Tag: Sexism

Boys and Girls

 

I raised five sons, and two things I tried to convey to them as they grew up were that it’s easier to destroy than to create, and that it’s easier to be great than to be good.


The first point is pretty obvious. Boys want to have an impact on the world. More than girls, boys feel a need to impose their will on nature, on the environment, and on the people around them. In young men, that’s expressed as a desire to build things, break things, dam up streams, and cut down trees. As they grow older, that desire to affect the world becomes a wish to scrawl graffiti over it, knock it down, shoot it, or otherwise bend it to their will.

Toxic Masculinity

 

The northern corner of New York state that I call home is famous for the rustic beauty of its lakes and mountains and forests, for its pivotal role in the underappreciated War of 1812, and for its long, snowy, and sometimes brutal winters. Being an indoorsy kind of guy with little interest in military history, it’s this last feature that bears most directly upon me.

I’ve been blessed with a robust frame and exceptional physical strength, a product (I suspect) of French peasant ancestry and hybrid vigor. Members of my extended family have tended to be healthy, long-lived, and embarrassingly fecund, which no doubt accounts for the absurdly large number of us. For all that, I’m no longer young. Recognizing this, my grown children decided, a couple of years ago, that it was time I stopped shoveling the new-fallen snow from my 300-foot driveway, a task that always left me sore and winded but that I’ve stubbornly resisted contracting out or delegating. So they gifted me a snowblower.

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If you are looking around the world and seeing conflict and strife, know that not everyone sees this as bad.The dream of socialism was for rich and poor to emphasize what separates them: “heighten the contradictions” to “raise class consciousness” to generate “class conflict” and hasten the revolution. Since Gramsci in the 20s, the conflict […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America start the week off with three crazy martinis, beginning with the Secret Service disputing a Trump lawyer’s claim that it vetted the people who met with Donald Trump Jr. in June 2016. They also scold both Jane Sanders and Kellyanne Conway for asserting – in separate situations –  that harsh criticism of them is a result of their gender. And they sigh as Ann Coulter unloads on Delta Airlines in a Twitter rant after having her seat assignment changed.

Trump and Clinton Genders Reversed

 

This piece out of NYU is absolutely fascinating. They had a female actor play Trump and a male one play Clinton in a reenactment of excerpts from the debates.

I love the honesty that these very liberal academics display. They expected to see the female Trump come off as less acceptable and the male Clinton to be more impressive. The opposite happened.

I don’t want to add too much to the piece, which is very thorough and insightful, but one thing struck me: the myth of sexism in actual daily life. The idea that it is more acceptable in 21st Century America for a man to condescend to and dismiss a woman the way Hillary did Trump as a matter of course in the debates.

Trump’s “Hot Mic” Moment Blows Up

 

trump-bushThe Washington Post has obtained a 2005 recording in which Donald Trump reveals his attempted seduction of a married woman and shares very lewd comments about females in general. It appears he didn’t follow the cardinal rule of broadcast media: the mic is always on.

Donald Trump bragged in vulgar terms about kissing, groping and trying to have sex with women during a 2005 conversation caught on a hot microphone — saying that “when you’re a star, they let you do it” — according to a video obtained by The Washington Post.

The video captures Trump talking with Billy Bush of “Access Hollywood” on a bus with Access Hollywood written across the side. They were arriving on the set of “Days of Our Lives” to tape a segment about Trump’s upcoming cameo on the soap opera.

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The New York Times is generally credited with having introduced the genre of highlighting the suffering of government-favored groups, perfectly satirized by Mort Sahl when he posited the headline World Ends, Women and Minorities Hardest Hit. (Page 2: Woman Completely Satisfied). While the Times may have created the genre, the Washington Post perfected it with its […]

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This PJMedia list of vintage racist and sexist ads got me thinking. The number one goal of advertising today is simply getting people to pay attention. Shock is the usual means. How long will it be before advertisers steal a page from the Trump playbook and start using casual racism and sexism? I mean, it […]

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Note that this is merely a current list of evil ideas.  It changes by the week, if not the day. 1. Capitalism is inherently and demonstrably superior to socialism (including “democratic socialism”). 2. Ronald Reagan was an excellent president—the best of my lifetime. Preview Open

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G-L-O-R-I-A

 

SteinemThe 81-year-old distinguished feminist, Gloria Steinem, has intimated the heterodox, blatantly sexist sentiment that young women develop an interest in boys before they develop an interest in politics.

