Laura Finley: As is so often the case, this school shooter had been abusive to his former girlfriend and to his mother, a huge red flag that more violence is to come.
Sexism or gender discrimination may stem from the belief that a person of one sex is intrinsically superior to a person of the other. The articles in this category focus primarily on discrimination in employment but may contain pieces on discrimination in lending, housing and other vital areas of life.
Rosemary Jenkins: When women today are fighting to be treated as equals; as independent, strong-minded, decisive people, as individuals who can think quickly and be prepared to resolve issues–how can they turn around and claim weakness and inability to act?
Rob Okun: The mainstream media’s coverage of individual stories of fallen men is a cop-out. If they want to get to the root of the problem they have to examine why men feel entitled to abuse women.
Tom Hall: What good will it do to end discrimination against women if we ignore climate change and environmental destruction, and all the elderly widows in Florida find that rising sea levels have put their state underwater?
Laura Finley: What if in addition to being committed to speak up as persons who have been victimized, we also committed to speak up when we see or hear troublesome comments or behavior? Some of us do this, others need to start doing it.
Once again, grassroot feminists who promote Palestinian human rights are concerned that a hostile environment is promoted by the organizers of WMLA — whether inadvertently, or not — by the choice of featured speakers, major donors, and major partners.
Brent Budowsky: 300 powerful women in Hollywood have announced a new group called Time’s Up to lead a national campaign against the systematic sexual harassment of women from Hollywood to working-class communities across America.
Harriet Fraad and Richard D. Wolff: The pervasiveness of sexual assault today reflects the combined effects of households’ feudal class structures and enterprises’ capitalist class structures.
Caroline Heldman: Martial arts were made for women. While they may be dominated by men, women’s bodies are uniquely suited for fighting.
Sikivu Hutchinson and Ashunda Norris: The sexualization of black girls at very young ages contributes to an atmosphere where sexual violence against them is viewed as inconsequential. If black girls are stereotyped as “unrapeable”, then everyday sexual harassment is something that “they bring onto themselves”.
Robert Koehler: We live in a deeply problematic and unfair world, but suddenly social awareness has solidified around the wrongness of sexual abuse, so much so that powerful men are feeling the sting of accountability for stupid and cruel behavior that until recently seemed consequence-free.
Tom Hall: What if we said that using government money to teach little children that girls are inferior, and that boys should be allowed to “have their way” with girls, IS sexual abuse?
Caroline Heldman: Tarana Bruke coined the name in 1997, and Alyssa Milano popularized it via social media two decades later, but this is the fifth round of organized activism against harassment/violence in the United States.