• No, #MeToo Isn’t McCarthyism by S. Gilbert

No, #MeToo Isn’t McCarthyism by S. Gilbert

No, #MeToo Isn’t McCarthyism by S. Gilbert

Critics of the movement against sexual harassment and assault charge that it’s going too far, but their arguments take very little stock of what women are actually saying.

One of the criticisms of the #MeToo movement that’s emerged and re-emerged most tenaciously over the past few months is that women are consistently conflating major crimes with minor ones. Violent sexual assault isn’t the same thing as a swat on the behind in a crowded bar.

Targeted sexual harassment isn’t the same thing as a clumsy pass after too many vodka sodas have been consumed.

But this is a straw man argument—I have yet to find evidence of a single woman claiming that any of these things are equal.

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• Complementarianism As One Basis For Sexual Harassment Against Women by C. C. James

A commentary about the “Me Too” and “Church Too” twitter trends, which highlighted sexual harassment against women by men.

The author here basically says in a much shorter format what I said in an older post comparing Christian Gender Complementarianism to Codependency:

The Silence Breakers: A Kairos Moment for the Church

Snippets:

by Carolyn Custis James

….But without investigating and addressing the sources of the problem, our efforts will fall short and the epidemic will persist.

In good conscience, we cannot adequately address this epidemic without exploring causative factors that increase female vulnerability and allow for such violations against women to occur in the first place. Otherwise, we are fighting a losing battle. We must take preventative action too.

Those Ubiquitous S-Words
Rachel Simmons, author of Enough As She Is, put her finger on a major contributing factor when she wrote,

Women have been taught, by every cultural force imaginable, that we must be ‘nice’ and quiet’ and ‘polite,’ that we must protect others’ feelings before our own. That we are there for other’s pleasure.

The same kind of social messaging for women intensifies in the church, reinforced by the claim that the Bible supports it.

We are not taught to be strong and courageous (even though that is the Apostle Paul’s message for us). We aren’t urged to develop the kind of backbone needed in awkward situations with the opposite sex. We aren’t conditioned to be decisive and proactive.

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• Sexism Existed Before Liberal Secular 1960s Feminism, Before the Me Too Twitter Trend, and Before Trump Was Elected President

 Sexism Existed Before Liberal Secular 1960s Feminism, Before the Me Too Twitter Trend, and Before Trump Was Elected President

In the following post, I take about every one to task:
Republicans, liberals, Democrats, conservatives, Trump supporters, Trump haters. You name it, I critique about every one here, regardless of where they stand politically.

So hang on and don’t quit reading at the first  several paragraphs in fury if you are a Trump hater, a liberal, a feminist, or a Democrat, because I also get around to addressing conservative and Republican writers who blame liberal feminists for rape and sexism.

Trump

Ever since Trump won office, I have seen many women – on blogs, Facebook groups, or in editorials in newspapers – imply or suggest that sexism exists now in American culture because Trump is in office.

A few of these Trump detractors may argue that sexism is now ‘worse’ under Trump than it was pre-Trump, but the sense I get from many women who dislike Trump is that Trump invented sexism.

I’m not kidding. The writing I’ve seen from some of these women (occasionally also by men who dislike Trump) is that there was no such thing as sexism in the U.S.A. until Trump won office in 2016.

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• The Christian Backlash Against #MeToo by R. A. Hopkins

My excerpts don’t do justice to this post by R. A. Hopkins on ‘Gutsy Christianity’ blog; please click the link to visit the blog and read the post in its entirety.

The Christian Backlash Against #metoo

Snippets:

Lately Christians have been backlashing against the #metoo movement. There have been several arguments that I have witnessed floating around my Facebook page, and I wish to mention a few of them here.

Some of those around me have said that the rash of sexual harassment allegations are the rotten fruit of the sexual revolution. I scratched my head when I heard that, but as time has gone on, I have heard this sentiment repeated with more and more frequency.

The idea goes like this: if a woman can be sexual with a man when she wants to, sex, therefore, has no meaning, and thus you cannot expect not to be sexually harassed. Again, I scratched my head.

It is victim shaming at its finest.