In a recent interview with Bill Maher, Steinem was asked why more young women seem to be supporting Bernie Sanders instead of Hillary Clinton. Steinem replied that females typically don’t start taking politics seriously until they get older. She continued: “When you’re young, you’re thinking, ‘Where are the boys?’ The boys are with Bernie.”

What an arousing thought. Shades of Connie Francis! Wheeeere the booooys are…someone waits for me.

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The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has somehow managed to find time and surplus budget to fight a new battle along with their old standbys of preventing criminal background checks, preventing verification of American citizenship, striking down job-related competency testing, or disciplining any employee who isn’t a straight white male. Specifically, the EEOC is […]

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Forgive me if this sounds sexist, for that is not my intention. I just tuned in to the National League Wild Card Playoff game between the Houston Astros and New York Yankees on ESPN. I heard a female voice commenting about the game and I assumed she was the sideline/dugout reporter. Quickly, I realized that […]

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Facebook Heralds Iconic Woman’s Right Victory

 

facebook-victoryAs a graphic designer and web developer, I find myself reading a wide variety of sites that hold a pretty liberal view of the world. But when it comes to design principles and development standards, most everyone is on the same page.

Every now and then, however, there comes a disturbance in the flow of modern life. Something so grossly offensive that the false morality and self-righteous indignation come bubbling to the surface, and the offended party feels compelled to speak and act. In this case, a designer at Facebook expressed outrage at yet another example of the bigoted, unequal, and hateful undertones prevalent in our day.

What is it this time you ask? An icon. Yes, a little 32×32 icon that showed — hold your breath — a man standing in front of a woman.

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Did you read this? Of course not, you’re sensible men & women! But I did. Great credit to the race I am, I know. A very silly woman very indecently was staring at a guy’s Twitter–there were days when a young woman would not be staring at a man’s Twitter, I know, but those halcyon days are […]

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Third Class Temperament

 

ObamaLike cult members awaking to find their leader swigging gin and squirreling money into a Swiss bank account, liberals are rubbing their eyes in disbelief at President Obama’s behavior. The figure they worshipped so fervently and for so long is now revealed to be a “sexist” – at least according to National Organization for Women President Terry O’Neill.

Her view is seconded by Senator Sherrod Brown (D., OH). They are upset about the president’s derisive treatment of Senator Elizabeth Warren (D., MA), who committed a sin the president does not take kindly – she disagreed with him. For differing about the merits of the TPP trade deal, she got what everyone should already recognize as the Obama treatment – her views were caricatured and her motives were questioned. “The truth of the matter is that Elizabeth is, you know, a politician like everybody else.” Senator Brown thought the president’s use of Warren’s first name betokened sexism.

No, Senator Brown, that’s not sexism, that’s all-purpose disrespect. The president has been displaying the same condescension to world leaders, senate majority leaders, house speakers, and everyone else since first taking office. It was always “John” and “Harry” and “Hillary” – never Speaker Boehner, Leader Reid, or Secretary Clinton. It was “Angela” and “David,” not Chancellor Merkel and Prime Minister Cameron. Can’t wait to see whether, when the Pope visits in September, the president refers to him as “Jorge.” There was one exception to this rule – Obama was at pains to refer to Iran’s Ali Khameini, who has never been elected to anything, as “Supreme Leader.”

‘Daily Show’ Names New Host, Outrrrage Ensues

 

trevor-noahComedy Central has named a replacement for Daily Show host Jon Stewart and, no, you haven’t heard of him. Trevor Noah is a 31-year-old South African comedian who has appeared on American TV a handful of times and hosted a late-night show in his home country.

The most important question on the minds of The Daily Show faithful: “Is he progressive?” Upon the announcement of his new gig, Noah assured reporters that he won’t waver from liberal orthodoxy. “We are both progressives,” he said about Stewart and himself. “I’ll bring something different because I’m different, but because it’s a team, it’ll be the same as well.” The same but different; that’s a relief.

The far less important question was, “Is he funny?” Well, when Nelson Mandela is listed as a guy’s top comedic influence, you know he’s going to bring the laughs. Here’s the first Noah routine that popped up on You Tube: