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Senator Gillibrand Rips the Curtain Back on Sexism and Political Jane Crow

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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has released a book revealing some of The Old Boys Club peccadillos, and they are legion. Near-legendary, as sexism goes.

"Please don't lose too much weight now, I like my girls chubby,' was supposed to be a Senate collee compliment … and the kicker was, he had his hand on the Lady Senator's stomach while he gave her the 'compliment', then proceeded to clearly want to take her measurements.

The Washington Post minced no words to publicly reprimand the behavior, or cycle of behavior as I like to think of it because this is a situation that needs to be temporary, reformed and shaken down for corruption as well as a conscience and a few residual morals.

New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D) has a new book coming out, "Off the Sidelines," and has been making the media rounds to promote it. The New York Post highlighted parts of the book today, in an article titled, "Gillibrand: Male colleagues called me ‘porky’ after baby."

 

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As awful as that headline is, things get worse in the book, according to the story. One quote in particular stands out. Gillibrand reveals that one male Senator, after she lost about 50 pounds, came up behind her and gave her waist a squeeze. “Don’t lose too much weight now," he told her. "I like my girls chubby.” She says that he was one of her favorite senators(!).

As Gillibrand's title infers, the book goes into detail about the things that women in politics still have to deal with that their male counterparts, well, don't.

It's high freaking time this book was written, and may it encourage other professional and non-professional truths to sort through about just where the proverbial buck stops on this issue.

 

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Some told of senators ogling women on the Senate floor or watching porn on iPads and on state-owned computers, of legislators hitting on female staffers or using them to help them meet women, and of hundreds of little comments in public and private that women had to brush off to go about their day. Some said they often felt marginalized and not listened to—that the sexism in the Legislature made their jobs harder and, at times, produced public policy hostile to women.

Yet, despite their strong feelings, women in the Capitol rarely talk about, except in the most private discussions, the misogyny they see all the time. It’s just the way the Legislature has always been.

Gillibrand surely isn't alone in having to deal with such comments with her male colleagues at the Capitol, although some of her encounters are jaw-droppingly bad/offensive. When she was still in the House, a Southern representative told her, “You know, Kirsten, you’re even pretty when you’re fat."

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Morning Joe Schmoe and Morning Mika et al gave that a look-see -- let's hope the media does grab on with four hands to get this information out there, and that women and men sit up and see the regressive elephant hogging all the space and oxygen in the room.

This goes deeper than reflexive Hillary-type bashing, after the stats we have heard about sexual assault on both sexes in the military, and now have a sitting Senator's word for the attitude in the highest legislative body in the land.

Once again, humiliated a bit by fellow Americans.

 

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Rick Perry, Governor Good Hair, Takes a Great Mug Shot

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perrywaronwomenRick Perry found  his niche.

Being indicted -- finally -- at the gubernatorial level.

It's going around, not the best year for conservative governors. Still praying that Chris Christie's moment is close. November is right around the proverbial corner.

It is critical that we all get our derrieres to the Voting Booth, friends. It's positively likely we may see (and hear) that giant fall from Trenton.

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Superb footage by Maddow, she's been all over Perry. Two takes.
 

 

Maddow is ah-mazing, on every story - she does background and employs a fact checker. Remember those?

Fascinating piece on Perry by Cleveland Online.

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- On paper, Texas Governor Rick Perry has been indicted by an Austin grand jury on two felony counts for coercion and abuse of official capacity. But in reality, Perry is being prosecuted for playing hardball politics and nothing more.

Perry's indictment stems from his response to Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg pleading guilty to DUI charges in 2013. Perry, along with other Texas officials, demanded Lehmberg resign, declaring her unfit to continue serving as D.A. and head of the State's Public Integrity Unit. When Lehmberg refused, Perry used his line-item veto power to slash the funding of the Public Integrity Unit. Travis County is the county seat of the Texas Capitol. Perry and other elected officials have long sought to have the powers of the State Public Integrity Unit Transfered to the State Attorney General's office.

 

Courtesy By Jeff Darcy, Northeast Ohio Media Group

Courtesy/By Jeff Darcy, Northeast Ohio Media Group

The real abuse of power here seems to be the special prosecutor seeking to indict Perry for demanding the resignation of a D.A. convicted of DUI and using his constitutional line-item veto powers.

If politicians like Perry are going to start being jailed for being politicians and using authorized powers, it's going to take a lot of Texas illegal aliens to help build all the new prisons that will be needed to house them all.

Now there's yer' sign. Will Perry Operatives and Sugah Daddy's jump ship like the rats they are? Wouldn't be very nice to have poor GreenPeace stuck with him.

Perry's own words:



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Ick.

