• Rich Barlow

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    Rich Barlow

    Rich Barlow is a senior writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. Perhaps the only native of Trenton, N.J., who will volunteer his birthplace without police interrogation, he graduated from Dartmouth College, spent 20 years as a small-town newspaper reporter, and is a former Boston Globe religion columnist, book reviewer, and occasional op-ed contributor. Profile

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There are 4 comments on Sexism in the Harvey Weinstein Era

  1. This article should distinguish between sexism and sexual exploitation. The sexism of the “unenlightened past” was not, in fact, condoning male sexual predation. The “unenlightened” Christian-formed culture of the US strongly disapproved of men sexually exploiting women, as witnessed by the ostracization of Errol Flynn despite his 1943 acquittal on statutory rape charges. Yesterday’s sexism was protective of women; today’s sexism is predatory towards women.

  2. One thing I think this author, and by extension all perpetually offended people, needs to learn is that they can’t just assume the cause of a statement. Take the “change your tampon” example. The author assumes that this is said because the male is sexist and believes women are emotional on their periods. This very well might be part of the reasoning of the guy, but you can’t just assume its the only, or even the primary reasoning. It could be, and I would argue is more likely to be, that the guy was looking for a phrase that would make this person angry. It might not have stemmed from sexism, but rather just that when in an argument people try to be mean to each other. Assuming sexism is lazy, and exactly why eliminating sexism IS a utopian fiction, rather than the potential reality Balser suggests; you can never eliminate something you are determined to find.

    On an aside, if Sex and the City is sexist, you must concede that women are just as sexist against themselves as men, because I am 90% sure it was mostly women that watched the movie. If you acknowledge this, you cannot claim to speak for women, as these women you would necessarily deem sexist would obviously disagree with you.

  3. I’m glad that Balser is teaching this course. More men should enroll in these courses so that they can learn women’s perspectives and help fight male violence against women.

    “Balser delivered. What women go through, as revealed in class and in this Era of Weinstein, he says, is shocking.”

    Well, it was hardly shocking to us women. We’ve endured this for hundreds of years. Sort of like how violent acts of racism have been “shocking” to white folks but is hardly news for Black people, who have endured violent acts of racism for hundreds of years.

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