Tomorrow afternoon I’ll be posting an exciting announcement. Until then…
Court Rules Man Who Took 'Upskirt' Photos on MBTA Did Nothing Illegal -
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled that a man accused of taking “upskirt” photos of women on the MBTA did nothing illegal, based on how state law is written.
I discovered that TED and TEDWomen have never featured a talk on abortion.
…When I asked around, the consensus was that the omission was simply an oversight. But it turns out TED is deliberately keeping abortion off the agenda. When asked for comment, TED content director and TEDWomen co-host Kelly Stoetzel said that abortion did not fit into their focus on “wider issues of justice, inequality and human rights.”
“Abortion is more of a topical issue we wouldn’t take a position on, any more than we’d take a position on a state tax bill,” Stoetzel explained. She pointed me to a few talks on women’s health and birth control, but this made the refusal to discuss abortion only more glaring. In the last three years, the United States has seen more abortion restrictions enacted than in the entire previous decade; the United Nations has classified the lack of access to abortion as torture; and Savita Halappanavar died in Ireland because a Catholic hospital refused to end her doomed pregnancy. Just how is abortion not an issue of “justice, inequality and human rights”? — The Empowerment Elite Claims Feminism, my latest at The Nation
[P]atriarchy pushes us to put aside our good judgment—particularly when that good judgement is urging us to believe bad things about talented, white men.
I believe, as Roxane Gay does, that people are skeptical of abuse victims because “the truth and pervasiveness of sexual violence around the world is overwhelming. Why would anyone want to face such truth?” I also believe that deep down people know once we start to believe victims en masse—once we take their pain and experience seriously—that everything will have to change. Recognizing the truth about sexual assault and abuse will mean giving up too many sports and movies and songs and artists. It will mean rethinking institutions and families and power dynamics and the way we interact with each other every day. It will be a lot.
And we are lazy.
It’s easier to ignore what we know to be true, and focus on what we wish was. But the more we hold on to the things that make us comfortable and unthinking, the more people will be hurt—and the more growing room we’ll create for monsters. — Choosing Comfort Over Truth: What It Means to Defend Woody Allen, my latest at The Nation
America’s first female president, brought to you by . . . sexism!
It’s been six years since a heckler yelled “Iron my shirt!” at a Hillary Rodham Clinton campaign event shortly before the New Hampshire primary. Since MSNBC’s Chris Matthews called Clinton “Nurse Ratched” and commented on her “cackle.” And since a guest on Bill O’Reilly’s Fox News show lamented that a female president would be undermined by “PMS and mood swings.”
If Clinton runs again, it’s doubtful that we’ll see the same level of sexist vitriol against her. And that makes me, well, a little sad. If the misogyny flows as freely in 2016 as it did during Clinton’s first presidential run, the Republicans are doomed. They’re already in trouble with female voters, and it wouldn’t take much to erode that standing further. So bring on the Todd Akins, the “life’s a bitch, don’t vote for one” T-shirts, the knee-jerk Hillary haters. This time around, it will only make her stronger. — "Sexism for the win! Could prejudice bring it home for Hillary Clinton in 2016?" My latest at The Washington Post