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Tuesday, 24 Oct 2017

Summary

In his video, Follin main point is that the best way to combat a culture of sexual harassment is the “reversal of the sexual revolution” – meaning a return to a more traditional family. Although he acknowledges the right of women to behave freely, he urges them to not objectify themselves. His urges men to treat modern “degenerate” women with respect out of self-respect. In line with multiple earlier critiques of modern life, he closes by encouraging both genders to “stop being degenerate.”

Fact Check

It is not entirely clear what Follin means, when he states that people who expose “sexual deviants” will land in prison. In this context, it seems appropriate to clarify, that reporting sexual abuse is not illegal even though those who have come forward, usually the victims, have at times faced libel charges. Later on, the bodybuilder-activist criticizes cat-calling, but calls it “not sexual harassment.” While he is legally right across most of the world, there are several countries, which have criminalized “street-harassment.”

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by Marcus Follin on

Wednesday, 20 Dec 2017

Summary

This article summarizes the recent development of sexual harassment allegations against men in prominent positions and the simultaneous #MeToo campaign as mutually reinforcing forces. It traces the origins of the movement to both actor Ashley Judd’s allegations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and the outrage against Donald Trump in the wake of the Access Hollywood tape. After discussing the danger of blanket convictions and the many victims who are yet to come forward, the article closes by citing Catherine MacKinnon of Harvard University, who calls the development “real social change.”

Fact Check

We could not find any flawed information within this article.

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by unknown author on

Saturday, 10 Oct 2017

Summary

In this opinion piece, Lawton focuses on the need to “force a shift in the gender paradigm.” Recounting the significant response to #MeToo on social media, she asserts that sexual violence is a substantial problem today and should not be trivialized. She then encourages her readership to question their male acquaintances’ behavior and goes on to share a number of episodes in which she encountered sexist behavior, personally or within her social circle. Finally, she acknowledges that not all men are sexist perpetrators, but that change in a “global culture of sexual entitlement” is in dire need.

Fact Check

Lawton refers to sexist culture and sexual violence in her personal experience and those of her friends. She makes a strong effort to use personal statements but still implies change is wanted by “all women,” implying that all female members of society are impacted. Depending on the statistics that is not too far off, but look for yourself in this recent NSVRC report.

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by Georgina Lawton on

Wednesday, 08 Nov 2017

Summary

Soboczynski quickly acknowledges the Weinstein scandal as the cause for the #MeToo debate, and then zeroes in on his main point: the debate leads to a lack of differentiation between excusable misbehaviors and serious crimes. He also touches on the problematic underlying perception of female weakness, which, he argues, is reinforced by the lack of nuance within the debate. This, he asserts, is an indication of 19th century patriarchal stereotypes rather than female empowerment. As a side note, he criticizes blanket accusations against famous men, in which they do not get a fair chance to defend themselves.

Fact Check

In this article, Soboczynski asserts a number of “facts,” such as the #MeToo movement’s negative impact on female empowerment, without providing evidence for it. Given that his article follows the structure of an opinion piece and that he writes within the Feature/Culture department, this is permissible.

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by Adam Soboczynski on

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