CLICKING: SEPTEMBER 2018

The Clicking is a zapping to click where we serve you the most important news of the month. This month in the Clicking:  debates on abortion and A.R.T, the sequel to #MeToo with #WhyIDidntReport, racism on TV, Rihanna in the government, and a committed Fashion Week.

 

US Open: Naomi Osaka’s triumph, Serena Williams’ scandal

This year’s US Women’s Final was a bit hectic. The young Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka and the iconic Serena Williams were competing against each other. But against all odds Osaka won, beating the American in a particularly tense match. What the media picked up from this game, however, was Serena’s anger at a comment from the chair umpire accusing her of cheating. She was punished for challenging the referee and calling him a liar. Her argument? When a male tennis player challenges the referee, it is not sanctioned in this way. Factually, Serena has a point!

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Marvel recruits director Chloé Zhao and feminizes an already overly stereotypical universe

To everyone’s surprise Marvel’s next film, The Eternals, will be directed by Chloé Zhao, an independent Chinese director known in particular for Songs My Brothers Taught Me and The Rider. The young woman had also been named in Variety’s list of 10 directors to follow closely in 2018.

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Pro-ART protest in Paris, during Marche des Fiertés (Pride) 2018, ©Lionel Bonnaventure, AFP

The eternal debate on the Assisted Reproductive Technology in France: finally a step towards equality?

The A.R.T continues to be the subject of a heated debate in France. After the publication of the National Consultative Ethics Committee report on the subject that is favorable to the A.R.T for all women in order to “alleviate suffering induced by infertility resulting from personal orientations”, anti-A.R.Ts joined the fray, denouncing the “indignity” of such a practice in a family that is not constituted by “a father and a mother” in a virulent column published in Current Values.

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In 2018, in France and around the world, abortion is still a struggle

September 28 was the International Day for the Right to Abortion. Even if this medical procedure is legal in France, it was the occasion to remind that it’s far from being the case everywhere else in the world. Moreover, even in France, this fundamental right for which so many women have fought is constantly being challenged. On September 12, the head of the French gynecologists national union declared on TV without any shame that he would no longer perform abortions, considering this medical act as a “homicide”. Simone Veil must have rolled over in her grave.

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Bill Cosby finally condemned by the American courts

Last and final episode (we hope so) of the legal saga around Bill Cosby. This American actor has been accused of rape, sexual assault and harassment by more than 100 women. At the end of September, he was sentenced to a maximum of 10 years in prison, including 3 years in solitary confinement for the sexual assault of one of the young women accusing him.

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Protest against Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination, September 24 ©Drew Angerer, Getty Images, AFP

From #MeToo to #WhyIDidntReport, what the Kavanaugh case tells us

After #MeToo, a new hashtag emerged during the month of September, gathering thousands of women’s testimonies on their experiences of sexual assault and especially the complaints to the authorities that followed these attacks. #WhyIDidntReport was born as a result of the Kavanaugh case, Donald Trump’s candidate for the Supreme Court, accused of rape by several women. Trump, defending his candidate, explained that according to him if there was no prosecution or even a report to the authorities then there was no rape and the women are lying. Following these dubious statements, thousands of women intervened on twitter to tell their own stories, and explain why they did not file a complaint either.

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Ohio judge resigns after publication of a video of him assaulting a young woman 

Michael Bachman, a judge in the American state of Ohio, has just resigned following a scandal that exposed him. In mid-September, young Kassandra Jackson went to court for a restraining order, which she was eventually refused because she had missed the deadline. Annoyed, the young woman then left the room. That’s when the judge caught her, pulled her by the neck and forced her back into the room. He then requested the young woman’s arrest for “contempt of court”.

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Kiah Morris, Vermont’s only black woman state representative, resigns after racial harassment

Kiah Morris was the only black female State Representative in Vermont. After more than two years of racist insults, assaults and harassment, she has just resigned. Her house was visited several times, swastikas were regularly painted on the trees around her house, and racist insults were targeting her daily on Twitter and other social networks.

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Polemist Eric Zemmour and journalist Hapsatou Sy on Salut les Terriens! ©Valeurs Actuelles

Hapsatou Sy and Eric Zemmour: when French TV turns victims into pariahs

On September 12, Eric Zemmour was invited on the set of Thierry Hardisson’s Salut Les Terriens! show to talk about his new book. What was originally intended to be a classic promotional session on television very quickly turned into a series of racist and targeted attacks on journalist Hapsatou Sy, whose first name Zemmour described as an “insult to France”. Yet, this racist and pathetic moment was eventually cut off during editing by the production and it was the journalist herself who ended up publishing it on social media. Following this, Thierry Hardisson turned against his own news partner, siding with racist polemicist Eric Zemmour. Today, a petition is online to help Hapsatou getting the French State to recognize the situation on television for racialized people.

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Moved and angry, Belgian presenter Cécile Djunga denounces the racism of which she is a victim

Cécile Djunga, a young black woman and weather presenter for the Belgian public channel RTBF, published a video on her Facebook account on September 5, denouncing the racism she experiences every day. It was the opportunity for her to issue an ultimatum to her attackers: she will no longer allow any racist insults to pass through.

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Kenyan women forced to have sex in exchange for intimate hygiene products

In a recent research published in September, UNICEF (which conducted the research) reports that about 65% of women and girls living in the slum of Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya’s capital, have already been forced to have sex in exchange for intimate hygiene products. This is a critical situation for the international association, which wants to sound the alarm to make a difference.

