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This Week in Women’s Rights 2018–04–29


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): Medium (Humanist Voices)

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2018/04/29

“Earlier this year, in mid-February, Amazon fired Emmy Award-winning actor, Jeffrey Tambor, from the show Transparent, after a speedy, three-month internal inquiry into sexual harassment claims, brought against him by two of his transwomen colleagues. Needless to say, while Tambor was unhappy with the treatment meted out to him based on “false accusations”, Amazon held its ground in an effort to prove its commitment to ensuring that their “workplace respects the safety and dignity of every individual”, as Jill Soloway, creator of the show, stated.

This wasn’t the first time that Amazon found itself in the midst of a sexual harassment controversy. Only a month earlier, the then-head of Amazon Studios, Roy Price, had found himself in the eye of the Harvey Weinstein storm. He had allegedly done nothing, despite being repeatedly informed of Weinstein’s reprehensible behaviour towards female colleagues. The situation was further exacerbated by sexual harassment claims made by Isa Hackett, a producer on the TV series The Man in the High Castle, against Price himself. The retail giant was quick to suspend Price (who subsequently resigned) and send out a memo to its employees, reassuring them of its zero-tolerance policy against sexual harassment and abuse.”


“The most important fact to come out of this week’s “Timeless” episode: NOTHING HAPPENED, THEY JUST TALKED, OKAY?

Of course I’m referring to Lucy disappearing into Flynn’s room at the end of “King of the Delta Blues” and emerging the next morning with rumpled hair. Wyatt sees this and spends basically the whole episode being jealous and possessive. He knows, just as well as all of you do, that there’s only one bed in that room.

Wyatt’s possessiveness is of course totally on-brand with the themes of this week’s episode, which takes us to 1919 and the height of the women’s suffrage movement. . As we see in the opening teaser, the date is March 4, 1919: Prominent suffragist Alice Paul and 200 other women march for their rights in front of New York City’s Metropolitan Opera House, where President Woodrow Wilson is scheduled to speak about the League of Nations. New York’s finest begin attacking the protesters as Wilson and Senator James Wolcott Wadsworth, Jr., walk up the opera house steps,, but amid the chaos, Paul pleads directly with Wilson to support suffrage. His heart is touched, both by the speech and by the brutal treatment of the women, and he nods his head in agreement. (The 19th Amendment is passed by the Senate just three months later.)”


“The bronze statue of a blindfolded Filipino woman, erected in December, was removed from Roxas Boulevard in Manila.

A recently erected memorial dedicated to Philippines “comfort women” was taken down from a thoroughfare in Manila, Philippines Friday after facing significant criticism from Japan.

The bronze statue of a blindfolded Filipino woman, erected in December, was removed from Roxas Boulevard in Manila. The term “comfort women” refers to the women and girls, who were forced to work in Japanese military brothels before and during World War II, and is commonly seen as a genteelism for describing sex slaves.

Per the Japanese Embassy in Manila, the Philippine government notified it before removing the statue. Japanese officials have expressed concern over the controversial subject of “comfort women” as many such statues have sprung up in South Korea, and the United States, to remember a historic aspect of Japan that it is not proud of.”



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