Violencia sexual

Pensar que la Iglesia ha estado durante más de 2.000 años con escamas en sus ojos respecto de la homosexualidad y enviar desde el Vaticano al Encuentro Mundial de las Familias de Dublín al P. James Martin, un reputado jesuita gay, a quitar esas escamas, además de provocador sólo significa la deriva ideológica de reforzar los postulados de la comunidad LGTB, alejada de la castidad y proclive a la promiscuidad. La normalización y vindicación de la homosexualidad activa en la Iglesia nos hablaría de un supuesto escenario de dominación y represión secular que ahora, con un nuevo pontificado, la ideología barrería de un plumazo desde la resistencia de un lobby que quiere transformar ese gobierno despótico y equivocado de la Iglesia.…  Seguir leyendo »

John Hockenberry speaking at an event in New York in 2014.CreditCreditAstrid Stawiarz/Getty Images

Here’s a confession: I feel bad for a lot of the men caught out by the #MeToo movement.

Not all of them — not Harvey Weinstein or former CBS chief executive Leslie Moonves — but the slightly less powerful, less overtly predatory schmoes whose gross behavior was tacitly accepted by those around them until, suddenly, it wasn’t. I can only imagine how disorienting it must be to have the rules change on you so fast, to have your reputation obliterated in an instant, to be suddenly unable to do the work that gives you your identity. Shame, in my experience, feels even worse than injustice.…  Seguir leyendo »

Senator Sarah Hanson-Young at an Australian Greens news conference at Parliament House in February.CreditCreditMichael Masters/Getty Images

Slut shaming — that is, turning women’s sexuality into a weapon that can be used against them — may be a new term, but it is an ancient practice in Australia.

The first ship to arrive here after the First Fleet, which brought our earliest settlers, was the Lady Juliana, in 1790, which carried female convicts and is to this day referred to as a “floating brothel.”

As recorded by the historian Sian Rees, the passage of these women — many of them former London prostitutes who had been banished to the colonies as penance — exemplified the true burden of slut shaming: its permanence.…  Seguir leyendo »

Secreto de confesión y abusos sexuales

El Tribunal Supremo del Estado de Louisiana (28 octubre 2016) ha decidido que un sacerdote que recibió en la privacidad de la confesión la confidencia de una penitente menor de edad que había sufrido abusos sexuales no puede calificarse como “denunciante obligatorio” (mandatory reporter) según la ley civil. Para el Tribunal Supremo: “Cuando un sacerdote, rabino, o ministro debidamente ordenado ha adquirido conocimiento de abuso o negligencia de una persona durante una confesión u otra comunicación sagrada, deberá alentar a esa persona a informar, pero no deberá ser un informante obligatorio de esa confidencia recibida en confesión o comunicación sagrada”.…  Seguir leyendo »

A few weekends ago, Naka Nathaniel stood up during a Mass in Atlanta and confronted his priest about the Roman Catholic Church’s response to the Pennsylvania sexual abuse cover-up. In an Op-Ed essay last week, Mr. Nathaniel wrote about balancing his already complex relationship with Catholicism with his role as a father raising a 9-year-old son in the Catholic faith. He concluded that the church can no longer be reformed from within. “I’m mad at the church administration,” he wrote. But, he added, “I’m also angry at the congregation. I’m upset with the people who aren’t demanding that every member of the clergy resign.”

We published more than 900 responses to the essay, many raising the same issues as Mr.…  Seguir leyendo »

Who Gets a Second Chance

Stand-up comedy is inherently based on second chances. That’s one thing I’ve learned from more than a decade of doing it.

You try a joke again and again until it’s presentable, but various audiences hear it in all its flawed and misbegotten amoeba-like early attempts.

So maybe it makes a certain amount of sense that the comedian Louis C. K. decided it was time for his second chance roughly nine months after The New York Times reported that five women accused him of engaging in sexual misconduct — specifically, they said that he masturbated in front of them or asked if he could.…  Seguir leyendo »

Un acto en vivo de Louis C. K., en 2015 Credit Jacob Blickenstaff para The New York Times

El movimiento #MeToo ha existido desde hace más de una década, cuando la activista Tarana Burke acuñó la frase. Adquirió una relevancia particular en 2017, cuando surgieron denuncias para que hombres como Harvey Weinstein, Mario Batali, Matt Lauer, Kevin Spacey, Louis C. K. y Charlie Rose rindieran cuentas por acusaciones de acoso y abuso sexual y, en ciertos casos, de violación. En los últimos meses sus casos se han litigado ante un jurado compuesto por la opinión pública. Algunos de los hombres se quedaron sin sus trabajos. Weinstein enfrenta cargos penales. Sí, cayeron. Pero su aterrizaje ha sido muy cómodo.

