Being told that, categorically, he knows what he’s talking about and she doesn’t, however minor a part of any given conversation, perpetuates the ugliness of this world and holds back its light. After my book Wanderlust came out in 2000, I found myself better able to resist being bullied out of my own perceptions and interpretations. On two occasions around that time, I objected to the behavior of a man, only to be told that the incidents hadn’t happened at all as I said, that I was subjective, delusional, overwrought, dishonest–in a nutshell, female.
. Senator Rand Paul found himself in the middle of a major plagiarism scandal in October, after TV commentator Rachel Maddow accused Paul of plagiarizing verbiage from Wikipedia regarding the movie “Gattaca”. Paul initially defended himself saying that he gave credit to the movie, though he made no mention of Wikipedia. However, new allegations were found including other speeches, his books and other writings. Paul, over time, grew tired of the allegations and said he wished dueling were legal so he could challenge his accusers. In the end, Paul agreed to cite all of his speeches as if they were academic papers and has been doing so online.