January 10, 2014

This week on To The Contrary, our panelists discuss how to help low-income women, the abuse women face online, and ageism.

 
Our panel this week is: Democratic Commentator Megan Beyer, Heritage Foundation's Genevieve Wood, Progressive Commentator Patricia Sosa, Red Alert Politics Editor Francesca Chambers
 
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Poverty

The Shriver Report asks what low-income women need to help them break the cycle of poverty.

  • Genevieve Wood: "Promoting work, preparing people for work, and upholding marriage are the #1 fighters against poverty."
  • Francesca Chambers : "What the US needs is not long-term benefits for the unemployed. They need long-term solutions."
  • Patricia Sosa, when asked what the new war on poverty should look like: "First, let's stop the war against poor people."
  • Megan Beyer: "This economy has maintained a certain quality based on women and we need to make sure we don't 'kill the golden goose.'"
Online Misogyny
Writer Amanda Hess sparked a national conversation about the abuse women face on the internet.
  • Francesca Chambers: "Online threats need to be taken just as seriously as a written or a verbal threat. We’d hate to see one of these crazy people turn out to be serious."
  • Megan Beyer: "Using the power of social media,  the best response to poor speech is more speech. It’s exponential on social media"
  • Genevieve Wood: "People say rude things all the time, but are you going to go after everyone who makes a dumb statement. Where do you cross the line?"
  • Patricia Sosa: "It’s really a gap of where law enforcement is and sort of where reality and people exist.. "
 
Ageism
Professor Lynne Segal argues in her book Out of Time that ageism is the new frontier of feminism.
  • Megan Beyer: "Baby boomers started it.  Remember we weren't going to trust anybody over 30?
  • Genevieve Wood: "People love youth.  That's what you see in Hollywood. You see it in magazines. We are not as connected as families generationally as we used to have to be. There's not that interdependency among generations that there used to be. And there are some downsides to that."
  • Francesca Chambers: "I don't think people in my generation disrespect older people or think less of them.  I tend to think that we revere a lot of older people in politics in business and what not."
  • Patricia Sosa:  "I want to blame hollywood and popular culture overall."
 
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