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Michelle Obama's Speech: As Personal As Political Gets

US First Lady Michelle Obama speaks during a campaign rally in support of Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, NH on Oct. 13, 2016. (Photo by Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

  • I listen to all of this, and I feel it so personally. The shameful comments about our bodies. The disrespect of our ambitions and intellect. The belief that you can do anything you want to a woman. It is cruel. It’s frightening. And the truth is, it hurts. It hurts. — First Lady Michelle Obama
  • In her speech, the first lady didn't just go high: She soared, making her case against a serial abuser personal as never before in the public arena. 
  • Related: Donald Trump: "This Isn't A Joke Anymore"

Lynn Sherr, Moyers & Company To stay on top of important articles like these, sign up here to receive the latest updates from all reader supported Evergreene Digest

October 14, 2016 | “This … has been a week of profound contrast,” said Michelle Obama, in a moment of sublime understatement during an emotionally raw speech on Thursday that squished Donald Trump like a cockroach without ever mentioning his name. Her unusually personal and passionate condemnation of his gutter politics and garbage behavior sent her to the top of the trending list on Twitter as grateful fans high-fived the most outspoken defense of moral authority by a first lady since Hillary Rodham Clinton equated women’s rights with human rights in Beijing in 1995.

It was, of course, a campaign stump for the Clinton-Kaine ticket, and the popular first lady delivered a rousing and committed articulation of why Hillary Clinton should and will be elected president. But the speech began with that contrast between Trump’s sleazy conduct and her good works. Sherr is an award-winning journalist and has been covering politics and women’s issues for more than 40 years, mostly at ABC News, where she was a correspondent for World News Tonight and 20/20. Her best-selling books include Swim: Why We Love the Water; Sally Ride: America’s First Woman in Space and Failure is Impossible: Susan B. Anthony in Her Own Words. Sherr currently freelances

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Donald Trump: "This Isn't A Joke Anymore", Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • If that isn't The Line, then what in the hell is The Line? Actually doing it?
  • “This cannot be treated as just another outrageous moment in the campaign.”
  • Part 1: The Moment You Realize Trump Finally Crossed the Line
  • Part 2: Dan Rather Warns Donald Trump Supporters: ‘History Is Watching’

16-Year-Old Reveals America's Real Dress-Code Problem

  • “You [the principal] are literally sending the message to young girls, who are already struggling with self-confidence, that hiding their body makes them more attractive,” High school student Marion Mayer wrote. “You are establishing a sense of shame in these young, developing minds and bodies. A human has the right to wear whatever they feel comfortable in.”
  • High school student Marion Mayer takes a stand against principal's sexist comments.
  • Related: The only thing shameful about 'revealing' prom dresses are adults who obsess over them

Suzi Parker, TakePart (Photo: Marion Mayer/Facebook)

Jan  22, 2014 | Sixteen-year-old Marion Mayer is trying to educate her new high school principal on how not to talk to kids, but he won't hear her.

Mayer realized two weeks ago there was a problem when her Lakeland Senior High School classmates told her about comments made by principal Arthur Martinez as he discussed the new dress code, specifically with regard to how girls should dress in school. Those remarks reportedly included the phrases “Modest is hottest” and “Boys will be boys.”

Suzi Parker is a regular contributor to TakePart. Her work also appears in the Christian Science Monitor and Reuters.

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The only thing shameful about 'revealing' prom dresses are adults who obsess over them, Jessica Valenti, Guardian

  • Schools aren’t worried about proper attire - they’re worried about young women’s sexuality and any display of it.
  • Teen Girl Kicked Out Of Prom So Her Dress Wouldn’t Lead Boys To ‘Think Impure Thoughts’. 
  • Are shoulders pornographic?

Jailing Rape and Domestic Violence Victims Is An Abuse of Prosecutors' Power

  • Jailing victims of sexual assault and domestic violence to compel their participation in prosecution is simply wrong. The practice must stop.
  • Related: Furor grows over sentencing in a college rape case

Leigh Goodmark, Feministing To stay on top of important articles like these, sign up here to receive the latest updates from all reader supported Evergreene Digest August, 2016 | When prosecutors ask judges to jail people, we assume that it’s because the person has committed some crime and is so dangerous that the person should not be out among the public. We hope that prosecutors will balance their pursuit of justice against the costs of prosecution to the victim and witnesses involved. We trust that prosecutors understand the tremendous power that they wield and use it wisely.

What we don’t expect is that prosecutors will use their powers to jail victims of violent crimes in order to secure their testimony, without regard to the impact on the victim. But prosecutors exercise this power every day in domestic violence and rape cases.

Leigh Goodmark: Professor, University of Marland Carey School of Law

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Furor grows over sentencing in a college rape case, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • The California judge who meted out what many consider a light, six-month sentence with probation to a former Stanford swimmer convicted of a campus rape now faces a recall led by a law professor there. Meanwhile, the defendant’s father, seeking to support his son during sentencing, outraged many even further during sentencing by characterizing the rape as merely “20 minutes of action."
  • Prosecutors said Brock Turner never accepted responsibility for the assault. His six-month sentence could be reduced to three for good behavior. As part of his sentencing, he will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
  • Part 1: Judge in Stanford sexual assault case faces recall effort over light sentence
  • Part 2: Telling the Story of the Stanford Rape Case

Hillary Clinton: The Anti-Woman ‘Feminist’

  • Hillary’s Relentless Attack on Women and Families
  • Imperial Feminism: Hillary’s Bloody Hands
  • Related: Series | Hillary Clinton, Imperialism and the Lesser of Two Evils,  Two Parts

Eric Draitser, Counterpunch

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Lydia Howell Joseph Sohm |

Although Hillary Clinton selected Tim Kaine as her Vice President in this campaign, her true running mate might very well be her vagina. Indeed, while Clinton’s support continues to be among the lowest for any Democratic nominee in recent memory, she has managed to position her gender as a focal point of her campaign, a move intended to capture the women’s vote among liberals and conservatives alike. And, considering her opponent is Donald Trump, a man seen by millions of women as a misogynistic loudmouth, she has done this quite successfully.

But beyond the political window-dressing and empty rhetoric, Clinton’s record on women and families should not only lose her the support of American women, it should qualify her as one of the most anti-woman candidates in history. For while modest progress has been made toward some semblance of gender equality, it is the actions of Clinton herself that have done more than any other single individual to harm women and families. Slick public relations aside, Hillary Clinton may very well be the most anti-woman candidate in generations.

Eric Draitser is the founder of and host of CounterPunch Radio. He is an independent geopolitical analyst. 

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Series | Hillary Clinton, Imperialism and the Lesser of Two Evils Part Two, Nina Illingworth,


Boys Today Aren’t Getting Enough Time Around Men

Is it any wonder that there's a lack of good men?

Daniel Lattier, Intellectual Takeout Now you can follow Evergreene Digest on Twitter <>. 28, 2016 | A basic premise of the apprenticeship model is that people best learn by example.  

Thus, if you want to become a skilled piano player, you study for years under a virtuoso. If you want to be a good electrician, you work under a master electrician for a period of time.

And if you want your boy to grow up to be a good man, he should spend a large portion of his childhood years around good men.

Daniel Lattier is the Vice President of Intellectual Takeout. He has a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology and during his doctoral studies, he served as an adjunct professor, spoke at a number of academic conferences, and published articles in peer-reviewed journals.

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