The fight to end sexism: Lessons from Trump’s woman-hating, Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton

first_imgOct. 18 — The sordid video of Donald Trump’s vulgar sexist remarks has opened up a widespread national conversation on sexism and misogyny in the U.S. and ignited deep outrage.There are two important lessons that progressives and revolutionaries must consider during this conversation.First, the scandal has brought to the surface the horrific nature of women’s oppression in capitalist society. Fighting sexism, along with fighting racism and police terror, must be at the top of the progressive agenda. As the U.S. may soon elect its first woman president, it is of the utmost necessity to fight sexism. And that fight must be considerably nuanced.Second, the election campaign has revealed that the political system administered by Washington on behalf of Wall Street and the Pentagon is in deep crisis. Capitalism at a dead end. Despite the demoralizing campaign shenanigans, workers and oppressed must not retreat, but be inspired to build a revolutionary movement like never before.A “shitstorm” of misogynyThe recent video of Trump boasting of sexual assault has unleashed and emboldened Trump’s “deplorables” in their woman-hating. The video opened up wounds for many a victim of sexual assault, with the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network reporting that calls for help by women had jumped to about 800 a day.The Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors U.S. right-wing and hate groups, began to document anti-women groups a few years ago. It also tracks “manospheres” — blogs and online forums launching sexist attacks on women — and reported on those in “Misogyny: the Sites.” (splcenter.org)Mark Potok, editor of that report, remarked: “I was completely astounded. I had no idea that there was this dark world of woman hatred“ where “misogyny had become an increasingly common means of articulating broader discontent.” (New York Times, Oct. 16)Trump doubles downTrump’s sexist crimes of verbal and physical assault have showed that women’s oppression is alive and well under capitalist society — not just abroad but right here “at home.” The capitalist media and U.S. administrations’ justification of imperialist war to “save women” have, in the past, located the oppression of women as if it happens only in the Middle East or elsewhere.But now the video and Trump’s subsequent denial of ever assaulting anyone have encouraged women sexually assaulted by him to come forward. At least nine women have recounted the vilest incidences. Trump has walked into teen beauty pageants while young, underage women were half dressed. He has approached a stranger next to him on a plane, reached under her skirt and kissed her aggressively — without her consent. He has sexually assaulted a woman journalist assigned by her publication to interview him.Without a doubt, Trump is a sexist predator. He embodies the epitome of ruling-class, straight, white male privilege. But Trump’s reactionary sexist and racist base continues to blame women and back him. Thuggish followers have tried to cover up Trump’s behavior by claiming Hillary Clinton’s election would be a victory for sexism because her husband, former President Bill Clinton, committed sexual assault.Ominously, Trump supporters have stepped up their threats of violence against Hillary Clinton with shouts of “lock her up” and worse. Trump himself promised to jail Clinton if he is elected — an unheard of threat by a U.S. presidential candidate against a political opponent.It is important to note what’s at the base of Trump’s campaign, in addition to bitter sexism. Trump has gathered and galvanized a corrosive and poisonous element. At its heart is racism. This current, always present in U.S. politics, reemerged with the election of the first Black president, a moment in history it refuses to  accept.That is at the heart of the slogan “Make America Great Again.” What Trump supporters mean is “Make America Racist and White Male Again.” This base is anti-immigrant to its core because migrants are contributing in record numbers to the “browning of America,” a historical development they fear down to their racist boots.News accounts indicate women are turning away from Trump’s campaign in droves. Now Trumpites rant that women’s right to vote should be repealed by abolishing the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which gave women the vote only in 1920. This sexist assault links Trump’s base to current right-wing attacks on voting access for people of color, who have fought to defend their right to the ballot from the abolition of slavery to this very day.Corrosive sexism & misogyny Woman-hating hurts everybody. It is dangerous for women first and foremost, but it is also damaging for children. Men as well are affected by the oppression of women — the oldest oppression of all. This is why the fight to end sexism must be revolutionary and class conscious. It must be led by women, especially women of color, but men must see women’s liberation as their fight as well.To that end, the term “toxic masculinity” has encouragingly been added to today’s vernacular and to widespread discussion. As a 2015 Salon article noted: “The three most destructive words a father or mother can tell their young son is to ‘Be a man.’”In an Oct. 13 New York Times article, Jared Sexton expanded on Trump’s toxic masculinity: “Taking refuge in traditional masculinity is a coping mechanism that works only so much as it deadens a man and his emotions. Their masculinity, already a coping mechanism, becomes toxic. … I’ve heard men attack the character of women in the same tone that an uncle once used to call for the nuclear annihilation of the entire Middle East and the murder of every last Arab. I’ve heard men … then excuse it all with one of Mr. Trump’s pet phrases: ‘We live in the real world.’”Sexton puts this into an economic context: “But the real world — complicated foreign policy questions, confusing social change, economic dislocation — is precisely what toxic masculinity is trying to avoid.” At a time when the economic crisis has closed factories, when Uber jobs at $13 an hour are the best can get, when home after home is foreclosed, toxic masculinity should be studied and fought against.That is why revolutionaries and class-conscious fighters refuse to give up on male workers. Many of Trump’s “deplorables” are lost forever. But some cannot and should not be given up on.And real world violent attacks on women must always be kept in mind. As novelist Margaret Atwood has said, “Men are worried that women will laugh at them, while women are worried that men will kill them.” Indeed, on Oct. 10 six women walking in the vicinity of Trump Towers in New York City were accosted by a group of young men who tried to light them on fire. Those attempts were unsuccessful. (NY Times, Oct. 16)A Hillary Clinton war-monger presidencyTrump’s misogyny was turned on its head last week by a woman of color who has endured not only racism and sexism, but hate mail and death threats.First Lady Michelle Obama gave one of the most stirring speeches of this election season at a Oct. 13 campaign rally for Clinton. Her words in defense of women and against the actions of Trump were beautifully, dramatically eloquent.Gloria Steinem, the 70s’ feminist, called her a prophet. Democrats and independents both loved her talk. Even conservatives were shaken by it. Glenn Beck, calling it “the most effective political speech I have heard since Ronald Reagan,” said, “It kills me to say that.” (glennbeck.com)The speech brought this writer to tears, despite the fact that Obama’s husband has deported Mexicans and other migrants in record numbers —  policies the First Lady has not opposed.Michelle Obama spoke to the heart about the deep feelings women have about sexual predation and assault. She shamed misogynists in the process.Then she ended her words by calling on everyone to ensure the election of Hillary Clinton. But Clinton is no friend of the people, despite glaring differences between her and The Donald.Clinton is a well-documented warmonger, a hawk who has the blood of the Honduran, Libyan and Syrian people on her hands. She has historically backed the economic and political forces implicated in the mass incarceration of millions, primarily Black and Brown people. She is aligned with dismantling the federal welfare system, which ramped up extreme poverty for poor women and women of color.The progressive movement must fight a Clinton administration tooth and nail on these issues and beyond. We cannot stop until Washington jails killer cops and stops mass deportations. The demands raised by young people who supported the Sanders movement — like the cancellation of student debt — must be brought forward and expanded.But the struggle against a Clinton administration must be nuanced and thoughtful. Just as was necessary during the two terms of the first Black president, the struggle against Clinton must be factual and not sexist,  pro-worker and not misogynistic.Clinton must be attacked for her program, for her deeds and not for what she wears or what she looks like. Woman-hating terms must not be used. Her body parts are off limits, no matter her crimes.On Jan. 20, thousands will converge in Washington, D.C., to protest the inauguration — likely of the first U.S. female president. But a woman in the White House will mean little as long as decisions coming out of the Oval Office are controlled by the Pentagon and Wall Street.Gutierrez is campaign manager for Workers World 2016 presidential and vice-presidential candidates Monica Moorehead and Lamont Lilly.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Response to access report intensifies as open letter receives over 1,000 signatures

