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”.
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.
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.
Steve Hochstadt: The national attention to victims of sexual abuse and punishing perpetrators is new, but it’s been a long time coming.
Darlene Lancer: From an early age, many girls are objectified as objects for male attention and admiration. Their appearance becomes their primary value, rather than their internal worth and many other skills and attributes
Tom Hastings: Even men of goodwill should take this opportunity to listen and learn, re-evaluate and rehabilitate, not make determinative rulings on increments of impropriety
Jamala Rogers: In the African American community, the silent nature of sexual violence is real. The stats are alarming yet Black women – even mothers of child victims – are less likely to report incidents than white women.
Tina Dupuy: The Democratic Party needs to stand with women who have been harassed—and not defend the politicians who abused them.
John Peeler: One of the dwindling advantages of being old is that you remember a lot. I remember how behaviors that now qualify as sexual harassment were taken for granted in many workplaces.
Irene Monroe: The perceptions and stereotypes of African American women—combative, mouthy, not deferential enough and “angry black woman”—can sadly turn into deadly action as we see with Sandra Bland
Robert Koehler: Forty years later, I find myself coming to grips with the fact that women’s rights have been only partially implemented and the social change they have wrought remains superficial.
Jasmyne Cannick: While it’s no secret that the film industry has an undeniable problem with complicity when it comes to the sexual harassment and abuse of women–less talked about is the music industry’s complicity and role in adding to the stories of Me Too.