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More Proof: Trump Is Scared Of Strong Women

June 30, 2017

More Proof: Trump Is Scared Of Strong Women
On Thursday, for some unknown reason, the president of the United States began attacking a couple of cable news hosts on Twitter. The rants have been personal rather than political, particularly aimed at the physical appearance and intellect of MSNBC commentator Mika Brzezinski.

Ms. Brzezinski returned to MSBNC Friday morning, commenting “I’m fine. My family brought me up really tough. This is absolutely nothing — for me, personally. But I am very concerned as to what this once again reveals about the President of the United States. It’s strange.”

“I was like, this has to be a joke,” added her co-host Joe Scarborough. “The President of the United States, as bad as he’s been in the past, he really hasn’t gone over the cliff. And then, unfortunately, we learned what we’ve always learned; and that is that he, for some reason, takes things so much more personally with women. He’s so much more vicious with women.” “For some reason, he always goes after Mika, and it’s always personal with Mika. He attacks women because he fears women.”

In a Washington Post op-ed on Friday, Brzezinski and Scarborough addressed Donald Trump’s “continued mistreatment of women”:

“It is disturbing that the president of the United States keeps up his unrelenting assault on women. From his menstruation musings about Megyn Kelly, to his fat-shaming treatment of a former Miss Universe, to his braggadocio claims about grabbing women’s genitalia, the 45th president is setting the poorest of standards for our children. We were heartened to hear a number of Republican lawmakers call out Mr. Trump for his offensive words and can only hope that the women who are closest to him [i.e. Ivanka and Melania] will follow their examples. It would be the height of hypocrisy to claim the mantle of women’s empowerment while allowing a family member to continue such abusive conduct.”

— “Donald Trump is not well,” Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, Washington Post

In case you forgot, First Lady Melania Trump has campaigned against cyberbullying.


“Trump loves attacking women’s looks. And America rewards him for it,” Arwa Mahdawi, The Guardian


“White House council for women and girls goes dark under Trump,” Tara Palmeri, Politico


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Quitter: Trump Debate No-Show

January 28, 2016

Quitter: Trump Debate No-Show

“Trump’s Misogynistic Meltdown,” Emily Arrowood, U.S. News & World Report

“Donald Trump Is Skipping the GOP Debate Because He Hates Women,” Jesse Berney, Rolling Stone

“CNN’s Carol Costello: If Trump ‘Cherishes Women,’ Why Does He Call Them Bimbos?” Alex Griswold, Mediaite

“Donald Trump has a problem with strong women,” Edward Luce, Financial Times

“Rand Paul: Donald Trump ‘Doesn’t Like A Strong, Assertive Woman,’” Andrew Kaczynski, BuzzFeed

“The sexism in Donald Trump’s latest swipe at Fox News’s Megyn Kelly,” Eric Wemple, Washington Post

“Fear of Women Is Key to Donald Trump’s Misogyny — and America’s,” Adele M. Stan, American Prospect


“Millions Resent Being Put in Horrible Position of Siding with Megyn Kelly,” Andy Borowitz, The New Yorker

“How Donald Trump uses .political correctness. to make sexist bullying seem like heroism,” Amanda Taub, Vox


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Big Vote in Scotland

September 19, 2014

Big Vote in Scotland

There was a big election in Scotland on September 18th, and the “Ayes” have it. For the first time since its founding in 1754, The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews will admit women to its membership.


“A 260-Year-Old Shrine Unlocks Its Doors to Women,” Karen Crouse, New York Times

“Royal and Ancient Golf Club finally allows women to become members,” Holly Watt, Daily Telegraph

“Scotland votes for union at golf’s ancient club as women win membership,” CNN

“Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews welcome women members with 85 per cent voting in favour landmark change,” Michael Gadd, Daily Mail

“The Royal And Ancient Golf Club Finally Admits Women. Where Else Can They Still Not Go?” Allison McCann, FiveThirtyEight


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Redskins Cheerleaders

April 7, 2012

Redskins Cheerleaders

NFL cheerleader tryout finals were held at the State Theatre in Falls Church, Virginia today. You may be thinking “Hey! Falls Church doesn’t HAVE an NFL team,” and you’re right. The team in question has “Washington” in its name, right before a racial slur, but it practices in Virginia and plays in Maryland.

