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"The people must know before they can act, and there is no educator to compare with the press."
—Ida B. Wells, Investigative Journalist
FOR a safer world.
FOR a fair marketplace of ideas (and advanced citizenship).
There's nothing simple about this suggestion that we should all be talking about what the First Amendment is for. Richard Stengel wrote Information Wars and worked for the State Department at the end of Obama's administration. He kicked up quite a debate with his op-ed "Why America Needs a Hate Speech Law
." His response to Mark Zuckerberg included:
"All speech is not equal. And where truth cannot drive out lies, we must add new guardrails. I'm all for protecting "thought that we hate," but not speech that incites hate. It undermines the very values of a fair marketplace of ideas that the First Amendment is designed to protect."
For women who "step into this light" and run for Congress.
Glamour Magazine announced that Congresswoman Katie Hill's "Resignation Speech is Required Reading
." You may have already heard her comment about the double standard, but the rest of the story
is worth knowing and flows naturally from our discussion of the First Amendment.
We owe it to ourselves to have the uncomfortable conversation over what Hill calls "gutter politics." In that article from Glamour, Twitter user Ashley Nicole Black points to a whole list of things we won't be discussing now that Hill has resigned—revenge porn, workplace harassment, bisexuality, and our double standards. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called it all "cyber-exploitation."
For now, the Center for American Women and Politics
does not see a chilling effect on women deciding to run for office. The data is limited though. That same report details how much more harassment female candidates endure when they decide to run for elected office. It reaches them through online platforms where women from marginalized groups are targeted even more. The harassment is, of course, sexualized and racialized too.
The quote I'm going to remember from Hill's resignation is this:
Yes, I’m stepping down, but I refuse to let this experience scare off other women who dare to take risks, who dare to step into this light, who dare to be powerful. It might feel like they won in the short term, but they can’t in the long term. We cannot let them. The way to overcome this setback is for women to keep showing up, to keep running for office, to keep stepping up as leaders, because the more we show up, the less power they have."