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A Mother Talks to Her Sons About Brett Kavanaugh

A Mother Talks to Her Sons About Brett Kavanaugh

Update: 2018-12-2819
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This week, “The Daily” is revisiting some of our favorite episodes of the year and checking in on what has happened since the stories first ran. In October, we sat down with a group of teenage girls in Brooklyn to talk about their reaction to the accusations against Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. After that conversation aired, we received dozens of emails from listeners who wanted to hear the same questions posed to a group of boys. Guests: Ann Powers, a listener in Oregon, interviewed her two sons and one of their friends. For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily.

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brian beldham

Would be nice to have a link to the earlier story

Jan 2nd
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Amy3422

I am so glad moms are having these conversations with their sons. I wish they had mentioned the statistic rarity of false accusations, but some of the comments were really astute - like Kavanaugh's attitude that the job was his right.

Jan 2nd
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karl kmetz

Amy3422 it was his "right". but the job was his.

Jan 6th
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Zaylee Decker

[regarding the personal anecdote of the wrongfully accused guy] i find it upsetting that while some girls are struggling to fight for their rights or trying to show that women are REALLY strong, some are abusing a situation by accusing someone of a HORRIBLE crime. rape is just as wrong as murder in my mind and to giggle about that as if it was a joke is not excusable. sexual assault (sexual harassment too) a serious issue and wrongfully accusing someone is not a joke. how do you expect to be taken seriously after that?

Dec 31st
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Caitlin DeSpain

this was pretty hard to listen to. the privilege with which these boys asked women to treat them better and then they wouldn't end up so sexist was incredible. Boys and girls are both mean in middle school, indiscriminately. it's how teenagers are, not just "mean girls." Maybe realize that bullying is unfortunate regardless of gender and that people shouldn't generalize one bully to a whole group of people. We don't owe it to you to prove to you somehow that we're better than your bullies so you don't become sexist.

Dec 28th
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Jane Peal

John Krantz That's not what I read at all in his comment. he never even mentioned the false accusations.

Dec 29th
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John Krantz

Caitlin DeSpain Your comment is incredibly hard to read. What you are saying is that if a young boy gets falsely accused of sexually assaulting a girl that he's supposed to just get over it, his feelings and reputation be damned.

Dec 29th
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Lissa Main

A crushingly depressing episode. The overarching theme was about being falsely accused of sexual assault, and the clear implication was that Brett Kavanaugh himself was falsely accused. No discussion about how women's credible accusations are traditionally and systematically downplayed and buried by more powerful men as well as our government institutions (ie, the fact that very very few sexual assault claims ever even make it to court because of law enforcement and prosecutorial decisions).

Dec 28th
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Art Young

Jane Peal Sexual accusation charges against teenage "young men" are usually accompanied by, or directed by evil teenage "young women" & their groupies extending their "non-feelings" toward any young man they can punish for their own lack of confidence, in which I constantly find a puny punk whiny woman that says she a MOTHER and couldn't handle masculinity in the first place, so she's in denial and lies to the children she says she loves. Women are DECEIVERS. REDIRECTOR OF LIES. I got a real WOMAN. A good woman of no lies. Not me. Not her. THAT'S LOVE. Stay out other business! (BEESWAX)

Dec 31st
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Jane Peal

Lissa Main That's because they were speaking to teenage boys. This wasn't an interview with survivors of sex crimes or the folks who work in the sex crimes unit of the FBI. it was supposed to just be the perception from teenage boys. The NYT have done other episodes from the survivors etc. you can't expect it all in 30 min episodes.

Dec 29th
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A Mother Talks to Her Sons About Brett Kavanaugh

A Mother Talks to Her Sons About Brett Kavanaugh