Represent NYC: Sex Workers and Sexual Harassment

September 8, 2019

This day and age, shifts like the MeToo and the Feminist movements have encouraged women to push for equality. We’re moving past gender roles and double standards, into a more neutral environment where the general population expectations are challenged.

On October 5th, 2018, the United States stood by their tv’s nervously to hear and understanding a two-sided story that would determine the nation’s future. Divided, conservative America blamed Democrats for a “publicity stunt” to keep Kavanaugh out of the Supreme Court, and liberal American blamed the far-right for the handling of sexual harassment cases. In the end, Christine Blasey Ford’s allegation was not enough to keep Trump’s Judge nominee out of the United States’ Supreme Court. It seems history has repeated itself.

In 1991, Anita Hill was put under the same pressure that Mrs. Ford almost two decades before, when an FBI interview was leaked to the press. Hill later testified against Clarence Thomas, and challenged his nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. Like Kavanaugh, Thomas was later sworn in, and still serves as an Associate Justice.

We’ve seen various sexual harassment allegations cases dismissed, and we witness victims get backlash for coming forward. What can the newer generation of voters do to successfully challenge older ideologies and pave the way for others?

Represent NYC, guest-host Assemblymember of District 73, Dan Quart; Audacia Ray, Director of Community Organizing and Public Advocacy for the New York City Anti-Violence Project and Founding Member of the Decrim NY Coalition; and Rita Pasarell, Co-Founder of the Sexual Harassment Working Group to discuss sex workers and sexual harassment.

Aired September 8th, 2019.

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"Represent NYC" is a weekly program produced by Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN) that gives local elected officials and candidates the chance to update voters about the issues shaping the future of the city, and how they'll deliver on campaign promises. The show features a rotating cast of...

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