What’s Current: Chinese social media platforms censor and ban feminists speaking out about male violence

  • Chinese communication platforms are censoring feminists speaking out about male violence against women to crack down on public speech supporting China’s feminist movement. After one particularly horrifying attack, Weibo announced a “zero-tolerance policy toward users who spread ‘harmful speech'” and comments “attack[ing] state policy and the political system” or that “incite gender conflict.”
  • According to a poll conducted by the Association for Canadian Studies, almost 85 per cent of Canadians refuse to share their “gender pronouns” in meetings and emails.
  • $75 million dollars in Canadian government funding will be handed directly to local LGBT organizations under Canada’s $100 million Federal 2SLGBTQI+ “action plan.” Plans to reform how the government handles, considers, and responds to LGBTQ2S+ issues centers around a commitment to begin using the acronym 2SLGBTQI+ rather than the LGBTQ2 acronym. It builds on the passage of Bill C-4, which criminalized therapists and medical professionals who fail to take an “affirmative” approach to youth identified as trans.
  • Seven women are detained by Italian authorities for gathering outside a Vatican meeting to advocate for women’s ordination as priests and participation in Catholic leadership.
Meghan McCarty

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