In Alabama you must prove you “earnestly” resisted. In North Carolina, once you start having sex you don’t have the right to stop. And in all 50 states, if your rapist is powerful, wealthy, popular, or famous it’s going to be an uphill battle to get a prosecutor to expend the time and resources to bring charges against him.
Ivanka Trump is in Berlin today in her official capacity as a “White House adviser,” to discuss women’s global economic empowerment. Leading up to this visit and her participation on a panel at the W20 Summit, Ms. Trump co-authored an op-ed with the President of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim, which ran in Monday’s edition of The Financial Times. In it, they argue that the most powerful way to grow the global economy is to expand the role of women in business. This message, and Ivanka as the messenger, is both disingenuous and infuriating. Read more “Ivanka’s Faux Feminism: Trump at the Women20 Summit”
Much of the discussions surrounding Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court have been focused on the tensions between Democrats & Republicans, liberals & conservatives, and Trump & Obama. When this nomination and its potential impact on women is discussed, the focus is limited to the tension between pro-choice & anti-choice positions. Protecting a woman’s reproductive choice is vitally important, but this framework for discussing women’s rights under a Gorsuch appointment to the Supreme Court is far too narrow. Read more “Originalism is Sexist: Neil Gorsuch & the ERA”
Jeffrey Epstein, the billionaire pedophile who “trafficked” adolescent girls to his wealthy friends, is back in the news again. This time, because of his association to Alexander Acosta, Trump’s second nominee for labor secretary. Acosta, a former Miami U.S. attorney, let Epstein off with a weak sentence despite the FBI identifying more than 40 girls who alleged molestation against Epstein and the Palm Beach police department recommending Epstein be charged with four counts of unlawful sex with minors. Read more “Nobody Has [More] Respect For Women”
Two days after the Women’s March on Washington, Trump signed the “global gag rule,” surrounded by seven white men. Millions of women and our allies worldwide marched for equity, justice and the human rights of women and all gender-oppressed people mere hours before, and yet Trump, as one of his first actions as President of the “free world,” chose to deny women control over their own bodies. Read more “Power in Numbers & Solidarity”
I get it. I get the anger, the dismay, the strong feelings over every single pronouncement these days. The anger is right and it’s justified. Anger is a valid response to the unmitigated attacks on the most vulnerable in our society. Immigrants documented and not, are under attack more than ever. Muslims, Jews and other minority religions are threatened simply because their faith is not the faith of the mainstream US, at the same time that LGBTQI+ citizens are having their rights stripped away and their safety compromised in the name of ‘religious liberty. Oh, sweet irony, kill me now. Social services for the poor are under attack, as well as services for people with disabilities. The EPA and other agencies we cherish are being subjected to a scorched earth philosophy that might well leave little left of the government we have come to take for granted. All in all, anger seems like a pretty rational response. I validate that anger, unquestionably.