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Hailey Wittorf

Harding states that she would like to see Franken own up to his wishes of being an ally with women, however, he clearly doesn't want to be friends with us. He performed sexual acts on a woman while she was asleep. How does raping a woman, and then claiming to be friends with women make sense? It doesn't. She writes, "as I write this, only one woman has alleged that Franken assaulted her, if her story emboldens others to tell theirs, and the senator is revealed to be a serial predator, then I wouldn't want him in a position of power for more than a minute." That one woman doesn't matter? All rape cases or sexual assault cases should have drastic consequences. Al Franken should resign from office and be publicly shamed for his inhumane actions.

Jackie Gannon

At the same time that I believe women are criticized, I also believe not a lot is being done to stop the men. They claim that men in power do not mean to be demeaning. According to news articles, “me in power are hateful towards women.” In making this comment, the media argues us to make a change. In sum then, the issue is whether women are doing wrong or men are too judgmental.
I agree that women in media are criticized too much, a point that needs emphasizing since so many people still believe women must appear perfect all the time. Media is right that people point out stud not having to do with their points. Of course, many will probably disagree on the grounds that the comments are free speech. This interpretation challenges the work of those critics who have long assumed women should be perfect on televisons. These conclusions will have significant applications in what society is like today as well as in everyday life.

Michael Link

Is another law or two required? Maybe laws that dictate personal thoughts and ideas? In cultures throughout time and all across the globe certain populations ended up with the dark end of the stick!
Good and bad, right or wrong, good and evil; these era's in human history can be addressed by laws. These laws which apply to thought and opinion need time to trickle down into individuals. We are moving in the right direction these days in the age of information. Transparency is the key and the media is the lock. A women ran for president, women serve in armed forces and not as nurses or as a seamtress. Give the human condition time to catch up !!

Kayla Garcia

Despite the fact that Harding has written on and studied rape culture I disagree with her stating she does not want Al Franken to resign. He was accused of sexual abuse and even admitted to it. Yet, Harding does not think that it is fit for him to resign. More action needs to be taken when anyone is abused. Most of the time when those who are accused have a higher power nothing usually comes of it. Responsibility needs to be taken by those who commit the crime.


I agree with Kate Harding that we need to do more in this country to protect women from sexual assault. The #metoo campaign has really made an impact; with so many women coming out with their own personal stories, it has become a national movement. You have to ask yourself though, what more can we do? Harding states in the article "I’m a feminist. I study rape culture. And I don’t want Al Franken to resign,"" I recognize that men’s harassment of and violence against women is a systemic issue, not a Democrat or Republican problem, a Hollywood problem, a sports problem, or a media problem. Its roots lie in a patriarchal culture that trains men to believe they are entitled to control women’s bodies —for sex, for sport, for childbearing, for comedy." I believe that if we changed the way men viewed women then we can stop a lot of assault from happening. Men, and women alike should treat each other with respect. We are all equal even if the roles are different; one isn't any better than the other. We are all important in this world.

Steven Gwilliam

As I have watched the news and seen the accounts that have been reported from the accounts of misconduct by people in the government, to the basketball players at Michigan State University, it has shown an inability of accountability.
We as people need to show a better understanding that these powers of procreation is a responsibility. Not something that is not to be used so wastefully.

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