What’s Current: Happy Holidays to all those fighting misogyny in all its forms

  • On Friday, Jesse Daniel Martin, 35, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in relation to the 2014 death of Freda Goodrunning, a mother of five found beaten to death in a shed in west Edmonton.
  • Canadian trans activists demand death certificates list “gender identity,” not sex. Kate Hazell, a co-ordinator at The 519 — a Toronto LGBTQ organization — tells The Star:

“Not having one’s lived identity recognized at and after death is a form of violence… It also does harm to community, friends, partners and family who wish to ensure their loved one is represented in an authentic and respectful way.”

  • After awarding Mermaids — a charity for “trans kids” — a substantial grant, critics say the Big Lottery Fund should be asking critical questions about Mermaids’ approach to transitioning children. Janice Turner writes:

“The Big Lottery Fund should be asking why Mermaids is so out of step with NHS best practice. Why, for example, does GIDS (the Gender Identity Development Service) not recommend Mermaids on its website? Indeed, its clinicians are in perpetual conflict with the charity. The NHS protocol for children is “watchful waiting” but Mermaids pushes for the US ‘affirmation’ model in which any child who declares that they are trans must be treated as such without examining any possible underlying issues, such as frequently undiagnosed autism, depression or sexual abuse.”

  • Eleanor Maccoby, the first woman to head the Stanford University psychology department and author of The Psychology of Sex Differences (1974) and The Two Sexes: Growing Up Apart, Coming Together (1998) dies at 101-years-old.
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Meghan Murphy is a freelance writer and journalist from Vancouver, BC. She has been podcasting and writing about feminism since 2010 and has published work in numerous national and international publications, including The Spectator, UnHerd, Quillette, the CBC, New Statesman, Vice, Al Jazeera, The Globe and Mail, and more. Meghan completed a Masters degree in the department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University in 2012 and is now exiled in Mexico with her very photogenic dog.