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:
- 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."
- 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."
- 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.