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I can see how the drama of this moment is enticing. It offers a grandeur, a sweeping purity to our possibly flawed and fumbling and ambivalent selves. It justifies all our failings and setbacks and mediocrities; it wasn’t us, it was men, or the patriarchy, holding us back, objectifying us. It is easier to think, for instance, that we were discriminated against than that our story wasn’t good enough or original enough to be published in The Paris Review, or even that it did not meet the editor’s highly idiosyncratic yet widely revered tastes. Or that a man said something awful and sexual to us while we were working on a television show, and we got depressed and could never again achieve what we might have. And yet do we really in our hearts believe that is the whole story? Is this a complete and satisfying explanation? There is, of course, sexism, which looms and shadows us in all kinds of complicated and unmappable ways, but is it the totalizing force, the central organizing narrative, of our lives? This is where the movement veers from important and exhilarating correction into implausibility and rationalization. (One of the deeply anonymous says, “This seems like such a boring way to look at your life.”)
feminism  katie-roiphe  sexuality  sexism  sexual-politics  #metoo 
7 days ago by chriskrycho
Russia's #MeToo Movement Garners Little Sympathy So Far - Bloomberg
Finally, on March 6, Farida Rustamova, who works for the BBC Russian Service, delivered what would have been a coup de grace anywhere in the West. She had audio of her 2017 encounter with Slutsky because she'd turned on her recorder to take a comment from him. On the tape, Slutsky calls her a "bunny rabbit," offers her a job and asks her to leave her boyfriend to be his mistress. After Rustamova tells him to keep his hands to himself (according to her, he reached for her genitals), Slutsky says, "I'm not letting my hands wander, well, maybe just a little."

One might think this would be enough even for hardened Russian legislators to turn against Slutsky. The abuse of power could not be more clear. But no, Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin still wasn't convinced. "You feel it's dangerous to work in parliament? If so, change your job," he tolda female reporter on Wednesday. He also made it clear he distrusted the three women who had come forward because one of them was Georgian, another worked for a foreign news organization, and a third one for an anti-Kremlin one.
#MeToo  russia  quote 
19 days ago by elev8
In era of #MeToo, majority of employees say their employers fail to take new steps addressing sexual harassment: Increased efforts to prevent harassment linked to better employee and organizational outcomes, survey says -- ScienceDaily
"The #MeToo movement has given business leaders an opportunity to finally take real action addressing a complex problem that has been pervasive for generations," Ballard said. "Our survey -- as well as anecdotal reports -- shows that too few employers are making comprehensive efforts that can have significant impact. Avoiding the issue is bad for employee well-being and business, but so, too, is a narrow, compliance-based approach. We know from psychological science that relying solely on mandated training designed primarily to limit the organization's legal liability is unlikely to be effective."
#MeToo  equity  equality  gender  sexism  harassment  bullying  work_life_balance 
6 weeks ago by profcohenmiller
More colleges hosting women as graduation speakers in #MeToo era
For the first time in at least two decades, the majority of the nation's top colleges are featuring women as their spring commencement speakers, a shift that industry experts credit to the wave of female empowerment that has fueled the #MeToo movement.
gender  gender_gap  #MeToo  equity  commencement  speakers 
8 weeks ago by profcohenmiller
How #MeToo revealed the central rift within feminism today | News | The Guardian
It’s not a generational divide, but rather a split between two competing visions of feminism – social and individualist. // from a theoretical point of view feminism is socialism and socialism embraces feminism. feminism is a leg a pillar for socialism .. vs capitalisn neo hyper individualismus - what came first - feminism (sufferagettes) or socialism (atley, et al) historically, feminism came first. but interestingly not in germany. what is german timeline of feminism sufferagete womens vote and workers rights (pension and health and free sundays)
#MeToo  Philosophy  Sociology  Class  Feminism  feminist  History  book  socialism  capitalism  status  anxiety  individualism  Identity  Politics 
9 weeks ago by asterisk2a
#MeToo and the Media - Shorenstein Center
A panel discussion featuring Koa Beck, editor-in-chief of Jezebel; Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor at Slate; Zerlina Maxwell, senior director of Progressive Programming for SiriusXM; Gabriel Sherman, special correspondent for Vanity Fair; and Genevieve Roth, Shorenstein Fellow (moderator). Cosponsored by the Women and Public Policy Program and Harvard IOP.
#metoo  koabeck  jezebel  harvard  video  panel  dahlia 
april 2018 by kst
Molly Ringwald Revisits “The Breakfast Club” in the Age of #MeToo | The New Yorker
"John’s movies convey the anger and fear of isolation that adolescents feel, and seeing that others might feel the same way is a balm for the trauma that teen-agers experience. Whether that’s enough to make up for the impropriety of the films is hard to say—even criticizing them makes me feel like I’m divesting a generation of some of its fondest memories, or being ungrateful since they helped to establish my career. And yet embracing them entirely feels hypocritical. And yet, and yet. . . . 

How are we meant to feel about art that we both love and oppose? What if we are in the unusual position of having helped create it? Erasing history is a dangerous road when it comes to art—change is essential, but so, too, is remembering the past, in all of its transgression and barbarism, so that we may properly gauge how far we have come, and also how far we still need to go.

While researching this piece, I came across an article that was published in Seventeen magazine, in 1986, for which I interviewed John. (It was the only time I did so.) He talked about the artists who inspired him when he was younger—Bob Dylan, John Lennon—and how, as soon as they “got comfortable” in their art, they moved on. I pointed out that he had already done a lot of movies about suburbia, and asked him whether he felt that he should move on as his idols had. “I think it’s wise for people to concern themselves with the things they know about,” he said. He added, “I’d feel extremely self-conscious writing about something I don’t know.”

I’m not sure that John was ever really comfortable or satisfied. He often told me that he didn’t think he was a good enough writer for prose, and although he loved to write, he notoriously hated to revise. I was set to make one more Hughes film, when I was twenty, but felt that it needed rewriting. Hughes refused, and the film was never made, though there could have been other circumstances I was not aware of.

In the interview, I asked him if he thought teen-agers were looked at differently than when he was that age. “Definitely,” he said. “My generation had to be taken seriously because we were stopping things and burning things. We were able to initiate change, because we had such vast numbers. We were part of the Baby Boom, and when we moved, everything moved with us. But now, there are fewer teens, and they aren’t taken as seriously as we were. You make a teen-age movie, and critics say, ‘How dare you?’ There’s just a general lack of respect for young people now.”

John wanted people to take teens seriously, and people did. The films are still taught in schools because good teachers want their students to know that what they feel and say is important; that if they talk, adults and peers will listen. I think that it’s ultimately the greatest value of the films, and why I hope they will endure. The conversations about them will change, and they should. It’s up to the following generations to figure out how to continue those conversations and make them their own—to keep talking, in schools, in activism and art—and trust that we care."
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april 2018 by robertogreco

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