What’s Current: Women’s weightlifting medalists decline question about Laurel Hubbard

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  • Trans-identifying male athlete Laurel Hubbard became the first to compete in the women’s category at the Tokyo Olympics. The three medalists were asked for their thoughts about the situation during a press conference, to which bronze medalist Sarah Robles paused, then responded, “No, thank you,” in a video that went viral.
  • Japan has begun reviewing its controversial age of consent laws following backlash sparked by comments made by lawmaker Hiranao Honda, who said that he found it troubling that he could be arrested if he had sex with a 14-year-old, should the age of consent be raised from 13 to 16 years old.
  • Tokyo Medical University was found to be discriminating against female applicants and systematically lowering women’s entrance exam scores to deny them admission. A lawsuit was filed by over 500 women, and the university will pay out $520,000 in compensation.
  • Over 2,000 reports of rape and attempted rape were made in Scotland last year, out of which there were only 130 convictions.
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.