Year of Reckoning

I am especially thankful for my two delightful and devoted daughters, and my charmingly quick-witted grandson, and all the joy they bring to my life.

I am also thankful that women have found their voice in 2017 – for what I hope will be known as the year of reckoning for sexual harassment and hopefully the end of the prevailing rape culture.

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You would think Roy Moore and his conservative, evangelical following would give it up – but surprise, surprise – they keep finding outlandish excuses – trying to justify his actions. It’s truly disgusting.

Pastor Benham says that Roy Moore was simply seeking “pure” girls.

I can’t help but wonder how many “pure” girls he thought he was entitled to. I also wonder what he thought those young girls were entitled to? Or didn’t they matter?

Obviously, they did not.

Twisted, perverted mind – #NoMoore

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How many men raped women

Jackson Katz’s words have gone viral, and with good reason. I am so thankful for men who have the conviction and the courage to speak up about violence and harassment. Katz said that the quote below is from a speech he delivered five years ago. Lately, it has gone viral throughout Twitter and Facebook, in the aftermath of #HarveyWeinstein revelations and the #MeToo hashtags of women who have been attacked or harassed.

“I have been doing and saying this stuff for a long time—the only difference is now people are paying attention.”

Quote…

We talk about how many women were raped last year, not about how many men raped women.

We talk about how many girls in a school district were harassed last year, not about how many boys harassed girls.

We talk about how many teenage girls got pregnant last year, rather than how many boys and men impregnated teenage girls.

So you can see how the use of the passive voice has a political effect. It shifts the focus off of men and boys and onto girls and women.

Even the term ‘violence against women’ is problematic. It’s a passive construction; there’s no active agent in the sentence. It’s a bad thing that happens to women, but when you look at that term ‘violence against women,’ nobody is doing it to them. It just happens to them…. Men aren’t even a part of it!

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Jackson Katz, Ph.D.
JacksonKatz.com

Jackson Katz

Blood on their hands

“…the only person with blood on their hands is that of the shooter…”

Sarah Huckaby Sanders just uttered those words during her white house press conference concerning the massacre in Las Vegas last night.

She went on to say that this is not the day for debate.

I agree.

This is the day for action.

It’s time to enforce and strengthen gun control laws.

It’s time to make sure that the mentally ill are never allowed to legally purchase guns.

It’s time to dismiss any notion of allowing silencers on guns.

It’s time to provide mental health options for those who are suffering mentally and emotionally, with nowhere to turn.

It’s time to protect Americans from Americans.

Otherwise, we all have blood on our hands.

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