Show Notes for May 2, 2017

Today’s show featured the very excellent Susan Bruce from The Attitude With Arnie Arnesen, and author and radio personality Cindy Paulos. We talked a lot about issues women face in the new America, and what all the past has taught us on Women’s Rights in general.

 

Feminism needs help, STAT

  • One thing that turns many people off from feminism is that it’s more crowded with middle-class white women than a Sarah McLachlan concert. Not because they’re afraid of homemade jewelry — although you do not wanna catch a macrame bracelet to the eye, trust me on this one — but because these middle-class white women tend to brush off the unique struggles of working-class and/or non-white women, which are like a triple-crotch punch of discrimination.
  • Take the wage gap. Women are paid 79 cents on the dollar compared to men — if they’re white. It’s worse for Native women, worse still for African-American women, and worst of all for Latina women (who only make 54 cents on the dollar).
  • And that’s not all. Most women in general are in service or clerical jobs, but a white woman is more likely than a woman of color to work in a professional or managerial capacity. Women of color are also significantly less likely to be promoted. This all amounts to less money, more hours, and fewer opportunities for time off. When white feminists don’t understand this, it creates situations like what I saw at the Women’s March in Seattle: a woman yelled to the crowd that she wished she could join us, but unfortunately, she had to go to work. The women in the crowd, some of whom would no doubt be confronted by their bosses with some damning news footage come Monday, told her to just call in sick. It didn’t even occur to them that, for hourly wage slaves, calling in sick might mean getting fired, or that she just can’t afford to skip those eight (or 10 or 12) hours. They might as well ask a person with no legs “Why don’t you just stand up?”
  • Ignorance is one thing, but many white feminists don’t even try to understand. Whenever these issues come up, it’s all too often pushed to the side in favor of focusing on progress for all women. That sounds great on the surface, but it’s outright telling people, “Whooooa, hold up there, girlfriend. One problem at a time. You need a specialty branch of feminism for your problems.”
  • In theory, believing in equality for all genders has nothing to do with your opinion about the ideal size of the government, but you wouldn’t know that by looking at the numbers. Today, the majority of feminists consider themselves Democrats, but that split didn’t occur until around the ’70s and ’80s. Before that, the GOP was so down with the cause that they had the votes of about half of all women. Hell, the first woman elected to Congress was part of the Republican Party.
  • where have all the Republican feminists gone? What could have happened in the ’70s that made them all jump ship? Thinking … thinking …
  • If you guessed “Roe v. Wade,” you won half a century of gender in-fighting. This was the beginning of a new era for the Republican Party, one that focuses on fiscal issues and religion — part of which is a strong pro-life stance — as opposed to progressive pay and social programs like it did in the ’60s. There are still plenty of conservative women putting their literal necks on the line for other women, but if they happen to fall on the wrong side of the extremely complicated issue of abortion, they get dropped as an official partner of the Women’s March. With no one wanting them in their clubs, they’ve started to form their own. What else can you do when the group you belong to ideologically doesn’t let you physically join? Even Leslie Knope did it.
  • Hillary finally admits something we all knew
  • Hillary Clinton said Tuesday she takes personal responsibility for her 2016 loss, but also pointed to the timing of a letter from FBI Director James Comey and Russian interference as factors.
  • “If the election had been on October 27, I would be your president,” she told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour at a Women for Women event in New York.
  • “It wasn’t a perfect campaign, there is no such thing, but I was on the way to winning until a combination of Jim Comey’s letter on October 28 and Russian WikiLeaks raised doubts in the minds of people who were inclined to vote for me and got scared off,” she said. “The evidence for that intervening event is, I think, compelling, persuasive, and so we overcame a lot in the campaign.”
  • She also agreed that misogyny played a role in her loss.
  • “Yes, I do think it played a role. I think other things did as well. Every day that goes by, we find out more about the unprecedented inference, including from a foreign power whose leader is not a member of my fan club,” Clinton said, referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin. “It is real, it is very much a part of the landscape, political and socially and economically.”
  • She also pointed out multiple times she won the popular vote, earning more votes than President Donald Trump, despite losing the Electoral College and hence the White House.
  • The former secretary of state also pledged to “publicly request” that the Trump administration “not end our efforts making women’s rights and opportunities” central to US policy.
  • Clinton praised Defense Secretary James Mattis for making the case for maintaining US foreign aid funding, despite a budget request by President Donald Trump that would cut it.
  • “I am hoping that because of voices like Jim Mattis and others that that will begin to influence the administration,” she said.
  • Clinton also responded to Trump’s comments on being open to meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jung Un.
  • “I take this threat very seriously. But I don’t believe that we alone are able to really put the pressure on this North Korean regime that needs to be placed,” she said. “Now the North Koreans are always interested … in trying to get Americans to try to come to negotiate to elevate their status and their position and we should be very careful about giving that way. We should not offer that in the absence of a broader strategic framework to try to get China, Japan, Russia, South Korea to put the kind of pressure on the regime (that will bring them to the table).”
  • Clinton, who has not shied away from critiquing Trump, is addressing two groups in New York Tuesday that have plenty of gripes with the new president.

Red Pill founder revealed to be Republican Rep

  • A Republican state lawmaker accused of creating a misogynistic online forum is resisting calls for his resignation and says he will “stand strong for men’s rights.”
  • The Daily Beast reported Tuesday that Rep. Robert Fisher founded The Red Pill, which calls itself a “discussion of sexual strategy in a culture increasingly lacking a positive identity for men.” The Daily Beast traced a variety of online usernames back to Fisher. It quotes comments many of those usernames made, on The Red Pill and other sites, that degrade women’s intelligence and appear to normalize rape.
  • Fisher denied his role in the forum to The Daily Beast, but he didn’t repeat that denial in a statement to New Hampshire reporters. He said the rape comment in particular, made on a different forum in 2008, was taken out of context. In a thread discussing “absolute truth,” Fisher wrote, “Rape isn’t an absolute bad, because the rapist I think probably likes it a lot. I think he’d say it’s quite good, really.”
  • “I’m disappointed that this sort of attack has replaced real news, but it strengthens my position and resolve that fighting for equal rights is more important today than ever,” Fisher said in a statement released Tuesday night. “Here’s my message to the public: I am not disappearing. I will continue to stand strong for men’s rights and the rights of all.”
  • Fisher, in his statement, goes on to say that he faced “false rape accusations” in his early 20s that brought him to “a very low place.” The Daily Beast reported Fisher no longer runs the forum.
  • Republican House Speaker Shawn Jasper said he was “sickened” by the story and urged Fisher’s constituents not to re-elect him in 2018. House Minority Leader Steve Shurtleff and a number of other Democrats called for Fisher’s resignation.
  • “I am shocked and disturbed by the report linking Representative Robert Fisher to deeply offensive statements and the creation of a misogynistic online forum,” Shurtleff said.
  • Fisher, 31, is a two-term representative from Laconia who does not serve on any policy committees, at his own request, according to the legislature’s website. Fisher lists himself as a “computer technician” and owns a computer repair business.
  • He has missed about 50 percent of all votes this legislative session, according to state records. He is a co-sponsor of 14 pieces of legislation, including bills to expand the use of medical marijuana, to ban the practice of gay conversion therapy on minors and to reduce business taxes.

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