Conway plays an integral role in Trumps racist and misogynist agenda. Shes no feminist shes simply a bad person
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Kellyanne Conway: feminist icon?
Kellyanne Conway frequently makes me want to use the F word and, believe me, that word isnt feminist. There is, after all, nothing remotely feminist about Conway. As Donald Trumps campaign manager she was instrumental in getting an alleged sexual predator elected to the highest office in the land. As counselor to the president, she plays an integral part in advancing the Trump administrations racist and misogynistic agenda. To talk about Conway in terms of womens empowerment is to completely misunderstand what feminism means.
Conway, of course, is a great believer in alternative facts. In her view of the universe, shes more of a feminist than her critics will ever be. On Thursday Conway told Fox Business that she has no intention of resigning from the White House over Trumps Twitter feud with her husband George (popularly referred to as Mr Kellyanne Conway, according to an angry tweet by Trump.) I wont recap this deeply tedious feud, but it is basically two grown men, one of them the president of the United States, yelling at each other on the internet.
I know George was quoted recently as saying I wish she didnt work [in the White House], Conway said to Fox. But what message would [quitting] send to the feminists everywhere who pretend theyre independent thinkers, and men dont make decisions for them? They can talk it and I can walk it. I can live it. Im not entirely sure whether that means shes staying in her job to validate feminists or to irritate them, but one gets the not-so-subtle impression shes having a dig.
Conway may have felt empowered to lecture feminists thanks to her recent appearance on CNNs series Badass Women of Washington. The entire series, which profiles women like Nancy Pelosi, Elaine Chao, and Dianne Feinstein, has been a pretty vapid exercise in corporate feminism; however the puff piece on Conway was particularly embarrassing. It celebrates the fact that Conway, a mother, wife, and career woman, seems to be doing it all while brushing over the fact that all includes a lot of incredibly unethical things. Theres no mention, for example, of Conway irresponsibly imploring people to read the New Zealand mosque shooters manifesto. Theres no mention of the time she defended Trumps Muslim ban by blaming refugees for the fictitious Bowling Green massacre. Theres no mention of the fact she balances being a mother with working for an administration that is separating migrant children form their mothers.
There is no doubt that Conway is a strong, intelligent, successful woman. As CNN point out, she is the first female campaign manager of a successful presidential campaign. But she is not a feminist, she is not an inspiration, and she is not a badass. As she has shown us time and time again, she is simply a bad person.
Chick-fil-A: tastes like homophobia
Newly released tax filings, dug up by ThinkProgress, show that in 2017 the Chick-fil-A Foundation gave more than $1.8m to groups with a record of anti-LGBTQ discrimination. While the fast food chain has a long history of homophobia, it has claimed to be turning over a new, less bigoted, leaf. These tax filings would seem to contradict this. Chick-fil-A has responded to the new controversy by saying it is inaccurate and misleading.
Steinhardt sexual harassment allegations
On Thursday, the New York Times reported that Michael Steinhardt, a New York billionaire, and co-founder of Birthright Israel, has been accused of a pattern of sexual harassment.
Institutions in the Jewish world have long known about his behavior, and they have looked the other way, Shelia Katz, one of the women interviewed in the piece, said. Its a disturbing report and a vivid example of how bad behavior by powerful men gets ignored and excused.
Beto ORourke would trust women on abortion
The Democratic presidential candidate was recently asked what his position on last months failed born-alive legislation was. ORourke vaguely replied that he would have listened to the women that I wanted to represent in the state of Texas.
Gee, thanks, Beto, good of you to listen! The thing is, had Beto actually been listening to women he might have taken the opportunity to point out that the legislation was a disingenuous attempt by anti-abortion activists to restrict access to legal abortion and push the myth that Democrats want to execute babies after theyre born. Re.Wire News has a good podcast laying out the facts about the born alive bills here.
Economics has a gender problem
The American Economic Association has released a pretty dismal professional climate survey. Just 25% of female economists felt valued professionally, compared to 47% of men. 69% of women felt their work was not taken as seriously as that of their male colleagues and 48% said theyd experienced sex-based bias within their last 10 years in the profession.
Buccaneers go for two (female coaches)
Sorry, I was trying to make a football joke there but it probably fell flat. Anyway, on Wednesday the Tampa Bay Buccaneers became the first NFL team with two full-time female coaches. In other news, I wont try to make NFL jokes again.
R Kelly wants to gig in Dubai
Kelly believes he should be able to fly to Dubai. Despite facing 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse, Kelly is apparently in demand as a performer and has asked to gig abroad. His bond conditions state he cant travel outside Illinois without court permission, which hes currently trying to secure.
Why women love high heels
Like many women, I love high heels, even though they have completely mangled my feet. Summer Brennan has an interesting new book out unpacking the feminist debate about womankinds most public footwear. The Guardian has an extract here.
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