Following the News: Books on Sexual Harassment

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Welcome to 2017 were it comes to light that any man with the slightest amount of power has at some point sexually harassed someone. It would be kind of funny if it weren't so fucking horrifying.  So much crap is coming out of the woodwork so fast that it is hard to keep up.

Some lows:

  • Kevin Spacy deciding to announce that he was going to "live his life as a gay man" after Anthony Rapp* came forward with allegations of his having tried to seduced him as a fourteen year old.  FOR THE LOVE OF GOD. PEDOPHILIA IS NOT THE SAME AS HOMOSEXUALITY. STUPID PEOPLE DO NOT NEED TO BE CONFUSED. Cue the media  reporting all the wrong things.
  • Lupita Nyong'o wrote an op ed in the New York Times about her experience with the very smarmy Harvey Weinstein. Pretty much the same as all three thousand other woman who have spoken out against him. Guess who he chose to ague with.  Guess who is the black woman.  Seriously.
  • The hastag #metoo where woman are sharing their experiences has been on twitter and is fairly horrifying in what it is exposing. It spread to the Uk and India.  Basically nothing good is happening anywhere.
  • Um, also the the president is a sexual predator. Just throwing that out there. Sickingly enough it is official White House policy to lie and say that all 25 of thse women are insane liars.  Visit It's Time to Fight for a script to call and make your voice heard on this issue. 'Cause it is gross.
  • ...and of course the continuness everyday whateverness of being a woman.

Exhausted? Yep. But, as always, I want to know more.

*I have a signed copy of Anthony's book Without You. I own every movie that he has ever been in  and am in no way impartial here. 


Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates

Everyday Sexism
by Laura Bates

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Published: May 1st 2014

“Rape is not a sexual act; it is not the result of a sudden, uncontrollable attraction to a woman in a skimpy dress. It is an act of power and violence. To suggest otherwise is deeply insulting to the vast majority of men, who are perfectly able to control their sexual desires."

Girls Will Be Girls: Dressing Up, Playing Parts and Daring to Act Differently by Emer O'Toole 

Girls Will Be Girls: Dressing Up, Playing Parts and Daring to Act Differently
by Emer O'Toole 

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Published: February 5th 2015

“Even within our culture, there are times when breasts stop being read as bouncy sex balls: when women are breastfeeding, there's pretty wide acceptance of the fact that shouting 'phwoar' is bad form.” 

Class Action: The Landmark Case that Changed Sexual Harassment Law by Clara Bingham

Class Action: The Landmark Case that Changed Sexual Harassment Law
by Clara Bingham

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Published: October 14th 2003 

“The fact that you are all heads of households will make it less traumatic for the men,” Lolich told them. He added, with palpable displeasure, that the mine had been forced to hire the four women."

Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by Jon Krakauer

Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town
by Jon Krakauer 

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Published: April 21st 2015 

“It is very tempting to take the side of the perpetrator. All the perpetrator asks is that the bystander do nothing. He appeals to the universal desire to see, hear, and speak no evil. The victim, on the contrary, asks the bystander to share the burden of pain. The victim demands action, engagement, and remembering….” 

Asking for It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture and What We Can Do about It by Kate Harding

Asking for It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture and What We Can Do about It
by Kate Harding 

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Published: June 27th 2015

“Women are no more important than any other potential victims, but we are the primary targets of the messages and myths that sustain rape culture. We’re the ones asked to change our behavior, limit our movements, and take full responsibility for the prevention of sexual violence in society.”

Rape is Rape: How Denial, Distortion, and Victim Blaming are Fueling a Hidden Acquaintance Rape Crisis by Jody Raphael

Rape is Rape: How Denial, Distortion, and Victim Blaming are Fueling a Hidden Acquaintance Rape Crisis
by Jody Raphael

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Published: April 1st 2013

“Ask yourself, What kind of person aspires to have sex with a comatose young woman? And how do you label someone who deliberately gets a girl drunk in order to do so?”

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Speaking Truth to Power
by Anita Hill

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Published: October 20th 1998

“Women who accuse men, particularly powerful men, of harassment are often confronted with the reality of the men’s sense that they are more important than women, as a group.”

The Equality Illusion: The Truth About Women And Men Today by Kat Banyard
The Equality Illusion: The Truth About Women And Men Today
by Kat Banyard

 

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Published: March 4th 2010

"Approximately 40-50% of women who visit a hospital ER in the US do so because of injuries their intimate partner inflicted on them."

Male on Male Rape: The Hidden Toll of Stigma and Shame by Michael Scarce

Tales from the Boom-Boom Room: Women vs. Wall Street by Susan Antilla

Tales from the Boom-Boom Room: Women vs. Wall Street
by Susan Antilla

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Published: November 1st 2002

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