Session 7: Sunday, June 3rd: 2:00 - 3:50pm
Susan Brownmiller – Against Our Will,Harriet Fraad- Stormy Daniels Rebel inside the System, and Liza Featherstone False Choices: The Faux Feminism of Hillary Clinton.
Between participation in the labor forces of World War II, growing levels of education, a feminist revolution, and more and more women getting more and more education entering the workforce, women have made a great deal of progress toward equality. Yet sexual harassment, indeed assault persists. Over 40 years ago Susan Brownmiller's critical analysis of the rape culture called attention to the problem, but since there has been little progress, victims have been ignored, silenced, and denied voice. But recent history suggest major changes in the offing, as a number of highly visible male predators have been outed and cast into the spotlight such as Bill Cosby, Roger Ailes, Bill Hannity, Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer and even Donald Trump POTUS. It seems as if a critical mass of victimized women has been reached and women who will no longer suffer in silence, but to speak out, mobilize, and indeed challenge the patriarchal culture of male violence toward women. The saga of Stormy Daniels is part of necessary change in America. The old lines of dominance and subordination crumble as Stormy Daniels, METOO# and the youth cast off their fear, break out of submission and enter the political arena. Will the old lines of power crumble?