Sin embargo, sus víctimas han sido descreídas.…  Seguir leyendo »

St. Paul Cathedral, the mother church of the Pittsburgh Diocese. The diocese was rocked this month by revelations of abuse by priests.CreditCreditJeff Swensen/Getty Images

The Roman Catholic clergy sex abuse crisis blankets the globe in darkness. We are at a tipping point — or at least we ought to be.

The unmasking and resignation of the former archbishop of Washington, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, placed alongside the recent release of an exhaustive grand jury report in Pennsylvania that describes in withering detail more than 1,000 grotesque abuses, has reinforced the growing public sentiment in favor of eliminating the statutes of limitations for child sex abuse. Under current law, a vast majority of victims will receive no justice because of an arbitrary procedural deadline.

To pierce the darkness of clerical knowledge of child sex abuse and to obtain justice for the victims, we need to change the statutes of limitation for these crimes, but that is not enough.…  Seguir leyendo »

Manifestation à Casablanca suite à l'agression d'une femme dans un bus, le 23 août. Photo AFP

L’horreur, encore une fois. Le viol banalisé des femmes marocaines, encore une fois. Khadija, 17 ans, dit avoir été séquestrée, abusée, torturée pendant des semaines par un groupe de garçons, cet été. Un scandale qui fait le buzz bien sûr, qui écœure bien sûr, qui depuis quelques jours alimente toutes les discussions au Maroc, bien sûr. Une affaire qui, malheureusement, risque d’être oubliée la semaine prochaine ou bien le mois prochain. On passera à autre chose. Une nouvelle source d’excitation collective. Rien ne sera fait. Le sujet ne sera même pas traité par la société. C’est ainsi. Ne vous étonnez pas.…  Seguir leyendo »

Protesters against clerical sexual child abuse in Ireland, at a rally in Dublin on Sunday.CreditCreditPaulo Nunes dos Santos for The New York Times

On Sunday, while the faithful gathered for mass with Pope Francis in Dublin’s Phoenix Park, a large group gathered in the city’s Garden of Remembrance at an event called Stand for Truth. The railings had been hung with dozens of tiny pairs of baby shoes.

Colm O’Gorman, who runs the Irish office of Amnesty International, organized the event. He told the crowd that he had been 13 years old, and deeply religious, when Pope John Paul II visited in 1979 — the last time a pope visited Ireland. “I was in a liturgical group,” he said. “The church was in every part of my life.…  Seguir leyendo »

El 8 de marzo de 2018 se convocó una marcha internacional por el Día de la Mujer. En Lima se reunieron cientos de mujeres para protestar contra la violencia de género y manifestarse a favor de la equidad. Credit Luka Gonzáles/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

El poeta Paul Verlaine acuñó el término “poetas malditos” para referirse a un grupo de escritores que consideraba maldecidos por la diferencia. Esto es, artistas incomprendidos, subversivos, marginales. Acaso sin quererlo, Verlaine fundaba así dos de los grandes mitos de la literatura contemporánea: el del escritor como outsider —cuya singularidad creadora es impermeable a las convenciones sociales— y, paradójicamente, la de la pandilla salvaje de la literatura, un gremio blindado por su aura creativa y excesiva, que con el tiempo se ha permitido convertir en épica la misoginia.

Agrupados bajo el mismo signo, muchos de los “malditos” que les sucedieron se volvieron parte de un círculo de lealtades en el que los actos —creativos o no— de los artistas pasan a formar parte de su leyenda, al margen de cualquier evaluación o juicio convencional.…  Seguir leyendo »

Une féministe peut-elle se révéler harceleuse ? Ce qui est sûr, c’est qu’«une femme peut évidemment se livrer à des agressions sexuelles», pose la professeure en études de genre à l’Université de Lausanne Eléonore Lépinard : «Le harcèlement sexuel est une question d’abus de pouvoir. Toute personne en situation de pouvoir, homme ou femme, est susceptible d’en abuser.»

Coup sur coup ces deux dernières semaines, deux grandes figures féministes, la réalisatrice italienne Asia Argento et la philosophe américaine queer Avital Ronell sont accusées de harcèlement ou d’agression sexuels par deux hommes plus jeunes et moins puissants qu’elles. Qu’elles soient fondées ou non (aucune des deux affaires n’est passée devant les juges), ces allégations, et surtout les scandales médiatiques qui ont suivi, font craindre un backlash, un retour en arrière, après la prise de conscience du mouvement #MeToo.…  Seguir leyendo »

The Italian actress Asia Argento at the Cannes Film Festival in May.CreditCreditAntonin Thuillier/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Women are hypocrites. Women are opportunists. Women are liars.

They are abusers and bullies and manipulators. They are capable of cruelty, callousness and evil.

Just like men.

This obvious fact — that women are fully human — bears repeating in light of the stunning news that a figurehead of the #MeToo movement has herself been accused of abuse.

