What’s Current: UK police investigate stickers posted across Oxford defining ‘woman’

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  • UK police are investigating stickers posted across Oxford that read, “Woman: noun. Adult human female” and, “Women don’t have penises” as a serious crime. The Telegraph reports that Thames Valley Police announced that those responsible could be charged with a public order offence and issued a statement saying:

“Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following a number of public offences in Oxford.

Officers are investigating a large number of offensive stickers that have been placed across Oxford city centre containing transphobic comments.”

  • An investigation by The Independent found that women in India who report rape are being subjected to “two-finger” virginity tests instead of receiving rape kits, despite the practice being banned three years ago.
  • According to a survey carried out across 33 institutions found that a quarter of undergraduate women attending US universities have been victims of rape or sexual assault.
  • Senior Scottish National Party representatives launched a woman’s pledge in response to growing concern over proposed changes to gender recognition laws. Currently the pledge has been signed by over 1,800 people and states:

“Women have the right to refuse consent to males in single-sex spaces or males delivering intimate services to females such as washing, dressing or counselling… [Women] have the right to maintain their sex-based protections as set out in the Equality Act 2010.”

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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