#todayin: sexism: A woman’s place? (Not) the British House of Commons – @5050oD

Che Ramsden in openDemocracy unpicks the sustained gender inequality in the British Government. See also: Strengthening democracy: tackling the over-representation of men. This piece: opendemocracy (emphasis added): Last year, having failed to label himself a ‘feminist’ in the run-up to the General Election, David Cameron finally qualified, when challenged by Rupa Huq MP, he said that “if feminism means we should treat […]

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“Clinton’s numbers are lower than they would be otherwise because of gender role threat” @LSEUSAblog

“Clinton’s numbers are lower than they would be otherwise [because of] gender role threat” @LSEUSAblog: Men might not vote for Clinton bc masculinity. Oh vey… On the LSE blog (emphasis added): One of the main reasons Clinton’s numbers are lower than they would be otherwise is gender role threat, which is costing her as much as 24 points among men […]

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“None of this would have happened without feminism” – @polblonde

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Feminism there. Pretty frickin’ crucial and transformative, whether you like it or not. Some top points here: piece by Joan Smith on the Independent. (No, of course you shouldn’t read BTL. Rookie mistake.) In 1997, when I began writing a weekly column for The Independent on Sunday, Labour had just won a landslide election victory. I wasn’t a fan of Tony Blair, an antipathy that […]

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“Social media make it easier for interests to organise: they give voice and power to people who have neither” – @theeconomist​

How are social media changing democracy? Donald Trump may be unfit to be America’s president, but he clearly is a master of social media. His often outrageous tweets have earned the real-estate magnate-turned-politician more than 7m followers on Twitter. And most messages are seen by millions more because they are forwarded thousands of times and get extensive coverage in mainstream […]

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Why the Easter Rising still matters – @theeconomist

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In many nations, celebrations of the state’s founding event (from the signing of the American Declaration of Independence in 1776 to France’s Bastille Day in 1789) are a time almost all citizens rally together. That is because almost everybody sees the event itself as a moment of heroism and takes pride in its ongoing legacy. But Ireland’s Easter Rising, whose […]

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“The ideology of these groups is embedded in rigid misogyny and sexism” – Namia Akhtar

misc - terrorism

Couldn’t be any plainer. On The Daily Star:  Contemporary terrorist groups like Daesh (ISIS), Boko Haram, Taliban and Al-Qaeda incorporate a political agenda with an ideological twist of Islam, with an interpretation that violates the moral values that Islam preaches. The ideology of these groups is embedded in rigid misogyny and sexism, violating women’s rights, which is alien to the theology […]

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“Donald Trump is epically unprepared to be president. He has no realistic policies, no advisers, no…”

x-posted from tumblr.feimineach: “Donald Trump is epically unprepared to be president. He has no realistic policies, no advisers, no capacity to learn. His vast narcissism makes him a closed fortress. He doesn’t know what he doesn’t know and he’s uninterested in finding out. He insults the office Abraham Lincoln once occupied by running for it with less preparation than most […]

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We reached the stage where this discussion about Hillary and the women vote has become “this old chestnut” already. That’s how much it’s done the rounds. There’s an assumption that women (and particularly young women, for reasons unexplained) should vote for Clinton in the November elections, unquestioningly, and, if they don’t, there’s something wrong with her, them, or both (but probably them). Commentators […]

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#inhaste: Evangelicals’ support of Trump shouldn’t come as a surprise


From the LAtimes: “So all that head-scratching isn’t necessary; it should come as little surprise that the candidate of choice for evangelicals so far in this 2016 election season is a twice-divorced, thrice-married billionaire famous for firing people on TV, who belittles the disabled and advocates policies — on immigration, for example, or the environment — utterly at odds with […]

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research: “Trump embodies the classic authoritarian leadership style: simple, powerful, and punitive”  – @amandataub

politics - trump, authoritarianism, US politics

Here’s a very detailed essay on Vox which explores why and how authoritarianism is popular in the US and how it’s benefiting the likes of Trump in the run-up to the US election. The main message is that we should not think that this is some sort of temporary trend or anomaly or that it’s not to be taken seriously. There’s far-reaching support […]

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Gloria Steinem, socialism and feminism

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In 1905, Eugene V. Debs, the popular labor activist and Socialist Party leader, had a speaking engagement in Rochester, New York and went to visit the aging women’s rights pioneer Susan B. Anthony at her home there. They exchanged memories of their previous meeting; then Anthony took Debs’s hand and, with good humor, said, “Give us suffrage and we’ll give […]

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#todayin: politics: younger women not voting for Hillary because she killed feminism – @nickgillespie

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Why aren’t women en masse—or at least in Democratic primaries and polls—flocking in support of the first female president in U.S. history? Is it that “intersectionality” (the idea that race, class, and gender are so intertwined that even self-identified feminists no longer care first and foremost about gender) now reigns supreme in terms of cultural and political identity? Is it […]

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“Defense has paid scant attention to local women in conflict to the detriment of global security” – @5050oD

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U.S. Defense: the question of women’s roles in conflict (Brenda Oppermann on opendemocracy): The spike in suicide bombings carried out by Iraqi women from 2007 to mid-2008 provides a clear (and tragic) example of this. During that 18-month time span, female suicide bombers conducted 35 attacks compared to only a few before 2007. However, because the U.S. military focused primarily on […]

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“It’s an outdated (and establishment) way of thinking about gender politics” – @RanaForoohar

politics - women in politics

This election cycle’s chief theme has been the triumph of outsiders and outsider views over the establishment. High-profile Hillary Clinton supporters, including feminist icon Gloria Steinem and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, have added more fuel to that fire by suggesting that young women should be voting for Clinton just because she’s a woman. Albright has said “there’s a […]

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