Swedish feminists are on the war path against sex robots. They claim such android sex workers promote dangerous attitudes towards women.
Writing in the Expressen newspaper, the heads of three Swedish feminist organizations argued that the appearance and attributes of today's sex robots bore the same objectifying, sexualized and degrading attitude that was found in mainstream
The organizations behind the letter were the Sweden's Women's Lobby, the National Organisation for Women's Shelters and Young Women's Shelters (Roks), and Unizon, a women's empowerment group.
They argued that the female robots lacked any agency when it came to dealing with the requests of male clients. They also warned that the type of fantasies made possible by the opening of sex robot brothels would lead to real violence against
The activists are now calling for the Swedish government to implement a series of measures that would make it difficult for such a brothel to open in Sweden.
The animal campaign group Peta has taken issue with a North American retailer Canada Goose which sells down filled jackets. Peta writes:
To kick off our robust anti-Canada Goose campaign across the U.S. and Canada, an enormous billboard has been erected near the retailer's flagship store in Chicago. A goose, pleading for his life, now towers over one of Chi-Town's busiest
streets, reminding drivers and pedestrians alike that geese don't want to die.
Meanwhile, in Short Hills, New Jersey, geese are making their own bus-side plea that's sure to grab folks' attention.
However not everyone is happy with the adverts leading to the advertising space company Astral, quickly taking down some of the adverts.
Peta wasn't impressed and responded:
Citing numerous complaints, the ad agency Astral Media Outdoor removed PETA's ads from several bus shelters in Toronto after they were up for just one day last month--so our legal counsel sent a letter to the agency pointing out that the
censorship violates the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which guarantees freedom of expression, and demanding an explanation for the removal of the ads.
Ten LGBT-themed children's books have been banished to the closed sections of Hong Kong's public libraries after heavy campaigning by an anti-gay rights group.
For months, the Family School Sexual Orientation Discrimination Ordinance Concern Group complained to the Home Affairs Bureau about books that promote gay and transgender awareness.
In a Facebook post on 17 June, the group shared an email from the Bureau confirming 10 books would be removed from library shelves after consideration by the Collection Development Meeting that is made up of library professionals.
Library users must now ask staff to see the books. The email says the Collection Development Meeting decided seven of the 10 books were neutral and do not promote homosexuality or same-sex marriage. Yet they were still moved to the closed shelves
so parents can decide what their children read.