This Week in Feminist Politics: What You Need to Know
- Eighty year-old television entertainer, Bill Cosby, has been charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault. Former Temple University basketball coach, where Cosby is a donor, alleges that the comedian drugged and molested her in 2004 at his home outside Philadelphia. Given that Mr. Cosby was just a little bit younger than her grandfather in addition to being a married man, the defense has painted her as a gold-digger, and her last trial against Cosby ended in a hung jury. But this time seems different. Andrea Constand took the stand, confidently, after four other accusers were allowed to detail their harrowing encounters with Cosby. Further, it was disclosed this week that The National Enquirer, which has always ran glowing stories of Bill Cosby, was a part of Constand settlement.
- Activism is on the rise, particularly among the youth. They call themselves Gen Z, or Fourth Wave Feminists. “But Gen Z is paving its own path in activism, from the Parkland, Florida, shooting survivors creating a movement for gun control, to actors like Yara Shahidi, Rowan Blanchard, and Amandla Stenberg using their enormous platforms to promote equality.” writes JR Thorpe for Bustle. One of the main media platforms giving voice to this new generation of activists is Teen Vogue.
- Donald Trump’s sleazy-greasy lawyer Michael Cohen, whose office, residence, and hotel were raided by federal agents, has been helping powerful men get over on women for quite some time. The Wall Street Journal reported this week that Elliott Broidy, an oily venture capitalist and deputy finance chairman of the Republican National Committee with ties to the President, had resigned his GOP position after it was discovered that Cohen helped him arrange a similar deal to Trump to keep quiet a former Playboy Playmate and mistress. “The nondisclosure agreement involving Mr. Broidy resembles an October 2016 pact, in which Mr. Cohen agreed to pay $130,000 to former adult-film actress Stephanie Clifford to prevent her from publicly discussing an alleged sexual encounter with Mr. Trump in 2006, one of the people familiar with the matter said. The White House and Mr. Cohen have denied any encounter.” These dudes!
- Gaming is not a friendly environment to Gen Z feminists. For years, gaming and gaming forums have been hostile spaces for women. As a recent commenter on Reddit notes: “Hi there! I was looking for fellow feminists to play Overwatch on PS4 with... but apparently, there are very few groups covering that. Instead I get "Feminism is cancer [...]" South Korea is the sixth largest gaming market with 36.4 million smartphone users, according to Newzoo. 43% of gamers are women, according to those insights, but few women actually make the video games. “The latest row began when the CEO of Seoul-based IMC Games launched a probe into whether a female employee harboured ‘anti-social ideology’ after complaints about her personal activity on Twitter. Sung Hye-jin had followed several feminist groups and retweeted a post featuring a slang term describing sexist men,” writes Jung Hawon on Yahoo! “Some of the industry's key clientele of young, male gamers demanded her sacking, calling her a ‘cancer-like creature’ who ‘followed a dirty ideology’.” Charmed, I’m sure.
- First published by the mainstream press in the early 1970s (earlier editions date back to the late 60s), Our Bodies, Ourselves taught generations of women about body and sex issues. The foundational feminist text “Our Bodies, Ourselves” will stop publishing after an influential run that sold over the course of decades four million copies. “This is a really sad moment for our readers,” Julie Childers, the executive director of Our Bodies Ourselves, told The New York Times. “But we still have a strong, scrappy board of directors, and 300 experts in the field to continue being a voice in the public sphere.” If there was a GoFundMe page worthy organization, this writer has not heard of it.
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