Fox News has paid out hundreds of millions of dollars to silence women who were sexually harassed and assaulted while working there. The story of former Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes’ rise to power and eventual downfall is the story of enablers: people who are willing to look the other way when a predator abuses people, and who are willing to step in and muzzle the victims he leaves in his wake. This story is still happening every day. How do tyrants win such undying loyalty from others? And what will it take to refuse to stand by and let powerful men get away with anything they want? I spoke filmmaker with Alexis Bloom, who directed the documentary, “Divide & Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes.”
Dr. Safiya Noble was studying Library Science when an academic colleague suggested she google ”black girls.” The top search results were images that perpetuated negative stereotypes, misogyny and exploitation. That discovery was the beginning of an investigation that eventually became Safiya’s book, “Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism”.
Immediate access to powerful search engines is seen as an empowering force in this world, but what if our reliance on search engines is perpetuating oppressive ideas and hateful ideologies--even swaying elections?
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More recommended reading: The Googlization of Everything (and why we should worry), by Jesse Daniels
When radio journalist Sarah Delia heard a story about the sexual assault of one of her listeners, “Linda” (not her real name), she knew it was a story that needed to be told. It’s also a story about how one survivor took matters into her own hands when the police department she turned to for help seemed to be failing to help her. And it’s a story about how our criminal justice system handles sexual assault cases nationwide--and what needs to change to make violence against women the exception rather than the status quo.
Sarah turned Linda’s story into a new investigative podcast series called “She Says”. Listen to our conversation about the courage it takes to tell your story of sexual assault--and keep telling it---until you are heard by someone who can help you get justice. And also--what it takes to be the person who takes on the “second-degree trauma” of listening to and reporting on stories of sexual assault.
To learn more about what to expect from the criminal justice system in cases of sexual assault--and how you can help advocate for better policies, you can check out these resources on the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN).
She Says also has a list of resources on their website.
And if you or someone you know is a victim of sexual assault and need to talk about it with someone, call the National Sexual Assault Hotline: 800-656-HOPE.
Jess McIntosh headed up influencer outreach for the Hillary Clinton campaign. Now, she's leading an initiative to amplify women's rights' activism. Starting with the Women's March, she and her co-founder Zerlina Maxwell are boosting the growth for the many movements being catalyzed around the march. It's called "Signal Boost." Listen here, on iTunes, or NPR One.
Tiffany Shlain is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker, she's founder of the Webby Awards and Newsweek called her one of "the women shaping the 21st century." Her latest film is called "50/50" because it shares the story of what the world can look with true equality. The film is part of Refinery 29's Shatterbox Anthology film series which explores the dynamics of women and power. Listen to our conversation on iTunes or NPR One.
Morgan Shanahan, a founding editor of BuzzFeed Parents makes visitors laugh daily about parenting challenges, yet she has suffered from maternal mental illness for most of her child's life. She tells us this is the "number one complication of pregnancy" and shares her story to help others who may be experiencing the same--as well as explains how this has helped her create some of the funniest content on the parenting internet.