As PepsiCo’s CEO Indra Nooyi’s tenure comes to a close, business and personal questions collide. Shareholder growth vs. stability. She afforded the latter to the company, yet according to her it suffered at home. Indra said being a mom is a full-time job and she couldn’t do both well. Her daughter as much as told her so. When one of the few women in the Fortune 500’s dwindling list of C-Suite female leads says that, it’s a blow. Even if true. Something’s gotta give.
Harvard wants its sororities to be gender-neutral. Everyone welcome. Oxymoron alert! Sorority means sisterhood. Fraternity brotherhood. That’s for starters. Definitions be damned. These exclusionary clubs were founded to do just that. Keep certain people out! Catholics. Jews. Non-jocks. Ugly people. Poor people. So yeah. And. How can you have mixers now? Plus. Aren’t college campuses supposed to provide segregated safe spaces for Snow Flakes?
Sororities used to be bastions of non-micro aggressed against pretty blonde cheerleaders. What’s next? Sad Glee Clubs?
Melania creates a media cyclone. So easily. It’s funny. Where is she after her surgery? Countdown until she’s seen in public. Has she moved back to New York? Had a nervous breakdown? Facelift? Did she run away with Barron back to Slovenia? The conspiracy theories abound. And. Feminists who hold women’s voices as so valued are saying that she has no brain of her own. She is controlled by Trump. Her staff needs to tell her what to do. Really?
Then she wears a jacket with a cryptic message on the back. The press goes into a tailspin. As expected. Melania is just a terrific troll. Love it.
I hear the sound of glass ceilings shattering all over the place. Where is the celebratory reportage? Yelling yay from the balconies? Women taking over the top jobs at the most unlikely places. Gina Haspel, CIA Director. Suzanne Scott CEO at Fox News. Okay. You say Faux News. But. It still kills in the ratings. And. Stacey Cummingham, New York Stock Exchange President. The feminists’ silence is deafening. Except for Hillary’s never-ending wearisome whining.
Oh. And. Only Brainstorm. Never Green Needle.
After reading all of the gushing articles about how Meghan Markle made America feel good again, time to return to reality. Despite the beautiful choir rendition of Stand By Me and the rousing sermon by the Chicago bishop, invoking MLK. Gotta say. Meghan wore a veil over her face. When Harry lifted it she gave herself over to his royal family structure. She had to leave her career as an actress and her country to become a British subject. Okay a Duchess. But still. She curtsied to her new boss, the Queen.
Meghan is no longer an independent American woman.
Not a fan of lunch with just ladies. Have to dress up. Makeup. Pink tablecloths. Perfume-permeated rooms. Boring menus. Power business lunches used to be de rigueur. With women. And men. That was fun. When I was young. There I said it. Hate shopping, too.
However, 150 years ago women couldn’t go out to lunch unaccompanied by a man. Right, Mike Pence? Until Delmonico’s held a luncheon for women in 1868. This week Gabrielle Hamilton has created a menu to commemorate this milestone at Delmonico’s for a Ladies’ Lunch.
Nice. But. No. Won’t be going.
Blood, Bones & Butter, Gabrielle Hamilton
Hamilton’s book is a Glass Castle-esque memoir. She was a line cook at Curtis & Schwartz Café in Northampton while at Hampshire College. She’s the acclaimed chef-owner of Prune in the East Village today. Book-Treks.com
Hillary says women who voted for Trump were under their husband’s or male partner’s thumb. Value all women! Nope. Feminism for some. Sandra Bernhard agrees. Republican or even Independent women don’t have minds of their own. So woke. On the flip side, Pulse night club shooter’s wife was acquitted because she was seen to be cluelessly under her husband’s influence. Geraldo Rivera says he didn’t vote for his Celebrity Apprentice friend The Donald because his wife swayed him. But. Hey. Not everyone caves.
Never apologies to the Stones.
Our divided country’s fissures don’t seem to be narrowing. A staged CNN anti-gun town hall exploited grieving kids and relatives of murdered students. The White House held its own listening meeting as the President pushed arming military-trained teachers. Today NRA Chair Wayne LaPierre used his insane rant at CPAC as a call to war against rising socialism.
Then there’s the never-ending gender divide. New York Times opinion column The Boys Are Not All Right by Michael Ian Black discusses guns and boys. It so resonated with my sentiments on the subject, I commented and it was a NYTimes Pick. Making young men feel that they are toxic surely will not provide a healthier outlook. Broken record alert.
If I read another article that blames school shootings on “toxic masculinity”… scream. Yes. Young men are usually the shooters or bombers or vehicle drivers who kill lots of people. Maybe we should wonder why besides blaming it on a whole gender. Current societal and cultural energy is focused on empowering women. That’s fine. Let both women and men feel valued. Why is it a zero sum game? If fathers are nurturing and loving, isn’t that great? I saw moms at the Women’s March make their sons wear t-shirts that said “female is the future”. Hmmm. Wonder how it made those boys feel not to be female.
What’s the answer? Value all people. Let the students of Florida lead the way. Yay.
Second Women’s March will be clustering Central Park West on Saturday. No pink pussy hats this year. Why not? You don’t want to know. Suffice it to say that it’ll be an amorphous mess of militant causes. For some stuff. Against other stuff. Chanting. Placarding. Misandry on parade. Fun for many. What will it accomplish? Not much. Registering women to vote in Manhattan? Great.
Take all the signs and hats and run! Work for candidates in Middle America. Read these letters in the New York Times. Find out why people voted for Trump. Give them a better reason to vote for a woman. Or a man. In districts where it will count.