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Re: “Planet Waves | February 2018

This is a super-disgusting and condescending take on a women's movement. That said--I'm not surprised at all. Perhaps it's hitting a little too close to home, Eric?

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Posted by QT Pants on 04/10/2018 at 12:16 PM

Re: “Planet Waves | February 2018

This article can be summarized as "BUT WHAT ABOUT MEN."

Typical. Something tells me someone's a little afraid the wolves have his scent.

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Posted by WolvesAtTheAbusersDoor on 05/08/2018 at 3:31 PM

Re: “Planet Waves | February 2018

My opinion on what he's saying aside, this is also simply not well-written or researched. Disparate anecdotes are dropped randomly on the page with vague connections alluded to covering a wide body of argument and history about which this author clearly isn't knowledgeable. The prose shows a lack of insight that makes me wonder why the author has been given the privileged position by this magazine to make public statements on these topics. This isn't simply a brief letter to the editor, Coppolino has been given a forum. It's not that anyone shouldn't have the right to an opinion on issues that affect us all, but that those who presumably are hired as professional journalists should have some minimum level of sophistication, insight, and writing skill with which to discuss complex social or political issues - particularly if these are outside of their experience or understanding, they should tread smartly and with some humility. There are plenty of people who write about the #metoo movement from varying perspectives who could distance (what sound here like) their personal issues from intelligent journalism on the subject. Let's up the standards of journalistic integrity, Chronogram!

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Posted by listen before you speak on 04/15/2018 at 10:11 AM

Re: “Planet Waves | February 2018

Mr. Coppolino's quote of Margaret Atwood - "But understandable and temporary vigilante justice can morph into a culturally solidified lynch-mob habit, in which the available mode of justice is thrown out the window, and extralegal power structures are put into place and maintained. The Cosa Nostra [the Mafia], for instance, began as a resistance to political tyranny." is how I (a woman who has been 3 times sexually assaulted) feel about the #MeToo movement. I have seen truly bad men brought down because this movement gave women a cry to rally around and through which to sharpen their focus on those who have abused. But I have also seen women who "pile on" the accusations merely to 'be a part of' or add support and voice to a woman who comes forward claiming abuse ... without knowing if this woman's claim is legit.

I'm all for sisterhood but, I am more for fairness. Watching so many men tried before the mob-like courts of social media sends a chill through me. Is this really how we serve justice? Is this how we legitimize what should be an important movement? Do we, as women, not see good men around us who are now afraid to engage us, joke with us, hold our hands, hug us, or even just ask us out? Is that right? Is that how we want things? Do we really feel more empowered because so intimidated so many men? And why, when we now see them afraid to approach or engage us do we take that to be a sign they are hiding bad behaviors?

It's one thing to send men a warning that 'enough is enough' and to put men on notice that if you are a serial abuser, those you have hurt will now come together as one - BRAVO for that. But what happens when the voices of women who have not be abused by a specific man rally on social media to bring him down as a matter of meting out communal justice ... a trial, decision and sentence; as punishment, all in one fell swoop ... drowning out his voice and his truth?

Is it enough to say that someone was creepy, made you uncomfortable, was persistent - while never having to explain the context? The beginnings of relationships and especially sex, can be "uncomfortable" but that does not mean unwelcome ... that is a matter of consent. There can be consent and you can still leave, feeling uncomfortable. That doesn't mean the man qualifies as worthy of public scorn and admonishment.

I like men. I like being in their company. I know that the next moment of sexual assault could be waiting for me at any time ... even from a man I consider a close friend because that was how the third sexual assault against me went down. But I am not going to stop enjoying the company of men or not welcome reasonable advances and signs of interest. I will not let past experiences or the anger of a powerful movement turn me into a misandrist (a term too few know) - I can't go there ... I won't. But I DO want justice and voice for those who were truly abused ... and only those.

Taking a step back I can see Mr. Coppolino advocating for justice and a voice for ALL who have been sexually assaulted. Is that bad? Perhaps only the timing. I can see that in this moment of mass anger, trying to cover abused men under the #MeToo blanket when women are so determined to finally be heard is out of place and a tad insensitive. But wanting there to be equal concern for men ... and justice and due process for men who are accused, is not wrong.

If we (women) are to at all have credibility, at the very least we need to embrace justice ... not just for ourselves but for all. That means being open and fair-minded toward the voices and opinions of men - the majority of whom are not our enemies. Following my first sexual assault a man came to my rescue - my father. During my second sexual assault experience... DURING (it was public) ... a man stepped in and made short work of my attacker. And I will always come to the aid, and defense of a good man, wrongly accused.

In contrast to the other comments posted here I have to applaud Eric for his courage to say what he has said. It is a conversation that needs to be had - not in conflict with the #MeToo movement but, in support of it and in support of making it better ... making it responsible to truth and justice. We cannot want that for ourselves (women) while neglecting it for others (men).

I would ask that you think of a man you love and care about; someone you know is a good person ... not a boyfriend or lover rather, a brother or father ... and then re-read Eric's article with that person in mind. How would you feel if tomorrow they were accused in the court of social media, under the #MeToo flag, and it cost them their job, their livelihood, their home, their family? Or what if that man you care about was, himself, sexually assaulted. Which voices will rally behind him and under what hashtag? Is he allowed to have that voice? Is Eric?

