After eight years of historic progress and support from the Obama Administration in almost all aspects of the law, from removing barriers to marriage equality and military service, to protecting LGBTQ persons at work and in school, we confront a new President, chosen after one of the most bitter and divisive elections in modern history. Does President Trump’s ascension to the White House mean this progress will be reversed or stalled – even if America’s hearts and minds already are evolving in favor of LGBTQ equality? Hard to say, given the mixed messages first from Candidate and now President Trump. What’s clear is that much work remains ahead.
Defense Secretary Mattis should take the lead on fighting misogyny in the Marines.
As partisan rancor continues on the Hill, one group of lawmakers joined forces this week to speak out against harassment of women in the Marine Corps. Reps. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) and Annie Kuster (D-NH) spearheaded a letter to Defense Secretary James Mattis urging him to take action, including authorizing another investigation into current and former Marines soliciting and posting nude photos of their female colleagues on Facebook. Thomas James Brennan , who broke the story, reports that some of the women were followed and photographed without their knowledge. The Facebook posts drew
thousands of comments, some urging sexual violence, such as:
“take her out back and pound her out,” as well as graphic suggestions, like penetrating women in the “butt. And throat. And ears. Both of them. Video it though…for science.”
February 24 Symposium features Dr. Tanisha Ford and discussions about Black feminist theory in higher education, activism, and popular culture.
Building upon the voices of millions of women who, just about a month ago, made clear their opposition President Trump’s call to misogyny, racism, and xenophobia, UC Women’s Center hosts a symposium this coming Friday, February 24 at Tangeman University Center entitled: Creating Black Feminist Futures. The Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice proudly co-sponsors this event. Continue reading “Black Feminist Futures Ahead”
The Women’s March promises an inclusive feminist movement. Thank goodness.
Guest Contributor: Ashton Tucker (’18)
Suffragettes Frances E. Willard, Susan B. Anthony, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. 21st century celebrities Amy Schumer and Lena Dunham.
What do these women have in common?
They’re all, inexplicably, feminist icons. Maybe inexplicably is the wrong word. Although each certainly has advanced or continues to advance womanhood in one way or another, their racism, either intentional or unintentional, often goes unnoticed. They engage in white feminism – a form of feminism that operates as if the experience of white women is universal and that race and class are just added levels of oppression, as opposed to intermingling with gender. The Women’s March on Washington has given me hope that women are embracing difference and inclusion in meaningful and powerful ways. Continue reading “Feminism, Whiteness, and the Women’s March”
A movement that includes and is heavily shaped by white supremacists, anti-Semites, anti-Muslims, nativist, and other extremists.
The correct answer, of course, is “c”. Since the election, a number of news organizations, including the Associated Press and The Washington Post, have sought to clarify the use of “alt-right” or “alternative right.” NonProfit Quarterlywrote a piece on this, as did The New York Times.
As the NonProfit Quarterly piece notes, following the publication of its profile of Richard Spencer, The Washington Post received thousands of comments protesting the description of the white nationalist, white supremacist movement that Spencer says he leads as “alt-right.”
The New York Times had its own case study, which involved its article on the man whom President-elect Trump wants as his chief strategist in the White House—Stephen Bannon. As the executive chairman of Breitbart LLC, Bannon turned the website Breitbart.com into what he described as “the platform for the alt-right.” Times readers tweeted their complaints, as well as emailed the newspaper’s public editor, about the article’s use of the term “populist” to describe Bannon, which seemed to normalize his views.
On election night, a bright blue map would emanate from my flat screen TV. We’d be elated by news of Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress. From sea to shining sea, the results would repudiate Trump, his hate-filled campaign, and drive a stake in the heart of the Southern strategy of using race to leverage working class white votes.
We know how that turned out. On Wednesday, I could barely bring myself to work. Heart heavy, I felt as if I’d experienced a death.
Title IX’s ban on sex discrimination is broad enough to cover transgender students.
Gavin Grimm’s senior year in high school will be more memorable than most—how many young people are at the heart of Supreme Court litigation regarding the rights of transgender students?
Last year, when he and his mom told Gloucester High School officials about his transition, they agreed to treat him like the boy Gavin always knew he was. But upon getting wind of the situation, the School Board objected. At meetings on the issue, some folks referred to Gavin as a girl or “young lady.” Others went further, for example, calling him a freak. Another likened the young man to a person who believes he’s a dog “and wants to urinate on fire hydrants.” Ultimately, the board voted to prohibit Gavin from using the boys’ room and required the school to provide unisex bathrooms for him, which Metro Weekly reported were repurposed broom closets. Continue reading “Bathrooms, not Broom Closets: Title IX, Gavin Grimm, and Trans Students’ Rights”