What’s Current: Reddit fires former UK politician Aimee Knight following mass backlash from users

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  • Reddit says it has cut ties with former UK politician Aimee Knight after multiple subreddits protested the banning of a moderator who posted an article that mentioned Knight in passing. Knight, a trans-identified male who was an admin at Reddit, has previously faced backlash for associating with pedophiles. Business Insider reports:

“Knight was suspended from the Green party in 2018 after choosing her father, who was later charged with violent sexual assault of a 10-year-old girl, to be her election agent in a 2017 political campaign. She was also suspended by the Liberal Democrats in 2019 after tweets about child sex fantasies appeared on her fiancé’s account, per the Times.”

  • New Zealand lawmakers unanimously approve a motion to offer paid bereavement leave to workers who suffer a miscarriage or stillbirth, becoming the second country in the world to do so.
  • U.S. Women’s National Soccer team members Megan Rapinoe and Margaret Purce visit the White House to advocate for equal pay. According to team captain Rapinoe:

“I’ve helped, along with all of my teammates here, to win four World Cup championships on behalf of my country, and four Olympic gold medals. Despite those wins, I have been devalued, disrespected and dismissed because I am a woman. I have been told I don’t deserve any more than less because I am a woman.”

  • A new study suggests the number of victims of revenge porn has nearly doubled in the past two years, with women making up the majority of victims.
Meghan McCarty

Meghan McCarty is an undergraduate student and aspiring journalist living in the United States.