What’s Current: Australian court rules disability insurance funds may be used to pay for ‘sex worker services’

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  • Australia’s national disabilities insurance scheme may use taxpayer funds to pay for sexual services for citizens with disabilities, according to a federal court ruling.
  • Sweden’s National Board of Health and Welfare reversed a policy that would allow children access to sex reassignment surgery beginning at the age of 15. The bill was based on the assertion that children who are denied the procedure tend to commit suicide, a claim that was unsubstantiated by evidence.
  • Research from female academics has diminished over the past month, while publication from male researchers has increased. On social media, women have expressed this trend is the result of the expectation to be responsible for domestic labor during lockdown.
  • The federal judge overseeing a Title IX challenge to Connecticut schools’ transgender athlete policy has ordered that the attorneys representing three female high school track athletes must stop calling boys who identify as girls “males.”
  • A principal at an Alaskan school district was discovered by the FBI to have been soliciting a 13-year-old girl for sex. In an undercover investigation, agents contacted the principal posing as a teenage girl and arranged a meet-up. Complaints filed by parents regarding the principal’s conduct were previously ignored by the school district supervisors.
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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