Category Archives: sexism

The FDA Asks Abortion-by-Mail Providers to Cease Sale of Drugs

In October 2018, Rebecca Gomperts, the founder of the abortion-by-mail service Women on Web, confirmed she had branched out to the United States. Gomperts had long avoided doing so for fear that the anti-abortion movement would go after her work, but said that the need for the service was ultimately too great. “I got an email from a woman who was living in a car with two kids,” she told the Atlantic. “Something had to be done.”

Source: The FDA Asks Abortion-by-Mail Providers to Cease Sale of Drugs

Federal Court Rules That Ohio Can Defund Planned Parenthood

According to Planned Parenthood president Leana Wen, the ruling will “roll back the gains to public health—harming women’s health, children’s health and the health of families across Ohio.” Trump has already radically changed the way that abortion providers receive funds, barring them from receiving Title X funding, in effect cutting millions of dollars from Planned Parenthood. Just last month, another new rule by Health and Human Services requires abortion providers to keep a “clear physical and financial separation” between the parts of their organization that are government funded, and those that provide abortions.

Source: Federal Court Rules That Ohio Can Defund Planned Parenthood

Republicans Invite Anti-Trans Feminist to Hearing on Violence Against Women Act

After Lesko, who seemed to share Beck’s concerns about trans people, described them as men “pretending” to be women, Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) interrupted and said, “I think the suggestion that transgender individuals are pretending they are of a different gender is deeply offensive.” Ruth Glenn, president and CEO of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), said Thursday’s testimony was “very critical” to the reauthorization of VAWA and called Beck’s testimony “shocking.” “I will say that I know what she was doing there. That was to offer a different opinion. Unfortunately, her opinion is not based in fact,” Glenn said. “And it was very hurtful to hear what she had to say about a community that is disproportionately experiencing violence, whether it’s sexual violence or domestic violence.”

Source: Republicans Invite Anti-Trans Feminist to Hearing on Violence Against Women Act

The Obsession With Caster Semenya’s Body Was Racist From The Very Beginning

They hide behind claims of science and fairness, but underneath those arguments is a slideshow from 2012 that makes clear this is not about testosterone but about gender stereotypes. But women’s sports aren’t so easily destroyed; just like the women who participate in them, they’ve already endured decades of figurative and literal assault. “Women’s sports will not disappear because women with different hormone levels are allowed to compete against each other,” Doyle said.

Source: The Obsession With Caster Semenya’s Body Was Racist From The Very Beginning

‘The Monsters Are the Men’: Inside a Thriving Sex Trafficking Trade in Florida – The New York Times

First, a health inspector spotted several suitcases. Then she noticed an unusual stash of clothing, food and bedding. A young woman who was supposed to be a massage therapist spoke little English and seemed unusually nervous. The inspector reported her findings to police. They would eventually learn that her suspicions were right: The women were not just employees: They were living in the day spa, sleeping on massage tables and cooking meals on hot plates in the back. Some of them had had their passports confiscated. The inspector’s suspicions prompted a sprawling investigation across four Florida counties and two states — Florida and New York — over nearly eight months, resulting in the disruption of what authorities say was a multimillion-dollar human-trafficking and prostitution operation.

Italian MPs demand answers over claims Salvini’s League sought Kremlin funding | World news | The Guardian

The League has been developing ties with Russia since 2013. Salvini has long admired Putin, posting a photo on social media of their first encounter in 2014. In 2017, the League signed a co-operation agreement with the ruling United Russia party. In June of last year, Salvini reacted angrily to a suggestion by billionaire financier George Soros that the League was receiving money from the Kremlin. “I have never received a lira, a euro or a rouble from Russia,” Salvini said at the time. Massimiliano Panarari, a politics professor at Luiss university in Rome, said that while the League was very careful when it came to the party’s finances, there was a clear “common vision and tactical convergence” with the Kremlin. “Their interests are the same: national sovereignty and attacking the EU,” Panarari said.

Source: Italian MPs demand answers over claims Salvini’s League sought Kremlin funding | World news | The Guardian

What Backlash Against “Political Correctness” is Really About

Discussions about political correctness often center around free speech, with the implication that free speech applies to some people—those with power and privilege—and not others. It’s incumbent on all of us to shift the conversation, and talk more about how to protect the free speech and voices of marginalized people, whose demands for basic respect too often remain the butt of jokes.

Source: What Backlash Against “Political Correctness” is Really About

‘I am dreaming of a way to kill almost every last person on earth’: A self-proclaimed white nationalist planned a mass terrorist attack, the government says – The Washington Post (a Trump inspired kill list)

Christopher Paul Hasson called for “focused violence” to “establish a white homeland” and said, “I am dreaming of a way to kill almost every last person on the earth,” in one of his letters that contemplated launching a biological plague, according to court records filed in U.S. District Court in Maryland. Though court documents do not detail a specific planned date for an attack, the government said he had been amassing supplies and weapons since at least 2017, developed a spreadsheet of targets that included House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and searched the Internet using phrases such as “best place in dc to see congress people” and “are supreme court justices protected.” “The defendant intends to murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country,” the government said in court documents filed this week, arguing that Hasson should stay in jail awaiting trial.

Source: ‘I am dreaming of a way to kill almost every last person on earth’: A self-proclaimed white nationalist planned a mass terrorist attack, the government says – The Washington Post

Trump’s emergency: the arbitrary action of an instinctive autocrat | Simon Tisdall | US news | The Guardian

The declaration, or attempted diktat, is the arbitrary action of an instinctive autocrat. It trashes convention, and co-equal Congressional rights and oversight. It is the product of an immature, egotistic mind. And it is based on a lie – namely, that Trump repeatedly promised he would make Mexico pay for the wall, not US taxpayers. More than anything, the wall is physically as well as politically divisive – and division is a trademark of Trumpism. It features in almost everything he does, whether the issue is race in the US, gun control, press freedom, Venezuela, Iran or the Israel-Palestine conflict. Trump is not alone in his myopic, fearful outlook. Walls, or the more euphemistic, antiseptic “separation barriers”, have been proliferating globally in recent years – in the West Bank, between India and Pakistan, and between EU countries, the Balkans and the Middle East. Another may soon be erected, in one form or another, on the island of Ireland. The world can be divided into those who build walls and those who build bridges. There is no doubt which side Trump is on.

Source: Trump’s emergency: the arbitrary action of an instinctive autocrat | Simon Tisdall | US news | The Guardian

4 Ways ICE Doesn’t Hold Immigration Detention Facilities Accountable : Immigration Impact

ICE fails to penalize contractors that don’t meet key detention standards. All facilities with an ICE contract are supposed to follow national detention standards. The standards generally define the facility’s responsibilities, services, and safety and security requirements. ICE’s own inspection process—which the OIG previously found to be inadequate—uncovered more than 14,000 instances of deficient standards at the contract facilities between October 2015 and June 2018. Despite identifying deficiencies, such as failing to notify ICE of sexual assaults or allegations of staff misconduct, ICE imposed a financial penalty on bad contractors only twice. That’s 0.014 percent of identified deficiencies.

Source: 4 Ways ICE Doesn’t Hold Immigration Detention Facilities Accountable : Immigration Impact