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Feminist News Round-Up- February 2018

LegalFling, a new app created to generate legally binding “sexual consent” contracts hits the headlines. Users can accept or decline a variety of sexual activity via the app- which is supposed to circumvent future sexual assault allegations. Needless to say, it was not received well.

We love Jacinda Ardern here at the Y- and it seems like we’re not alone, as the Kiwi PM finds herself in the pages of Vogue.

Brooklyn artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh is called on by the New York City Human Rights Commission to tackle street harassment with her artwork. Famous for her wheat paste works, which picture a variety of women accompanied by the phrase “Stop Telling Women To Smile.” Read more about her new work here.

Rosie Batty steps down from the foundation she established to combat family violence. Following the death of her son Luke, Batty was a tireless campaigner, battling the scourge of domestic violence in our country under massive scrutiny- from the government, the media and the general public. Citing exhaustion and needing time to grieve, the 2015 Australian Australian of the Year elaborated, “Unfortunately I realise that I can't keep going at this pace forever. It is unsustainable and I am tired. I now need to prioritise my self-care and recognise my limitations – advice that has been given to me by trusted friends for some time," she said.” We all owe her a lot.

Emma Gonzales, a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, addresses a gun control rally in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, days after a gunman entered her school in nearby Parkland and killed 17 people. Her speech goes viral across the world, helping to kick off protests by students all over America, culminating in the first national school walkout.

Rapper Cardi B speaks up in the latest issue of i-D about feminism and makes some salient points about class, education and access within the movement.

Multicultural Festival goers in Canberra are shocked to see an anti-abortion tent at the event. 

Monica Lewinsky is interviewed in Vanity Fair, highlighting the difference between the shame and spectacle surrounding her affair with then-President, Bill Clinton and how it would be viewed after #MeToo. Good read.

Zelda D’Aprano passes away at the age of 90. A staunch feminist, labour unionist, and pay justice advocate, Zelda had a profound and everlasting impact on the women’s movement and labour movements within Australia.

In recent years, Australian university orientation weeks have been highlighted as a time of pronounced vulnerability, particularly for new students. Sexual assault, hazing and excessive alcohol consumption have led sexual assault advocates to dub this week ‘The Red Zone.’ A report on this particular phenomenon is produced, and it’s shocking. Read it here.