Liz Whatsherface

Musings of a feminist English graduate from Louisiana

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The Cosby Shitshow

Posted on November 21, 2014

     Why were Bill Cosby’s accusers silent so long? There’s no shortage of think-pieces addressing this question, but I’m here to offer my own take.   The cost of telling these kinds of stories is higher than you could possibly imagine. If you come forward as a victim of sexual assault, prepare to be bombarded with questions like: Why did you put yourself in that position? Why were you stupid enough to wear that dress/take those pills? Why didn’t you fight him off? Etc. etc. victim-blaming etc.   God forbid you’re a nobody, because then you’re only doing this for your fifteen minutes of fame, or for the money, or for attention. God forbid you’re a public figure, because then your own accomplishments…

Bobby Jindal’s Unconstitutional “Louisiana Scholarship Program” and How it Poses a Threat to Education in Our State

Posted on May 7, 2013

Ever since Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal signed one of the largest school voucher bills in the nation’s history, the backlash has been relentless (Herbert 22). Jindal’s “Louisiana Scholarship Program” has sparked a number of lawsuits — including two lawsuits filed by the Louisiana Federation of Teachers — as well as questions of the program’s constitutionality (Herbert 22).  On November 30, 2012, a Baton Rouge area district judge (Judge Tim Kelley) ruled the funding mechanism for Jindal’s program unconstitutional under Louisiana state law (McGaughy). The state immediately appealed, and the Louisiana Supreme Court heard the appeal on March 19, 2013. Today, the Louisiana Supreme Court ruled that the current method of funding the voucher program is unconstitutional — and I’m not at all surprised.  …

The National Civil Rights Museum is a Disgrace

Posted on April 5, 2013

I recently visited the (partially open) National Civil Rights Museum for the first time, and I was horrified.   Before entering the museum, I observed a woman on the corner of Mulberry Street sitting under an umbrella and surrounded by red-lettered signs that read, “Boycott the Civil Rights Museum” and “Stop Glorifying Death and Violence.”   I would soon learn that the woman — Jacqueline Smith — had been protesting in the very same spot for over 22 years. Had there been a crowd of protesters, I’d like to think that I would have stopped to talk to them before entering the museum, but most likely, I would have reacted just as I did: I ignored Smith and wrote her off as crazy. After…