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Kathleen Turner: One Year After Brett Kavanaugh’s Confirmation, “We Must Demand More”

Kathleen Turner: One Year After Brett Kavanaugh’s Confirmation, “We Must Demand More”
Protesters lock arms on First Street in front of the Supreme Court on October 6, 2018, when the Senate voted 50-48 to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

This Sunday, October 6, marks the one year anniversary since Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in to the Supreme Court.

During Kavanaugh’s confirmation process, multiple women came forward with sexual misconduct charges against Kavanaugh. During the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing into Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s charges, Kavanaugh was defensive, angry and entitled during his opening statements and throughout his questioning.  Senate Republicans on the committee echoed Kavanaugh’s anger and perceived victimhood for being forced to endure questions about his past – and his fitness for a seat on the Supreme Court bench.

In a new op-ed in Ms. Magazine, Academy Award-nominated actor and PFAW Foundation board member Kathleen Turner reflects on the entitlement of privileged men and what it reveals about our political leadership:

“Kavanaugh’s confirmation reminds us misogyny is deeply baked into our institutions and our political leadership. Not only were Senate Republicans willing to excuse serious allegations of sexual violence, they made clear that they truly believe it doesn’t matter, and that it’s really men who end up being the victims.”

“Our country was founded on the premise of justice for all. But systemic sexism in our culture and our institutions preclude our achieving that reality. It’s far past time to challenge the status quo.”

Read the op-ed here.


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