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• When #MeToo Becomes #YouToo by E. G. Ryan

When #MeToo Becomes #YouToo by E G Ryan

Snippets:

The entities that enabled sexual harassers are now charged with cleanup. But will their pursuit of symbolic victories and ‘zero-tolerance’ policies cause more problems?

by E. G. Ryan

….In 2016’s “The Case of the Missing Perpetrator,” Rebecca Solnit examined the way language erases male malfeasance. Pregnancy, rape, and sexual abuse are often treated as events that happen to women, not things that men do to women.

“Men are abstracted into a sort of weather,” Solnit writes, “an ambient natural force, an inevitability that cannot be governed or held accountable. Individual men disappear in this narrative and rape, assault, pregnancy just become weather conditions to which women have to adapt.”

…It turns out people are far more happy about women speaking up than they are comfortable with something happening to the men the women are talking about.

Every woman who is “speaking up” is speaking up about somebody.

For every #MeToo, there’s a “#YouToo.” Or, in some cases, “#YouToo?!”

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• Me Too, Sexual Harassment, and the Workplace: Compliment Accomplishments, Not Physical Appearance

Yet another complaint I’ve read or heard from “Me Too” Twitter trend objectors centers around men saying they are now reluctant or fearful to compliment a woman on her physical appearance at the office.

Some men now say they are afraid that an innocent, well-meaning remark to a woman co-worker meaning to praise her for looking nice at the office may be misconstrued as sexual harassment.

If you are a man, rather than compliment a woman boss, woman co-worker, or woman subordinate on her physical appearance, why not compliment her on what truly matters: her work-place accomplishments?

Why do you, if you are  a man, feel it’s necessary to tell a woman she looks lovely?

Why do you assume all, or most, women live to have your validation regarding their appearance? Why do you assume women need or want you to affirm their physical beauty, or to do so rather than praise them on matters having nothing to do with their looks?

If your co-worker Susie Smith delivers a really great sales presentation at your weekly staff meeting, why not tell her so?

Tell Ms. Smith how informative you found her presentation. If you did so, Ms. Smith would probably appreciate that much more than a male co-worker telling her, “I like that new dress you’re wearing.”

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• Response to the Editorial “Lame-o Hollywood Actresses Go Big — Wear Black! — to Fight [Sexual] Harassment” by Cheryl K. Chumley

Response to the Editorial “Lame-o Hollywood Actresses Go Big — Wear Black! — to Fight [Sexual] Harassment ” by Cheryl K. Chumley

I was just saying that dumb criticisms of the “Me Too sexual harassment campaign are being churned out almost faster than I can keep up with, and right after publishing that (seriously, within a handful of minutes), I saw a link to this Chumley piece go through my social media feed.

Note that I am critiquing the writing of a woman writer, not a man. (At least I assume with the first name of “Cheryl” that this is a woman.)

Why must I now point this out? Because some people are under the mistaken impression I am a misandrist, that I apparently only disagree with … men. And if you disagree with a man, this weird logic goes, that supposedly makes you a misandrist.

Some Hollywood actresses want to wear all black dresses to some Hollywood awards program, the Golden Globes, as a visual statement about being against sexual harassment in the workplace, which is a totally innocuous gesture, but writer Cheryl Chumley is in an uproar about it.

You can read her editorial on The Washington Times.

Here is how Chumley opens her editorial:

What courage, what bravery, what an unmitigated bold stroke of in-your-face protest — Hollywood actresses attending the 2018 Golden Globes have agreed to don black for the event, to send a solidarity-sistah message around the world that goes like this: Thou shalt not sexually harass.

… No reason a good protest can’t be fashionable, folks. …

After all, as the motto goes, sexual harassment may not be pretty — but we are.
~~~~~end Chumley quotes~~~~~

What is with all that cattiness and bitchiness? What is it to you if a bunch of actresses want to stage this symbolic gesture? Get over yourself.

Chumley also says:

Right. That’ll show ‘em. That’ll keep ol’ Harvey Weinstein in his place.
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I know that some Hollywood types are not very intelligent, but I would assume that most of them are not so dim as to believe that wearing black from head to toe is going to punish Weinstein, or other creeps similar to Weinstein.

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