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Posted by CinnamonGirl on 06/17/2018 at 8:43 AM

Re: “Planet Waves | February 2018

This article made me physically ill. It shocked and hurt me to see the Chronogram publish something that shows such blatant dismissal towards survivors like myself of sexual assault and r*pe. The letter to the editor that was published subsuquently was good, but I hope to see more of women's voices published. I've been a fan of Mr. Francis' horoscopes in the past, but now I feel sad to think I found any solace in them.

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Posted by Angharade on 06/08/2018 at 1:51 PM

Re: “Summer of Trust: The Great American Eclipse

Thank you. Although I am not so inclined to see astrological meanings, the author's observations and points make sense to me. There is care, initiative and compassion here. I work and act every day to make eye contact, to offer my best kindness to everyone and stay in touch with friends and family..... and to ward off downer notions and ideas/feelings. I trust in a great earth based, embodied loving force. I feel the weight of the suffering of all species and I believe every being bears this. The pressure is mounting and folks are creating initiatives to ward off the craziness and come together. Thank you for these stimulating ideas...

Victor A

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Posted by Victor on 06/02/2017 at 11:00 PM

Re: “Mercury and Mars Retrograde: The Underlying Question

Excellent article on the planetary effects on humanity. It definitely talks about where I am at as a man. Being in touch with the feminine qualities of the male spirit. Such as nuturing, compassion and selflessness. However, both genders are so emotionally damaged(pain) that until both genders heal coming together is difficult. My spiritual enlightenment has brought me healing but has also brought with it loneliness. From an enlightened state of being it makes the need obvious from a spiritual perspective.

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Posted by Charles Davis on 07/09/2016 at 7:59 AM

Re: “Jupiter in Virgo: Use What You Know

I think that "use what you know" is a good way of summing of Jupiter in Virgo, and I enjoyed reading this analysis.

The strategic wide scale planning capabilities of this position could be a great benefit to the many problems we currently face as well.

However, the critical nature of Virgo can have a stifling effect on the unity Jupiter can bring, when different parts of the world may "know" different things; I think that might be the greatest concern. Many people wanting to fix the problems with the big picture, but not agreeing on how.

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Posted by Alice on 09/01/2015 at 11:57 AM

Re: “Planet Waves | February 2018

I've met and spent some time with Eric. I'm gratified to see comments suggesting that others have known him to be disrespectful of other peoples' boundaries, or suspect that he's 'a little afraid the wolves have his scent'. I've told him that he's been abusive and given specific examples and his first response was, "That doesn't sound like something I would do." Let that speak for itself. The guy espouses consensual behavior, healthy boundaries, loving interactions, but his actions belie his words. He is very charming and charismatic and says all the right things; in my experience he's a little tyrant intent on doing what he wants in the way he wants it, disregarding others' wishes and taking what he wants.

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Posted by Prudence Gains on 09/08/2018 at 11:56 PM

Re: “The Fulcrum, the Venturi, and the Cycle of Fire

Momentum is certainly needed for those of us who are facing the coming of cold weather without working furnaces, and those who don't even have a roof over their head. Chaos? - Now there's irony for you - the captcha word is "camper."

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Posted by Jane on 08/01/2017 at 9:11 PM

Re: “Planet Waves: Good as Gold

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Posted by John Craft on 07/01/2014 at 8:25 AM

Re: “This Land is My Land

Shame on Glenn Hoagland, Bob Anderberg, Ron Knapp and Mohonk Preserve, Open Space Institute and Glynwood for destroying a small local farm. You truly are bad neighbors

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Re: “Astrology Forecast for November 2017

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Re: “Astrology Forecast | February 2019

So beautifully said!

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Posted by Michelle Katz on 02/01/2019 at 12:56 PM

Re: “Planet Waves | May 2018

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Re: “Astrology Forecast for November 2017

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Posted by Ashley Taylor on 04/23/2018 at 1:06 PM

Re: “Those Little Gaps of Silence

Another example: There's a faux avid, (white, well-off), group in town, (Maine), who write, and shout about "community gardens," "food insecurity," et al. Meanwhile, a local plant nursery is offering beautiful six-packs of vegetables for half off - so around $1.50 per six pack. There they sit, probably a thousand plants of different varieties. I'll give away any surplus if what I've planted grows, but it won't be advertised. You speak of objectivity and rationality. I kind of want to smack 'em. If these people put their $1.50 where their mouths are, they could feed several communities. But it wouldn't make these people "important" in the way they wish to be. It is their CONCERNS, you see, that are important.

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Posted by Jane on 07/01/2017 at 5:46 PM

Re: “Summer of Trust: The Great American Eclipse

Thank you. This so resonated with me. I felt inspired/provoked and simultaneously terrified, because of the accuracy of our current situation. And, because it feels like the truth about what is to come. Even in tumultuous times there is hope. I thank you for offering the baby steps to a solution; small, self-empowering gestures performed with the hope that my actions can empower another.

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Posted by Chelsey Black on 06/08/2017 at 11:03 PM

Re: “Waiting for The Big Thaw

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Re: “Journey Through Space

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