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Celebration scene in Bangalore, India, after the announcement of the decriminalization of homosexuality ©Manjunath Kiran, AFP

India decriminalizes homosexuality after twenty years of fierce fighting

Since September 6, homosexuality is no longer a crime in India. After a long and exhausting struggle for the country’s activists for more than 20 years, the Indian justice system has partially invalidated the article condemning homosexuality. An essential first step for LGBT associations.

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Nuns protesting in front of the Supreme Court of Kerala, ©AFP

Nuns in Kerala are taking on the influential Catholic Church for justice

In the state of Kerala in India, a group of Catholic nuns are relying on state justice to convict a bishop of their convent for repeatedly raping one of the sisters. The nuns were released from their confinement for the first time to demand state intervention. They have also started a hunger strike to attract not only the attention of justice, but also that of the media.

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Vanessa Campos: an angry march in memory of the murdered transgender prostitute

Vanessa Campos, a transgender sex worker of Peruvian origin, was murdered in the Bois de Boulogne in Paris on the night of August 16-17 while trying to help a client who was being assaulted. On September 22, a white march was organized in memory of the young woman. Relatives and associations are calling for the State’s responsibility in this tragic event, making the situation of sex workers more and more precarious by penalizing clients.

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Marcel Campion and the ordinary homophobia

Marcel Campion, a great magnate of the fairground world and known for his clashes with the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, recently attacked Bruno Julliard, her first deputy at the time, calling him (among other things) a “pervert” and complaining that “the whole city is now ruled by homosexuals”. The unacceptable comments were filmed and Bruno Julliard said he will file a complaint. Unfortunately for many homosexuals in Paris today, these insults are only part of a recurrent and alarming chronicle of ordinary homophobia. The icing on the cake is that Mr. Campion announced that he was running for mayor of Paris.

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Paris: a feminist festival deprived of municipal financing

In Paris, a few days before its launch, Feministival learned that the mayor of the 20th arrondissement where the event was to be held had finally decided to cancel the €500 funding envelope initially planned. Why? Because of the appearance of columnist and activist Rokhaya Diallo. The good news? Following the announcement, the association Les Effronté.e.s launched a participative fundraising campaign for the event and in 24 hours three times the amount was raised.

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Rihanna enters the Barbados government

As surprising as it may seem, world-famous singer Rihanna has accepted a position in the government of her home country, the Barbados Islands. She will be in charge of promoting education, tourism and investment in her country. A position that may surprise, but is perfectly consistent both with the young woman’s undisguised attachment to her homeland and with her recurring philanthropic commitments.

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Tara Fares, blogger and ex-Miss Irak 2014, ©Instagram

Tara Fares, blogger and ex-Miss Iraq, shot dead in the street in Baghdad

Elected Miss Baghdad and then Miss Iraq in 2014, Tara Fares had since become a popular figure of the country and a powerful blogger. On September 27 she was coldly shot dead in the street, while she was driving her car. The one who proclaimed her freedom on Instagram and inspired millions of Iraqi women to do the same is just one of the many victims of a series of feminicide in the country having already killed several influencers and figures of women’s beauty and body freedom in the same circumstances in the country.

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A video of Harvey Weinstein abusing a young woman

As if the evidence was missing in the huge case against Harvey Weinstein, a new video has just surfaced, further overwhelming the sexual predator. In this 2011 video broadcast by Skynews, Harvey Weinstein and Melissa Thompson are shown in the middle of a working meeting. The latter makes multiple verbal and insistent advances, completely inappropriate in a professional context, and caresses her arm, shoulder and thigh repeatedly. Melissa Thompson is one of the plaintiffs against Weinstein, accusing him of raping her in a hotel room, just a few hours after the video was recorded.

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Scotland is the first European country to make hygiene protection completely free of charge for all female students.

The Scottish Government has just released 5.2 million pounds to provide free and permanent hygiene protection to all students in its schools, up to universities. This is a first not only in Europe, but also in the world for a plan of such scope. An initiative that hopefully will spread to other countries.

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A committed 2018 autumn-winter fashion

Fashion Week is never a relaxing event. But in recent years, politics and activism have crept into the ranks that were originally so closed in the fashion world. Last September for example, Lindsey Scott, a Victoria Secret model and also a computer engineer specializing in coding who works for the largest companies in Silicon Valley, shut down Internet trolls accusing her of not really knowing how to code simply because the young woman is also a professional model. It is well known, of course, that being beautiful and having brains do not go together, duh. Earlier in the month, another model made headlines when she paraded for Talisha White at New York Fashion Week. Marion Avila has Down syndrome. She fulfilled her childhood dream but also that of many women suffering from the same disease. She says she wants to show the world that there are no insurmountable barriers.

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Wanuri Kahiu, the director who defies reactionaries in Kenya

The second feature film by Kenyan director Wanuri Kahiu, Rafiki, has been banned from screening by the Kenyan authorities because it promotes “lesbianism” by telling the story of the budding love affair between two young women in Nairobi. The young director appealed this decision which prevents her from competing for the Oscars, but above all, in her opinion, goes against the fundamental principle of freedom of expression. She wants to pave the way so that other artists after her can express their art freely, without fear of censorship.

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A contender for the Bachelor Vietnam declares her love to another candidate

In The Bachelor, Vietnam, an unexpected and certainly never-seen-before twist occurred. As the bachelor distributed his roses to the chosen girls, one of the contestants took the floor to confess her love to another contestant on the show. They then left the set and the competition together, but the second girl decided to return back to the show to be sure that she wasn’t missing anything. After a week, she finally went back to her, and the two women have been in a relationship ever since!  

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