Women In America

Brett Kavanaugh Teaches America How To Be A Real Dude

All-American Role Model… ***** Saturday Night Live: Kavanaugh Hearing Cold Open “Now usually I am an optimist. I’m a keg-is-half-full kinda’ guy.”   Saturday Night Live (9/29/18) Judge Brett Kavanaugh (Matt Damon) takes questions from Senators Chuck Grassley (Alex Moffat), Dianne Feinstein (Cecily Strong), Amy Klobuchar (Rachel Dratch), Thom Tillis (Mikey Day), Cory Booker (Chris Redd), John Kennedy (Kyle Mooney), Sheldon Whitehouse (Pete Davidson), Lindsey Graham (Kate McKinnon) and prosecutor Rachel Mitchell (Aidy Bryant). Link to 13-Minute Video

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Feeling Discouarged & Hopeless? Dump That, Read This!

Democratic senators, despite their best efforts, seemed unable to stop Brett Kavanaugh. Archila and Gallagher showed the world what real power looks like. By Jill Abramson The Guardian (9/28/18) Truth spoke to power. And the US Senate finally listened. In the end, after a full day of official Senate hearings, all it took was two gutsy women, Ana Maria Archila and Maria Gallagher, to stop the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh. The two women, who said they were survivors of sexual assault, stubbornly refused to let the elevator doors closeas Senator Jeff Flake, the critical swing vote on the Senate judiciary committee, was…


Confirmation Bias: Accused Sexual Harassers Get Promoted Up The Corporate Ladder Despite Their Behvior

By Elizabeth C. Tippett The Converation (9/28/18) One day after hearing emotional testimony from accuser Christine Blasey Ford, the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to become a U.S. Supreme Court justice pending an FBI investigation. For millions of American women – both those who’ve survived assault and those who have experienced workplace harassment – seeing a man on the path to promotion despite allegations of harassment is jarring yet painfully familiar. Recent examples include former CBS Chair Les Moonves and Fox’s Bill O’Reilly, not to mention media mogul Harvey Weinstein. Sadly, this brand of discrimination has been undermining equality in the workplace for decades. Burning at two levels…


God, Media & Tribal Identity: Why Many Women Ignore Their Interests & Vote For The Frat Boy GOP

[Editor’s Note: This article provides valuable insight as to not just why many women, but many workers and members of the middle class vote Republican even though the party is a direct threat to their families, interests and needs. — Mark L. Taylor] By Valarie Tarico The Raw Story (9/24/18) Lists of crazy comments about women by Republican men have been an internet staple for years. If the party agenda were to alienate as many females as possible, they should be doing quite well. Worse yet, from an impact standpoint, the policy priorities of Republican electeds match their expressed attitudes. Equal…


Gee, Why Would A Woman Hesitate To Testify About Sex Abuse?

Tucker Carlson Criticizes Rape Victims Who Don’t Report: ‘You’re Part Of The Problem’ By David Barden HuffPost (9/26/18) Fox News host Tucker Carlson has slammed sexual assault survivors who don’t report their abusers, labeling them as “part of the problem” for not fulfilling their “obligation to tell us.” It’s the second time in as many weeks that Carlson has blamed victims of abuse for failing to protect “the other 320 million people who live here” while discussing the allegations leveled by research psychologist Christine Blasey Ford against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The professor at Palo Alto University in California, who goes…


When The Muzzle Finally Comes Off

The ‘brank’ torture device for ‘scolding’ women. By Rebecca Traister The Cut (9/24/18) I write this not knowing if by the time it is published, Brett Kavanaugh will still be the Supreme Court nominee, or whether more people will have come forward with more stories of assault or degradation, or whether Chuck Grassley or Donald Trump will have doubled down on their inhumanity, or whether there will be more evidence put forth discrediting the women coming forward with stories about Brett Kavanaugh or other men currently engaged in his defense. There is so much I don’t know about what’s going to happen next, whether…


Salvadoran Woman Jailed For ‘Abortion’ Pleads For Freedom

TeleSur (12/8/17) Teodora Vasquez is one of 31 women imprisoned in El Salvador for falling foul of anti-abortion laws that are among the six most draconian on the planet. A Salvadoran woman who has been jailed for a decade since her miscarriage was ruled an ‘illegal abortion’ has pleaded for her freedom before a court revising her 30-year prison sentence. “I am paying for a crime I didn’t commit,” Teodora Vasquez, 34, told the tribunal in San Salvador. Since the Constitution came into force in 1999 under the conservative government, abortion in the Central American nation has been illegal, regardless of whether pregnancy results from rape or poses any…


This Is What The United States Has Become: When Immigration Detention Means Losing Your Kids

By Emma Jacobs Morning Edition/NPR (12/8/17) About five million children in the United States have an undocumented parent. These families have always been at risk of separation if the parents are detained, but expanded immigration enforcement actions under the Trump administration may increase that risk. Immigration attorneys are warning that without preventative measures, more children will end up in foster care, and their parents will struggle to regain custody from outside the United States. They point to cases like that of a Guatemalan woman named Maria Luis, who was separated from her children back in 2005. “Daniel knew me but…


A Note From Bill Moyers On The True History Of ‘No Choice’ In America

  By Bill Moyers Moyers & Company (11/ For many decades men used the power of the state to force women to carry unwanted pregnancies. Once legal, abortion was outlawed in the late 19th century, and women who sought one were treated as sinners and criminals. Many women — some 2 million a year in the 1890s alone — defied the coercive power of patriarchal and paternalistic government to obtain abortions. Women of means were sometimes able to find a doctor to help, but all the others had to resort to desperate and dangerous measures. They swallowed potent concoctions of turpentine, bleach and detergents;…