Pizza, Pop and Politics analyzes how the #MeToo movement relates to law and politics

first_imgA simple hashtag, #MeToo, was the spark that helped light a contemporary social movement, and on Monday members of the Notre Dame community came together in Geddes Hall to discuss the legal and political implications of the #MeToo moment.The lecture and discussion was part of the NDVotes lecture series “Pizza, Pop & Politics.” Jennifer Mason McAward, associate professor of law and director of the Center for Civil and Human Rights, and Geoff Layman, professor of political science and interim director of the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy, led the discussion. Runjie Pan | The Observer Law professor Jennifer Mason McAward speaks at a Pizza, Pop and Politics lecture centered on the #MeToo Movement Tuesday. McAward lectured along with political science professor Geoff Layman.“The ultimate goal is workplace equality and an end to sexual harassment,” McAward said. “The New York Times can’t write an expose about every Harvey Weinstein that’s out there; the question is where do we go from here and how do we capitalize on the moment.”McAward said culture, the political system and the legal system all require conscious change in order to cultivate an environment of workplace equality.“How do we make the conduct not just unacceptable but unthinkable?” she said.McAward said our legal system can be used as a powerful tool to incentivize changes. She said it can help encourage better conduct and deter future harassment. “One of the key pillars of the ‘Time’s Up’ project is a fund for legal representation for sexual harassment victims,” McAward said. “People understand that the law is a crucial part of the conversation.”McAward referenced Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as a legal mechanism for accountability in sexual harassment cases. She said it states that “no employer shall discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin in employment job training and recruitment.” She said during the first year Title VII was on the books, a full third of the cases brought to court were in regard to sex discrimination.“Today about 8,000 sexual harassment claims are filed each year in the [U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission],” she said. “But that number certainly doesn’t capture the scope of the problem. I just read a study that estimates that about 70 percent of people who experience workplace discrimination don’t report it.”Layman discussed the implications of #MeToo movement for the two political parties.“I think the first thing that we should recognize is that #MeToo is not occurring in a political vacuum; it’s occurring in a political moment when there is a lot of activism by citizens, particularly by women, that is fueled in part by the frustration over Hillary Clinton, the first major nominee who was a woman, and by [President] Donald Trump’s win and perhaps by the lack of consequences for the charges of sexual misconduct by Trump himself,” he said.Layman said though he thinks the broad cultural shift the movement has caused is more important than its political implications, it is still important to consider its potential effects on politics. He said Trump has spurred a political awakening in women that has charged their higher levels of political engagement and activism.“We saw women’s voting and turnout patterns were particularly important in the recent statewide elections in Virginia, the gubernatorial elections which the Democrat won and certainly in Alabama where really there was a very impressive turnout of African American women which was a big reason for Roy Moore’s defeat and Doug Jones’s win,” he said.Layman said surveys have shown that women are more likely than men to say they have been more engaged in politics after the 2016 election. This trend is especially prevalent in women with postgraduate degrees. He said a record number of women are also running for office, with 79 women considering running for governor in 2018 and four times as many Democratic women running for House of Representative seats compared to Republican women.“I think it’s important to put this #MeToo movement for its partisan implications in context,” Layman said. “It’s part of this broader movement where women seem to have reacted to the Trump presidency by becoming more interested, more engaged and more active especially on the left side of politics, the liberal side of politics.”Though the Democratic Party has more strongly identified with the #MeToo movement, Layman said this does not necessarily mean the movement is completely positive for the party and that it could be a double-edged sword.“This is sort of another issue that appeals to a specific constituency and maybe is not as important to others,” he said. “The white working class would not seem to be as concerned about sexual harassment, about #MeToo, [and] is more concerned about economic conditions. … Another potential con is it’s more identity politics … trying to piece together a coalition by appealing to small minority groups based on their narrow issues and what it needs to do is again be the party for all Americans.”Layman said the #MeToo movement has spurred a counter–mobilization among men. This is especially true of conservative men who see Trump as their leader and following his lead in claiming that allegations of sexual assault ignore due process for the accused. He said though it is hard to outline the #MeToo movement’s partisan implications, it is still important to put them in context.“It could be really good, it could be neutral, it could possibly be even bad,” he said. “The more attention there is to sexual misconduct and the more famous and powerful men that are brought down because of their sexual misconduct that just seems to put more attention onto President Trump’s problems with charges of sexual harassment and misconduct.”Tags: #MeToo, Pizza Pop and Politics, Sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, womenlast_img read more

