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Sexual Assault and Lower Pay: Two Tools to Keep Women in Their Place

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by Marilyn Watkins

My first response to the sea of “me toos” on Facebook over the past few days was to wonder how anyone out there could possibly not already know that women and teenage girls are routinely subjected to sexual harassment and sexual assault in our culture. But maybe too many of us have silently accepted it for too long.

We’ve also failed to connect the dots to current policy discussions about issues like reproductive choice, the gender wage gap, and child poverty. Continue reading Sexual Assault and Lower Pay: Two Tools to Keep Women in Their Place

It’s Not Apathy That Keeps The South End From Voting

by Hanna Brooks Olsen

Low voter turnout in District 2 is a matter of systemic barriers, historical tactics, and unrealistic expectations

There is a perception that folks in the South End simply don’t vote. A confluence of income level, race, age, housing, immigration status, and language barriers Seattle’s second district combines almost every factor that decades of research have linked to low turnout. Continue reading It’s Not Apathy That Keeps The South End From Voting

Crediting Fitness With Saving His Life, World Champion Power-lifter Uses It to Aid Seniors

by Marcus Harrison Green

It’s just five minutes past 10:00 on a sunny Friday morning in the Southeast Seattle Senior Center’s (SESSC) recreation room, and exercise coach Mark Bryant will be damned if he allows his fitness class an easy path into the weekend. Over acid rock-tinged background music, he barks forceful commands to a dozen sitting seniors. They obey, rolling their neck in a circular motion to the right, then the left, then curling their torsos under their feet, then hovering their fingers over their toes. Continue reading Crediting Fitness With Saving His Life, World Champion Power-lifter Uses It to Aid Seniors

Rad Books for Rad Kids: Towards a Sex Positive Future

by Maggie Block

“Rad Books for Rad Kids” is the Emerald’s spin on a book review column featuring South End librarian Maggie Block’s analysis of youth literature through a radical lens.

I recently received a question from an adult who was worried about a teenage family member. The teenager had cheated on her boyfriend by engaging in a sex act with another boy. So… the adult family member wanted to know what they could do to help so the teenager wouldn’t feel hate or disgust for herself. Continue reading Rad Books for Rad Kids: Towards a Sex Positive Future

So Much Twinning

by Geov Parrish 

During the roughly 5 minutes that Seattle City Council President Bruce Harrell served as Seattle’s temporary mayor last week, he took the opportunity to kick back, enjoy the comfortable chair and the seventh floor city hall view, and sign several executive orders departing from the policies of former Mayor Ed Murray’s administration. None will potentially have more significant long-term importance than his instructions to city staff to bid for Amazon.com, Inc.’s second co-headquarters project. Continue reading So Much Twinning

Supporters Stand for Sitting Bennett

by Marcus Harrison Green 

Hundreds stood because one man sat.

Supporters of Seahawks Defensive End Michael Bennett rallied in front of Union Station before Sunday’s game against the 49ers, expressing solidarity with the athlete as he continues protesting against systemic racism and police brutality by sitting out the national anthem. Continue reading Supporters Stand for Sitting Bennett