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Calgary police have charged a woman with human trafficking after she allegedly extorted her female roommate into working in the sex trade.


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what do you think of this poll FLFers? Safe to say I agree with the person who wrote the article in response to it:


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Brad Pitt’s production company is making a movie on Steubenville from a male’s perspective. Will this be another ‘white knight’ story? And if so, is that a bad thing?


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“A long-promised victim’s bill of rights is about to be introduced in Parliament…” This bill is promising to give victims a bigger voice in the criminal justice process, allowing them to be a bigger part of the process rather than just a passive player.

However, not everyone is thrilled with the proposed bill. Catherine Latimer has “warned that the way the government is casting its plans, the Conservatives are threatening to “roll back more than 500 years of progress in criminal justice” by creating a system based on vengeance, the way it was in medieval Europe.”

What do you think FLFers is a Victim Bill of Rights a good thing?
See the article below for more details.

Follow-up story with a link to the Bill:

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“Bosnia’s decision to include preventing sexual violence in military training is “groundbreaking” and should become the standard for UN peacekeeping missions, British Foreign Secretary William Hague and Angelina Jolie said Friday.”


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With the Junos in town this weekend and Robin Thicke set to perform it probably comes as no surprise that a petition has been started to ban Robin Thicke from performing due to his song “Blurred Lines,” which some suggest promotes rape culture.

These lines in the article linked below probably stuck out the most for me:

“Juno producer John Brunton said he does not believe people are truly offended by the song and said many petitions could be launched against hip-hop songs.
Juno co-host Johnny Reid said all four of his children love the song. Fellow co-host Serena Ryder said she too has written racy lyrics and personally considers lyrics secondary to the way words sound in a song.”

First I have to say obviously some people are truly offended by the song or they would not be starting petitions to ban Robin Thicke (the petition mentioned in the Free Press article is not the first that has been started against Thicke, other events have had calls to ban Thicke from performing too).

Secondly, I am not a musician, and I do not songs or lyrics, but I disagree with Serena Ryder’s idea that lyrics are secondary to the way words sound. I think it may be true that you will substitute certain words to sound better or rhyme in a particular line, but I don’t think you change words to change the entire meaning behind your lyrics…I don’t know, any thoughts on this FLFers?


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“The departure of Alberta’s first female premier this week, in the face of mounting public and party pressure, has reignited a familiar question: Did sexism play a role in her demise?”


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Any thoughts FLFers?

Honolulu police officers have urged lawmakers to keep an exemption in state law that allows undercover officers to have sex with prostitutes during investigations, touching off a heated debate. http://cbc.sh/Ie70SOR

Do you think undercover officers should be allowed to have sex with prostitutes?

(The above blurb is courtesy of the CBC News Facebook Page)

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A short article that explains rape culture and provides examples:


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Thanks to Katie Haig-Anderson for sharing this with us:


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