Ana Juan's New Yorker Cover Targets America's Onslaught Against Women's Voices

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I am among the women REALLY STRUGGLING with this blackout concept on FB. Apparently, another one is in effect today. I just don't get it. We're living in a moment when large #s of American men want us to shut up -- and these American women are happy to comply, thinking we will be missed.

We won't be missed, sillies. I'm shocked you can't see that. If this is your vision of political power, we are really sunk. Did people of color go black in the Civil Rights movement? Feminism is so messed up in this country.

At any rate, this new cover of The New Yorker by Ana Juan of Charlie Hebdo fame might be a compromise position. I resist changing my profile pic on a rotating basis, but I could go with this new visual to describe the coming onslaught against women worldwide and that includes America.

In a moment of irony, Ana Juan originally submitted a version of this cover as a request for one about the #MeToo movement. After careful consideration, the New Yorker passed on the cover idea. And then Christine Blasey Ford happened, telling her story about how Judge Brett Kavanaugh, most probably our next Supreme Court justice, sexually assaulted her in 1982.

The New Yorker reached out to Ana Juan, asking her for the original submission below. Unable to find it, Ana Juan asked for 30 minutes to create a new version, one that is a much stronger graphic treatment from the original. It seems very appropriate in this moment.

Women who suggest the best forms of political action on Facebook are blackouts frighten me almost as much as the men who are determined to put American women in our places. Yet, I’m a dreaded compromise-seeker trying to hold America together from opposing forces wanting to rip her in two. Ana Juan has given me a visual lifeline for my own Facebook profile picture.

Bottom line, though, silence is not golden at this moment. And the disappearance of American women from the public sphere is just fine with Republican men, as far as this woman perceives the situation.

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SC Nominee Brett Kavanaugh & Accuser Christine Blasey Ford To Testify Sept. 26

Republican Senators Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski are key deciders about Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s future. Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily Beast

Republican Senators Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski are key deciders about Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s future. Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily Beast

The announcement that accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser Christine Blasey Ford have both been invited to testify under oath in a public hearing next Monday ended a day of Senate Republican leaders projecting defiance on calls to slow down the confirmation process.

Dr. Ford has accused Judge Kavanaugh of assaulting her at a house party when he was 17 and she 15. Ford charges that a “stumbling drunk” Kavanaugh attacked her, with his friend Mark Judge present, when she went upstairs to go to the bathroom. According to Ford, Kavanaugh then jumped on top of her, tried to take her clothes off, and when she tried to scream, put his hand over her mouth and turned up the music. She said was able to free herself when Judge jumped on the bed, too, sending the three tumbling, giving her a chance to run into the bathroom and lock the door.

Blasey Ford took and passed a professionally administered polygraph test, administered by a retired FBI agent.

The hearing with Judge Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, a research psychologist in Northern California, sets up a potentially explosive public showdown, stirring up painful to women memories of the 1991 testimony of Anita Hill, who accused the future Justice Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment. Next Monday’s hearing will play against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement and countless sexual harassment and sexual assault accusations against Donald Trump. His presidency has fired up Democratic women across the nation in massive civic actions and unheard of numbers of women running for political offices at every level in every state.

In an article by her friends in tonight’s The Mercury News, the headline reads #MeToo spurred Christine Blasey Ford to open up. . .

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) was a key force in ending the misguided perceptions among Republican white men leaders that the scheduled vote by the judiciary committee would still happen on Thursday. Or that the hearing would somehow not be public.

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX), a senior member of the judiciary committee, told reporters Monday morning that a hearing was out of the question, calling it a  “show trial.” But after a meeting with Collins in her office, it became clear that his position was no longer untenable, writes The Daily Beast..

“I have said that in order for me to assess the credibility of these allegations that I want to have both individuals come before the Senate Judiciary Committee and testify under oath,” Collins told reporters Monday afternoon.

Collins won; Cornyn lost. And Collins was joined shortly after by her close associate, Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski, another pro-choice Republican woman.

Retiring Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), made it clear Sunday evening that he would not support Kavanaugh without Blasey Ford publicly telling her story.

“Obviously these are serious charges,” Flake, who sits on the judiciary committee, told reporters. “And if they're true, I think they're disqualifying.” South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said Monday night that he also found believable testimony from Blase Ford the end of Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

Today there are no female Republican members of the Judiciary Committee, but there are four Democratic women, including ranking member Dianne Feinstein, who was elected the year after the Hill-Thomas hearings, in what came to be known as "The Year of the Woman."

Both Sen. Collins and Murkowski are more moderate than most Republican senators. They definitely hold the keys to Brett Kavanaugh’s future, but we shouldn’t assume that other Republican men won’t be persuaded to vote down the nomination.

No one is guaranteed a seat on the US Supreme Court.

Related: Anita Hill