Boys Club Member Susan Sarandon Tells Women Fighting For Equal Rights To 'Calm Down'


I haven't even commented on Susan Sarandon's Guardian interview choice words on Hillary Clinton. Every day cannot be a day of rage. But none other than W Magazine does a short, brilliant summary of the SS/Guardian interview and reminds us why so many of us loathe this woman. If a guy was making these statements, he would be out of business.

Susan Sarandon, infamously, wasn't with her. She's also not joining the #MeToo movement, and she doesn't like to call herself a feminist (she's more of a humanist, thank you very much). Indeed, the ever outspoken Sarandon has a lot of contrarian opinions, as evidenced by her latest interview with The Guardian. She claims that things "wouldn’t be much smoother" if Hillary Clinton would have won the election, and that there were still a lot of women out there who must've been flattered to be sleeping with Harvey Weinstein and James Toback. Yet, oddly, she also admits to telling women fighting for the Equal Rights Movements to "calm down," and isn't afraid to tell her gay friends about which politicians really are pro-gay.

Cindy Sherman Joins Art World's Condemnation of Knight Landesman's Sexual Harassment


Cindy Sherman joined other powerful people in the art world -- including 7000 women -- to denounce sexual harassment by people like the late October 2017 resignation of Knight Landesman. Known for his colorful suits, the co-publisher of arts magazine Artforum resigned after a lawsuit was filed by Amanda Schmitt accusing him of sexual harassment against eight other people. 

"We are artists, arts administrators, assistants, curators, directors, editors, educators, gallerists, interns, scholars, students, writers and more - workers of the art world - and we have been groped, undermined, harassed, infantilised, scorned, threatened and intimidated by those in positions of power who control access to resources and opportunities," the letter read.

The text was titled "Not Surprised", in reference to a work by prominent artist Jenny Holzer, known for her installations with broad statements.

"Abuse of power comes as no surprise," the letter read. 

"The resignation of one publisher from one high-profile magazine does not solve the larger, more insidious problem: An art world that upholds inherited power structures at the cost of ethical behaviour," it continued.

"We have been silenced, ostracised, pathologized, dismissed as 'overreacting' and threatened when we have tried to expose sexually and emotionally abusive behaviour.

"We will be silenced no longer."

Federal Appeals Court Reverses Trump Administration's Scott Lloyd's Refusal To Allow Abortion For Immigrant


The full US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled 6-3 on Tuesday that a 17-year-old immigrant held in federal custody in Texas must be allowed to obtain an abortion. The teen, known only as Jane Doe, is about 15 weeks pregnant and entered the US in September. 

Updated: (The Trump administration did not appeal the new decision to the US Supreme Court, which seems unlikely to take the case. The ACLU reports that the abortion was concluded.)

The young woman legally obtained a state court order Sept. 25 permitting her to have an abortion, which is legal. But federal officials in Texas refused to transport her or release her into temporary custody to have the procedure, paid for with her own money. 

Lawyers for the Department of Health and Human Services, which is responsible for sheltering children who illegally enter the country unaccompanied by a parent, have said the department under the Trump Administration has a policy of "refusing to facilitate" abortions and that releasing the teenager would require arranging a transfer of custody and follow-up care. E. Scott Lloyd, the head of the federal refugee agency that oversees detention centers for minors, is a longtime antiabortion activist.

A district court federal judge sided with the teen last week, ordering that a date for the procedure be set. On Friday, the three-judge panel of the appeals court ruled 2-1 that the government had until Oct. 31 to release the teen. Texas has a 20-week abortion law, leaving activists to argue that the court was trying to run out the clock. 

The Texas Observer writes today : "The ACLU estimates that hundreds of pregnant minors are in federal custody. According to documents obtained by the ACLU, Lloyd has personally visited pregnant teens in ORR shelters to counsel them against having an abortion. Hays said they don’t believe he has visited Doe."

Michelle Goldberg addressed the situation last week, citing E. Scott Lloyd's anti-abortion activism and several articles decrying birth control.  Experts estimate that 60 percent of female migrants have been raped. 

Brigitte Amiri of the A.C.L.U., the lead attorney on Doe’s case, told Goldberg" 

 “The amount of opposition to this young women’s abortion is just astounding,” she said. “And they continue to double down over and over again. Every step of the way, I think at some point justice will prevail and there will be some sense from the federal government that the rule of law prohibits what they’re doing, but they keep taking it to the next level.”

When it comes to controlling women’s bodies, the only limit is what they can get away with, concludes Goldberg and we concur.