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We finally — finally! — seem to be at a watershed moment for the abolition of tacit acceptance of rampant sexual harassment. It has been a long time coming, and there is reason for cautious optimism that things might actually begin to change. It will not happen overnight, and it will not just happen by hoping and wishing. It will take diligence and perseverance to carry the #MeToo movement to lasting social change. For many...

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“A conservative is someone who stands athwart history, yelling ‘Stop!’, at a time when no one is inclined to do so, or to have much patience with those who so urge it.” – William F. Buckley The above quote has served as boiler plate material for the conservative movement since one of its cornerstones, William F. Buckley, breathed it into being. This past weekend, I attended the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC), the premier conference...

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The idea that pornography and a casual sexual culture are at the root of sexual assault is a crude misapplication of blame that, when pinned to the #MeToo movement, belittles the struggles of those who have been assaulted. The simple expectation that people shouldn’t abuse other people should stand on its own, but some would rather attempt to pin it on a supposed social disease: One that can be cured only through the adoption of...

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Co-signed by Luke Ayers When the stories of sexual assault, harassment and general impropriety began to surface, often with #MeToo, neither of us were particularly surprised. We really, really wanted to be. We wanted to be shocked that figures representing films and television series we enjoyed could be guilty of such horrendous offenses, but we weren’t, not in the slightest. It’s difficult to be surprised about #MeToo when we are living in a culture that...

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You’d think it’d be easier to talk about love than to talk about sex. Isn’t that what they say, that sex is a difficult, embarrassing topic? But when we sat down two weeks ago to plan this Love and Sex issue of the Trinitonian, nobody wanted to talk about love. Somehow, lube taste-testing became the meme of the evening. Turns out, it’s way easier to talk about sex than about love. But why? The past...

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I am an open book. I like to talk about myself and I’ll tell you just about anything. There’s only one story I hesitate to share, and it is the story that most needs to be shared: The story of my sexual assault. As a child, I watched year after year as people received a certain honor, a honor very valued in a community of which I am a part. I dreamed of one day...

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OpinionAmerican bustle

November 13, 201751 min

The recent sexual assault and harassment scandal concerning Harvey Weinstein has propelled the issue back into the spotlight, one only widened through remarkable, grass-roots social media movements such as #metoo (beginning in the U.S.) and #outpig (centered in France). The different foci between these two movements are fascinating. In the American context we have a plethora of voices courageously coming forward to publicly share their pain. In the French case the sharing is less about...