Bi-Weekly Sexual Freedom Newsletter
Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Top Stories This Week
1. A federal settlement for strip club dancers
2. Reimagining the right to abortion
3. Trans Ukrainians on the traumas of war
4. Ways parents can support teens’ reproductive health;
5. Stalking technology;
6. The mainstream ani-violence movement’s failure to support Black works and survivors; and
7. Tess’ take on Texas’ anti-trans directive.
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City of Jacksonville pays strip club owners, dancers $60K in federal settlement (News4Jax.com)
Vic Micolucci reports on a recent federal settlement for strip club dancers: “Many of Jacksonville’s biggest strip clubs have a new deal with city attorneys that is years in the making. With a new settlement in federal court, not only are taxpayer funds paying the businesses and dancers $60,000, police also have new restrictions on how they can investigate these venues.” Read more.
Roe Is Dead. Long Live Roe? (The Intercept)
Judith Levine envisions a post-Roe future: “Now that there’s little left to lose, we might as well start over with what we really want. Replace the consumerist concept of reproductive choice with the principle of reproductive justice: not just the right to terminate a pregnancy but also to carry one healthily to term and raise the child in a safe and sustainable environment; not just the right to contraception but also the right to refuse it and to be free from forced sterilization or other eugenic coercions. Build this expansive definition of reproductive justice into the right to bodily autonomy. Elevate bodily autonomy in the U.S. to its global status, as an inalienable human right.” Read more.
“Mentally, I Am Still in Ukraine”: Three Trans Ukrainians on the Tolls of War (them.)
Nelson C.J. interviews trans and nonbinary people who have fled or are still stuck in Ukraine. Milana, 19-year-old trans woman states: “Earlier this month, I took a train to evacuate Zaporizhzhia, the city in southeastern Ukraine where I was living, to go to Lviv. We started hearing explosions on February 24, and that was really scary and prompted me to leave. Lviv is a safer part of Ukraine, but it was difficult finding a way to evacuate, because my father didn’t want me to leave. He hates me and abuses me, so of course he wanted me to stay in a more dangerous place. The rest of my family is back in Zaporizhzhia, but they have said they want to leave soon, too. I’m currently unable to pass through the Ukranian border and will probably have to do it illegally; I still have male documents, so Ukraine won’t let me out.” Read more.
For a guide on how to help LGBTQ+ and Black Ukrainian refugees, click here.
4 Ways Parents Can Support Teens’ Reproductive Health (Rewire News Group)
Ellen Friedrichs explains how parents can support teens’ reproductive health: “Consider helping teens obtain birth control, including emergency contraception or, if needed, an abortion. That is especially important if you live in a state with parental involvement laws for abortion. And, if Roe v. Wade is overturned, you might also want to determine if medication abortion will be an option where you live, or whether it will be possible to take a child out of state for the procedure. If you live in a state with parental involvement laws, this can be particularly complicated.” Read more.
These Women Were Stalked With AirTags. They Never Got Justice. (Jezebel)
Audra Heinrichs writes about stalking technology: “Reports of people being tracked with tag and tile devices go back at least six years. In 2016, Alexandra Ahmadi, a former Miss San Antonio, garnered headlines after she found a Tile tracker in her purse hours after leaving a birthday celebration at a bar. Similarly, in 2018, a Houston woman reported finding a Tile tracker in the center console of her car after she had been followed by an ex-boyfriend. In Ahmadi’s case, police could not identify the man she suspected put the tracker in her purse, and the Houston victim said it was ‘difficult’ for her and local police to get information associated with the Tile account. Though technology is evolving, stalking itself is nothing new.” Read more.
How the Mainstream Movement Against Gender-Based Violence Fails Black Workers and Survivors (Mother Jones)
Madison Pauly highlights how the mainstream anti-violence movement fails to support Black workers and survivors: “When Valériana Chikoti-Bandua moved to Washington state in 2018 to take a job at a leading anti–sexual violence nonprofit, it didn’t take long for her to get the sense that her new colleagues considered her an outsider. One co-worker asked a lot of questions about her hair, which Chikoti-Bandua, who is Black, wore naturally. A sexual assault prevention expert she met at a conference asked her where her new employer had ‘found’ her. And when she got involved in organizing a meetup for nonwhite workers in the field, her boss told her she’d be lucky if 10 people showed up.” Read more.
Tess’ Take: Texas’ Anti-Trans Directive (Woodhull’s Sex & Politics Blog)
Tess Joseph writes about Texas’ anti-trans directive: “One month ago, on February 22, Texas governor Greg Abbott made a terrifying, violent decision. He directed the state’s Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) to investigate gender-affirming healthcare for trans youth as ‘child abuse.’ Put simply, Abbott’s directive places parents and caretakers of trans youth and their medical providers under risk of experiencing the trauma of a DFPS investigation, even though there is nothing about affirming a child’s gender identity that could ever reasonably constitute ‘abuse.’” Read more.
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