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Updates from the world of womanity:
These centers are responsible for housing women and children fleeing domestic violence situations. Under the proposed budget cuts, nearly 40% of existing centers would be forced to close, and a further 13% would see capacity cuts – an estimated 4,000 women and children would be left without an escape route from abusive home situations.
She makes her point very eloquently, but I’m not sure how I feel about the crux of Bari Weiss’s editorial for the New York Times:
I believe that the “believe all women” vision of feminism unintentionally fetishizes women. Women are no longer human and flawed. They are Truth personified. They are above reproach.
I believe that it’s condescending to think that women and their claims can’t stand up to interrogation and can’t handle skepticism. I believe that facts serve feminists far better than faith. That due process is better than mob rule.
Maybe it will happen tomorrow or maybe next week or maybe next month. But the Duke lacrosse moment, the Rolling Stone moment, will come. A woman’s accusation will turn out to be grossly exaggerated or flatly untrue. And if the governing principle of this movement is still an article of faith, many people will lose their religion. They will tear down all accusers as false prophets. And we will go back to [the] status quo…
What are your thoughts?
Vox sums up what we’re all thinking – the firing of Matt Lauer is simultaneously a moment of vindication and the ultimate “fuck you” to veteran journalist and former Today Show co-host, Ann Curry, as well as myriad other female journalists that have been pushed out of the media due to pervasive “boy’s club” culture.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. Your really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” – Lucille Ball
DISCUSSION TOPIC OF THE WEEK:
ALL THE SEXIST SHIT YOU HEARD OVER THANKSGIVING
I’m kinda tapped out today, so let’s have a vent session. Heinous in-laws? Not-at-all-adorably-regressive grandparents? What shit did you have to put up with over the holiday?
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