In his speech accepting the 1986 Nobel Peace Prize, activist and author Elie Wiesel said, “We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim.” When it comes to ending sexism and sexist behavior, there is a culture of careful neutrality among men.
Last month we experienced one of the most grievous tragedies in memory as 20-year-old Adam Lanza murdered 20 children and six women in a Newtown, Conn., elementary school. Politicians, media and the public have since debated possible causes as diverse as access to guns, video games and mental health.
Have your key in hand. Lock your door. Watch your drink. Stay with your friends. These are actions many women take every time they go out to protect themselves against sexual assault.
Thomas Ross’s proposal is less damaging than the previously suggested cap on money set aside for financial aid at 25 percent. But while some call the new proposal a compromise, the motivation behind the proposed cap — that using money one person pays to help another is unfair — remains.