What’s Current: Twitter permanently bans free speech activist Lindsay Shepherd

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  • Canadian free speech advocate, Lindsay Shepherd, has been permanently suspended from Twitter. The ban came after an exchange with “JY,” whose name is currently protected by a publication ban, and who filed more than a dozen human rights complaints against female estheticians in the Vancouver area for declining to give JY, who is male, a “Brazilian bikini wax.” Shepherd told The Post Millennial:

“JY tweeted that I have a loose vagina from pushing a 10 pound baby out, but he still has a “tight pussy” (in reality, JY still has male genitalia according to the proceedings of the current human rights tribunals he’s been testifying in; and in reality I had a C-section and a 6 pound 10 oz baby).

I replied that this is something a man who has no functional romantic relationships with women would say, but that, I guess that describes him pretty well. Then, Yaniv mocked a reproductive abnormality I have (a septate uterus), and so I replied saying ‘at least I have a uterus, you fat ugly man.’ I thought, ‘I can’t allow him to make these misogynistic remarks about me and not fight back.’ I deleted the comments I made this morning but found out was suspended in the afternoon.”

  • A trans-identified male, Laurel Hubbard, won two gold medals in a women’s weightlifting competition at the 2019 Pacific Games. In second place, was Samoa’s 18-year-old weightlifter, Feagaiga Stowers, who began lifting after surviving sexual violence.
  • Northern Ireland will extend legislation on coercive control to protect victims of domestic abuse. Women’s Aid, an organization which supports survivors, advocated for the law to recognize that violence is often preceded by a pattern of controlling behavior. 
  • A teenage rape victim in El Salvador who was sentenced to 30 years in prison for aggravated murder after suffering a stillbirth will be granted a retrial.
Mary Hickman
Mary Hickman

MARY HICKMAN HAS DONE VOICE WORK FOR THE ENGLISH AUDIO TOUR OF ​THE WAR AND WOMEN’S HUMAN RIGHTS MUSEUM​ IN SOUTH KOREA. SHE IS CURRENTLY DEVELOPING A VOLUNTEER-RUN AUDIO PROJECT TO BRING AWARENESS TO FEMINIST WRITERS.

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