What bolder attack could there be on women’s freedom, reproductive or otherwise, than telling a woman that she may not work – that she is not entitled to economic independence – unless she continues to do so with the man she alleges sexually and psychologically abused her for over a decade?
This is what a judge told Kesha last week: that her own insistence of abuse wasn’t enough. That her words and thoughts and own understanding of truth on her terms weren’t enough. That surely her judgment couldn’t be as sound as that of her employer, Sony, and what they insist is best for her economic and emotional wellbeing. Really, it’s not any different than the anti-choice legislators who tell women that the state is better inclined to make decisions regarding a woman’s healthcare access and choices.
That’s a reasonable weighing of the evidence, isn’t it?
Jennifer Gerson Uffalussy was one of the founding editors of Jezebel.com and the founding fashion editor at RalphLauren.com. Her writing has appeared in Elle, Paper, Washingtonian Bride & Groom, LearnVest, Forbes and Tablet. She now lives in Atlanta, Georgia.