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This Week in Women’s Rights 2018–10–21


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): Medium (Humanist Voices)

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2018/10/21

“Senior MPs have called on the government to reconsider plans to make it easier for trans people to have their preferred gender legally recognised to ensure that the reforms are not detrimental to women’s rights.

Maria Caulfield, the Conservative party’s former vice-chair for women, said the parliamentary inquiry into transgender rights, which informed the consultation that is due to end on Friday, was “fundamentally flawed” and failed to consider the wider implications of the proposals for women.

The MP for Lewes, who sat on the inquiry, said she was writing to the minister for women and equalities, Penny Mordaunt, to ask her to extend the consultation on the Gender Recognition Act to ensure that women’s voices were heard. Mordaunt’s office declined to comment.”


“South Korea’s women have begun to rebel against impossible standards of beauty in a country known as the plastic surgery capital of the world.

Women who call themselves “beauty resisters” have been destroying their cosmetics, cutting their hair and denouncing the pressures imposed on them by a patriarchal society which emphasises flawless beauty as the key to career and marital success.

The trend, which has spread across social media and has been dubbed the “remove corset” movement, is the latest in a series of feminist initiatives in South Korea since the MeToo campaign began.”


“There is a lot of heated rhetoric around the anti-abortion and pro-choice vote these days. Unfortunately, both political parties have made it a win-lose contest. Meanwhile, pregnant mothers don’t get support and babies die.

Opinions on both sides of the issue are pretty set. There should be a middle ground whereby politicians on both sides seek to support funding and care that will actually encourage mothers to carry their babies to term. Have we done enough to help young families and unwed mothers?

Young mothers do not have it easy. It is very difficult to raise a child on a minimum wage salary. What incentives of financial, medical and emotional support can we offer young mothers so that they can keep the babies they conceived? How can we improve adoption procedures to make it easier and practical? We need to put our money where our mouths are.”



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