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Today on Context Florida: The mighty always fall, social justice warriors and rethinking gender equality

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The mighty always have fallen, warns Dr. Marc J. Yacht. Always. Being a strong imperial power offers no guarantee of continued existence. Ask any Mayan whose empire survived 3,500 years. They sit alongside the Roman, British, Spanish and Mongol empires. The French faced the revolution with Madame Defarge knitting while the People’s Court sentenced French nobility to death. One cannot ignore the Russian Revolution and the end of the Romanov dynasty. It happens and it can happen in the U.S.

To Jerelyn Luther and other Yale students who shouted down a professor who asked to respect the right to be inappropriate during Halloween, the Mizzou students and faculty denying freedom of the press, as well as anyone else who believes they alone are arbiters of what the rest of us should see and hear … Catherine Durkin Robinson offers 20 things social justice warriors should know.

Elizabeth Santiago relates a conversation that determined her views on gender equality. It was after a class during her senior year of high school, where she was having a casual conversation with a literature teacher. The topic landed on how a woman’s clothing held the power to define her sexuality. The teacher flipped the script and asked if a male rape victim was at fault because he wasn’t wearing a shirt and his jeans were tight. Santiago’s answers affected the way she thought from that point on.

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Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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