Amarosa Manigault Newman called "that dog" by Mr. Trump, and Sexually Abusive High Profile Men Making their Comeback in Media, Unbelievable Uhm.

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  • In an astonishing move – even for him – the sitting President of the United States called an African-American woman “that dog.” Even Jefferson, at the height of slavery, would not have said such mindless and offensive insult. “It’s important to understand the legacy, the history of the attack on black intelligence as a way of justifying our dehumanization,” Eddie S. Glaude Jr., the chairman of the African-American studies department at Princeton University, told The New York Times earlier this week. “He said there was ‘something deeply racial’ about the way Mr. Trump described Ms. Manigault Newman on Tuesday.”


  • “To be a feminist is simply to believe that everybody should be treated equally, regardless of sex," writes Laura Bates in The Economist. That should be how all discussions of feminism begin – and really, who could argue with that? Well, Fox News Contributor Tomi Lahren for one, who immediately draws a direct line from the word feminism to man-bashing. A new poll by Refinery 29 and CBS News found that 54% of millennial women did not want to self-identify as feminist. “It's become less about equal treatment and equal rights and more about special treatment,” Lahren argues, without offering any examples. “It's become about man bashing and demanding free things and marching in the streets getting attention with hats and being anti-Trump.” I don’t even know where to begin with all that ignorance.


  • Tunisia, a North African Muslim country, is in the process of a deeply divided conversation about inheritance equality. Tunisia's 92-years old President Beji Caid Essebsi delivered a televised address on Women’s Day. "’I propose that equality in matters pertaining to inheritance be signed into law by modifying the code of personal status,’ he said, referring to a series of laws initiated post-independence in the mid-1950s that revolutionised women's rights, most markedly through abolishing polygamy and legalising abortion,” reports Ramy Allahoum for Al Jazeera. "’This should have been done in 1956 but the constitution did not provide for it then,’ Essebsi, of Tunisia's secular Nidaa Tounes party, said.”

A report by the Individual Freedoms and Equality Committee (COLIBE) issued in June touched on this issue as a way to bring about greater equality in the country. Tunisia has long been regarded within the context of the region to be enlightened on women’s issues.

  • Women, the news articles have been telling us, are poised to break historical trends this November. Tuesday was a great day in America for elected women officials. “Women are running and winning in elections across the country in 2018, and Tuesday was no exception,” according to Vox. “Democratic and Republican women in Connecticut, Minnesota, Vermont, and Wisconsin snagged victories in their primaries, putting Democrat Ilhan Omar on track to become one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress and ensuring that a woman will win the 2018 Senate races in Wisconsin and Minnesota.” Three facts: one, next year millennials overtake boomers as the largest voting block. Two, 70% of millennial voters identify as Democrat or Democrat leaning. Three, millenial women are more likely than men to go to the polls this November. Draw your own conclusions.


  • How are we doing now one year deep into the #MeToo movement? In some ways, far better than we were before, clearly. Harvey Weinstein is gone, probably en route to prison; Les Moonves is in the middle of a reckoning; Jeff Fager is also in the crossfire. So are many other unsavory characters in the entertainment, legal, and fashion fields. The move is spreading internationally, especially in Asia. Amazing things are going on in China with regards to the #MeToo reckoning, and things are just beginning. All of that having been said, has anyone else noticed the disturbing trend of the comeback?

“Al Franken is considering a return to politics after being caught on camera groping a woman and being accused of harassment by half a dozen others. Matt Lauer is supposedly also aiming for a return to television, and his co-workers believe that “a comeback is possible.” Charlie Rose is planning to host a show, where he interviews men “brought down” by the #MeToo movement. I can only imagine this will be to indicate that you can sexually harass eight women, and not be “brought down” to a point where you stop hosting TV shows. Meanwhile, Brock Turner, the former Stanford University swimmer, who received an incredibly light sentence after being convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman, just appealed the conviction claiming that he only sought ‘outercourse.’”

What is going on? While the trial by Twitter “convictions” of Chris Hardwick and James Gunn might have been media overkill, what is up with Charlie Rose getting a second chanceI am all for redemption, but that is ridiculous, as is Brock Turner’s latest disgusting attempt to mansplain his criminally violent behavior. How far have we come?

So many miles to go before we sleep …


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