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Examining A Culture Of Sexual Abuse

Martha Nussbaum, Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago

In Examining A Culture Of Sexual Abuse In Martha Nussbaum’s ‘Citadels Of Pride’, Martha Nussbaum discusses the behavior of Andrew Cuomo, Brett Kavanaugh, and other men who abuse women. The discussion is excellent food for thought and the book excerpt defining objectification is very approachable.

Incels Are Getting Plastic Surgery

An Incel Ideal

An Incel Ideal

If you’re interested in the Incel movement, it’s worth reading this surprisingly thorough coverage of a surprising (to me) aspect of the Incel movement. The author also covers the virulent misogyny inherent in this movement and helps the reader gain insight into the origins of this hatred.


Source: How Many Bones Would You Break to Get Laid?

Roxane Gay writes thoughtfully about what justice would look like for cases of sexual abuse in Louis C.K. and Men Who Think Justice Takes as Long as They Want It To.

We need to have a continuing public debate about what justice looks like for victims of sexual abuse. It does not look like whatever the offenders think it does.


The #MeToo Movement Requires Empathy as Much as Courage

The #MeToo Movement is both necessary and good and I do what I can to support it. To succeed, we need to ensure we value balance and exercise empathy in every action taken in its name. Already we’ve seen many attacks on public figures based on questionable or no evidence, and that needs to stop.
We also need to address the failure of some to see that women are not monolithic in their opinions and ideals on this issue. In her Washington Post essay,  Mona Eltahawy illustrates a failure to understand that women might have different opinions of where the balance line is between flirting and sexual misconduct. Catherine Deneuve and the other signatories are not claiming the #MeToo movement is unnecessary, only that it has unfairly harmed some men and risks damaging the sexual freedom women have worked so hard for by inflicting a puritanism undesired by the majority of women.

Understanding and working to communicate and bridge differences is hard work and humans are often bad at it. History shows that we often run a little amok when first experiencing hard won power and freedoms. But this is not an issue we can afford to let run amok. We need to have a discussion of where to draw the line between acceptable and unacceptable behavior – at home, at work, in circumstances of unequal power, … – so we create a fair and sustainable society that grants women and men what they need to live well.

Source: Catherine Deneuve’s attack on #MeToo movement reveals Europe’s racist double standards – The Washington Post

White Religious Extremists Demonstrate Against Women’s Rights.

The Post’s headline is “Christian women gather on the Mall and criticize feminism”

A more accurate headline for this reporting would read, “White religious extremists demonstrate against women’s rights.”

These women and their beliefs bear little resemblance to the Jesus Christ of the Gospels and stand opposed to his core teachings. They are Christian in the same way that Islamic State is Muslim.

These women are grossly misled or willfully ignorant about feminism:
“For years, the feminists lied to us,” Christian author Lisa Bevere shouted from the stage. “They said for us to be powerful as women, we needed to act like men.”

Those gathered are willfully ignorant of the founding principles of the United States and demonize Obama:
Linda Shebesta of Burleson, Texas – “We believe our nation was founded as a Christian nation. The enemy is trying to take it in another direction, not Christianity,” she said. She saw lots of proof of Satan at work during the Obama administration. “We believe God put Donald Trump in,” Shebesta said.

I’m thankful that the white Christian majority is getting weaker with each passing year and, provided the US survives another century, there’s nothing the GOP or these hateful Christians can do to stop the progress of the United States toward becoming a more diverse, loving, and just nation.


Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2017/10/09/christian-women-gather-on-the-mall-and-criticize-feminism/

Plan B Isn’t Made for the Average American Woman

From the Fusion article: “The emergency contraceptive levonorgestrel—aka Plan B—was available in the United States for nearly 15 years before the idea that it wasn’t effective for women above a certain weight started getting attention.

That should bother you, a lot. Neither the US government (which is currently controlled by people who want to own women) nor the manufacturer have done their jobs in making sure people know this, much less creating a better product.

If you or someone you know is a potential user of Plan B, please read and spread this information.

Source: https://fusion.kinja.com/its-pretty-messed-up-that-plan-b-isnt-made-for-the-aver-1795443034