Donald Trump and Masculinity as Motivator | History Matters

Thank you, a great insight to the image, ego, etc. of Trump. How anyone can support him is beyond my comprehension, but support him they do.

In addition to your insight, is it not true, that his supporters have no one other than Trump to cling to and to cast him out would mean they are on their own, which they feel they have been for far too long.

He is their last hope, in some ways their ‘Messiah’.

I do feel sorry for his supporters, that they have felt so alone and have to cling to Trump, the worst of ‘Mankind’.

Source: Donald Trump and Masculinity as Motivator | History Matters

A short history of black women and police violence : The Conversation

Young men make up the majority of black people killed by police in the US. That’s fed a perception that black women are somehow shielded from the threat of police violence. They aren’t.

Source: A short history of black women and police violence : The Conversation

The Cyprus case shows how easily rape victims are let down and distrusted | Joan Smith | Opinion | The Guardian

Treating women as untrustworthy witnesses is almost universal, says chair of the Mayor of London’s Violence Against Women and Girls Board Joan Smith

Source: The Cyprus case shows how easily rape victims are let down and distrusted | Joan Smith | Opinion | The Guardian

Protests in Italy as far-right party holds family values conference | Euronews

Groups campaigning for women’s and LGBT rights took the streets of Verona on Saturday as church leaders and pro-life activists met for a conference on family values.

The protesters were there to oppose the World Congress of Families, whose self-declared goal is to restore what it calls the “natural family order”.

“In Italy there is currently a very serious attack against all the rights and freedoms that have been conquered by women,” demonstrator Maddalena Saccone said.

“There is talk of taking back the freedom of abortion, divorce and family law. These are struggles that were thought to have already been won.”

Police were deployed outside the conference and a counter-demonstration — by groups supporting the conference’s aims — was also held.

Olimpia Tarzia, an anti-abortion activist, said: “(The Congress) wants above all to restore meaning and value to what the family is, the reconciliation of women between lifetimes and work times and the true freedom of women.”

The three-day conference in Verona is funded by the local council and is backed by the far-right League Party, which is a partner in Italy’s current populist coalition government.


Source: Protests in Italy as far-right party holds family values conference | Euronews

This abortion law isn’t what Ireland voted for | Emer O’Toole | Opinion | The Guardian

In 1983, as the Irish electorate voted in favour of a constitutional ban on abortion, campaigners warned in bold print: “This Amendment Could Kill Women.”

It did.

Following the tragedy of Savita Halappanavar’s death in 2012, Irish politicians were forced to legislate on a 20-year-old supreme court decision, one that consecutive governments had conspicuously kicked into the long grass. In 1992, a judge had ruled that a suicidal teenage rape victim had the right to an abortion. When the government finally produced the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013, it was so clearly unfit for purpose that the Abortion Rights Campaign doubted it would enable a suicidal teenage rape victim to access a termination at all.


Source: This abortion law isn’t what Ireland voted for | Emer O’Toole | Opinion | The Guardian

Saudi women can drive, but are their voices being heard? : The Conversation

Earlier this summer, Saudi Arabia lifted the decades-long ban on women’s driving. The move is part of a series of reforms that the country has been implementing. In April the kingdom loosened male guardianship laws – under which women need the permission of a male guardian to work, travel or marry. And in 2015, women were granted the right to vote and run for elections. The reforms serve to revamp the image of Saudi Arabia in the international arena.

More recently, however, in a diplomatic spat, Canada has criticized Saudi Arabia for human rights violations. Saudi officials have responded by cutting all economic and diplomatic ties, withdrawing investments and stopping flights. One of the main issues for the Canadians is the arrest by Saudi authorities of two prominent women’s rights activists. Tweets by Canadian diplomats called on the kingdom to release the activists. Saudi Arabia arrested several women’s rights activists in weeks prior and following the lifting the ban on women’s driving.

As a scholar of gender politics in Middle Eastern societies, I argue that all this goes to show that the kingdom is extending limited reforms to women to represent itself as modern but is adamant on not opening space for more voices.

Women, nationalism and modernization


Source: Saudi women can drive, but are their voices being heard? : The Conversation

The world speaks the language of men, but after #MeToo women must find their voice

Women’s voices have been seen as unwanted or untruthful, but the snowballing sexual assault revelations from the #MeToo campaign show that women must find their voices.

Source: The world speaks the language of men, but after #MeToo women must find their voice  : The Conversation

Sanctioned for not being able to sign on on bank holiday Monday. Tears, frustration and rain.

The poor side of life

Today’s demo started rather hurriedly and to be honest I didn’t know if I was coming or going. This feeling was amplified because it was cold, rainy and my daughter was a bit fed up. understandable of course. But she soon settled down into our usual routine and all was well.


We are seeing a lot of new faces due to Stalybridge Jobcentre shutting. They don’t know us and what we are doing, and we don’t know them or their situations either. So we have to start from scratch, which at times isn’t easy.  But it’s a whole lot harder for them.

I started a conversation with a man who had been previously attending Stalybridge Jobcentre for his appointments. The first thing that he said to me was that he couldn’t believe how rude the front desk staff are at  Ashton Jobcentre, and how rude some of the advisors are also…

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Donald Trump is a vile misogynist – but he’s not the only one | Jonathan Freedland | Opinion | The Guardian

Four years ago Mitt Romney became a global laughing stock when he talked proudly about “binders full of women”. It was a funny phrase, no doubt about it. But watch the clip now, and it’s hard not to feel sympathy for the hapless Romney. He was recalling his spell as governor of Massachusetts and his discovery on taking office that too many senior posts were filled by men. He told his aides to encourage more female applicants, and they duly returned with“binders full of women”, a move that eventually led Romney to have the most gender-balanced senior team of all 50 US state governors. But he worded it badly, so he became an object of derision.

How long ago that seems now. While the 2012 campaign’s idea of a sexist outrage was a poor turn of phrase hinting at tokenism and condescension, 2016 has seen the nominee of a major party exposed as a perpetrator of sexual assault. Recorded on tape admitting that his modus operandi is to force himself on women, push his tongue down their throats without their consent and to “grab them by the pussy”, Donald Trump has since been confronted by at least 10 women who have testified that this was indeed his method – and that what he said into that hot mic in 2005 was the truth.


Source: Donald Trump is a vile misogynist – but he’s not the only one | Jonathan Freedland | Opinion | The Guardian

On Donald Trump & Women

A great post, but unfortunately this will not convince his core supporters to desert Trump, but could persuade those that are undecided not to vote for him and may be vote for Hillary Clinton.

Fish Of Gold

Other than a swipe here and there, I’ve largely stayed silent on this American presidential election cycle, because for any thinking person, it’s entirely clear who the next President should not be.

Donald Trump supporters seem divorced from any sense of reality, particularity if those supporters are women. I don’t see how it’s possible to be an informed voter and be a Trump supporter. You have to choose one or the other; either bury your head in the sand or learn the facts. Once you have even some of the facts, it’s impossible to support him.

This is the American presidential election, not a reality show, but you’d never know it to look at the news. On Friday, another embarrassing Trump video was released. To me, the most cringe-inducing part of the video is not the “locker room” talk he and Billy Bush thought they were having in private, but…

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