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Yeah...  the fabulously, fabulous #metoo movement...

...dear to the hearts of most female Hollywood celebrities, Democratic politicians and pro-feminist talk show hosts...

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Being the subject of sexual assault and abuse I certainly am a proponent of bringing male (and in a VERY few cases, female) abuse into the light of day...

BUT...

What I CAN'T be a proponent of is the #metoo movements "selectivity".

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It is all well and good that the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and Reese Witherspoon are heralding their #metoo-isms and are garnering a ton of well deserved sympathy (...and publicity), but...

I just have to call your attention to the women who aren't rich, famous or well connected who are STILL suffering...

 

...think on that for a minute...

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  • How much have you thought or cared about the thousands and thousands of FORCED child "brides" in Africa, Asia and, most blatantly, in India.

https://www.girlsnotbrides.org/

  • Do you give an actual shit that the Israeli Gestapo has extended the illegal imprisonment of 16 year old Ahed Tamimi for a THIRD time (as well as now having arrest her mother)???  Or that over the past week and a half, Ahed has been shuffled between numerous Israeli prisons and police stations, kept in painfully cold isolation cells with cameras pointing at her 24 hours a day, being repeatedly interrogated, without a parent or lawyer present???

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http://www.codepink.org/freeahed

Done thinking on that yet?

Okay, then...

Go one back checking out just how tough Lady Gaga has it...

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Comment by Phyllis on December 31, 2017 at 9:57am

And then people prattle on about how they are "publicizing the movement" and "bringing it out into the open" and "we need that to happen" and we're stifling their first amendment rights by criticizing them. It would be nice if they would take up a cause like this, as Ashton and Demi did with Thorn.

Comment by Anna Herrington on December 31, 2017 at 11:32am

When any horror gets swept up into a public 'cause,' I get nervous, as if the horrors disappear and need no more attention at all once the tides of the latest cause go out....

It's great so many spoke up against the abuses of the powerful predators outed (tip of the iceberg), and helpfully that just might make their own futures more lucrative (yes, I suffer from cynicism), but lasting change that actually affects and transforms systemic wrongs for regular ol' people needs SO much more than Gwyneth Paltrow et al leaping up and saying #MeToo.

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on December 31, 2017 at 3:06pm

Well, I suppose I'd be swell w victims of sexual predators adding to their bank accts if that were accompanied by a significant improvement in the overall situation. I imagine most of us would be. 

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on December 31, 2017 at 3:08pm

...and a terrific '18 to all here.

Comment by Anna Herrington on January 1, 2018 at 9:14am

After my comment last year, er, yesterday, I'm very glad to see #TIMESUP rollout, an anti-harassment/abuse initiative from 300 actresses and insiders, including Reese Witherspoon and Shonda Rhimes, to offer legal protections/defense fund to workers across industries nationwide.

Very glad to see. Use that power, people.

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