This Is What Rape Culture Looks Like: Then and Now by Carol P. Christ

I was not paying full attention when I heard a news report on CNN saying that archaeologists had uncovered an “ancient erotic fresco” in Pompeii. Hmm, I thought to myself, this story deserves further investigation.

I had heard whispers about frescoes that only men were allowed to see when I visited Pompeii as a student years ago. I now know that these were idealized pornographic wall paintings in brothels of handsome young men engaging with beautiful prostitutes in variety of sexual positions. In real life prostitutes in Pompeii were slaves who worked in appalling conditions in dark, dank, windowless cells. No doubt many of their customers were unwashed toothless dirty old men.

The fresco in the news turned out to be an image of the rape of the Spartan queen Leda by Zeus disguised as a swan; it was found in a bedroom of a house or villa in…

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Do women exist?  – the science of sex, the politics of gender, and the materialist and dialectical thinking needed to distinguish the two

A communist at large

With law changes pending in the UK, New Zealand and other places that will make it simpler for people to change the sex marker on their birth certificates (and moves in the opposite direction apparently being discussed in the US government circles), scientists have waded into the debate on transgender ideology. They are not shy about waving about their scientific credentials as they attempt to answer what is fundamentally a political rather than a scientific question. And in doing so, they are not only joining an assault on women’s rights, but also doing a great disservice to scientific thinking. You don’t have to be a scientific expert to see this.

Dr Siouxsie Wiles

Siouxsie Wiles is an Associate Professor in Molecular Medicine and Pathology at Auckland University, who popularises scientific ideas in various media including Radio New Zealand and Stuff. She published an article  on Stuff 26 November is headed

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Grace Molisa: Colonised People (1987)

Some experiences of 1 in 3 women throughout the world abused in their sexed bodies and treated worse than animals. There’s an immediate outcry when animals are harmed, which is right, so why not when women are?

Black Stone


the Liberation
of Colonised People

of support
freedom fighters
West Papua
French Polynesia
and Kanaky

the population
the Free Men
of Vanuatu

Cook, sew,
feed, clothe

are treated
as if
having no brain
as if
having no thought
as if
having no feeling
as if
and incapable

of Woman
is exemplified
in the submissive
to man’s rule
and autonomy
which takes
Woman Vanuatu
for granted
a beast of burden

Nineteen eighty-six
at Vila Central
that women
are treated
than cats,
dogs and pigs.

When a pig
a domestic
is brutalised
there is
a hue and cry
and plenty toktok

When a man
intended groom
de facto husband

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Judge to decide whether baby can be first in UK history to be born without a mother in landmark trans rights case

If this succeeds the language of woman and motherhood will be obliterated, and the ability of women to clearly define their sexed body, the root of female oppression, will be gone.

Feminist Legal Clinic

Brian Farmer for The Independent writes:

The most senior Family Court judge in England and Wales is set to rule on a case involving a transgender man whose baby is at the centre of a historic human rights fight.

Lawyers say the baby could become the first person born in England or Wales who will not legally have a mother.

The baby is the child of a single parent who was born a woman but now lives as a man after undergoing surgery.

Sir Andrew McFarlane, president of the family division of the High Court, is due to decide whether only either “father” or “parent” can be listed on the child’s birth certificate following a trial scheduled to take place at the High Court in London in February.

Lawyers say other transgender men have given birth but have been registered on birth certificates as mothers.

They say if the…

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Katherine Johnson, who hand-crunched the numbers for America’s first manned space flight, is 100 today

Feminist Legal Clinic

Saeed Ahmed and Emanuella Grinberg for CNN write:

Katherine Johnson, the woman who hand-calculated the trajectory for America’s first trip to space, turns 100 today.

Before the arrival of electronic data processors, aka, computers in the 1960s, humans — mainly women — comprised the workforce at NASA known as the “Computer Pool.”
Black women, especially, played a crucial role in the pool, providing mathematical data for NASA’s first successful space missions, including Alan Shepherd’s 1961 mission and John Glenn’s pioneering orbital spaceflight.

Principal among them was Johnson. But her work — and that of the “Computer Pool” — barely earned a mention in pop culture space tributes.
That changed, thanks to “Hidden Figures,” a best-selling novel later turned into an Oscar-nominated movie.

She worked on trajectories for Shepard’s Mercury flight, America’s first manned spaceflight, and earned a measure of fame as “the girl” — as female mathematicians were…

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