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Chester See Starts Performances in Rock of Ages on Broadway

first_img See’s self-titled YouTube channel features comedy sketches, dramatic shorts, vlog entries and both original and cover songs. It has garnered more than 160 million views and 1.5 million subscribers. View Comments Featuring a score of such classic rock hits as “Here I Go Again,” “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” and “Don’t Stop Believin’,” Rock of Ages tells the story of Drew, an aspiring rock star who moves to Los Angeles to make his dreams come true. Related Shows Here he goes! YouTube star Chester See takes over from Mitchell Jarvis as Stacee Jaxx in Rock of Ages on October 27. He is making his Broadway debut at the Helen Hayes Theater and will play a limited engagement through January 4, 2015.center_img Rock of Ages also currently stars Constantine Maroulis as Drew, Carrie St. Louis as Sherrie, Genson Blimline as Lonny, Adam Dannheisser as Dennis, Cody Scott Lancaster as Franz, Josephine Rose Roberts as Regina, Paul Schoeffler as Hertz and Teresa Stanley as Justice. Frankie J. Grande and Lauren Zakrin will also shortly be joining the company, stepping in as Franz and Sherrie, respectively. Rock of Ages Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 18, 2015last_img read more

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This northern Brisbane has had stronger price growth than any other in the past quarter

first_imgSue and John Callan with their dog Buddy at the home which they are selling at Kurwongbah. Picture: Mark Cranitch.HOUSES appear to sell fairly fast in Kurwongbah and homeowners John and Sue Callan are hoping that will be the case for them.The couple have listed their four-bedroom home at 64 Pine Crest Drive for sale for $549,000 after buying it ten years ago.Mr Callan believed many people had the mistaken idea that Kurwongbah was not as close to Brisbane as it was. It was 28km from the CBD and close to major transport routes.Mrs Callan still travelled to Kangaroo Point for work a couple of days a week and it didn’t take that long and they were close to three train stations.“There is one subdivision in the whole of Kurwongbah virtually,’’ Mr Callan said.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by “Kurwongbah is a really big suburb and it is mostly acreage, but in this little estate, they are all about 700sq m or a little bit more. It is in the corner so that the railway is on one side, and Narangba Road is on the other and it can’t be built out.“Nobody really knows it is here, they are really nice people and it is a nice quiet suburb.’’Mr Callan said houses turned over pretty regularly and when they were on the market they didn’t last long.The home has a new pool, powered shed, solar power and is on a 700sq m block of land.Marketing agent Chris Pascoe, LJ Hooker – Kallangur/Murrumba Downs said within the area properties tended to sell fairly fast.“It is a bit of an unknown suburb, there is rural acreage property and some pockets of residential,’’ he said.“There is not a lot of homes in Kurwongbah and it is in an area there surrounded by Petrie and Narangba and it is close to the action.’’last_img read more

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IPE Views: Pension ‘liberation’

first_imgMore must be done to narrow the disparity between the UK’s richest and poorest retirement cohorts, says JP Morgan’s Benjie FraserLiberated yet? Defined contribution pension holders in the UK, from April, will have previously unheard-of freedom in how they can choose to use their accumulated pension funds. The government already points to the beneficial impact these changes have already had on people’s intentions as regards retirement. Given the modest size of the average pension pot, how will these changes affect how people make financial decisions?Encouraging the mass market to become closely engaged with retirement planning brings a new set of challenges. If the new pension freedoms are to be used effectively, both guidance and advice will need to be delivered actively to the consumer, both before and throughout retirement.Pensions and investments are only one aspect of the retirement challenge. Many people are keen to explore how other strands of well-being can be integrated into financial planning for later life. Old-age care provision, for example, is seen as fundamental to any coherent strategy for well-being in retirement. As a result of such factors, will a broad consensus emerge that endorses a full-blown national savings strategy? And, as is already practised in countries such as New Zealand, will an independent figure emerge who sits in or alongside the Cabinet as a retirement commissioner? Given that the guidance guarantee steers clear of product recommendation, many consumers will still need to seek out regulated advice. Innovation in multi-channel, at-retirement advice is seen as one of the most exciting developments that could come out of the new pension freedoms.The percentage of over-65 year olds participating in the UK workforce has approximately doubled over the past decade, and earned income could be a key source of improved income for older age groups in the future. But work needs to continue to narrow the disparity in wealth levels between the UK’s richest and poorest retirement cohorts.Notwithstanding, greater life expectancy and longer working lives mean that retirement-planning solutions need to be increasingly flexible and capable of working around the different needs of the individual. In order for this liberation histoire to end well, the industry needs to ensure those on more modest incomes receive a similar level of flexibility to those already taken care of in the workplace.Liberation but also equality?Benjie Fraser is global pensions executive at JP Morgan Worldwide Securities Serviceslast_img read more

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Gold Coast mega mansion Villa Blue Waters sells for more than $9 million

