Foxy News #2

T/W for this news roundup: domestic abuse

I managed to avoid mentioning Donald Trump in the first instalment of Foxy News but I fear it was an isolated case now that his inauguration is imminent. I never thought I'd google "Donald Trump urine" but that's just the world we're living in now I guess.

To sum it all up, CNN has released memos that claim Russia has compromising personal information about Trump. The memos also say that Donald Trump hired prostitutes to perform "golden showers", i.e. urinate on one another, in a Moscow hotel suite that the Obamas had previously stayed in. He, predictably, denounced it as "FAKE NEWS" and refused to answer a CNN reporter's question at a press conference.

Chris Baugh has a fantastic thread on Trump's relationship with Putin/Russia (it's his pinned tweet).


Since he likes to be the gift that keeps on giving, Trump spent his first Martin Luther King weekend as President Elect having a tantrum on Twitter after civil rights activist John Lewis was the first leading Democrat to publicly question his election win. 

“I don’t see this president-elect as a legitimate president,” he told NBC’s Meet the Press this week. “I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected, and they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton."

Trump responded by tweeting that Lewis was "all talk talk talk - no action or results. Sad!" Lewis was beaten by state troopers during the 1965 march over the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama so what would he know about political action?

The NHS is in an absolute mess at the moment, something I'm sure the staff have been aware of for a long time but was only brought to the attention of the wider public after two patients died on trolleys in a hospital A&E while waiting for beds. One of them had been there for 35 hours. The British Red Cross has described it as a "humanitarian crisis".

Our charming Tory government has reacted by...blaming GPs for not picking up the slack. Yep...They've been told they should provide a seven day 8am - 8pm service the lazy buggers! 


MPs voted against compulsory sex education in schools, despite a Barnardo's survey that reveals three quarters of pupils believe it would make them feel safer. Almost a third of 16-18 year old girls have experienced unwanted touching at school. Currently, schools only have to provide the bare minimum of information when it comes to the physical act of heterosexual sex. Anything relating to LGBT relationships or consent is at the school's discretion.

Laura Bates of the Everyday Sexism campaign spoke to blogger Emma Gannon about her experience of talking to schools about sex. I also wrote a piece on sex education for Daily Focal.


Russia has moved to decriminalise domestic abuse. Under the proposed legislation, the charge of "batter within the family" would be downgraded from a criminal offence to an administrative offence with a fine, community service or brief spell in prison as punishment. It would only become a criminal offence if committed two or more times in one year. 

Conservative politician Yelena Mizulina said this change is to "support family tradition". The internalised misogyny is real.


FURTHER READING

The price of a Freddo is set to rise to 30p. This truly is the end of days, and also reminds me of this early Kevin Bridges standup about 10p crisps.

Whenever I feel like my creative juices are running low, I watch this Tavi Gevinson talk that she gave in Sydney when she was 17. Just don't think about how insightful she was for her age because it will drive you crazy!

Akala's Oxford address is one of the most informative talks I've ever watched, as he covers the whitewashing of African history. I strongly recommend you set aside an hour to watch it all the way through. I was glued to it and will give it another view soon.

Garbage fire of the week (maybe that should be a weekly award!) goes to this school assignment at a school in Utah, where the girls had to go out on a date with a guy and were given a list of things to do/not do to please the men. 

Bim Adewunmi wrote about the conviction of Dylann Roof and the American problem of the death sentence.