What you need to know about the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold a law banning “revenge porn”
Posted On July 8, 2021
On the eve of the court’s ruling on the constitutionality of the “revolving door” laws in Arizona and New Mexico, some of the most prominent conservative voices in the United States are saying that this ruling could have major consequences for women in the workplace.
In a letter to The Washington Post, three women who have worked with conservative lawmakers in Congress on sexual harassment and retaliation issues and who worked on Capitol Hill in the past told The Huffington Posts that the court has done more to protect the right of women to file complaints against men than anything they’ve ever seen before.
They wrote that the decision “will have an immediate impact on women in politics, government, and the media.”
The letter was signed by three women: former Democratic National Committee chairwoman Donna Brazile, former Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R).
It was sent to HuffPost by a group of the women, who said that they have worked on sexual misconduct cases with Republicans in Congress.
The women have worked in various capacities since the 1990s, and they were among the most vocal voices against the 1994 “sting” law, which made it illegal for men to harass and coerce women into sex, The Washington Times reported.
The bill required victims to go through two years of psychological counseling before filing a complaint, and many women said they were not able to do so.
Some were afraid of losing their jobs if they did not comply with the requirement.
One of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, Gloria Allred, said in the letter that she “wanted to have my life back.”
The other two plaintiffs, Jessica Leeds, and Emily Nestor, wrote that they were sexually harassed by their bosses when they worked for Rep. Steve King (R) and other members of Congress.
They said that King told them they had “lost their minds” and had to get out of the Capitol and they “were forced to leave” after they reported the harassment.
King and other Republican lawmakers have called for a review of the law to address its flaws, including that it was not designed to protect women.
“We need a better law,” King told The Associated Press.
“The problem is that it’s not designed for the women that are victims of these predators.
It’s designed for men.”
The Supreme Court ruling also could affect the ability of women in Congress to get paid, which has been an issue of intense focus in the current congressional election.
The Hill reported earlier this year that House Speaker Paul Ryan (R — Wis.) plans to introduce a bill in the coming days that would limit how much money women can make if they work in Congress, and would also bar them from speaking at conferences that are held by groups that receive funding from the federal government.
While the women in The Hill letter said they did work on behalf of women and men in Congress during their careers, they said that the law was intended to be used only against men who harass and threaten women.
And they said it was also designed to be effective only against women.
While The Huffington View reported that a handful of Republican congresswomen are in favor of the bill, the majority of Republican lawmakers are against it, including Rep. John Culberson (R–Texas), who is considered a rising star in the House.
Some of the GOP lawmakers who have been publicly supportive of the bills have also been more vocal about their opposition to it than other Republicans in the Congress.
House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (Wis.) said that his own legislation was not intended to target women, and said that while he supports the idea of a law against revenge porn, he believes it is “an unnecessary distraction” from other pressing issues in the country.
“Revenge porn is a real problem, and we should not have to debate the issue,” he said.
But Ryan’s statement drew sharp criticism from the liberal advocacy group Women’s Voices for Justice, which tweeted that Ryan was “out of touch” with women who “feel they have no recourse against their attackers in the halls of Congress.”
Women’s Voices, which advocates for women’s issues in Congress and works on behalf the Women’s Equality Project, has been among the biggest voices against revenge pornography in the last few years.
In May, the group filed a lawsuit against the National Football League (NFL) for not enforcing the new “revenue sharing” law that would allow the league to make more money from the sale of tickets for games.
That lawsuit was settled with the NFL in February.
While women’s rights groups have called the legislation unconstitutional and argued that it would allow men to bully and harass women in a way that would prevent women from reporting harassment, Republicans have argued that the laws are needed to protect lawmakers and the general public from potential crimes like revenge porn.
The House bill that the Republican leaders are expected to propose is still pending in the Senate, and House Speaker John A. Boehner (R.-Ohio) has indicated that he