The National Review
Date: January 28, 2017
By: Mary Leary
There is a great deal of anger in the air these days: anger at the state of the country, anger at the media, anger at the government, and anger at sweeping ignorance. There are good reasons to feel angry and concerned, especially for women, because, this past November, there was a wave of people willing to (at best) temporarily put aside and (at worst) completely ignore disturbing statements made on the campaign trail about women. These vulgarities ripped back the curtain to reveal how low on the ladder women are considered in some sections of society.
Therefore, a march, or any demonstration, underscoring the inherent dignity of all women is a powerful idea. This is what the recent Women’s March purported to do, when millions of women marched throughout the world and hundreds of thousands of women demonstrated in the nation’s capital one day after the presidential inauguration.
I am struck by the shock and alarm that seem to be fueling both this protest and the opposition to it. As a legal scholar and an advocate against human trafficking, child exploitation, and domestic abuse, I must note that the raw, ugly truth of our culture’s depreciation of women is old news. The minimizing of any campaign’s negative tone toward women, and the acceptance of candidates who are openly hostile to women’s dignity, simply should not come as a surprise. The government is supposed to represent American values. If we take a look at our culture, on this score this government actually does so very accurately.
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Professor Mary G. Leary's
Areas of Expertise
Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and Technology
Exploitation of children and women
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