What’s Current: South Korea allows import of hyper-realistic sex dolls amid public backlash

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  • Over 200,000 South Korean citizens signed a petition protesting the government’s decision to legalize the import of sex dolls. A district court in Seoul ruled that such dolls would “degrade human beings’ dignity,” but a national appeals court overturned the decision.
  • The family of Loujain al-Hathloul, a prominent Saudi women’s rights activist, says she rejected a proposal to secure her release from prison. The terms of her release were dependent on al-Hathloul’s agreement to deny in a video statement that she was tortured in custody. 
  • Six police officers in Mexico City have been suspended as part of investigations into the rapes of two teenage girls earlier this month. Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum announced the decision a day after some 300 women protested demanding justice.
  • Tennessee lawmakers are debating a bill which would impose a near-total ban on abortion in spite of a similar Alabama bill already facing a challenge in federal court. 
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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