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How Punishment Sustains Patriarchy

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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.

Robert Koehler, LA Progressive

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December 25, 2017 | Al Franken the serial groper. Al Franken the scapegoat.

History proceeds clumsily. Innocent people — or “innocently guilty” people, like the junior senator from Minnesota — often get unfairly hung out to dry. Should he have to resign? As far as I can tell, his alleged sexual wrongdoings over the years consist of three butt grabs, several uninvited kisses, a breast grope and a waist squeeze.

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The “Me Too” Movement and the Rights of the Accused, Marilyn Katz, In These Times 

http://inthesetimes.com/images/Andrea_Ramsey.png On December 15, Andrea Ramsey, a Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, announced she would drop out of a race to represent Kansas's 3rd District. In 2005, Ramsey was accused of sexually harassing a male subordinate, an accusation she has denied. As the allegations resurfaced, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee decided to withdraw its support for her campaign. "In its rush to claim the high ground in our roiling national conversation about harassment, the Democratic Party has implemented a zero tolerance standard," Ramsey said. "For me, that means a vindictive, terminated employee’s false allegations are enough for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) to decide not to support our promising campaign. We are in a national moment where rough justice stands in place of careful analysis, nuance and due process." (Image: Andrea Ramsey for Congress)

Have the men and women accused of sexual harassment lost their right to a fair hearing?
 

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Marquette's Pride Prom to go on as planned despite backlash, petition.

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Community members are invited to write a statement about their identity and have their picture taken holding the sign. Several pictures hang outside the Resource Office in the Alumni Memorial Union at Marquette University. (Photo by Caroline White)

"You wear a fancy ball gown. You wear a suit. You get all dressed up. There's going to be music and dancing," Bunczak said. "Prom is something that is so important, and it's really important for some LGBT individuals who couldn't go to prom in their high schools dressed the way that they feel most expresses themselves." --Maria Bunczak, president of Empowerment, an intersectional feminism club which is co-sponsoring Pride Prom.

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Caroline White, National Catholic Reporter (NCR)

Apr 13, 2018 | "Be Proud. Be You. Pride Prom 2018." This is the slogan of the Pride Prom being held April 14 at Marquette University. This event is the first of its kind at Marquette.

The Pride Prom was planned by representatives from the LGBTQ+ Resource Center, Marquette student government and the Gender Sexuality Alliance. These plans have persisted despite backlash in the form of an online petition urging the university president, Michael Lovell, to cancel the event.

Caroline White is a freshman at Marquette University studying journalism and environmental studies. She is a news reporter for Marquette's student media news outlet, the Marquette Wire.

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Series | A Nation Under Trump, Part 10: Women's March inspires women to amplify their political voices post-inauguration.

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Participants walk toward the U.S. Capitol during the Women's March on Washington Jan. 21. (CNS/Bob Roller)

 

  • The Series: As the anniversary of Donald Trump's election as president of the United States approached, the NCR staff wondered if the calls to action that persisted immediately following the election remained as urgent.
  • Part 10: In the last year, women in the U.S. have, en masse, become more politically active.

Dawn Araujo-Hawkins, National Catholic Reporter (NCR) 


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Nov 6, 2017 | For many women in the United States, Election Day 2016 was a crisis. Almost immediately, women began talking, planning and organizing on Facebook and other social media platforms. It became a movement so widespread that on Jan. 21, the day after Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States, millions of women took to the streets for what would become the largest single-day protest in the nation's history: the Women's March.

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Woman%20in%20Viral%20Photo%20From%20Women’s%20March.jpgFor example, an estimated 8,000 to 9,000 people marched in Lansing, Michigan — among them, Sr. Audra Turnbull, now a 29-year-old second-year novice with the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Monroe, Michigan. Turnbull describes the march as "electric" and says it gave her a focus for her post-election shock.

Dawn Araujo-Hawkins <> is a Global Sisters Report staff writer.

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Previously in this Series:

Part 9: How do we create a high-value health care system?
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Part 8: Trump's environmental rollbacks lack 'moral compass'.
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Part 7: Trump threatens norms that make the Constitution work
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Part 6: In foreign relations, Trump shifts rhetoric but policy largely unchanged.
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Part 5 - What have the Democrats learned since Trump's election?
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Part 4 - Poverty issues gain traction in first year of Trump presidency
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Part 3 - Trump has put anti-immigrant campaign promises into action <http://evergreenedigest.org/content/series-nation-under-trump-part-3-tru...

Part 2 - The Trump presidency and Europe's dilemma, <http://evergreenedigest.org/content/series-nation-under-trump-part-2-tru...

Part 1 - What has the GOP learned since Trump's election? <http://evergreenedigest.org/content/series-nation-under-trump-part-1-wha...

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What #MeToo Can Teach the Labor Movement

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  • All of it comes down to a disrespect and disregard for women, especially women of color. If we focus on the power analysis, the answer is staring us in the face. There is no time to waste. Everyone has to be all-in for rebuilding unions.
  • Related: How did we let modern slavery become part of our everyday lives?

Jane McAlevey, In These Times 

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Wednesday, December 27, 2018 | My first #MeToo memory is from the kitchen of the Red Eagle Diner on Route 59 in Rockland County, N.Y. I was 16 years old, had moved out of my home, and was financially on my own. The senior waitresses in this classic Greek-owned diner schooled me fast. They explained that my best route to maximum cash was the weekend graveyard shift. “People are hungry and drunk after the bars close, and the tips are great,” one said.

That first waitressing job would be short-lived, because I didn’t heed a crucial warning. Watch out for Christos, a hot-headed cook and relative of the owner. The night I physically rebuffed his obnoxious and forceful groping, it took all the busboys holding him back as he waved a cleaver at me, red-faced and screaming in Greek that he was going to kill me. The other waitress held the door open as I fled to my car and sped off without even getting my last paycheck. I was trembling.

Jane McAlevey is an organizer, author and scholar.

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How did we let modern slavery become part of our everyday lives? Felicity Lawrence, the Guardian

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  • Society abhors exploitation but we are complicit. The cheap goods and services consumers expect makes exploitation inevitable.
  • Related: Amazon’s Wal-Mart problem: Why low wages, working conditions,  and disdain for culture will hurt us all

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