What’s Current: UK High Court hears children cannot consent to puberty blockers

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  • A landmark lawsuit began against Tavistock, a UK-based gender clinic that specializes in transitioning minors. Keira Bell, a 23-year-old woman who began taking puberty blockers at the age of 16 and has been left infertile as a result, argued that the notion that children can give informed consent is a “fairy tale.”
  • A Texas grand jury has indicted Netflix executives over sexualized content of young girls featured in the French film “Cuties.”
  • More than 100 Italian women launched a class action lawsuit after discovering a graveyard where fetuses were buried and labelled with the names of women who had an abortion, claiming that women’s rights and privacy had been violated.
  • Suicides among women in Japan increased by 40 per cent during the past month, which experts attribute to increased pressures at home as a result of the pandemic.
  • The Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A. Doudna for their work in developing CRISPR, a gene-editing tool.
  • A novel by Simone de Beauvoir that centers on a lesbian relationship was published for the first time, 34 years after her death.
Genevieve Gluck

Genevieve Gluck is a writer and advocate for women's sex-based rights and creator of Women's Voices, an audio library dedicated to bringing awareness to feminist texts and speeches.