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The #MeToo movement inspired a much-needed conversation about the treatment of women at the hands of powerful men. For the past year and half, those with “an upper hand” have learned it’s best to keep both hands to themselves. Society is finally beginning to internalize the understanding that women are not mere sexual objects. But while that same society has cautioned men about their behavior, it has done little to widen their perspectives about who women are – and can be: experts. We are still far behind...
Many have already spoken out about the surprisingly vicious and sexist take-down of Amy Klobuchar by The New York Times. As we now know, Senator Klobuchar can be a demanding boss. But the most striking anecdote—the one meant to reveal just how dreadful Senator Klobuchar can be, involved a salad, an airplane, and a comb. If you saw the piece, you surely remember this part, the very first example described in the article: “An aide, joining her on a trip to South Carolina in 2008, had procured...
Most people are familiar with Larry Nassar, the doctor who molested hundreds of young athletes in his care, and Robert Hadden, a Columbia University OBGYN who is at the center of a class action lawsuit for digitally penetrating, fondling, and even licking patients on his exam tables for two decades, but few are aware of the sexual abuse and discrimination that female medical professionals face. A group of medical professionals is partnering with Time’s Up to bring awareness to the harassment in healthcare and to...
County prisons around the United States restrict their inmates' access to tampons and pads. According to an article by the non-profit magazine, Mother Jones, Californian attorney Paula Canny is doing everything in her power to make sure inmates have what they need during their time of the month. Canny’s mission to change how local jails in California treat periods started when she met with her client, Christine Kolba, last year. Kolba was at the San Mateo County Jail on drug charges at the time, and Canny...
Last year, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) proposed a testosterone limit on women runners. Caster Semenya, a 2-time Olympic gold medalist and 3-time world champion runner from South Africa, is challenging their restriction in court this week. According to the Guardian, Semenya and her lawyers launched their appeal against IAAF’s limit calling it “flawed” and “hurtful.” Higher levels of testosterone are often naturally occurring in female athletes, but the IAAF is claiming that their new limit is meant to “empower girls and women” by sustaining a...
According to the Tennessean, earlier this month Tennessee’s attorney general, Herbert Slatery, ruled that the state’s hate crime protections included transgender individuals. In 2000 the General Assembly in the state of Tennessee added a hate crime statute to judges’ sentencing rules for crimes that targeted a person based on race, religion, color, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, or gender. Last year, Senator Sara Kyle presented a bill to add gender identity and expression to the 2000 hate crime ruling. Kyle’s bill failed, but it...
In late December of last year, Congress allowed the Violence Against Women Act to expire after the extension that temporarily reauthorized it ran out during the partial government shutdown. Its effects won’t be felt just yet, because funding and grants that have been approved before this expiration will still be funded. But no new funds can be appropriated, putting the future of domestic violence work in a state of flux.  VAWA is a landmark piece of legislation, and the most comprehensive of its kind designed to deal with...
Nadia Bolz-Weber is a former stand-up comedian turned Lutheran Pastor/public theologian based in Denver, Colorado. She has liturgical inspired tattoos, she’s a best-selling author, she’s not afraid to speak her mind, and she founded Denver's progressive, inclusive House for All Sinners and Saints in 2008. Bolz-Weber’s most recent book, Shameless: A Sexual Reformation, is about Christianity and its antiquated ideas about sex, gender, and bodies. In November 2018, Bolz-Weber announced an art project on Twitter and invited women to send her their purity rings. ANNOUNCEMENT: I'm...
Dr. Mags Portman, a British doctor who was instrumental in championing PrEP usage and getting the drug approved in the UK, has died from mesothelioma at age 44. PrEP, which stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, is a drug that keeps HIV-negative people from being infected. It has been approved for use in the United States since 2012, though it took until 2016 for the drug to be approved in the United Kingdom. After a lengthy legal battle, the National Health Service, the publicly funded national healthcare system...
New York State lawmakers are in the midst of holding hearings from victims and advocates about their experiences with sexual harassment. These hearings will influence the legislation that lawmakers are hoping to pass to improve the state’s harassment policies. According to the New York Times, this is the first time lawmakers are holding a public hearing on sexual harassment since 1992. The hearing is a result of the Sexual Harassment Working Group pushing to be heard, as the New York Times reported. The working group is made...