More Ick, sorry for the Fvx overtones.

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Mary Cassatt: Some Art Serenity and That Inner Discovery of Beauty

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Mary Cassatt, Children in a Garden

Fine art is one of the subjects I most love to scribble about. All politics all the time add up to more monster stressors and good ole' anxiety has more room to wiggle into our over-loaded inner lives.

Mary Cassatt knew the way.

Mary Cassatt, In the Box, 1879.

Mary Cassatt, In the Box, 1879.

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Breaking news is always the front-runner, but we hope some But the weekly opportunity to do an art post  is a strong contender. Today, I found several museum review tie-ins that did little to pique my interest, so thought to just choose an artiste. I will likely have to do this in parts, as the story is fascinating and the art delightfully plentiful.

Mary Cassatt was quite the anomaly for her day. American, classically trained yet not given to painting so, and female ... not the CV of a successful or well-regarded painter at that time. She had talent and passion, however, which still meant something then.

Much has been said and written about this dynamic nineteenth century artist, both while she grew into the personae of someone truly larger than life, and certainly as history has judged her since.

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Reading Le Figuro, Mary Cassett

It was no mean feat for a young woman to leave the United States to brave the French art world, yet she triumphed, and not just once. She brilliantly painted mothers and children, yet fiercely independent, never chose to marry or to procreate. She was, in turn, devastatingly outspoken, no shy or retiring flower ... but I digress, and get ahead of the story.

A small town Pennsylvania girl, Cassatt had a privileged albeit conservative upbringing. Her father had created a wealthy niche for himself in stocks and land speculation, and her mother had been born into a prominent American banking family.

She traveled extensively with her parents for five of her early years, during the late 1840's and early 1850's, and was exposed to the European capitals and their cultural riches. By the time she attended the renowned Paris World's Fair in 1855, she knew in her soul that her life would be dedicated to art. She was all of eleven.

Summertime, by Cassatt

Summertime, by Cassatt

The exhibitors featured at the 1855 Fair reads like a Brittanica entry of prominent and upcoming French art royalty. Courbet, Corot, Ingres, Degas, Pissarro and Delacroix all contributed to that legendary event.

Cassatt was then just beginning to study drawing and music, as all well-heeled young ladies of that era did. Yet for her, the former would evolve into a passion rather than a de rigeur social accomplishment. When the Cassatts moved back to Philadelphia in 1859,  she began studies at the acclaimed Academy of the Fine Arts.

At age fifteen she was already focusing on painting as a discipline. And I do mean discipline, in every practical sense of the word.  Although one in five of the Academy's students was female, the majority were hobbyists, having a bit of creative, elite fun in the ramp up to socially prominent marriages. Perhaps not as much fun as they would have liked, as women students were not permitted to avail themselves of live models. [Gaah!]

It would allow her to grow and develop her natural talent, and nurture her passion.

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Exceptional teachers were thick on the terre, and she was accepted to study with three of the best:  Jean-Léon Gérôme, Charles Chaplin and the eccentric Thomas Couture. His Romantic Movement style was all the rage, particularly when applied to the historical context he chose to paint primarily within.

It only took two years for one of Cassatt's works to be chosen for the iconic Paris Salon. The Mandolin Player was a decidedly conservative painting, very much in the style of the Romantic Barbizon school and of Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, it's prominent yet aging leader.

 

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At that time, women students were not welcome to stroll through the imposing portals of the École des Beaux Arts. Hence the private studies Cassatt had diligently arranged.

Arguably that particular sexist bit of nineteenth century discrimination served her career well, not only did she learn from true masters and innovators, she made connections and friendships that would keep her in good stead en France for the rest of her long life.

To Be Continued ...

 

 

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Fvx's Megyn Kelly Accuses Nancy Pelosi of Sexism Re Hobby Lobby

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Are you kidding me? Megyn Kelly has less credibility to talk about sexism than Sean Hannity has, although she used to have slightly more than Ann Coulter.

Not after this banner month over at Fvx Nation.

Hobby Lobby Affected us all in different ways. For those of us who arrived on the planet standard with a uterus, we were for the most part displeased with a SCROTUS who decided to insert one more public bit of scrutiny way too close to our imperiled lady parts.

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Then there were the kooks who celebrated the decision as a herald to the return to an America they had feared they lost, one where women have such an absurd rigaramarole set in front of them to obtain birth control that it becomes an impediment to health and family planning.

They are currently doing a Holly Hobby Hobby Lobby Regressive Porn flick to celebrate … Rick Santorum made it happen. Gag. Not kidding. Here's a blurb from Raw Story to catch the Ick from firsthand.

… the documentary — called One Generation Away: The Erosion of Religious Liberty — on Sept. 1.