first_imgOxford’s response to the last week’s undergraduate admissions report intensified over the weekend, with an open letter reassuring potential applicants of inclusivity receiving over 1,000 signatures.The letter, which its organisers say aims to “reassure potential students from disadvantaged backgrounds that we are committed to providing a welcoming environment and to combatting any discrimination we see at the University,” states that “tackling [the access problem] is a challenge that none of us can shirk from.”The news comes in advance of a Solidarity Rally at the Clarendon Building tomorrow evening in response to last week’s report, supported by groups including Oxford SU Class Act Campaign and Common Ground.Ben Fernando, who worked with Holly Unwin on the letter to change the narrative that “Oxford wasn’t for non-whites, those from the north, or those from working-class backgrounds,” told Cherwell that they hope “those in positions of influence (such as David Lammy) [can] help us [to] solve these issues rather than perhaps unintentionally further dissuading applications from the students we most want to apply.”The letter reads: “We wholeheartedly encourage all young people (no matter their background) to apply, and trust that they will find a community ready to welcome and support them, as we have. We will continue to invest significant effort in increasing diversity at the University and ensuring that disadvantaged groups are better represented.“All we ask is that those who have shone a spotlight on these issues will now help us to solve them, else we fear that all this data release will have achieved is dissuading applications from those we most want to apply.”Analysis of the University data has shown that of every 100 white applicants who applied between 2015 and 2017, over a quarter –  27% –  were given offers. White British applicants were twice as likely to gain admission as their black British peers.Just 16% of black or black British (African) and 20% of black or black British (Caribbean) students who applied at the same time were given offers. The total black minority ethnic (BME) offer rate for the 2015-17 period was 18%.Fernando highlighted that the University must adapt its access policies to ensure that it remains globally competitive. “Access is hugely important – if Oxford is going to maintain its world-leading position, it must be representative of the population from which it draws its students. Times are changing, and the University must change with them.”On the event page of this evening’s protest, entitled ‘Solidarity Rally: Respond to the Oxford Access Report’, campaigners have written: “To ensure that potential applicants to Oxford hear our voices and see that we are trying to change the institution from the inside, it is vital that we come together in a show of solidarity:“We need to show the world that, by taking up space, #thereisaplaceforyouhere at Oxford.”They also wrote: “This is not about denying the problem, but showing that Oxford students do not stand by the University’s defence of its whiteness and elitism.”Common Ground, the Oxford SU Class Act Campaign, Oxford First Generation Students, and the Oxford Students’ Disability Community will all take part.The rally is due to begin opposite the Weston Library on Wednesday evening.This article was amended at 16.52pm on Tuesday 29 May as today’s Solidarity Rally has now been postponed until tomorrow.last_img read more