Anyway, NFL cheerleaders are picked for their athletic skills dance talent personalities and pom-pom prowess. They’re all about the same height, too. But don’t think pro sports cheerleaders are dumb; many are scientists and engineers. Need empirical proof? Observe this demonstration of classical mechanics:


New Model Year at the Auto Show

January 29, 2012

New Model Year at the Auto Show

It’s that that time again. Gleaming new automobiles are being previewed at auto shows, and pretty young girls are leaning on them. This symbolism sends messages you won’t find in manufacturers’ specifications. Men: buy this car, get that girl. Women: buy this car, be that girl.

Back in the last century, when the USA manufactured real products instead of just bad business deals, the auto show circuit started in Detroit, the Motor City, and fanned out around the country. Today the auto industry is globalized, and so is the car show circuit. The U.S. may not sell many American cars abroad, but the Girls-Leaning-on-Cars concept is a hot export. Compare the ladies of the Detroit, Delhi, Tokyo, Geneva, Guangzhou, and Qatar auto shows.

The meme has permeated all levels of American culture. See selected Flickr images from family photos, movie mags, and amateur hot rod shows in these galleries.


Berlusconi Celebrates Mussolini; Gal Pal Cashes In

February 18, 2011

Burlusconi Celebrates Mussolini; Gal Pal Cashes In

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi commemorated the work of his predecessor, Prime Minister Benito Mussolini, in a ceremony at the Vatican yesterday. Mr. Berlusconi met with Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone to mark the anniversary of the 1929 Lateran Treaty establishing 109-acre Vatican City within Rome. That’s the same Cardinal Bertone who urged “everyone, especially those who hold a position of public responsibility […] to commit themselves to a more robust morality, a sense of justice and legality.” The two officials may have shaken hands, and it is unclear whether the Cardinal wiped his off afterwards.


Berlusconi is Going Down. Here’s Why.

February 16, 2011

Berlusconi is Going Down. Here's Why.

Italian media billionaire Silvio Berlusconi has been indicted by an Italian court and will go to trial in April. His case has attracted a bit of attention since: 1) the 74-year-old is accused of relations with an exotic teenage prostitute, and 2) Mr. Berlusconi is Italy’s Prime Minister.

A half-million Italian women recently protested Mr. Berlusconi’s patronage of teenage prostitutes, but another charge puts him in greater legal jeopardy. The young lady in question was taken into police custody for seizing money and jewels belonging to another. In an attempt to cover up his relationship with her, the Prime Minister sent his attractive dental hygienist/procuress/member of parliament to the police station to free the teen. Well, sure, anybody would.


No Girlz Allowed — Blogging is for Boys!

March 20, 2010

No Girlz Allowed -- Blogging is for Boys!

Canadian columnist Margaret Wente wrote a column called “Why are bloggers male?” You can read it on her blog.

Okay, it’s a newspaper website, but it’s online. Other online women wonder what universe Ms. Wente lives in, chief among them Mary Elizabeth Williams of Salon‘s Broadsheet:


Tiger Woods Gets a Rise Out of the Stock Market

February 19, 2010

Tiger Woods Get a Rise Out of the Stock Market

Disgraced golfer Tiger Woods danced his “heavily-choreographed apology” for adultery on TV and the stock market rose, notes the Wall Street Journal.

While correlation is not causation and past results do not guarantee future performance, this is The Year of the Tiger.

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Barbie’s Big Birthday

March 9, 2009

 Barbie's Big Birthday

Barbara Millicent Roberts, better known as Barbie, was born at the International Toy Fair in New York on March 9, 1959. Today the youthful-looking Pisces celebrates her 50th birthday with several million of her closest gal pals in the biggest single event of Women’s History Month.  

Barbie has undoubtedly received a birthday card from AARP announcing her eligibility for membership and inviting her to join. Barbie never formally retired from any of her 108 occupations, but AARP doesn’t stand for “American Association of Retired Persons” anymore. It stands for “AARP.”