A trailer for the movie points to the Hobby Lobby case that the Supreme Court decided on Monday as proof that the government is trying to destroy religious freedom. Filmmakers compare the situation to Nazi Germany, when Christians in Germany did not “wake up.”

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Megyn Kelly must be one of the producers. She set herself up at Fvx Noise as the arbiter of all things female after 9 p.m. (before Hannity comes on to bring the testosterone back to Fox standards), and wasted no time in blaming the woman clearly at the heart of the controversy.

Nancy Pelosi? All right, Megyn, have your absurd 'say'.

Yes, the First Female Speaker of the House in these United States, normally considered a fierce proponent for fellow dames, is secretly sexist and bent on destroying womanhood as you know it, Megyn Kelly.

Who can even begin to address the Wrong therein?

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A Lot of Smart Women Swear, Tricky Dick Nixon!

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The odds were that in some of the newly released Nixonian audio trove, he'd let fly with one fine misogynistic remark to mark the occasion with.

Richard Millhouse, you did not disappoint.

Because it also includes an informative Vanity Fair segment, and a Morning Joe Schmoe segment that brings Vanity Fair to the table is always worth a peek … have a Nixon listen.

Mark Halperin was there to try to destroy the experience, but we are all used to auto-tuning Halperin out.

Talk amongst yourselves about the Christie freshness, but can I get a WTH?! On Nixon?!? Bella Abzug must have sent him into fits. From the Vanity Fair piece, linked above, an excerpt that covers Dick's incredulity about females and language.

Nixon: I mean, you’ve got to stop at a certain point. Why is it that the girls don’t swear? Because a man, when he swears, people can’t tolerate a girl who is a—

Haldeman: Girls do swear.

Nixon: Huh?

Haldeman: They do now.

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Nixon: Oh, they do now? But, nevertheless, it removes something from them. They don’t even realize it. A man drunk, and a man who swears, people will tolerate and say that’s a sign of masculinity or some other damn thing. We all do it. We all swear. But you show me a girl that swears and I’ll show you an awful unattractive person. . . . I mean, all femininity is gone. And none of the smart girls do swear, incidentally.

It was almost worse that he doubled down on the judgment at the end, there … as if he was giving the matter due process of thought, then said, "Naah - I'm Dick Nixon and I'm right" and did away with generations of intelligence in a casually arrogant sentence; man to man.

We met Pat. Something tells me she was a Nixon with a vocabulary tailored to match her voluble husband's.

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The New Political Battlefields: Red Meat Base-Baiting Comment Threads

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Many of us enjoy the occasional drop into Alternet, they truly do find or write up the unusual with consistent flair and By Golly, there was a gem today.

There is some really serious red-meat base baiting going on out there.

Divisiveness is at an all time high, this surprises no one. We all enjoy a good troll slaying from time to time, and even the Twitterz can get ugly. But here's some slightly more alarming quotes from an article by their Roberto Rodriguez.

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The unexpected new locations for hate crime scenes in the 21st century appear to be the comments sections of the nation's leading newspapers, where calls to violence have become routine and through which progressives have decided correcting the record is a waste of their time. ...

One normally associates hate crimes with cross burnings and lynchings or something equally heinous, however, the shocking and unexpected new locations for hate crime scenes in the 21st century appear to be the editorial pages of the nation's leading newspapers ... where calls to violence have also become routine.

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In Arizona, exposure to constant hate is a daily occurrence in the letters to the editor or comments section of media. Within these contexts, communities are subjected to vicious anti-Mexican and anti-immigrant hate disguised as discourse against "illegals," or "illegal aliens." ... Not a few intimate the use of extreme violence. ...

From caretaker: "FOKES THIS IS GOING TO LEAD TO US'' THE PEOPLE PROTECTING OUR COUNTRY OUR SELVES... THERE'S NO CHOICE, THIS IS WHAT OUR FORE FATHERS MEANT IN OUR CONSTITUTION ..."

From Fastfreddy: "Would you rather see the citizens of Arizona use the 2nd amendment as a solution to the illegal problem or rather see the courts try to solve the problem."
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If this constant badgering and threats of violence involved the daily haranguing of other peoples, for example, Jews, African Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans, Anglo-Americans or any other identifiable group, it is assumed, per the newspaper's comment guidelines, that they would never make it into these pages. (4) But they inexplicably do and thus, the media, particularly letters to the editor sections, have become what I refer to as hate crime scenes.

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Seriously??!! Years ago I had a sock at Stormfront, one of the most hateful places on the above ground internetz or the Undernet … but to see the same brand of xenophobic, racist hate bandied about in places/comment threads my 16 year-old niece stumbles over every day?!

