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Harvey Weinstein leaves the court after prosecutors completed their closing argument in his rape trial on Feb. 14, 2020. AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews

Weinstein trial begs a question: Why is the pain of women and minorities often ignored?

Studies show the physical and emotional pain of minorities and women is often discounted by both the U.S. justice and health care systems. That has serious consequences.
The jury at the Weinstein trial will have to check their biases about consent. Aleutie/Shutterstock.com

Weinstein jurors must differentiate between consent and compliance – which research shows isn’t easy

As the Harvey Weinstein trials start, a psychology scholar explains why jurors may be biased on the question of consent. While the situations examined in these studies are not equivalent to sexual assault, they illustrate a pervasive psychological bias.
In Australia, the interplay between government and Indigenous peoples frequently feels similar to an abusive and controlling relationship. Mick Tsikas/AAP

For Indigenous women, the #MeToo movement is a deeper fight against racism, power and oppression

If the representations we see of black women in Australia only focus on disadvantage and deficit – not success and excellence – how do we expect power imbalances and stereotypes to change?

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