Showing posts from July, 2017

Threats, Intimidation and Gaslighting in Politics: The Art of Normalized Misogyny.

When politicians flippantly use domestic violence techniques they fail women, their Government, and their country. They should also forfeit the right to operate in the public sphere representing any part of the US Government. While that is not the case, as our “pussy grabbing” President evidences, it should be. Our job is to continue speaking up against it, relentlessly, so that this position becomes the norm. Don’t stop. Don’t give up. Don’t be afraid. We are the resistance. We will prevail.

About a week ago, Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) said in a radio interview that if the three GOP “female senators” opposing his party’s repeal of Obamacare persisted and if they also happened to be men he would gladly settle the issue “Aaron Burr style,” referring to the 1804 duel where Burr killed Alexander Hamilton. Rep. Farenthold later minimized his statements as “tongue in cheek.” If the comment seems inappropriate and the explanation false, but you can’t quite put your finger on why, it is…

Why Do We Care What “She” Wears? Because We’ve Been Told That’s How “She” Talks.

We see it all the time. Sometimes in sit coms, sometimes in movies, certainly all over magazine covers and as a staple of love songs: the idea that women are creatures whose signals must be decoded, mysteries of the universe, silent beings issuing subtle messages. A cursory Google search for “how to tell if a woman is interested in you?” spits out an article by as the first search result. How does the article begin? “With regard to our communication, 55% is non-verbal, 38% is based on speaking signals and only 7% has anything to do with what you actually say, according to the Social Issues Research Center. It stands to reason, then, that if you want to know whether or not a woman is interested in you, you should zero in on her non-verbal signals.” is the opposite of seeking enthusiastic affirmative consent. The second search result is an article called “Signs a Girl is Attracted to You,” which co…