Unacceptable. We have to have some semblance of civilization, here. There have to be adults in the room, adults in the comment threads and adults in the pundit seats.

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This isn't sports, when the Red Sox lose another shot at the pennant, we wail and moan and curse … then recalibrate for next season.

This is politics. It is real life. I wasn't kidding earlier, it has become blood sport. It will kick you in the gut, the soul and the wallet if you let the apathy win and don't get to the polls and cast your vote, and raise your voice for the right progressive choices.

It's this bad, people. Schismatic is not too embellished a term, Maddow had the right of using it to describe just what the Tea Party hath wrought.

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Scarborough Fires Up New Fake Hillary Scandal, Mika and Halperin Pour Gas

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There's been this Hillary Clinton story running quietly under the radar for a few weeks, and I had really hoped not to report on it - because it's from 1975, and it's bad enough that we are going to have to re-litigate the Entire Nineties between now and the Big Dance in 2016.

I respect Ezra Klein, and what he is doing over at Vox. He'd baited a good hook in June for this story, I'm thinking Ezra makes fly-fishing sparklers for a hobby … but Hillary didn't bite until the 4th of July. The Vox article is here, and the rather damning audio that you might be hearing Over and Over and Over for a while.

Morning Schmoe poured some kerosene and tried to strike a match.

The Twitterz got slimed:

Even if you are Hillary's Biggest Fan and think she can do no wrong, it is cringe-worthy audio, there's no way around it. She was young, had no idea she was anywhere near a hot mic, and was recorder laughing about a rapist's lie detector test. That can't be made pretty.

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But it can be deescalated. But it should be stopped in its tracks as the Next Great Hope for 1600 Pennsylvania Ever Agin' of the GOP, with New Tea and Koch backing.

Limpbaugh, Hannity, Rove, Dick Morris … they all lie in wait. To trash, burn and pretty much annihilate former FLOTUS/Senator/Presidential Candidate/Secretary Hillary long before she even announces a 2016 run. [They think they have a Bush in their hands, right? Like a pathetic ace up their Old White Imperialist Koched Up sleeves. Balderdash.]

Morning Mika and Schmoe pounced on the opportunity for some Clinton Bashing. And a Hate Radio voice was right there to harmonize, an " @SteveMTalk " … a look at his Tweeter feed and Breitbart loyalties would indicate that this is Right Wing Nut Job with Schmoe's ear.

Ezra's interview, above, in the live opening hour was kind of Enh. Young Sam Stein didn't ever get terribly exorcised. I'm just about to relax and maybe have a cup of Earl Grey if the hubs would take my text … and damned if Joe doesn't pop back up and Halperin is Tweeting ...

… and Oh My GOD There's A New Clinton Hysteria Moment. Mika had a fifth of vodka at hand, that went flying onto the fire within seconds.

There's a little bit of [honestly: regrettable and unfortunate for all] audio from Arkansas in 1975, you see, where then public defender Clinton was trying to get a child rapist off at trial - a case she has repeatedly said she was obligated to do.

However. A NY Times take on the matter included the detail that Clinton allegedly 'took the case as a favor' from someone at that time, because the client had requested a female attorney. That was brought up as some kind of condemnation when Schmoe and Mika brought the story back to the front of the line after the 8:30 schmutz.

Ezra Klein had misspoken, the girl was 12 rather than 15 … the young woman who had so tragically been raped by the man Clinton was assigned to defend as a public, Legal Aid type of attorney she was in 1975. In her Twenties. Which she reiterated on July 4th, catch the somewhat stilted response in the messnbc video, above.

"Well, now," bloviated Joe, "That completely changes the Conversation", his eyes light up, Mika's eyes are already burning with that odd Clinton Derangement à La Mika only she seems to possess, and Mark Halperin clearly has a woody under that table and has already Tweeted his self-ordained truth on the topic.

Don't let them have this one, fellow liberals. Because if Morning Joe is selling it, Fvx Nation will be buying it by prime time and then Fireworks and Finale on getting the 1975 story to stick to Hillary this early.

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Pink-Hoodie Joe even used his 'What did we learn today?' pithy moment to bring the headline back - he's going to be running with this one, folks. And Mika already has a Loaded-for-Hillary shotgun.

The woman's book tour has had its share of in artful moments, and this may be filed as one of those awkward Hillary shudder numbers.

But if we allow Joe Scarborough and Mark Halperin to Change This Conversation - we should turn in our Atheist Pinko Commie Kenyan Soshulist Heathen Cards.

 

Our friend Mel Neuhaus, @acehanna54 had the perfect artwork for this gaggle, huge thanks for sharing, Mel.

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