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  Don’t just say thank you to black women; do better, be better, Alabama.The righteous have spoken in Alabama as the world watched in election speculation. Black Southern rural women in the poorest counties in the state voted in high ranks, as usual, for Doug Jones for the United States Senate. This was done not to save white America, but to generate political power and to give space to the voice of Southern women in the narrative of change. According to exit polls, approximately 97% of...
  On Tuesday, The New York Times published an emotional op-ed written by actress Salma Hayek detailing the ways in which Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed, bullied, and threatened her while the two  worked on 2002 biopic Frida. “I don’t think he hated anything more than the word ‘no,’” Hayek wrote. She writes that during the making of Frida, Weinstein constantly undermined her talent, made crude comments, propositioned her, and pushed to add sex scenes that were not originally in the script. She writes, “The range of his...
  Last night, Americans everywhere watched as Democrat Doug Jones defeated Roy Moore in Alabama’s Senate race. Along with allegations of child molestation and sexual assault, Moore boasts beliefs that homosexuality should be criminalized, Muslims should not be allowed in Congress, and that America was at its best during the era of slavery. Jones, a former federal prosecutor, is the first Democrat to win an Alabama Senate seat in 25 years. Prior to his campaign, Jones was well-known for prosecuting two KKK members who bombed a Birmingham...
Being believed — the new normal. A massive scandal involving celebrities, newsmen, artists and politicians and has shoved rape, domestic violence, molestation and sexual harassment into the spotlight. Women accusers, whose stories had been met with everything from hushed skepticism to bald-faced doubt just a short time ago, are now being listened to and believed. Speech will be the business of men, wrote Homer in the Odyssey in the 8th century. Indeed, the lack of female narratives in the media, in the arts, in...
  A week ago, TIME Magazine announced that their 2017 "Person of the Year" would be the "Me Too" movement and all the "silence breakers" coming forward to speak out about sexual harassment and assault. And this week, dictionary Merriam-Webster has followed this lead with another victory by announcing that their word of the year is: feminism. *brief pause for cheers and applause*  "In 2017, lookups for feminism increased 70 percent over 2016 on Merriam-Webster.com and spiked several times after key events, " the dictionary’s Editor-at-Large, Peter Sokolowski,...
  In an interview with CNN on Monday morning, Senator Kristen Gillibrand called for Trump's resignation because of the accusations of sexual harassment and assault against him. She said, “President Trump has committed assault, according to these women, and those are very credible allegations of misconduct and criminal activity, and he should be fully investigated and he should resign.” She is the only female senator amidst a small, but growing, number of state officials who have been calling for Trump to step down. Yet, Trump chose only to spew...
    I was in my early twenties when I was hired to be an assistant for a contracting company. As the assistant, it was normal for me to interact with several employees throughout the day, considering I was responsible for delivering packages, mail, and replenishing office and copier supplies, among other things. Mainly, I had the most engagement with the accounting assistant, a male coworker. Let’s call him Mr. Finance. It was my responsibility to deliver invoices (and other documents) for him to process. I tended to...
  In the midst of sexual harassment allegations, The Paris Review editor Lorin Stein resigned on Wednesday. The next day, writer A. N. Devers noticed something disturbing about the coverage of Stein’s resignation: the complete erasure of Brigid Hughes, who held Stein’s title for over a year starting in 2004. “I’m going to show you how a woman is erased from her job,” A. N. Devers began in a Twitter thread that gained traction in journalism and media circles. Devers went on to point out the timeline of the...

  Dylan Farrow, daughter of Woody Allen, has  told (and re-told and re-told) the story of how her father sexually abused her as a child. In an open letter to Woody Allen published in the New York Times in 2014, Farrow described in detail how, when she was seven years old, her father led her up to an attic in the house they lived in and proceeded to sexually assault her. On December 7, Farrow published an op-ed in in the Los Angeles Times, powerfully titled...

  This morning, America’s most problematic sweetheart, Megyn Kelly, tweeted the question that we have all been thinking: “America is having a ‘Me Too’ moment, as men are being outed and punished for sometimes decades of sexual misconduct. But does that accountability extend to the Oval Office?” It’s a good question, and one that deserves a better answer than the “turn-the-other-cheek” attitude that accompanied Trump’s long history of sexual misconduct. Breaking the political silence last week, three Senators, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and Sen....