What’s Current: Al Franken announces resignation from Senate in wake of sexual harassment allegations

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  • Sen. Al Franken has announced his resignation from the US Senate following yesterday’s eighth accusation of sexual harassment against him, which prompted a wave of calls from his Democratic colleagues for him to step down.
  • Dylan Farrow: Why is Woody Allen getting a pass from the #MeToo movement?
  • Medical rights campaigner, Chrissy Brajcic, is the first known victim of fatal complications arising from a vaginal mesh implant — a device whose growing record of painful and dangerous side effects has been dismissed by doctors with accusations of “hysteria.”
  • Tarana Burke, the Black woman who started the Me Too movement in 2006, was left off the cover of the TIME issue about #MeToo.
  • Adult film actor August Ames, 23, of Nova Scotia, was found dead days after she came under public criticism for refusing to shoot scenes with an actor from gay adult films, allegedly in relation to more lax health testing practices. The cause of death has not been determined, though many suspect it was suicide.
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  • catlogic

    I am glad Dylan Farrow spoke about this. It’s disgusting that Allen’s crimes are being ignored. (It’s disgusting that he’s still breathing, if it comes to that.)

    • Missy

      I remember reading Dylan’s account of what that sadistic pedophile did to her when she was just a little girl. At the time she couldn’t comprehend what he was doing to her, but she still knew how sick and wrong it was. After learning about this, who the hell would still be a fan of Allen? Only a monster just like him would dismiss his heinous crime against a child because they’re a fan of his work.

      It turns my stomach and brings on such a rage in me, knowing that baby girls suffer the same kind of sexual attacks from men as grown women do. Men don’t even have empathy for a helpless little child, especially when it involves the male orgasm, so it’s little wonder that many of them will turn a blind eye to women coming forward with their sexual abuse stories. What a f**cked up world we live in, and all because men refuse to control that appendage hanging between their legs!

      • catlogic

        Totally agree.

      • kfwkfw

        “It turns my stomach and brings on such a rage in me, knowing that baby girls suffer the same kind of sexual attacks from men as grown women do. Men don’t even have empathy for a helpless little child, especially when it involves the male orgasm, so it’s little wonder that many of them will turn a blind eye to women coming forward with their sexual abuse stories. What a f**cked up world we live in, and all because men refuse to control that appendage hanging between their legs!”

        Exactly!

  • OldPolarBear

    That story about August Ames is very sad. Only 23! And she had already done almost 300 of these “films.”

    This will sound sort of odd and trivial, but there is a point to it I will get to. I wonder if this movie they were going to shoot with guys who had performed in gay porn was going to be marketed actively with that fact. Like, “see gay porn stars have sex with a woman!” My guess is that they were, or are, planning to do that. “Gay for pay” (there is an actual documentary by that title I saw a few months ago) is an actual sub-genre in gay porn, where performers who supposedly are straight men are doing the film, having sex with other men, purely for the money. I’ve thought quite a bit about why it would be important for the fans of this sub-genre to believe this, and I can’t think of any nice reasons. It suggests a lot of negative possibilities, among them self-loathing and internalized homophobia.

    So my point is, this makes the pile-on of abuse of Ames for being “homophobic” pretty ironic. Her death is sad no matter what, but even more awful if that somehow pushed her over the edge.

    • BornACrone

      No woman is ever allowed to decide which dicks are allowed in her and which aren’t — especially if she has allowed some in before. Once you have been violated, violation is all you will ever be.

      And of course, we all know how society feels about a woman who allows NO dicks in her AT ALL.

  • Nadja Penaluna

    Yeah, not only does he not bother to hide, he actively writes and directs “complicated” romantic films that continue to enjoy commercial success. His latest to be released in 2018 has an “unknown plot” but casts Selena Gomez (she’s 25) and a young Elle Fanning (she’s 19). Allen is using his influence in Hollywood to produce film propaganda that normalizes sexual abuse of children, his main obsession.

  • kfwkfw

    I disliked this on accident FYI! I like it in truth.

    We are going backwards fast in America.

  • will

    “Porn is made for people who can’t tell the difference between sex and murder. It’s no shock that the same people who were slobbering, “Let that bitch have it!” while they watched her getting fucked on film were also slobbering, “Let that bitch have it!” while they were hounding her to her death on social media.”

    So so true.

    “And women are the ones who are accused of using sex as a weapon … amazing. Absolutely amazing. It’s part of the irony of people telling women that rape isn’t about sex but power; in the female mind, these two things have nothing to do with one another, but in the male mind, they are identical.”

    Yes. Yes. Yes.

    Such an awesome comment, BornACrone.

  • kfwkfw

    “It’s part of the irony of people telling women that rape isn’t about sex but power; in the female mind, these two things have nothing to do with one another, but in the male mind, they are identical. Sex IS power — for them”

    Wow, very true.

  • kfwkfw

    Yes…I couldn’t stand that pity party either.

  • BornACrone

    Yep. And it turns out she was indeed molested as a kid and rape as a young adult. And the ONE TIME IN HER LIFE that she put her foot down and said, “NO you will not put that dick in me,” and she’s dead. God, this sickens me. The only time in her young life that she ever tried to enforce a body boundary, and she was viciously persecuted and suicided over it.

  • Anthocerotopsida

    Whaaaa!?? Feminist Current commenters showing sympathy toward a porn actress and characterizing her as a complex human being deserving of respect and dignity?! Oh my. But I thought FC hated sex workers! /sarcasm