"I think they are clear examples of female athletes taking agency and telling the sport, telling the public, telling business interests that their well-being is the most important thing, and that is really transformative," says Elizabeth Daniels, a psychology professor at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs who studies women's sexualization in sports.
Acts of sexual violence occur on a spectrum, experts say. A 2018 survey found 81% of women had experienced some form of sexual harassment during their lifetime, and research shows workplace sexual harassment is widespread. On one end may be a serial predator accused of rape, on the other a male boss making sexually suggestive comments. All behaviors along the continuum are harmful, and the amount of trauma someone feels isn't determined solely by where the violent act they experienced sits on a spectrum.
When the pandemic sharpened the divide between our public lives and our private selves, it gave women space to examine what they do to their bodies and why. The question is, will any of these relaxed beauty norms stick?
Research shows everyday sexism is linked to posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms in women. What some women experienced Wednesday was collective and individual trauma and re-trauma, experts say, regardless of whether they've experienced male violence directly.
"No female challenger would ever have told Trump to shut up. Even if she wanted to."
. Why, tSome people have asked, was it wrong for Matthews to pay women a "compliment"? The reaction underscores the feeling of some in the #MeToo era, confused that remarks, which were long acceptable, are now viewed as problematic. Many think the movement has gone too far.
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Nearly half of all Americans still believe kids are best off if one parent stays home with them, preferably the mother. Many say they don't want to pay for child care for other people's kids. Some say federal policies for working parents instead would penalize parents who choose not to work.
#MeToo has affirmed for survivors they are not alone, sexual violence experts say – that they are part of something bigger than their individual traumas. It's led to the downfall of some men and to sporadic pockets of progress in some states and industries. But experts say widespread justice for victims and accountability for perpetrators is still far off.
The beginning of the school year can be one of the most dangerous times for female college students. It marks the start of the "red zone" – from the first day on campus until Thanksgiving break – when the risk of sexual assault is said to be highest.
All year long, society sends women messages about how they should look and act, but summer can dial up the volume on gender differences. Research shows even rates of sexual assault are higher in summer than fall or winter.