Ask the Mayor — Wednesday December 11, 2019 — Clear Lake mayor Nelson Crabb

first_imgClear Lake’s mayor Nelson Crabb was our guest on “Ask the Mayor” on Wednesday, December 11th, 2019. Listen back to the program belowlast_img

Coe meets with Russian athletics chief to discuss doping ban

first_imgMOSCOW (AP): IAAF President Sebastian Coe has met with the new head of the Russian athletics federation, which was banned from world track and field in November over doping. The Russian Federation said yesterday that Coe and Dmitry Shlyakhtin met on Friday in Monaco and discussed “Russian athletics and the way to lead it out of the crisis”. “I was pleased to meet with the new president of Russian athletics,” Coe said in comments provided by the International Association of Athletics Federations. “We held a wide-ranging conversation, including, of course, the current position that Russia finds itself in.” An IAAF task force monitoring Russia’s compliance with reform demands is due to visit Russia today and tomorrow. Coe said he thanked (Shlyakhtin) “for his cooperation” with the task force. According to the Russian Federation, Shlyakhtin briefed Coe on Friday about reforms in Russian track and field, saying that they are “an issue that can’t be solved in one day and which requires systematic and painstaking work”. Shlyakhtin, a former coach and regional politician, was elected last month. Russia’s head coach, Yuri Borzakovsky, said he was “sure” that the ban would be lifted in time for the Olympics in August. Russian athletes “are in a cage now, and when they get out, they’ll rip everyone apart”, he added. Russia was suspended from competition, including the Olympics, after a World Anti-Doping Agency commission accused it of operating a systematic and state-sponsored programme of drug use by star athletes.last_img read more

Council to mull Ave. I overpass

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The city is proposing to widen Avenue I to three lanes in each direction and provide dual left turn lanes onto the freeway from both the east and west. The existing southbound off-ramp will be removed and a new loop will be constructed to intersect with Avenue I at 23rd Street West. Traffic exiting on the southbound ramp will actually end up north as it approaches to the intersection, said Steve Dassler, city engineer and assistant public works director. The work will require a new independent bridge structure over Avenue I adjacent to the existing southbound freeway, Dassler said. Design work is expected to be completed in June. The design work is being done by Willdan, an Anaheim company that performed engineering and environmental studies on the freeway overpass at Avenue H. Construction is expected to begin in early 2007, with completion expected later that year, Dassler said. The city has spent about $33 million over the past 13 years on overpass projects, installing overpasses across Sierra Highway and the railroad tracks at avenues H and L, and over the freeway, also at avenues H and Avenue L. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – The city is planning its fifth overpass project, this time to reconfigure the Avenue I exit at the Antelope Valley Freeway. At its meeting tonight, the Lancaster City Council will consider a cooperative agreement with the state Department of Transportation for the construction of the Avenue I freeway overpass. The project, estimated to cost about $8.5 million, will address one of the headaches of Antelope Valley motorists – the existing southbound off-ramp has no traffic signals, meaning motorists have to wait for a break in traffic traveling on Avenue I. “It’s a safety measure,” Mayor Frank Roberts said of the project. “It’s very important.” last_img read more

