Actress Asia Argento may be both a #MeToo survivor and a perpetrator. But claims that accusations against her will gut the movement don't give credit where credit is due.
One argument that has come up again and again—both in relationship to Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) and other men accused of sexual misbehavior—is that we are lumping all kinds of harassment and assault into the same category. In their attempts to defend these men, writers, commentators, and even their colleagues end up miscategorizing the behavior themselves.
Even a sitting Supreme Court justice has had a #MeToo moment in her career.
"We also have to be willing to keep telling our stories because when we have a seat at the table, we can bring stories of our communities to the forefront," said Myya Jones, a 23-year-old candidate for the Michigan State House.
It costs writers like Margaret Atwood nothing to meaningfully support victims of sexual assault. So imagine what it's like when institutional operators with a real stake in the status quo get going.
My rapist’s behavior mirrors that of many famously accused, who use the dissonance between perceived values and predatory actions to distance themselves from abusive behavior.
"Power always attracts abusers. We need to stop being surprised when it happens."
At the same time the abstinence-only education is resurging, some legislators, school officials, and teachers are using this cultural moment to bolster classroom offerings that deal with consent and healthy boundaries.
Signed by Republican Gov. Phil Scott last week and set to take effect in July, the law contains a number of provisions aimed at filling in the many legal holes that victims of sexual harassment can fall through.
After a sexual assault scandal, American Atheists could have hired Mandisa Thomas, of the national Black Non-Believers organization, but instead chose yet another white man.