Anita Hill is to speak at Mount Holyoke College 2020 commencement. They will have a real ceremony later this year rather than hold a virtual one now as many colleges are doing. Biden’s treatment of Hill at the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearing will be replayed over the next months as Biden struggles to garner votes from #MeToo feminists.
Speaking of #MeToo. Susan Faludi twisted herself into a pretzel in a NYTimes piece pretending that it wasn’t Believe All Women in an effort to dismiss Tara Reade’s accusation. We saw what they did to Kavanaugh, Susan. You can’t re-write recent history. Hypocrisy pure and simple.
And. June Cleaver is clutching her pearls. Eddie Haskell won’t be down for breakfast.
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.
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.
The silent FLOTUS seems to have found her voice. After apparently having taken a laissez-faire approach with Kelly and the West Wing, she’s suddenly speaking out. Calling for the firing of a woman in the NSC. Melania’s requests for promotions for her own staff went ignored for months. So. Something must have happened to set her off with Mira Ricardel. Or. Maybe Melania just finished watching Claire on House of Cards. She and Robin Wright can both rock a Chanel suit.
The final season of House of Cards is a pathetic celebration of stereotypes. With a little ridiculousness added. Claire Hale Underwood. The first woman President schemes to become Vice President before she inherits the job from a complicit murder of Frank Underwood, her President husband. Then she spars with her bff mean-girl rival born of old prep school jealousies. Random. Lame. Finally. She becomes hormonally psychotic in the Oval Office. Even Hillary seems sane compared to this. Sorry feminists. Claire makes you all look so bad! Sad.
Robin Wright v. Diane Lane. The latter better in The Romanoffs.