Whew. This story about the group that Amy Coney Barrett belongs to is incredibly disturbing.

washingtonpost.com/investigations…
A couple of things jump out. "Women in the Facebook group recalled childhood warnings from parents and teachers that wearing revealing clothing would tempt the opposite sex. They were responsible for warding off sexual advances from men, the women said they were told."
That right there is classic victim-blaming, and although they are different groups, is functionally identical to the philosophy of the Bill Gothard IBLP stuff that the Duggars push. It's a huge invitation to sexual abusers.
Telling girls/women that they are responsible for men's/boy's behavior and desires gives abusers a huge out, and it encourages survivors to stay silent. So does this:
"“They have a very strict code about gossip and about ever saying bad about somebody,” Maynard said, according to an audio file obtained by The Post. “One thing I found is that it’s a little hard to drag information out because they are very conscientious.”
Whisper networks are often the ONLY protection women and girls have. If you have a culture that calls this "gossip" and wrong, then again, you're just enabling abuse, especially if you're not doing anything to stop it.
I'm struck in this story how many times the girls playing for the sex abuser coach TOLD ADULTS that he made them feel uncomfortable. And they were blown off. Hello, a man who makes a lot of his female players uncomfortable shouldn't be coaching.
Our society doesn't think much of teen girls, and when you throw in the toxic Christian patriarchy into the mix, you can see how easy it was for a predator to get away with grooming and other inappropriate behaviors. Ugh.
One more thought. Amy Coney Barrett was deeply involved in a group that normalizes blaming women for men's sexual abuse, disbelieves survivors, and has a history of enabling predators. How is that going to affect her perspective on legal cases relating to abuse and predation?
Now, let's add in a known sexual harasser (Thomas) and a man credibly accused of multiple sexual assaults (Kavanagh). How on earth are abuse survivors going to get a fair hearing at the Supreme Court?
Patriarchy treats women and children of all genders as the chattel of men in authority; it's deeply embedded in our law. (Why else have a statute of limitations on rape and sexual assault?) Throw in judges who actively participate in the culture of sexual assault, and yikes.
I sure don't know what the answer is, but an Equal Rights Amendment would be a start. /fin

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There's a lot going on in this article, but it's striking how the informal code of silence enables abuse among the (allegedly) decentralized and non-hierarchal Southern Baptists just as much as the rigid hierarchy of Roman Catholicism does: washingtonpost.com/religion/2021/…
"With no pope or hierarchy and a democratic system of voting, its system is designed to protect its own leaders and the institution by generally not publicly criticizing one another." So much for soul freedom. Image
And that's also strikingly similar to the People of Praise culture that also enables sexual abuse and punishes survivors for speaking out that the WaPo published about yesterday:
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For the record, I'd like to see public university education in the US become financially accessible to everyone. Free tuition would be great, though not the only way to achieve this.
That said, what is the plan to deal with the outsize cost of certain collegiate athletics?
In most countries, there is nothing like the quasi-professional football and basketball run out of major public universities in the US. As an example, football at UGA in the last pre-Covid year: dawgnation.com/football/uga-r…
For reference, the University of Georgia's president has a total compensation package of over $900,000. The head football coach has a salary (just the salary, not total compensation) of over $6,900,000. See more coaches here: bizjournals.com/atlanta/news/2…
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So what major media outlet will be the one to figure out the astroturfing that is driving these "grassroots" anti-CRT protests at local school board meetings?
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I've seen a lot of accounts complaining that they weren't taught about Tulsa and other race massacres in school.

Well, if you want accurate and inclusive history in schools, you'd better get down to your local school board meeting. The racists are there, and they're organized.
And I say this particularly to white folks. Make noise. Push back against this anti-CRT nonsense in legislatures and at school board meetings. Or the problem is only going to get worse.
Conservatives are *good* at this. And they're going to set back the teaching of accurate, inclusive history by many years unless there is pushback. School boards need to know/hear there's another side.
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One of the tragedies of our queer history is the way so many of our elders died of violence, depression-induced suicide, AIDS, or other causes related directly to our oppression.

It would be cool if younger queers let the survivors celebrate Pride however they want.
I totally get the impulse to bash "rainbow washing" and other corporate nonsense, but even I (a Gen X-er)am old enough to recall AIDS, gay panic defense, and queer stuff being total commercial anathema.

If elders want to celebrate Pride via rainbow commercialism, let 'em.
I'm not old enough to personally remember when queers were subjected to chemical waterboarding and other tortures as part of compulsory medical "treatment" but there are people alive who do.

And if their labels/pronouns/words aren't those of a younger generation... so what?
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In my freaking freshman year of undergrad encountered a nonwhite male prof who did this to multiple students while his trusting fiancee/wife, was out of town. At a small Midwestern liberal arts college where people talked.
He's got a cushy full prof job in New England now.
In my next year of undergrad learned of a white male prof who did this to male students, and another white dude w/ female students. That was just undergrad. At a small school.

Then grad school, hoo boy.
Some of my followers know about this. cbc.ca/news/canada/no…
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