Blog: News Update – April 16, 2019
Dear Friend of CORCRC,
The Me Too Movement: Challenges to the Double Standard
The ubiquitous “war between the sexes” continues to be subtle, bold, and powerful. The unwritten doctrine that perpetuates this war is the ‘double standard’. The double standard is society’s guide that prescribes the way men and women should behave, think, and act. This guide, just like the famous travel guides by Rick Steves and other travel gurus, deviates within each community, from family to family, and is broadly interpreted again by each individual. The fundamental message of these guides is consistent: the rules for men and women are different and all too often women are less equal than men. The rules designed to sustain this fundamental proposition place limits on each sex, promote stereotypical thinking and contribute to inadequate communication.
However, the traditional sex roles continue to be challenged and eroded since the second wave of the women’s movement, greater acceptance of LGBTQ community members, and emerging sex positive attitudes in the United States. The Me Too Movement has demanded that gender inequities be examined in the workplace, the courts, our language and in all interpersonal behaviors.
Me Too Founder Tarana Burke (above)
10 years ago, Tarana Burke founded the “Me Too” movement, particularly for women of color. The movement has successfully mobilized those who’ve been victimized by sexual violence here and around the world. The Me Too Movement has also been a catalyst for the serious assessment of religious doctrines that have been crafted under the assumptions of patriarchy.
Efforts toward social change mandate consideration of who is benefiting from maintaining the status quo and who is being harmed. Institutional change is generally a slow process because it represents a transition of power. Public acknowledgement and disdain of violent acts between individuals or groups will quicken institutional change. Behavior changes when the instigator of violence or harassment is held accountable through legal consequences or ostracism. An institution can enforce laws prohibiting sexual harassment and assault, and society’s behavioral guidelines/standards must also reinforce changes in individual behavior and to create cultural change. It is important for anyone who is made to feel uncomfortable to have the courage to speak out in a timely fashion so that the behavior can be ‘nipped in the bud’ and the offender cannot claim to be unaware of the impact of his/her actions. This challenge is best addressed assertively and immediately by each of us in our daily communications and individual behaviors.
United States House of Representatives Tip O’Neill
The city of Denver, Colorado, is holding general elections for mayor, city auditor, city clerk and recorder, and all 13 city council seats on May 7, 2019.
HB19-1064 Victim Notification Criminal Proceedings Concerning eliminating requirements that victims must opt in to affect their rights in criminal proceedings. Proactively adds victims into the notification of criminal proceedings system unless the victim opts out. Last Action: 02/28/2019 | House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations. Sponsors: Rep. T. Sullivan
HB19-1122 Colorado Department Of Public Health And Environment Maternal Mortality Review Committee Concerning the creation of a maternal mortality review committee in the department of public health and environment. LAST ACTION: 04/15/2019 | House Third Reading Laid Over Daily – No Amendments. Sponsors: Rep. J. Buckner | Rep. L. Landgraf | Sen. R. Fields | Sen. B. Gardner
SB19-085 Equal Pay For Equal Work Act Concerning the creation of the “Equal Pay for Equal Work Act” in order to implement measures to prevent pay disparities. LAST ACTION: 04/4/2019 | Introduced in House-Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor. Sponsors: Sen. J. Danielson | Sen. B. Pettersen | Rep. J. Buckner | Rep. S. Gonzales-Gutierrez
HB19-1224 Free Menstrual Hygiene Products In Custody Concerning providing free menstrual hygiene products to people in custody. The bill requires local jails, multijurisdictional jails, and municipal jails to provide menstrual hygiene products to people in custody at no expense to the people in custody. In House Judiciary Committee. LAST ACTION: 04/8/2019 | House Considered Senate Amendments – Result was to Concur – Repass. SPONSORS: Rep. L. Herod | Sen. F. Winter
SB19-188 FAMLI Family Medical Leave Insurance Program. Concerning the creation of a family and medical leave insurance program. This bill would guarantee all Colorado workers up to 12 weeks of paid leave to care for themselves and their family. LAST ACTION: 04/9/2019 | Senate Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations. SPONSORS: Sen. F. Winter | Sen. A. Williams | Rep. M. Gray | Rep. M. Duran
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Recommendation: Visit the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and benefit from a special exhibit honoring the genius of DaVinci.
“He who does not punish evil, commands it to be done.”
― Leonardo da Vinci
May 7th: Please Join the CORCRC and Friends for the 2019 Faith & Freedom Award Reception honoring Colorado Senator Joann Ginal for her contributions to CORCRC and Women’s Reproductive Rights.
Also with grateful acknowledgement to Daisy Patton for her artistic contribution to the CORCRC card project.
Heavy hors d’oeuvres served. Entertainment by Josie Quick, Violinist.
Tickets available now at FaithFreedom.eventbrite.com
May 22: Save the Date: Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber will discuss her new book Shameless: A Sexual Reformation. Details to be announced.
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