What’s Current: Scotland’s new hate crime bill could criminalize saying transwomen aren’t women

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  • A hate crime bill being debated by Scottish Parliament would potentially make it illegal to declare that a transwoman is not a woman. Advocates of free speech are concerned the bill could be used as a “weapon” to censor dissenting views.
  • Auckland Women’s Prison officers have been found to be resorting to excessive violence, including gassing women with pepper spray in their cells, according to an internal review. Sixty eight per cent of inmates are Māori women.
  • Men who pay for sexual access to women in Ireland are seeking a “girlfriend” or “porn star” experience, and complain if they feel dissatisfied, according to a national report. The report also found the long-term consequences of prostitution included trauma, physical injuries, chronic pain, and poor mental health.
  • A US sex offender found guilty in 2019 of raping two children was denied an appeal. Quonshe Marquise Brimmer’s attorney had used their gender identity during their defense, as Brimmer claimed to be transitioning from male to female.
  • More than one-third of Australian young women and girls have missed at least one class, whether in school or at university, due to menstrual pain, a survey found. More than 60 per cent said they wouldn’t feel comfortable discussing the issue with a teacher or professor.
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.