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Nov 21, 2017

Yale Diary: sexual harassment presents a defining political moment for America

The recent swell of predatory men facing justice has been called a reckoning. Are we seeing the end of the patriarchy? Don't hold your breath, writes Yale fellow and freelance writer Emma Shortis.

The Democrats got some very good news this month. In electoral races held across Virginia, New Jersey and New York City, Democrats came out on top. New York and New Jersey weren’t a surprise, but in Virginia, where the Republican candidate Ed Gillespie went the full Trump, the triumph of Democrat Ralph Northam is being widely hailed as the first real sign that Democrats could pull of a major upset in the 2018 midterms.

In the blindingly fast news cycle that is American politics today, though, good news doesn’t hang around for long. In the last few days, the dominant story has focused on allegations – backed up by damning photographic evidence – that prominent Democratic Senator Al Franken groped and kissed a woman without her consent.

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5 thoughts on “Yale Diary: sexual harassment presents a defining political moment for America

  1. Desmond Graham

    white, rich men-? like Bill Cosby

    1. JQ

      Haven’t you read the intersectional literature, Desmond? Black men are oppressed. Though not as oppressed as black gay men; or black gay Muslim men; or black gay Muslim illiterate men; or black gay Muslim illiterate disabled men; or black gay Muslim illiterate disabled ugly men; or black gay Muslim illiterate disabled ugly poor men; or…
      Y’know, if I keep adding victim-based group identities like this pretty soon it will fractionate right down to the level of the individual.
      Can’t have that. You’re a member of whatever group I say you are, Des.

      1. JQ

        You sound suspiciously rich and white.
        Guilty, KULAK!

    2. Rais

      “The inundation of revelations and accusations against powerful men on all sides of politics…” Nothing about “white” here. That comes in the paragraph referring specifically to Trump and the people around him. Have a look at some of the photographs of Trump and his team.

  2. AR

    Where is Lysistrata when needed? Or Judith & Holofernes?

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