Black frocks won’t empower women, marriage will

Jan 10, 2018 by

by Carolyn Moynihan, Mercatornet:

Stars who turned out in black –and nearly all the women did — at the Golden Globes awards on Sunday were sending a message about solidarity with those of their number, and countless other women, who have suffered abuse or indignities from male colleagues at work. Black, signalling “this is serious, you men”, but with it, a fair bit of boob display to show that “we still want you to think we are sexy, even if we are 68 and our eyesight is failing.”

Otherwise, the women did not have a lot to say for themselves or the cause – and the men even less. They left that to Oprah Winfrey, who was able to weave #MeToo and #Time’sUp in with black rights history and launch herself as a plausible presidential candidate at the same time.From the New York Times:

“What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have,” Ms. Winfrey said, as she settled into a preacher’s rousing cadence. She recounted the story of Recy Taylor, a black woman who was raped in 1944 and whose white assailants were never charged. “For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dared to speak their truth to the power of those men,” Ms. Winfrey said. She paused, just for a moment. “But their time is up.” The audience broke into applause. “Their time is up!” The audience rose to its feet. “Their time is up!”

But that wasn’t the end of the speech. Ms. Winfrey closed by proclaiming that “a new day is on the horizon,” and envisioning “a time when nobody ever has to say, ‘Me too,’ again.”

It was encumbent on the Hollywood A-list at its first gong ceremony since the Harvey Weinstein expose to denounce the sexual harassment culture that happens to be especially prevalent in their own industry. And the media on the whole had to treat it respectfully. But not London Times pundit Melanie Phillips, who fumed,

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