Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Second class

 “I have been screaming this story to an empty room for 30 years.” — Barbara Bowman, Bill Cosby accuser

YESTERDAY there were three headlines that provide a snapshot of what it's (still) like to be a women in these United States.

First: Bill Cosby's sworn testimony from a 2005 deposition has been released in which he admits that he gave women Quaaludes in order to have non-consensual sex with them.

“When you got the Quaaludes, was it in your mind that you were going to use these Quaaludes for young women that you wanted to have sex with?”

Cosby replied: “Yes.”

He also admitted in the deposition to getting seven prescriptions for Quaaludes in the 1970s and to meeting one unidentified woman after a performance in Las Vegas, giving her Quaaludes and then having sex with her. 

Let's just go ahead and call this what it was — rape. 

By now 45 women have accused him of drugging them and attempting, and usually succeeding, to have sex with them. This is behavior that dates back to the late 60s and continued throughout the 70s, 80s and 90s, and it's taken THIS LONG for the accusations to be taken seriously.

Second: A video surfaced of upcoming Florida State University freshman football quarterback De’Andre Johnson punching a woman in the face. I find this disheartening because it’s so utterly unsurprising.

Third: The women of the United States' winning World Cup soccer team are being paid 40 times less than the losing men.

Here's an article from Think Progress with details.

U.S. Women Win World Cup, Get Stiffed By FIFA

By Judd Legum
July 6, 2015

The U.S. women’s soccer team defeated Japan on Sunday to win the World Cup. For their dominant performance, the team will collect $2 million from FIFA, the international body that runs the tournament.

The championship prize for women pales in comparison to the $8 million in prize money awarded to men’s teams who lose in the first round. Every men’s team was awarded $1.5 million just for participating.

FIFA, which generates billions in revenue, also forced women — but not the men — to play this year’s World Cup on artificial turf. This not only increased the risk of injury, but also increased temperatures on the field by 20-30 degrees. During tournament, field temperatures reached 120 degrees.

Dozens of top players filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against FIFA in Canadian court, citing the artificial turf issue. The case was dropped when it became clear FIFA would not change the field surface even if they lost. FIFA did agree to play the 2019 women’s World Cup on grass.

The U.S. women’s team has won the World Cup three times. The U.S. men have never won the tournament.


  1. The winning men's team earned $30M or more - it's astounding. On a brighter note however, they were on Rachel Maddow's show tonight speaking of their activism on exactly this topic! Regarding the Cosby mess - while I agree with Whoopi Goldberg that he is innocent until proven guilty, WHY has it taken more than 40 years for women to be heard?? Yeah, I am not surprised either at the punching. The video showed her hitting him first and some folks were saying that she was using racial slurs, but still, a man who uses his body's strength to make a living should have been taught to walk away from someone so much smaller - no matter how well deserved. :(

  2. I read that the woman who De'Andre Johnson punch had allegedly been using racial slurs. Of course it doesn't justify punching her! This wasn't perhaps the most egregious example of male on female violence. It just happened to be the one that headline on the same day as the Cosby and women's soccer news.