April 18, 2014

This week on To The Contrary with Bonnie Erbe, our panelists discuss The Confidence Gap by journalists Katty Kay and Claire Shipman, the disturbing acceptance of sex assault, and whether Jesus was a feminist.

On the panel this week joining host  Bonnie Erbe is Progressive Magazine Editor-in-chief Ruth Conniff,  Former EEOC Chair Cari Dominguez, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), The Heritage Foundation’s Genevieve Wood

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Confidence Gap

A new book , The Confidence Gap by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman,  argues the main thing holding women back is a lack of confidence. 

  • Ruth Conniff: "A cultural space where girls can be competitive and joyful and maintain that great feeling about themselves that they have when they’re little girls is so critical.”
  • Cari Dominguez: “We need to stop analyzing women and start analyzing our society and the society’s values... It’s a cultural code."
  • Del. Eleanor Homes Norton: "Women may have some confidence issues, but sexism remains the dominant force the world over.”
  • Bonnie Erbe: “Most women I know who’ve had big careers had fathers who were really supportive of them and believed in them.”
  • Genevieve Wood: “Women are responding to the world they that live in realistically, and we really need to shore up women and girls to overcome these forces that sap their confidence. ”

Sex Assault Normalized

A disturbing new study shows young women and girls view sex assault as normal.

  • Ruth Conniff: “Culturally, we have to stay on top of this and not allow there to be a new generation of sexual exploitation.”
  • Del. Eleanor Homes Norton: “These are youngsters at the upper class version of society. So these are not thugs and yet this thuggish behavior has become culturally rooted.”
  • Bonnie Erbe: “How can you control what images boys are thinking are OK?”
  • Genevieve Wood: “We need to stop having such lax standards here and stop sexualizing everybody and everything.”
  • Cari Dominguez: “We have to set the tone and we have to eradicate it by saying, ‘you are the victim and we are going to deal with it.'”


Jesus Feminist
Author Sarah Bessey argues that women can be feminists and followers of Jesus.
  • Genevieve Wood: “As we’re on Easter weekend, I think it’s interesting to remember that it was women who first saw Jesus coming out of the tomb as taught in the Bible. Not men. It was women who saw him first and told the ‘good news.’”
  • Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton: “She shows that everyone takes his version of the Bible and makes it suit her taste.”
  • Bonnie Erbe: "Everybody says, 'Oh no, Islam isn’t anti-woman. Christianity isn’t anti-women' and yet Jimmy Carter just had a book we talked about a few weeks ago [where he said that] religion is the biggest oppressor of women there is.”
  • Ruth Conniff: “There’s this whole message of radical liberation theology that comes directly out of Jesus’s teachings and there’s a lot to be done with that.”

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