More police cars for rural areas

first_img20 December 2010 Crime-fighting initiatives in South Africa’s rural areas have been given a major boost, with police getting over 1 000 additional vehicles to carry out their duties. The South African Police Service has added 1 385 new vehicles – earmarked for rural areas – to its existing fleet for the 2009/10 and 2010/11 financial years. Speaking to journalists in Pretoria last week, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said these vehicles ranged from high powered 4x4s to high-tech equipped vans and sedans. Mthethwa stressed that “rural areas” referred not only to farms but included broad demographic areas across the country, ranging from remote areas without proper road infrastructure to some of the worst economically affected areas in the country. Mthethwa said the police were beginning to deploy resources evenly and effectively. “Where they were needed, appropriate vehicles suitable for the terrain were allocated to rural areas, and in cases where it was necessary, new suitable vehicles have been purchased and ordered,” he added. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Web Aggregation: What Works, What Doesn’t

first_imgalex williams Tags:#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts center_img No one is getting Web aggregation quite right. That’s one of the big take-aways from “Web Aggregation: What Works, What Doesn’t,” one of the breakout sessions at the ReadWrite Real-Time Web Summit.We first heard about the fire hose meme several years ago in discussions about RSS. It was often used as a way to describe how information comes to you in a feed. The context has changed as real-time data becomes pervasive, and the questions about its volume persists.The fire hose conversation is often centered on Twitter these days, but it’s an issue across the social Web. Perhaps most of all, we should be thinking about what are the subsets of the fire hose and, in particular, how we use data streams in our lives.The real-time Web ebbs and flows. Most people find the real-time information well after it has been published in an activity stream. Thus, a proliferation of new search engines are coming to market, looking to capture this real-time data and making it relevant to users. Another distinction made in the discussion centered on how we consume real-time information and the persistence with which we need to get it. For instance, some information you do not need to be pinged on every 30 seconds. Instead, it may make more sense for it to be pushed to you when you need it. You may only get this information on rare occasions, such as an emergency. So when you do get that information, it is very relevant.The real-time Web may be instant, but our lives do not work that way. One participant said that he may be interested in a photo of his son that appears in his stream but perhaps not the photo of his son’s buddy, who happens to like Scandinavian death metal music.So, the question becomes, how will the real-time Web fully develop. For Joseph Smarr of Plaxo, that’s where open standards come into play. Interestingly, open standards are emerging as an oft-discussed issue at the Summit.Smarr made the point that RSS and Atom were designed to share the titles and bodies of blog posts. What we are actually sharing in an activity stream is far richer. What we need is language that embodies the far richer meta data that comes in a real-time activity stream. Pubsubhubbub and RSSCloud are starts, but there is still a lot of work to do to put the pieces together. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

5th ODI: India beat Sri Lanka by 20 runs, jump to 2nd spot in rankings

first_imgIrfan Pathan claimed five wickets and contributed valuable 29 runs as India managed a 20-run win over Sri Lanka in the dead fifth rubber to complete a 4-1 series drubbing, here on Saturday. Score | PhotosIndia posted a challenging 294 for seven after electing to bat and completed the win by bowling out the hosts for 274 in 45.4 overs at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.India had lost the second ODI in Hambantota by nine wickets but were dominant in all the other matches.Opener Gautam Gambhir (88), Manoj Tiwary (65) and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (58) scored half-centuries while Rohit Sharma (4) failed yet again on Saturday.Dhoni along with Pathan (29 off 28) plundered 77 runs in just 9.5 overs before falling to Lasith Malinga in the penultimate over of India innings.Later, the pace trio of Pathan (5/60), Ashok Dinda (2/55) and Zaheer Khan (1/53) ripped apart the Sri Lankan top-order, tilting the scale in favour of India.Courtesy this win, India have now claimed the second spot in the ODI rankings behind Australia after starting the series in the fourth position. Both India and Australia now have 119 rating points, followed by South Africa (118).Lahiru Thirimanne, who came to bat at number three after the fall of opener Tillakaratne Dilshan (0), was the top scorer for the hosts with his fighting 81-run knock.Run-rate was never a problem with Sri Lanka but they struggled to keep wickets in hand as half of the batting line- up was resting in pavilion within 16 overs.Thirimanne and Jeevan Mendis (72) did stage a fightback for their side with a gritty 102-run partnership for the sixth wicket in 20.4 overs.advertisementlast_img read more

