What’s Current: UK women push back against calls to expel Labour party members critical of gender identity ideology under #ExpelMe

What’s Current is Feminist Current’s daily news roundup.

UK Labour leader contender Rebecca Long-Bailey tweeted support for a pledge to expel Labour party members for their views on gender self-identification, prompting an outpouring of responses on Twitter under trending hashtag #ExpelMe.

  • Rose Kalemba revealed that Pornhub hosted a video taken of her rape when she was 14-years-old, and described her difficulty in getting the platform to remove the content. When asked why videos with titles similar to those uploaded featuring her rape, such as “teen abused while sleeping,” are still active, Pornhub told the BBC:

“We allow all forms of sexual expression that follow our Terms of Use, and while some people may find these fantasies inappropriate, they do appeal to many people around the world and are protected by various freedom of speech laws.”

A petition to hold Pornhub responsible was created in response.

  • Last week, crowds of men stormed a women’s university in New Delhi and sexually assault students, sparking protests A statement issued by the General Body of Students said “thousands” of men climbed over the university gates and began sexually harassing and abusing women en mass.
  • Indigenous women of the Unist’ot’en camp were arrested on Tuesday by Canadian police during a ceremony to honor missing and murdered women and girls.
  • Nearly two-thirds of all rape cases reported in the Netherlands are not heard in court. According to police statistics, 58 per cent are dropped before going to court, and the average sentence imposed was only 17 months.
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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