What’s Current: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie speaks out against social media cancel culture

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  • Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie published an essay to her website about the influence of cancel culture and young people on social media. She writes: 

“We have a generation of young people on social media so terrified of having the wrong opinions that they have robbed themselves of the opportunity to think and to learn and to grow. I have spoken to young people who tell me they are terrified to tweet anything, that they read and reread their tweets because they fear they will be attacked by their own. The assumption of good faith is dead. What matters is not goodness but the appearance of goodness. We are no longer human beings. We are now angels jostling to out-angel one another. God help us. It is obscene.”

  • Women in Scotland are calling on the government to address a 1970s practice of taking babies from unmarried women and putting them up for adoption. An estimated 60,000 women had their children taken from them by religious institutions.
  • A new lawsuit was filed against MindGeek, owner of Pornhub, on behalf of 34 women accusing the company of running a “criminal enterprise.” Videos of the women were uploaded to the site without their consent and half were exploited as minors.
  • Sweden’s government introduced a 40-point plan to prevent and punish male violence against women in response to elevated instances of intimate partner abuse.
  • Intimate partner violence is on the rise in Spain, where more women were killed in the past 30 days than in the first four months of the year. 
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.