Fear Of Flying Could Cost NBA Draftee Royce White

In a nine-month NBA season, players spend half their time in the air getting to the next city. For Iowa State forward Royce White, a projected to be a first-round pick in Thursday’s NBA draft, that is a scary proposition — for him and prospective teams.A sure-fire first round talent, White could drop but there have been concerns he could fall all the way into the second round in part over — of all things — a fear of flying.The fear of flying is part of a larger anxiety disorder for White, who has also admitted to struggling with obsessive compulsive disorder and uses medication to control both. That concerns NBA evaluators in light of former NBA draft picks like Eddie Griffin, the No. 7 overall pick in 2001 who battled depression before tragically dying at the age of 25 after his car crashed into a train in 2007 while he was under the influence of alcohol.“It’s going to be something that a team taking him on is going to have to have something in place, whether it’s a staff member or a plan in place to help him accommodate some of his fears with the travel aspect because that’s such a huge part of an NBA season.”A second GM told NBA.com that White’s situation is similar to a player who has off-the-court problems — presumably meaning run-ins with the law or substance abuse — in regards to how it may affect his stock. White has rightfully taken offense to comparisons like that for something that he can’t control and afflicts millions of Americans.“It’s like cancer or heart disease. Are those character issues, too?” said to the Akron Beacon Journal. “I don’t like when that association is made. There’s a lot of people out there who have an anxiety disorder and don’t talk about it for that reason. People think it’s a character issue and it’s not.“I’m going to continue to be me, I’m going to continue to be an advocate for the mental illness community. I’ll continue to talk about it and be forthcoming about it. When a person or public figure talks about it, it lets people know that haven’t been diagnosed to go and get checked. You’re not alone.”The difference between being selected in the first round and second round is significant. Though White is rumored to have a guarantee that he won’t fall below the Boston Celtics, who have picks 21 and 22, a dip into the second round could mean dropping from a four-year deal guaranteed at around $6 million in total, or a non-guaranteed two-year deal with a starting salary of about a third of the probable $1.2 million White would make in his first year if he were selected by Boston.He burst onto the scene this past March when he put forth big performances against Connecticut and eventual champion Kentucky in the NCAA tournament. As a result, the 6-foot-8 forward vaulted into the consciousness of NBA talent evaluators and was thought by some to be a lottery pick after declaring early for the draft as a sophomore.To be fair, scouts are also worried about erratic behavior in White’s past. He pleaded guilty to shoplifting and was also accused of stealing a laptop computer when he was a freshman at Minnesota during the 2009-10 season before quitting the team over YouTube.But from all indications, those issues are now in the past as White led the Cyclones in five statistical categories last season and was a First Team All-Big 12 performer while displaying a charming personality. read more

Football Torrance Gibson signs letter of intent with junior college

Former OSU redshirt freshman wide receiver Torrance Gibson (6) carries the ball after a reception during the first half of the spring game. Credit: Alexa MavrogianisOhio State wide receiver Torrance Gibson’s future in Columbus was uncertain following his semester-long suspension before the team began its 2016 season in September. On Tuesday, Gibson expressed his desire to play elsewhere, at least for the near future.Gibson signed a letter of intent with junior-college program Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. A press release sent from a team’s spokesman said Gibson will enroll in the spring.Although Gibson’s signing does show his interest in playing for the Bulldogs, the letter of intent is not binding, meaning he can continue to search for other options, like from other Division I schools. Gibson is eligible to play in 2017 for MGCCC, but would have to sit out a full season if he were to transfer to another Division I school.Gibson, a native of Plantation, Florida, attended American Heritage School and was a member of the 2015 recruiting class. He came out of high school as a four-star dual-threat quarterback and rated the No. 6 athlete in the class by 247Sports.Gibson redshirted his first year at OSU while undergoing a change from quarterback to wide receiver. Gibson shined in the 2016 spring game, scoring twice. OSU coach Urban Meyer said that the wide receiver was “in the mix” for playing time this year before his suspension.“We are looking forward to having Torrance join our football program,” MGCCC coach Chad Huff said in a press release. “We are confident in his abilities on the field and his character off the field, and we expect him to contribute to our team and the Gulf Coast community.Gibson is expected to play quarterback at MGCCC. He made the switch to receiver with OSU after an already deep group at signal caller forced him to make a change.Editor’s Note 12/13: Gibson’s high school has been corrected to American Heritage School. The Lantern originally published that Gibson attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School. read more