first_imgWhile the sale price hasn’t been disclosed, it is understood Villa Blue Waters sold for more than $9 million with a superyacht included in the sale.The property, which regularly features throughout Mr Torrens’ Instagram account, comes with a 60m concrete, commercial-grade pontoon that can take a 200ft yacht among its luxury features.“It’s got the biggest residential pontoon in Australia for a superyacht,” Mr Torrens said.After buying 3 Brittanic Cres in 2013 for $3.45 million, the Torrens family spent a small fortune rebuilding it from scratch. MORE NEWS: Tom Williams’ unlikely career change Mr Torrens said his family had already moved out of the property they had called home for the past five years.“It hasn’t really felt like it’s happening,” he said.“Normally we celebrate Christmas there so it’s a bit of an eerie feeling.”Villa Blue Waters, which has 1950sq m of land and 59m of water frontage, first hit the market in 2016 and has been on and off ever since.The highest sale on the Sovereign Islands is $11.05 million for a property at Sir Lancelot Close that changed hands this year.A beachfront mansion at Mermaid Beach that sold for $12 million holds the 2018 highest sale crown. Villa Blue Waters at 3 Brittanic Cres, Sovereign Islands has sold in a deal reportedly worth more than $9 million.LUXURY boat broker Grant Torrens has sold his family’s Gold Coast mega mansion in a deal worth more than $9 million.His son Mitchell Grant Torrens said the extravagant Sovereign Islands property sold through their brokerage company Torrens Luxury Collection. Unwind at Villa Blue Waters. What a pool! Luxury boat broker Grant Torrens (centre) and his son Mitchell at the “Ultimate Event” at Villa Blue Waters. Some of the fixtures included Swarovski crystal doorknobs and 24-carat gold Versace tapware.The residence comes with a commercial-size granite cocktail bar, Italian marble entertaining area and teppanyaki cabana centred around a resort-style, pool and spa.“The family home has been such a gathering spot for us to entertain family, friends and VIP clients,” Mr Torrens said.One of the garages even features black marble floor tiles and is purely for displaying luxury cars.Villa Blue Waters has also been used for photos shoots for fashion labels Camilla and Versace and was on Foxtel’s I Own Australia’s Best Homes. MORE NEWS: Why Coast waterfront properties are so popular The property comes with a commercial-grade pontoon.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa13 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago The bar! Welcome to luxury. Entertain in style. A bathroom in Villa Blue Waters. One of the bedrooms. The basement car park.last_img read more

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Uniper keen on Wilhelmshaven LNG FSRU project

first_imgGerman utility Uniper is in talks with parties interested in building a liquefied natural gas import terminal in Wilhelmshaven. Speaking to Reuters, Uniper’s board member Keith Martin said the company is in discussions with potential partners for the construction of a floating import terminal at the site.A wide range of interested parties for the FSRU-based facility includes U.S. companies.The company would be the buyer and distributor of the liquefied natural gas delivered to the facility, however, it would not directly own a share in the project.Uniper could unveil further information about the project before the end of the quarter. The facility would be close to the company’s storage facilities at Etzel.Although details and the parties that Uniper has entered talks with have remained undisclosed, Martin told Reuters that the FSRU would have the capacity to handle 10 billion cubic meters of natural gas annually. This equates to 7.2 million tons per annum.The terminal would also be capable of accommodating Q-Max LNG tankers with 265,000-cbm cargo capacity. LNG World News Stafflast_img read more

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Somalia investing in its army

first_img“..Our soldiers are underpaid, underfed and under-equipped, and yet they are expected to put their lives on the line for their country. This is unacceptable” – Somali Prime Minister, Omar Abdirashid Ali SharmakeFor many years the army of Somalia has been poorly equipped and underfunded an issue that the country’s Prime Minister is looking to change.The government through the Prime Minister has made a point of focusing on restoring the army to its former glory. The once powerful army will be facilitated with proper equipment and training. This investment will go a long way into combating and defeating the Al shabaab militia in the country.last_img

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Trade Deadlines

first_imgBaseball’s trade deadline is here. This means if your favorite team is not in competition for the playoffs, some of your high-priced players will be gone. Instead of re-signing them, the team trades them for cheaper minor leaguers or first-year players who have no bargaining power yet. If you are in contention, you buy or trade for them in the hope they can put you over the top. Unfortunately, some teams never get out of the giving up stage and some, like the Yankees, are always trading for more veterans. Players seem to have accepted this as just the normal way of doing business, because you seldom see any of them fighting the trade. The problem is that the practice is usually a one-way trip to the top for the receiving team, and a long stay as a non-contender for the other team. It has taken Pittsburgh 20+ years and they finally seem to be a contender; Kansas City is still trying. St. Louis just keeps on winning and most of the rest just stay the same. Some teams, like the Cubs, have so many “A” players that they won’t have to draft anyone for 10 years, and they still won’t have a Major League team, either. Only a few teams really trade to help both teams. Most just grab and give up players that they have already written off as non-Major Leaguers.last_img read more

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Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

first_imgMy favorite NASCAR driver is Dale Earnhardt, Jr.  His season came to an end several races ago when he developed concussion symptoms.  Most of the time, race car drivers have to be pried out of their cars. Even when they are injured to the point where they can barely walk, they still want to drive.  In some cases, they still do drive even with casts on body parts.I commend Dale for stopping before another concussion which might have been fatal.  For you younger NASCAR fans, Dale’s dad died in a race car from a head injury.  I am sure this has played a big part in Dale’s decision to sit out the rest of the year.  After all, Earnhardt makes a lot of money doing other things besides driving race cars.  He certainly won’t starve without another race this year.  I look forward to his return next season.last_img read more

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