Trigger warning. Bill Maher had an enlightening discussion with Christina Hoff Sommers on Real Time. She’s written that feminism has become a toxic brew of misandry and women’s self-victimization as cowering snowflakes afraid to be in mixed society.
#MeToo’s backlash an offshoot of such thinking. It is rare that Sommers can speak on college campuses any more. As a contemporary from the ’70’s, we were part of a wave of feminists who wanted equality. That has morphed into a crazy man-hating cult.
Yes. She is the only person who would be a shoe-in for President in 2020. Beats Trump in a heartbeat. People would trample each other like a sale at Filene’s Basement to get to the voting booth. Always said so. Now on last night’s Real Time even Bill Maher agrees.
Oprah Winfrey in a landslide. No contest.
Center moderate. Check.
Successful business leader. Check.
Popular with the working class. Check.
Great speaker. Check.
Trump & The Queen. He looks bored. Ivanka and Camilla seem to have chosen the same white ensemble. Awkward. Melania in white as well. It’s like a snow storm inside Buckingham Palace. Harry is there. To defend his wife’s honor? No. Don’t insult her as a victim. Charles Blow.
Meanwhile, Kirsten Gillibrand said her favorite part of campaigning is seeing lots of little girls on the trail because “Female is the Future”.
She happens to have two young sons back at home. Sad.
Meryl Streep joins the cast of Big Little Lies. Her role as mother of the late wife-abuser looks to be complex and enticingly evil. As such she has been doing press with her co-stars Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman et al. A strong-minded talented group of women.
However. Broken record alert. Agree with Meryl. The oft-used #MeToo phrase Toxic Masculinity hurts boys. Always said so. Not great for men either. Toxic People do exist. Individuals of either gender.
So. Yay Meryl. Toxic misandry should not be an acceptable theme. Looking forward to Season 2.
Theme of the week. Bad behavior. Naughty or criminal?
Jussie Smollett the latter, rendering real victims’ voices silent. As with #metoo overreach, backlash will be longterm. Billionaires out of control. Bezos’ fling has taken his focus away from bizness. Super Bowl owner Bob Kraft has enough money to hire the classiest call girls in the world, yet goes to a strip mall for creepy massages with sex-trafficked enslaved girls. Miranda Lambert marries a cheating New York cop. Klobuchar really is mean it seems. And. Don’t even talk about R. Kelly.
A few of the week’s similarly untoward headlines. On to the Oscars. Meh.
Women in white. Nurses? Church ladies? Handmaids? Individualism be damned. Yikes. Bad idea. Even Nancy Pelosi got it. She gave them her hand. Of course First Troll wore black.
Trump’s invocation of rich people who live behind a wall and won’t give one to the working class was deft. Decrying socialism in Venezuela as a harbinger of the Democrat agenda. Twice. Clumsy Reagan.
2020 here we go.
Michelle Obama is criticizing Sheryl Sandburg’s TED talks which advised women to “lean in” at work to get ahead. The former First Lady does not believe it’s appropriate to put the burden on individual women rather than change corporate policies. I’m somewhat in the Sandburg camp. Performance is key. Yet. Can’t have it all at the same time. Agree.
In that regard, Bloomberg study proves my fear that a #MeToo backlash would be swift and severe. Men are now afraid to be alone with women in and out of the workplace. That will mean more segregation and less opportunities for women to be where business is often conducted. And. Now more than ever important to keep teddies hidden and only wear professional attire.
Speaking of Teddy Ruxpin redux. That old animatronic talking bear is making a resurgence this Christmas. Its ignominious financial collapse was the stuffing of the 1987 market crash.
Never forget that deal or that day.