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The Daily Recap: Wednesday 29th June 2022

Your daily dose of news stories in the world of intersectional feminism.

Wednesday 29th June 2022

Ghislaine Maxwell Sentenced to 20 years In Prison

** Trigger Warning. This story discusses sexual assault and child sex trafficking. If this story is triggering please contact 1800 RESPECT. **

Ghislaine Maxwell has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for sex trafficking.

She worked alongside convicted sex offender and globetrotting financier Jeffrey Epstein.

The British socialite recruited and groomed teenage girls for Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse between the years 1994 and 2004.

Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein. Source: New York Magazine

Judge Alison J Nathan said Maxwell's behaviour was "heinous and predatory."

"Ms Maxwell worked with Epstein to select young victims who were vulnerable and played a pivotal role in facilitating sexual abuse," she said.

Judge Nathan said the case called for a "very significant sentence."

Ghislaine Maxwell pictured in court sketch in sentencing hearing. Source: Metro News

As well as jail time, she imposed a fine of $750,000.

Ghislaine has maintained her innocence.


Women Across the U.S Are Deleting Their Period Tracking Apps

There is great concern amongst American women that the data used in period tracking apps can be used to incriminate women seeking abortions interstate.

Period tracking apps based in the U.S could potentially be forced to share their customers' most personal data if subpoenaed.

However experts say prosecutors have charged people with crimes related to abortion based on other forms of digital evidence.

According to author and Ford Foundation member Cynthia Conti-Cook, individuals' search histories, text messages and emails can "be used to infer circumstantially that an abortion happened."

She says people that may become pregnant should "consider taking steps to secure their phone and online communications."

"Pregnant people seeking an abortion should be more concerned about explicitly admitting in text that they wanted to terminate a pregnancy - especially in states where laws could equate having an abortion with homicide or feticide - and handing their phones to police who might view such an admission as intent to commit a crime," says Cynthia.


Internet Goes Wild For Highly Anticipated 'Barbie' Movie

I don't know about y'all but for months I've just been lapping up any piece of 'Barbie' movie content I can find - I am just SO EXCITED for this film.

Filming is currently underway and photos of the set continue to go viral online.

Yesterday Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling skated their way through L.A while wearing matching 80s inspired, neon activewear.

The two of course are playing the world's most famous couple - Barbie and Ken.

The plot of 'Barbie' is still quite unknown, however, Margot Robbie hopes it'll "provoke thoughtful conversations" and "honour the IP (intellectual protocol) and fan base."

"We like the things that feel a little left of centre," she told The Hollywood Reporter, "something like Barbie where the IP, the name itself, people immediately have an idea of, 'oh Margot is playing Barbie, I know what that is,' but our goal is to be like, 'whatever you're thinking, we're going to give you something totally different - the thing you didn't know you wanted."

Barbie is officially scheduled for release on Friday July 21st 2023.



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