Kate Harveston: Let’s be totally real for a moment — if the roles were reversed here, we would be up in arms about this kiss (way more than we already are), and the male judge in question might even be facing sexual harassment charges.
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In this case, the lack of consent for an intimate moment is being trivialized because it was a male on the receiving end.
Kate Harveston: Many Americans are confident in the belief that the U.S. holds a place of moral leadership in the world today. But have we actually earned it?
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.
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”.