"Perhaps Yoho’s words weren’t understood as eruptive and norm-shattering because calling women nasty names, in your head or with your friends or on the steps of your workplace, is much more of a norm than most want to acknowledge."
If Tara Reade is smeared as a liar or opportunist by a movement that claims to believe women, what moral standing will we ever have again? gen.medium.com/the-importance…
This is a test we've failed before: The women's movement stood by and watched as Monica Lewinsky was smeared (& did some of the smearing) & I will *never* forget this response to the allegations against Assange
All of which is to say: There is a history of feminists being afraid to criticize those friendly to the cause. But it not only runs counter to our most fundamental values - it’s also a strategy that has never, and will never, result in the progress we’re actually after.
What's telling about Chris Matthews' farewell comments is how he characterized his long history of sexism as simply making "compliments on a woman’s appearance." He wants this to be about something it's not
Condescending leering remarks aren't "compliments." Nor is joking about a "Bill Cosby pill" or saying a female politician's voice is “fingernails on a blackboard.”
Matthews wants it to seem as if he was just behind the times - but the truth is that his behavior was ALWAYS wrong
Anyway, spare me the "farewell to a giant" takes we'll see over the next few days. He was a fucking jerk and should have been fired ages ago.
One of the simplest explanations for the domestic gender gap is that lots of men - even so-called progressive ones - still want housewives link.medium.com/XXLapl78Z3
I don’t mean these men necessarily expect women not to work outside the home, but that they build their lives around the expectation that their wives will handle literally everything in the domestic sphere
This should concern all female reporters. If women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted are not considered objective, you're going to have a *really* hard time finding any women to write about these issues
This is how short people's memories are when it comes to serial rapists: the women who confronted him were: thrown out, called a cunt, and booed buzzfeednews.com/article/amberj…
So next time someone says "oh well he isn't a Harvey Weinstein" as if everyone agrees Weinstein is a monster, remember how much more comfortable people are sharing space with a rapist than they are calling one out
If Shapiro or anyone else thinks women should be forced to stay pregnant, it seems only fair that they be forced by law to give up vital organs to people who need them to stay alive. I mean, a life is a life, right?
I promised myself I wouldn't get dragged into this but here I am, so mad per usual
The thing about hiring people who have said racist things (or misogynist, transphobic, etc) is that you're not just sending a message about what you find acceptable - for a place like SNL, you're sending a message about who you think your audience is.
Like when The Atlantic hired Kevin Williamson (who said women who have abortions should be hung) - they were telling their female readership that they didn't give a shit about them, that the magazine wasn't really *for* them. That's what SNL is doing here.