Please sign. As academics and administrators affiliated with colleges and universities around the world, we the undersigned strongly condemn the recent attacks on academic freedom by President Erdoğan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP). On July 19, over 15,000 teachers and staff have been removed from their jobs, and Turkey’s Higher Education Board […]
As we’ve discussed before, feminist and women-only spaces are often less inclusive than we’d hope, especially to women of color. And this is of course an ongoing issue that intersectional feminism seeks to wrestle with and improve on. But there’s an interesting question that’s specific to feminist and women-only spaces in philosophy – are they […]
Kohl: A Journal for Body and Gender Research, is a biannual, multilingual and peer-reviewed “progressive,…
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I was just going to post the picture below, but then I realised (with some horror) that I’m not sure we’ve posted the full story about this yet. Readers will no doubt have heard about this case. Jasmine Richards is a key figure in the Black Lives Matter movement. Black people are murdered by the […]
My great-aunt Ada Latta had an adventurous and pioneering soul.
She staked and tried to grow a plantation in Cuba at the end of the 19th century, and lived there with her children and husband for seven years before giving up and coming back to the United States. In this article my cousin relates her attempt to track down her history in light of recent political changes.
Visiting Cuba: 1905, 2014 and 2016 By Kit-Bacon Gressitt First published by The Missing Slate. Before the thawing of U.S.-Cuban relations went public, I made a trip to Cuba. It was 2014. Before diplomatic relations bloomed anew and flags… … Read more at http://www.kbgressitt.com.
We live in such interesting times. This election, more than any one so far, exposes how the denigration of women remains so very entrenched in our culture, not only in the United States, but across the world. I am voting for Hilary Clinton because she is the best qualified candidate for president of our country. Bernie Sanders has some good ideas that I hope will become real policy, such as free college tuition for every American. But Hilary is one person who has consistently fought for my rights, my dignity, my economic equality. And not only that. She has insight and vital experience in foreign policy and national policy that make her singularly qualified for the job. What is all this fuss about insiders? Politics is a complicated and arcane business. We need people who understand the system well enough to make it work for us, the people, people who can best represent our interests. Hilary Clinton is that person.
[The movie Starving the Beast shows how Right-wing lobbyists with power have] dropped any sense that the public university plays a fundamental role in the quality of life in their states, or enhances young people’s understanding of their responsibilities as citizens. They don’t even see “students” anymore, only “customers” or “clients.” They want to steer public universities away from inquiries about the meaning of life, justice, or beauty in this world, which they see as nothing more than “left-liberal” claptrap.
Their “vision” (if one can call it that) is to get rid of academic tenure, phase out the liberal arts and humanities departments, and narrowly focus “education” on the attainment of vocational skills. They apparently want a workforce of trained automatons who toil in silence and never ask big questions or challenge authority as young people are encouraged to do in university settings.
Despite the clear animus of some high profile atheists, those who don’t believe in God are the most tolerant.
There is no end to the men, mostly, who seek to govern women’s bodies, who deny women freedom, agency, and power. Now they want to prevent any woman who MIGHT become pregnant from drinking alcohol, even though there is no solid evidence to support such draconian prohibition.
What do you think?
Martha Nussbaum, a famous philosopher and a woman who has, you might say, “made it,” in the patriarchal halls of philosophy and academe, has this to say to women who would seek justice when famous and powerful men rape them:
Law cannot fix this problem. Famous men standardly get away with sexual harms, and for the most part will continue to do so. They know they are above the law, and they are therefore undeterrable. What can society do? Don’t give actors and athletes such glamor and reputational power. But that won’t happen in the real world. What can women do? Don’t be fooled by glamor. Do not date such men, unless you know them very, very well. Do not go to their homes. Never be alone in a room with them. And if you ignore my sage advice and encounter trouble, move on. Do not let your life get hijacked by an almost certainly futile effort at justice. Focus on your own welfare, and in this case that means: forget the law.
Source: Martha Nussbaum on sexual assault
Do you agree with Jennysaul, below:
Nussbaum draws on her own experiences to discuss sexual assault by powerful men. Her main argument has a deeply depressing conclusion, consisting of advice to women:
Patriarchy governing women’s bodies and minds.
Like many across the country, an investigation in Kansas found that Planned Parenthood was not involved with the illegal sale of fetal tissue.
A lawsuit filed in federal court Thursday by Planned Parenthood accuses anti-choice activists of operating a criminal enterprise in hopes of ending legal abortion.
A North Carolina law requiring doctors who perform abortions after the 16th week of pregnancy to submit ultrasounds to state officials went into effect January 1.
Survey co-authored by Trae Vassallo, who testified in the Ellen Pao case, found that for women in tech and venture capital gender discrimination is common