The Fixx is a weekly editorial roundup for humanists. It includes our favorite articles, happenings and cat memes.
Sony Music, Where Contractual Obligations Supercede Being Human
This week a New York City judge denied pop star Kesha a court injunction that would have allowed her to record new music outside of her record label. Kesha was seeking to separate from Sony and Dr. Luke, who she has accused of drugging and raping her more than 10 years ago.
Kesha is not the first woman to get caught up in a legal battle that could seriously damage her career. Women are especially vulnerable to getting sidelined when they miss out on working during their precious “prime” years. We were reminded of this when reading the story of 1960’s era actress, Raquel Welch, whose story in many ways eerily foreshadowed what is likely on the horizon for Kesha.
In response to the judge’s ruling in favor of Sony Music, Taylor Swift has reportedly donated $250,000 to help Kesha’s legal battle. However, there’s a very real likelihood that Kesha will be battling it out in court, and no longer active during some of her most productive years as an artist and entertainer. So while Swifty is lending some serious financial power to help a colleague, the ramifications of pursuing justice may ultimately lead to yet another female star’s downfall.
Good News: Soon You Won’t Be Paying for [Failed] Abstinence-Only Education
The evidence is clear: states with abstinence-only education have the highest rates of teen pregnancy. Call us crazy, but when we pay for shiz we want to know that it works. So, if we have scientific evidence showing that abstinence-only education is extremely ineffective, it sounds a little crazy that taxpayers should continue to pay for it.
We were excited to see that last week, President Obama said enough is enough, and ended this failed political experiment in his 2017 federal budget.
Why Do We Teach Girls It’s Cute to be Scared?
Caroline Paul is sick of being asked whether she was scared during her duty as a firefighter. Sure, she was one of San Francisco’s first female firefighters, but the frequency of the question got her thinking… why do we teach girls that it’s cute to be scared? “It was strange — and insulting — to have my courage doubted. I never heard my male colleagues asked this. Apparently, fear is expected of women.”
Caroline’s editorial (and advice for parents of daughters) continues to smash many of the well-ingrained and subtle-yet-insidious gender roles that we continue to see in society.