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Sex and Silence at Yale
At my adviser’s suggestion, he wrote me a letter of reference for my Rhodes Scholarship application.
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If I had come from wealth, perhaps I would have had the confidence to speak out. But my father at that time made $35,000 a year; Yale cost $13,000. My mother had lost her job. My parents were going deeply into debt.
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She had called me in because I was spiraling downward; I had gotten a C-, a D, and an F, and was put on academic probation.
NaomiWolf  NYMag  academia  harassment 
8 hours ago by nightcrawler
Maureen Dowd Praises #MeToo—After Years of S***-Shaming Monica Lewinsky
Dowd won a Pulitzer Prize for her commentary on the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky scandal and all its cultural tentacles. And her work from 1998 is useful as a historical document, a way for the American people to see just how fucked up the whole country was being in attacking a very young woman who had engaged in a sexual relationship with a much more powerful, much older man. Why were women who had endured sexual misconduct afraid of being slandered for coming forward? Because Maureen Dowd showed them what it would look like.
harassment 
13 hours ago by craniac
Accused of Sexual Harassment, Andrea Ramsey Ends Kansas Congressional Run - The New York Times
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Ms. Ramsey is the rare — perhaps the only — woman in public life to face consequences from a sexual harassment accusation in the weeks since journalistic exposés spawned the #MeToo movement.
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metoo  nytimes  weinstein  harassment  caesar  caesarswife 
yesterday by mjs
Social Networking as Peer Surveillance by Ashe Dryden
But we shouldn’t discount what participating in social networks means for our identities. Can we celebrate and share our identities – all the little pieces that make us who we are – without sacrificing our privacy and safety? Are our identities forever altered by defiantly living within the Panopticon?

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social  twitter  surveillance  harassment  identity 
2 days ago by spaceninja
Kentucky state lawmaker kills himself following molestation allegation - LA Times
“only GOD knows the truth, nothing is the way they make it out to be. AMERICA will not survive this type of judge and jury fake news. Conservatives take a stand.”
harassment  fakenews 
4 days ago by craniac
This Moment Isn’t (Just) About Sex
Justice William Rehnquist wrote in the unanimous decision, “Without question, when a supervisor sexually harasses a subordinate because of the subordinate’s sex, the supervisor discriminates on the basis of sex.”

In other words, sexual harassment may entail behaviors that on their own would be criminal — assault or rape — but the legal definition of its harm is about the systemic disadvantaging of a gender in the public and professional sphere. And those structural disadvantages do not begin or end with the actual physical incursions — the groping, kissing, the rubbing up against. In fact, the gender inequity that creates the need for civil-rights protections is what has permitted so many of these trespasses to have occurred, so frequently, and for so long; gender inequity is what explains why women are vulnerable to harassment before they are even harassed; it explains why it’s difficult for them to come forward with stories after they have been harassed, why they are often ignored when they do; it clarifies why so many women work with or maintain relationships with harassers and why their reactions to those harassers become key to how they themselves will be evaluated, professionally. Gender inequity is cyclical, all-encompassing.
sexism  harassment  discrimination  #MeToo 
4 days ago by Quercki
The Warlock Hunt - The American Interest
In recent weeks, I’ve acquired new powers. I have cast my mind over the ways I could use them. I could now, on a whim, destroy the career of an Oxford don who at a drunken Christmas party danced with me, grabbed a handful of my bum, and slurred, “I’ve been dying to do this to Berlinski all term!” That is precisely what happened. I am telling the truth. I will be believed—as I should be.

But here is the thing. I did not freeze, nor was I terrified. I was amused and flattered and thought little of it. I knew full well he’d been dying to do that. Our tutorials—which took place one-on-one, with no chaperones—were livelier intellectually for that sublimated undercurrent. He was an Oxford don and so had power over me, sensu stricto. I was a 20-year-old undergraduate. But I also had power over him—power sufficient to cause a venerable don to make a perfect fool of himself at a Christmas party. Unsurprisingly, I loved having that power. But now I have too much power. I have the power to destroy someone whose tutorials were invaluable to me and shaped my entire intellectual life much for the better. This is a power I do not want and should not have.
sexuality  politics  harassment  feminism 
4 days ago by ayjay

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