Asia Argento, the Italian actress and director, was a key figure in Ronan Farrow’s explosive New Yorker story in October 2017 about Harvey Weinstein’s predations. She was the victim who called the Cannes Film Festival his “hunting ground.” She was the one who gave that unforgettable quote about Mr.…  Seguir leyendo »

Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images Survivors and activists of Ending Clergy Abuse, a new international organization against the child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, Geneva, Switzerland, June 7, 2018

The grand jury report of Catholic priests’ predations in Pennsylvania is enough to make one vomit. The terrifying fact that hundreds of priests were preying upon over a thousand victims in that state alone makes one shudder at the thought of how many hundreds and thousands of abusers there are elsewhere in the nation, elsewhere in the world. It is time to stop waiting for more reports to accumulate, hoping that something will finally be done about this. Done by whom? By “the church”? If “the church” is taken to mean the pope and bishops, nothing will come of nothing. They are as a body incapable of making sense of anything sexual.…  Seguir leyendo »

Last Sunday, I did something that no properly raised Catholic ever does. I stood up in the middle of Mass and called out the priest.

As the priest began his homily, I drew my 9-year-old son closer and asked him to pay close attention. Days before, a Pennsylvania grand jury had released a damning report detailing decades of horrific child sex abuse by clergymen and a church culture that covered it up.

The priest addressed the report. He said he was surprised that people showed up for that day’s service. He said the church had to change. Then he began to move on.…  Seguir leyendo »

El papa Francisco durante una reunión con jóvenes en Roma, el 11 de agosto Credit Filippo Monteforte/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

La crisis por los abusos sexuales que cometió el clero católico ha recobrado la misma fuerza que llegó a tener en los peores días de 2002, cuando el tsunami del escándalo proveniente de Boston pareció inundar a toda la Iglesia.

Esta vez, las olas expansivas comenzaron a partir de acusaciones comprobadas sobre abusos en contra de niños cometidos por un muy conocido cardenal estadounidense, Theodore McCarrick, arzobispo retirado de Washington, quien tuvo que renunciar en julio al Colegio Cardenalicio. Después se dio a conocer el informe del gran jurado de Pensilvania, con detalles sobre más de setenta años de terribles abusos cometidos por unos trescientos sacerdotes, la mayoría de dichos abusos facilitados por obispos.…  Seguir leyendo »

El papa Francisco durante una reunión con jóvenes en Roma, el 11 de agosto Credit Filippo Monteforte/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

The Roman Catholic Church’s clergy sex abuse crisis has come roaring back to life as if it were the worst days of 2002, when the scandal tsunami out of Boston seemed to inundate the entire church.

The shock waves this time came from substantiated allegations that a well-known cardinal, Theodore McCarrick, a retired archbishop of Washington, had molested boys; he was forced to resign last month from the College of Cardinals. Then came the grand jury report out of Pennsylvania detailing 70 years of horrific abuse by some 300 priests, too much of it facilitated by bishops.

It has all landed on the desk of the current pope, and the scandals have the potential to undermine the Francis pontificate.…  Seguir leyendo »

Querido Francisco:

Le escribo el 15 de agosto, día de la Asunción de la Virgen María, después de haberme enterado por la radio esta mañana, al levantarme, de otro nuevo escándalo de pedofilia que ha “salpicado” a la Iglesia Católica —esta vez en Pensilvania—, con un millar de niños violados o agredidos sexualmente por sacerdotes durante los últimos 70 años. Y, teniendo en cuenta la rapidez con la que los responsables se deshacen de las pruebas y la vergüenza y la resistencia de las víctimas a alzar la voz, podemos estar seguros de que las cifras reales son más elevadas y de que los casos conocidos, ya de por sí numerosos, no son más que la punta del iceberg.…  Seguir leyendo »

St. Paul Cathedral, the mother church of the Pittsburgh Diocese, which was one of the six Pennsylvania dioceses included in the state attorney general’s report.CreditJeff Swensen/Getty Images

When I saw the name of the priest who molested me listed in the Pennsylvania grand jury’s report, I thought: I’m gonna be in big trouble. The abuse started when I was about 12 years old, so it’s not a surprise that the language that came to mind was straight out of that period of my life.

I scanned through the nearly 900 pages of the report that was released by the attorney general last week. It detailed abuse in six dioceses over 70 years, listing more than 300 abusive priests. The accounts were horrifying — young victims were given gold cross necklaces to signal to other predators that they were ‘optimal targets’ — and the documentation of what happened is surely a good thing.…  Seguir leyendo »

St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hanover, Pa.CreditCarlos Barria/Reuters

I often use a handy metaphor to explain to my students how feminists have historically differed among themselves in their approaches to bringing about change in patriarchal institutions. Some feminists seek a place at the table; others want to reset the table. The former hope to promote gradual progress from within an existing framework of norms and organizational structures; the latter demand nothing less than radical, wholesale reform.

When it comes to the Roman Catholic Church, I have always been a “place at the table” kind of feminist. When asked how to integrate women more fully into the life of the church, I offer reasonable strategies.…  Seguir leyendo »