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GOLDEN GLOBES: A SQUANDERED OPPORTUNITY

By Wendy Murphy    Feb. 09, 2018

 

At some point I will write about something other than sexual assault, but it’s only been a few months of media attention after decades of silence. Plus, there are still lots of new things to talk about.

For example, why did so many influential women squander the Golden Globe Awards by talking about the #MeToo and #TimesUp campaigns, but never once mentioning the Equal Rights Amendment? (ERA) It would be like having a national award show in 1864 where all the important people take the stage to condemn slavery, but nobody mentions the Thirteenth Amendment.

Oprah’s rousing speech at the end included a double-barreled “Time’s Up” command, followed by the observation that a “new day” was “on the horizon.” She got so many people excited that social media started talking about Oprah running for president before the applause stopped. I wasn’t one of them, because as cynical as it sounds, I didn’t understand the whole “new day” thing. She said the “new day” would be when nobody has to say “Me Too,” but she didn’t say how or why that day would arrive anytime soon. She didn’t even mention that she was raped at age 9, or that because her attacker was a family member, her type of suffering wasn’t being addressed by all the Hollywood tree-shaking. Why didn’t she use her enormously influential moment in the global sun to say something like this:

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TWO ARTICLES WORTH READING AT THE SAME TIME

By Wendy Murphy    Jan. 06, 2018

 

TWO ARTICLES WORTH READING AT THE SAME TIME – THE FIRST IS BY ME; THE SECOND BY A DIFFERENT WRITER.

Publicly we say we hate racism; privately we are not so sure.

You can be sure that at the upcoming Academy Awards, Hollywood celebrities, not exactly known for their independent thinking, will turn the red carpet into a Black Lives Matter moment replete with designer duds. Many will wear armbands to protest racism in Hollywood. The rest of us will diligently follow along on Twitter, sharing hashtags and suitably pious opprobrium.

But privately, I suspect, many of us, including many longstanding anti-racism activists, will be rolling our eyes, having had it with the reflexive and unnuanced sense of outrage that often accompanies this cause, turning a bona fide movement seeking moral accountability into a series of ad hoc and sometimes unproven accusations.

The conversation going on in private about the Black Lives Matter movement is radically different from the public one. This is not a good sign, suggesting the sort of social intimidation that is the underside of a culture of political correctness, such as we are increasingly living in.

The black people I know — of all ages — have responded by and large with a mixture of slightly horrified excitement as to who will be the next police officer or politician accused of racism.

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COSBY WINS, AND NOW WOMEN MUST RISE UP

By Wendy Murphy    Jun. 17, 2017

A hung jury is as good as an acquittal for Bill Cosby, and it is unlikely that any jury will ever convict Bill Cosby of sexual assault under Pennsylvania law, for two basic reasons:

  1. Rape law in Pennsylvania is among the worst in the nation because it permits many types of rape to occur with impunity, and significantly favors rapists.
  2. The jury selection process allows more rapists, and fewer rape victims, to serve as jurors in rape trials.

A MORE DETAILED EXPLANATION

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WHO REVIEWS THE REVIEWER?
A Critique of the Columbia Journalism Review’s Analysis of Rolling Stone’s “A Rape on Campus” Story

By Wendy Murphy    Apr. 08, 2015

 

Maybe even more disturbing is that not a single established women’s rights organization has spoken out or even asked obvious questions about why neither Rolling Stone nor the CJR has established to any degree of certainty that “Jackie” even exists, and if so, whether she in fact reported a gang rape to police or UVA officials – EVER.

Consider the following:

The CJR criticized Rolling Stone for failing to determine where certain information came from and whether any of it was true.  These are fair criticisms because they point out the importance of journalists printing only reliable information. But the CJR did many of the same things it criticized Rolling Stone for doing wrong. For example, the CJR complained that Rolling Stone had inadequate proof that there ever was a “gang rape,” but the CJR itself failed to obtain adequate proof of a far more basic fact – that “Jackie” even reported a gang rape – ever – to anyone.

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INSTITUTIONAL BETRAYAL TRAUMA

By Wendy Murphy    Apr. 10, 2014

Institutional Betrayal Trauma (PDF)


BEFORE YOU STEP ONE FOOT INTO FAMILY COURT – READ THIS!

By Wendy Murphy    Jan. 17, 2014

 

Family-CourtA colleague of mine, Anne Stevenson, recently testified before the Connecticut legislature on behalf of good parents and ethical court employees who feared retribution if they spoke up themselves against the corruption, fraud and shady deals in Connecticut’s family court system.

The content of her testimony is critically important, and not widely understood, so I agreed to post it here to provide folks with a better understanding of how the “divorce industry” in Connecticut is ruining families financially, and subjecting children to dangerous custody arrangements.

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WENDY MURPHY: It’s fine to be gay, but is it great? – The Patriot …

By Wendy Murphy    Jan. 04, 2014

Wendy Murphy is adjunct professor of law at New England Law|Boston and a A former prosecutor, Murphy specializes in the representation of crime victims The Patriot Ledger | 400 Crown Colony Drive, P.O. 699159, Quincy MA …read the article here.


THE REAL REASON FSU’S WINSTON WON’T BE CHARGED WITH SEXUAL ASSAULT —– YET

By Wendy Murphy    Dec. 09, 2013

FSU football star Jameis Winston threw three touchdown passes last night to lead his team to victory over Duke for the ACC championship, but no doubt the pass he likes best is the one he got last week from Florida State Attorney Willie Meggs who declined to file sexual assault charges on allegations that began a year ago at Winston’s off-campus apartment.

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WENDY MURPHY: When it comes to sexual assault, listen to a veteran

By Wendy Murphy    Dec. 07, 2013

WENDY MURPHY: When it comes to sexual assault, listen to a veteran. Events Calendar. By Wendy Murphy. For The Patriot Ledger. Posted Dec 07, 2013 …read the article here.


WENDY MURPHY: Truth matters, even for bold sex offenders …

By Wendy Murphy    Oct. 05, 2013

In the genre of strange news, a Level Three sex offender named Carl O. Peterson recently headlined a public forum in Belmont. He said he wanted to openly …read the article here.


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