What’s Current: New York Times suggests Louisa May Alcott may have been trans

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  • Illinois State University professor and literary expert, Peyton Thomas, claims Little Women Louisa May Alcott may be “best understood as a trans man,” sparking backlash. In an article for the New York Times, Thomas quotes Jan Susina, a professor of children’s literature, saying, “Alcott may have experienced what we today would consider gender dysphoria.”
  • Controversial online personality Andrew Tate has been arrested in Romania on charges of rape and human trafficking.
  • In a video shared online, Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary Rachel Levine calls on Big Tech companies to censor “misinformation” about “gender-affirming care” for youth.
  • December has been Spain’s worst month for violence against women since records began in 2003, with 13 women killed in the span of 28 days and a further case still being investigated by police. A total of six fatalities and two other serious injuries have been recorded since Christmas Eve. Euronews quotes the government’s former delegate against gender violence, Miguel Lorento, explaining, “The holidays result in potential victims often having to spend more time in close contact with their abusers.” The report adds:

“Lorento also noted how possible family interferences over Christmas can make some men feel like their authority is being diminished.

People spend more time together, don’t need to go to work or take children to school, thus allowing conflicts to continue… with violence becoming worse,” Lorente stressed, noting how male abusers react negatively to the presence of family and friends in their partners’ lives.”