Sexual harassment in middle and high schools today is motivated by either misogyny or homophobia. Neither has to do with sex. And neither would be helped by treating sexual harassment between children as a result of overactive hormones to be dismissed.
As the nation tries to decide what to make of allegations of sexual harassment against Republican Presidential hopeful Herman Cain, a new study was released showing that 48 percent of middle school and high school students experience sexual harassment in school. Clearly, we still have a long way to go on this issue.
Religious zealots form a symbiotic relationship with politicians to pass draconian legislation sacrificing the rights of women. The zealots get to walk away having successfully implemented a cog in their overall attempt to implement a Christian worldview system of governing and politicians in return get tons of fundraising cash and a committed group of one-issue voters that can propel them into office.
A recent New York Times piece on grinding manages a miraculous combination of inciting panic over fairly harmless teenage behavior while minimizing the very real problem of young men mistreating young women.
What’s the difference between flirting and harassment? How does a person recognize and deal with harassment? How do we make sure we’re not harassing anyone unintentionally?
Planned Parenthood is touring the country in a hot pink bus to rally support, a march for women’s equality in Egypt turns sexually violent, and men in Texas don’t want to play politics with forcing ultrasounds. Except that is exactly what they are doing.
Fighting back is a good first step in the war against street harassment, but the abuse and crime will continue as long as our culture promotes sexist beliefs that women lack intelligence and autonomy.
What is it about otherwise highly educated and articulate men (a description not to be equated with my agreement on positions taken by said men) that leads them to excuse at all costs the poor and sometimes outrageous behavior by other men toward women?
Anti-choice Republican Tom Ganley, famous for asking Ohio voters to send Congresswoman Betty Sutton “back to the kitchen,” is in a bit of hot water of his own making. He is being sued for sexual assault by a Tea Party campaign staffer.
A new short film by Nuala Cabral focuses on women of Color who experience street harassment. It could be a new teaching tool for classrooms, workshops, and communities. How do you see this film being useful for youth?