October 04, 2013

This week on To The Contrary, our panelists discuss New York's new anti-trafficking policy; the GOP, the government shutdown, and women; and Debora Spar's book Wonder Women.

On the panel this week: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Former Bush White House Aide Mercy Viana Schlapp, RH Reality Check Editor at Large Erin Matson, Heritage Foundation’s Genevieve Wood

Here are some of their thoughts:


Decriminalizing Prostitution
New York state will move towards treating women as victims, not criminals
  • Mercedes Schlapp: "When you look at the age of these prostitutes, they come in at 12 or 14 years old, they deserve a sceond chance."
  • Del. Norton: "Punish the source, help the victims."
  • Genevieve Wood: "We can see if it works here and maybe it applies more nationally."
  • Erin Matson: "If you want to reduce sex work, you gotta adress the root causes."
The GOP, Women, and the Shutdown
Women disapprove of the shutdown more than men, and also blame Republicans for it more.
  • Mercedes Schlapp: "The president just appears to be the head of the Democratic Party, and he represents all Americans."
  • Del. Norton: "It's not about rebranding, it's about what you do."
  • Genevieve Wood: "There's a heck of a lot of disinformation in the media."
  • Erin Matson: "[Republicans'] committment to a regressive social agenda is as strong as their unseriousness about governance."
Wonder Women
Barnard College President Debora Spar argues that it's ok if women don't "have it all."
  • Erin Matson: "Femnism is about a polticial, social movement for equality" not "individual traits."
  • Del. Norton: "It's easier to 'have it all' if you live in a society that has educational childcare."
  • Genevieve Wood: "Young women look back at their moms and grandmothers perspectives, and they see good and bad "
  • Mercy Schlapp: "The younger generation has less choices" because of the econmy and the lack of jobs.
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