The ACLU had threatened a lawsuit against the Kenosha Unified School District after some parents and cheerleaders objected to the award and the New York Times wrote about. The coach circumvented the outrage, however, by announcing that parents would be excluded from the next team banquet.
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The awards for biggest breast, biggest rear end, and thinnest body were handed out at last spring’s award before the American Civil Liberties Union sent a formal letter to Tremper High School today warning that it might sue for sexual harassment. Read more →
In Vermont, Keillor finds onetime fans not ready to forgive
Garrison Keillor will remain persona non grata in Vermont after a book festival where he was scheduled to appear pulled the plug on a fundraiser. Read more →
Maybe France is on to something. It’s just convicted a man under a new law criminalizing lewd and insulting comments to women, the reports. Read more →
In its latest sexual harassment and abuse scandal, CBS Corporation said it ‘takes these allegations very seriously.’ As with so many corporations, that’s a lie. Read more →
Many people in the media get a fair amount of feedback from the audience that’s fair game. Women in media, particularly women in TV news, are treated horribly by — wait for it — men. What are you thinking, fellas? Read more →
Many women who spoke out against sexual harassment at work didn’t want their names used for fear of retaliation and having their careers ruined. What happened to many of those who put their names behind their stories? Their careers were ruined. Read more →
The state Senate is moving to close a loophole in the state’s sexual conduct law which grants an exception to people who grab someone’s butt as long as they still have their clothes on. Read more →
A review of how two news executives sexually harassed their way through NPR this week results in the execs getting a full vote of confidence. Read more →
Ex-MPR producer: Here’s my #metoo story of NPR’s Zwerdling
Kryssy Pease says she has kept quiet for years and might have on Tuesday, too, if Daniel Zwerdling hadn’t said the accusations from other women aren’t true.
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On Thursday morning on MPR News with Kerri Miller, Jana Shortal is hosting a discussion on changing hypermasculinity. The NewsCut is audience is invited to help out by joining in. Let’s talk. Read more →
Smiley’s stand appears to carry with it a different strategy than that from others similarly accused. He appears ready to tell — and be questioned about — his side of the story from the start. Read more →
With Franken gone, Democrats gain a message
Maybe a month ago, sexual harassment wasn’t a partisan issue. With Franken’s exit, Democrats, who’ve pushed John Conyers and Franken to the curb this week, are gambling that they can make it one. Read more →
Time honors a ‘revolution of refusal’
2017 has been the year of big mouths, bluster and blathering Tweets. Time’s choice is perfect because it focuses on forced silence that is ending because two small, nearly whispered words on the social media of choice: Me too.
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Comedian John Oliver pretty well nailed it while participating in a panel he was moderating about the 20th anniversary of the film ‘Wag the Dog’ when he asked Hoffman about allegations that he groped a 17-year-old intern on the set. Read more →