” in a Facebook post.f
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  • Hanakai

    Good for Starbucks! Let us hope that Starbucks porn-blocking sets an example followed by other businesses.

    Our large well-funded city library system has 26 neighborhood branches well-stocked with computer terminals for public use and allows men to sit around watching porn for hours a day on these taxpayer-funded computers. The library argues that this porn access is a matter of free speech and free expression. The library ignores that porn is hate speech and hate expression against women. Hate speech against gays or transgenders or black people is banned, but hate speech that exacerbates and perpetuates violence against women is allowed. Grrrrrrrr.

    • Maria Gatti

      Hanakai, that is horrible. It is strictly prohibited here in the Montréal library system.

      • Hanakai

        It is horrible. There are pervert men watching horrid porn, rape, which are in view or potential view of children in the library. Some states have passed laws requiring filtering of Internet porn in libraries, but in this state such legislation was introduced, but the liberal male-dominated state legislature voted it down.

        Canada does not have a First Amendment that guarantees free speech and free expression. In the USA, the First Amendment is cited for the right of men to make and consume pornography. It is disgusting.

  • FierceMild

    Yup, you’re exactly right. It’s middle-aged moms; they just get a double shot fat-free skinny soy vanilla latte and dial up some hardcore porn featuring boys the same age as their sons. Women.

    • therealcie

      Dang–you caught me! 😉

  • Many businesses and offices ban social media and porn sites on wifi, but some workers, esp. in large, impersonal work places, bypass this by using their phones. I suppose the same will be done at Starbucks, if and when, after years of promises, it finally does install the filters.

    At least the wifi filters force the sneaks to use up their own data, rather than leaching off the companies. Which, in a way, is a form of at least limiting porn usage.

    But this public viewing of porn is so brash, so aggressive, and offensive… it’s like brandishing guns at a white supremacist rally, or like Trump’s groping and sex assault tapes. It’s like the outcome and extension of the normalization of porn, and the rape culture.

  • SkyLark Phillips

    Good for Starbucks.

  • Hanakai

    You do not belong here.

  • therealcie

    I watched a video of Patti Smith performing “Because the Night” back in the 1970’s. She wasn’t half naked or twerking, she had the crowd mesmerized with her incredible voice and style while dressed in very casual, unrevealing attire. Who’d have thunk it was possible? A woman using her talent and being respected for it–shocking!
    I hate to sound like my parents, but I can’t stand most modern music.