when pigs fly … expect the unbelievable

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Yesterday, as the terrorist drove his 4-wheel drive through London, something almost as amazing was happening in the Tennessee state legislature.  Amazing good, rather than amazing bad.

Tennessee state representative Jeremy Durham of Franklin, TN, was expelled from the house as a result of a series of sexual harassment allegations.  The vote was 70-2. Republican Governor Bill Haslam thanked the house for its action.

The governor had joined other members of the house in requesting Durham to resign amid growing complaints of sexual harassment.  Durham denied it all and spoke on the chamber floor Tuesday asking his fellow representatives not to remove him.  (The Tennessee Attorney General had developed a detailed report; earlier in the year Durham had denied “most” of the incidents that the Attorney General’s staff had developed.)

I guess it was just a bad year for Durham.  He lost his primary bid so couldn’t run again, but being ousted will preclude him from qualifying for a state pension when he reaches retirement age.

It has been 36 years since the Tennessee house has expelled a sitting member.

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We have made a dreadful mistake in capitalizing on gender wars.  As Governor Gandy often said:  “…we don’t want to be better than men, we just want to be equal to them.”

Do you realize that women often exacerbate gender wars by being aggressively non-male in situations where they should not be?  I’m all for saying “girls’ night out” but in a situation where men as well as women are welcome, just because a topic may be more “woman oriented” does not mean that men should not join.

In fact, we do need women to be involved in women oriented things because they are a large, vocal part of our population, and they can be allies.

It’s really not a “gender war.”  It is a battle between progressive thought and the rest.  Look at countries that find the US to be a threat.  When the modern world is seen as a threat, you can bet that the culture represented is a culture in which women have limited rights and men want to keep it that way.

We need to work to re-frame the gender war.  We need to re-frame it to progressives and the rest.  There is a great deal of research out there that suggests that gender balance is a good business imperative, a good politics imperative, a good social and cultural imperative.

Consider, just consider, gender-neutralizing your efforts and your vocabulary in order to pull in more allies.

 

 

 

The Legal Leadership Task Force of the Greater Starkville Development Partnership is sponsoring poll watcher training on THURSDAY, MARCH 23 FROM 2 TO 5 P.M. in the OKTIBBEHA COUNTY COURTHOUSE ANNEX.

The public is welcome.  The cost to the public is $15.  You may register at http://www.legalleadersseminar.com.


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