UPDATE: Anderson has published an explanation on her blog, which appears to be the full text version of what she’d written to TMZ. Here is the letter:
I think this narrative of “victim blaming” and “lack of solidarity” is trying to coerce me (and others) into consensus on something that should be debated and discussed broadly.
I can tell you that from my experience of working on protectin – be it a protection of journalists and human rights defenders and internet security – there is ALWAYS a call and recommendation to see the issues in their complexity. There is understanding of a need to address the issue on structural and legal level, to punish perpetrators but also to build resiliance and ability of “self-protection”. What techniques you should use online, what precautions you should take when covering certain issues as a journalists. There are also a lot of self-protection courses. There is even a well known story of suffragettes learning martial arts and protection when doing activism for right to vote.
I did not say that women deserved being abused or that the pigs like Weinstein were not to be punished. Quite an opposite, I said myself that Weinstein is a sexist pig and a bully.
So this is not victim blaming but looking at the issue from the angle of women being aware of certain problems and how to spot them and fight them. It is totally hypocritical to ignore this. And it is not helping anyone to ignore the realities in the society we live in. The causes of the problem and solutions are complex and women who do not live in the utopian bubble must be aware of what is going on. And that is what I have highlighted.
I do NOT wish apologise for what I said.
And will not get coerced into apology.
This exactly what I am saying is a problem with the contemporary “victimhoood feminism”! The people who subscribe to that notion tolerate and actually expect women to talk about the stories of abuse and experiences with creeps.
But they would NOT tolerate a woman with her own opinion. So pathetic.
Pence said the administration has been working hard on delivering the services – especially medical assistance – that veterans need and deserve. “Working with Secretary [David] Shulkin, we’ve made the Department of Veterans Affairs already more efficient, effective, and accountable,” the vice president said.
“Let me be clear: Veterans benefits are not entitlements — they are earned. They are the ongoing compensation for services rendered in the uniform of the United States of America. And under President Donald Trump, we’re keeping the promises that we’ve made to men and women who’ve served in our armed forces,” he said.
Where has your post military career taken you?
From USMC to NASA
After several years in the U.S. Marine Corps, including two deployments to Afghanistan, Rachael Moore was ready to trade her combat boots for business shoes. The Transition Assistance Program helped get her there.
By Michelle Lander, Biologist Steller Watch: To stay or go?
If you recall our blog back on May 9th, we directed you to some preliminary findings for a subset of 13 adult female Steller sea lions that were captured and tagged between 2011 and 2015 (marked =24 through =36) in the Aleutian Islands. To follow-up, here’s an update on some of the final findings for those animals.
Alaska Weather Links
Weather Camera’s including FAA, Observation & Forecast Links, NWS Forecasts, Satellite & Radar Imagary, Other
There are a million of them, at least, but if you have a favorite women’s interest link, let us know and we’ll add it to this section!
Alaska Commission on the Status of Women
The 1985 publication by the Alaska Commission on the Status of Women,
“Profiles in Change: NAMES, NOTES AND QUOTES FOR ALASKAN WOMEN” has now been digitized and is accessible through the Alaska Digital Archives website at Profiles in Change.
Use this link to search by keyword including names
We have Arlene Schmuland, Head, Archives & Special Collections at the UAA Consortium Library, to thank for this effort.
The Alaska State Court Law Library
The Alaska State Court Law Library serves the legal information needs of Alaskans by selecting, organizing and facilitating access to legal research resources and court system information. The main library collection and statewide administration is at the Anchorage law library, but library services are available to people throughout the state.
Call the Anchorage Reference desk toll free at 888-282-2082.
AlaskaGenWeb, a part of the USGenWeb Project.
Alaska Native Knowledge Network
From the University of Alaska, this site is not specific to women, but it is a very interesting and enlightening Website.
Presenting the Women of the Last Frontier – Updating
Our goal is to provide a site sharing inspiration, innovation, ingenuity and imagination of women living in the Great Land.
No more searching, almost everything one needs is listed right here.
Gather the Women
A gathering place for women and women’s organization who share a belief that the time is now to activate the incredible power of women’s wisdom on a planetary scale. Gather the Women is a place where new models of feminine collaboration are being born.
(Note: The Alaska Women’s Network is a partner organization with Gather the Women.)
By Barbara Belknap, Matrix Convener
Regional Coordinator, Juneau, Alaska
Since our August GTW gathering in Racine, Wisconsin, I have been thinking about the value of ritual. From the very early days of Gather the Women, water has been used as a symbol for continuity. Each time we have our annual gathering, there is a water ceremony.
Women bring water from home and pour it into a bowl on the altar that anchors our circle. They say a few brief words about where the water comes from. Some women have water from the very first GTW water ceremony.
When the gathering ends, each woman takes water out of the bowl to take home with them and says a few words about how they are feeling. At our 2011 gathering, the water ritual took on even more meaning. After each of us had filled our small bottles with the Racine water, we drove to the shore of Lake Michigan with the remainder of the water.
As darkness fell over our circle, Jean Reddemann led us in a ceremony to bless the water, then she handed the large bowl to me. She and I led our circle of women to the water. Jean was so close to me that I could feel her warmth. She said a few words, and I poured the water into that enormous lake as the waves lapped against us. It was dark by then and the darkness hid the tears in my eyes. They were tears of gratitude, fullness, and deep emotion.
Ritual matters. It provides a depth and resonance that stays in our heart.
More information can be found at: Gather The Women Global Matrix
Global Center for Women’s Studies and Politics (GLOW)
Has been developed by the Feminist Institute of the Heinrich-Boell Foundation in Berlin. The mission is to connect women globally and build up an international forum for women’s issues discussed from many cultural, national and political perspectives. Includes GLOW-News, a source of information on worldwide conferences, workshops and events for women. GLOW-Ball Forum provides an interactive format, where women can discuss special issues internationally.
National Women’s Health Information Center
A one-stop gateway for women seeking answers to critical health questions.
Phone: 1-888-220-5446 (hearing impaired)
National Women’s History Project
“History looks different when the contributions of women are included.” The NWHP has a catalog of wonderful materials for teaching women’s history — posters, pamphlets, books, videos, etc.
National Women’s Political Caucus
PASSION, POWER, PROGRESS. Located in Washington, D.C, NWPC is the mother of all Women’s Political Caucus chapters.
Resources for Indigenous Cultures around the World.
News on Women
Here is an interesting website with a variety of news on the achievements of women in business, science, technology, etc.
Old Magazine Articles
A great resource which includes films/video clips.
Technorati is an internet search engine for the latest news, blogs, and web-happenings.
United States Department of Labor Women’s Bureau
A host of information.
WeatherSpark is a new type of weather website, with interactive weather graphs that allow you to pan and zoom through the entire history of any weather station on earth. Get multiple forecasts for the current location, overlaid on records and averages to put it all in context.