Mark Naison: The culture of football, as I experienced it in the 1960s and 1970s, was something that I could easily see spilling over into domestic violence, both because so many of the people who played it well were filled with rage, and because women were so thoroughly objectified by the language almost everyone used.
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Sikivu Hutchinson: Often living in wealthier neighborhoods, white women can rely on the police as a thin blue line insulating them from the visceral threat of the dark other.
Anthony Samad: For years our culture has condoned men “manhandling” women that stepped “out of their place,” in the same way society reinforced racial hierarchies when people of color (regardless of what color) exerted any sense of equality.
Ruth Rosen: Domestic violence is just the tip of the iceberg. It may take another century before violence against women seems as barbaric and unacceptable as slavery does today.
Sophie Rane: The moment a woman announces a bid for office, the media starts questioning whether she is fit for the role. Who will care for her children? Will she be able to focus her attention on governance?
Tara Culp-Ressler: An Australian model is speaking out against a company that altered a photo of her body to appear several sizes smaller, saying she was “extremely shocked” to see the photoshopped image online after agreeing to participate in a photoshoot for the swimwear brand Fella Swim.
Sikivu Hutchinson: Charismatic black men slapping black women around are funny. This was the takeaway conveyed by some audience members at a screening I attended of the new James Brown biopic Get On Up at a predominantly black theater in Los Angeles.
Grecia Reyes: The highlight of my time in India was moving to Kolkata, also known as the City of Joy, where I was able to find hope in the darkest places and a community that has loved me like no other.
Kathleen Wallace: Hating women is about as much of a red flag as hating any group. It says so much more about the one doing the hating than the groups they target.
Lauren Steiner: While seven TV stations sent crews and aired stories on their afternoon and evening newscasts,,,the LA Times once again chose not to send a reporter or even a photographer to cover this protest of a major national issue of concern.
Tina Dupuy: Some have pointed out (myself included) that if you are truly against abortion, you should be FOR what counters the need for abortion—reliable, cheap and widely available birth control.
Sikivu Hutchinson: Despite telling American women that they are liberated, post-feminist and beyond all that affirmative action shit, it is beholden to a medievalist court blazing a “new” trail of misogynist jurisprudence.
RJ Eskow: “Giving women my Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act without the Paycheck Fairness Act,” said Ledbetter herself, “is like giving them a nail without the hammer.”