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Since Bill Cosby, we saw the birth of a revolution. It is indeed hard to miss the movement of revolt represented by Harvey Weinstein. He was accused of sexual harassment by a lot of actresses last month, and it was only the beginning of finger pointing among the celebrities. We can find, among many others, on the list, Kevin Spacey or Terry Richardson, whom Condé Nast, Vogue’s press publishing group, has finally decided to stop working with.
The victims of sexual harassment have been gathering around different hashtags, such as #BalanceTonPorc in France, #3ilaka_moukabel_wazifa in Saudi Arabia, or simply #MeToo internationally. It includes testimonies from women as well as men, victim of this phenomenon.
The concept of democracy implies the idea of laicity. Unfortunately, particularly since Trump’s inauguration, the line between Church and State is slowly starting to fade away. In his incessant struggle to erase Obama’s progress, the last president of the United States is, again, attacking women’s rights. Thanks to Obama, companies had to take care of their employees’ contraception. Now, they can refuse to do so for “religious or moral reasons”. The United States is a predominantly Catholic entity. The pro-life movement is therefore very present and the subject of the female body is mostly discussed by men. This measure, reminiscent of the Middle Ages, is proof that the United States is definitely in reverse.
Female footballers of the Norwegian team are now among the rare professional teams being paid as much as their male counterparts, who accepted to lower their salary in order to balance the amounts.
Amy will soon have her musical! Mitch Whinehouse has expressed the desire to set up a musical comedy recounting the life of his daughter. He had already opened the Amy Whinehouse foundation with his wife to help young people with addiction problems.
The Cyntoia Brown case dates back to 2004. The 16-year-old girl was sentenced to life imprisonment for killing her abuser after being sexually trafficked. This trial had made it possible to change the law of her state in which minors were no longer considered guilty of prostitution. However, Cyntoia, now a graduate and aged 29, did not benefit from the new measure. If the subject has resurfaced thanks to Fox17, it is mainly celebrities like Rihanna or Cara Delevingne who are responsible for the indignation of the general public. By asking her lawyers to take charge of his case, Kim K is surely one of Cyntoia’s last chances of not dying in prison.
Another image for the history books, this lady who shows her middle finger at a Trump procession, on his way back from the golf courses. Juli Briskman’s picture quickly went viral and the cyclist lost her job after the incident. On the other hand, she received the support of the Internet and collected 70k thanks to an open kitty for her and received a new job offer.
The political situation in the United States is not all bad. Opponents of the government gather around small victories. For example, Charlotte and Atlanta both have African-American mayors. The LGBT struggle is also beginning to find its place with the election of heavy metal singer Danica Roem to the Virginia assembly and African-American Andrea Jenkins to the Minneapolis city council, both transgender.
On November 7, the same week as Trans Awareness Week, Australia finally said yes to gay marriage.
Wes Goodman is an Ohio Republican legislator in the United States. On twitter, he introduces himself as “Christian. American. Conservative. Republican. Husband”. Proud of the family virtues he claims to share with his wife, he is obviously against LGBT equality and women’s rights. Last November, he resigned after being caught in the middle of a sexual relationship with a man in his office! He had already been questioned when about 30 young men between the ages of 18 and 25 had accused him of asking them “nudes”. Wes Goodman had said that these accusations were all rumours and lies.
Facebook has decided to censor the #MeToo movement by banning accounts expressing their discontent through phrases like “men are trash”. Strangely enough, activists cannot defend themselves against fools who attack them by using insults and derogatory words, even the n-word. Indeed,”white men” are listed as a group protected by the site, at the expense of equality and progress.
In Salvadore, Teodora Vasquez was sentenced to 30 years in prison. In this small Latin American country, abortion is forbidden and any suspicion is condemned, at the expense of the mother’s health, consent during intercourse or even science. In 2007, she miscarried and was charged with murder. In 2017, after spending 10 years in prison, she appealed but was unsuccessful. She is one of 27 women imprisoned for “abortion”, serving a sentence of up to 35 years.