August 09, 2019

This week on To The Contrary with Bonnie Erbe, our panelists discuss the link between mass shootings and misogyny, and a new sexual assault settlement.

On the panel this week joining host Bonnie Erbe is: Megan Beyer, Wilson Center, Women In Public Service; Patrice Onwuka, Senior Policy Analyst at the Independent Women’s Voices; Latifa Lyles, Fmr. Dir. Women’s Bureau, US Dept. of Labor; Ann Stone, Co-Founder, Women For Trump.

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Misogyny & Shootings

The link between almost all mass shooters is a hatred of women, experts say.

  • Latifa Lyles: ”In this case and in most we are ignoring violence against women and domestic violence, a woman is killed every day by a partner or an abuse and it’s something we just don’t talk about.”

  • Ann Stone: “It’s like the broken window theory in New York City where you get people on the smaller things, you keep them from doing the bigger things. I think we should track people who commit violence against animals as well as against women as well as against me. But the animals get ignored often”

  • Megan Beyer: “I don’t think if you took a poll of Americans their fear would be that their guns, especially semi-automatics would be taken away. I think their fear is that they’re going to be in Walmart and someone is going to shoot them with a semi automatic”

  • Patrice Onwuka: “I think there is a relationship, do we make a causal link? I think we have to understand a little bit better.”

  • Bonnie Erbe: “Is this a tipping point of sorts? Do you thin, I mean with three mass shootings in a couple of weeks of each other”

Dartmouth Sexual Assault Settlement

The prestigious university pays out 14 million dollars to students who say teachers created a culture of assault.

  • Latifa Lyles: ”We know that there's a dearth of women who make it through these really rigorous programs and end up getting tenure or PhD programs. And the laboratory is notorious for isolation, your professor is in control of your schedule.”

  • Ann Stone: “I think this President has a real opportunity to advance the agenda for women. He has more female advisors than any previous president. He's gaining more as time goes on. He actually does respect women's opinion. I think he needs to do more and can do more reaching into these misogynist groups out there to say, ‘hey, women are tired, give them a chance!”

  • Megan Beyer: “It's about an imbalance of power. And clearly the professor has power over the students. And so to me, it was a breach of the responsibility he had as a professor.”

  • Patrice Onwuka: “We've seen how, in lots of workplace settings, suddenly a lot of men in leadership positions are saying, I'm not going to sit down, I'm not going to take a young woman to dinner, who's a colleague, because I'm worried that that could have a negative impact.”

  • Bonnie Erbe: “I wouldn't call it ‘blaming the victim,’ because I hate the term ‘victim,’ okay? Blaming the survivor, the heroine who stayed [in an abusive situation] because she couldn't get out.”

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