Sunday, October 16, 2016

[The Life of Shaun #539] The Life of Michelle

When I was young, I had some pretty na├»ve opinions on abortion.  Once I was a bit older, I realised that I will never understand the position a woman is in when she's making that choice, and decided that I (and all men, frankly) should defer to the women who actually must carry this burden.

Similarly, as a man, I will never understand the violation of casual sexual transgressions and the angst they cause.  For me, the revelation of the Trump tapes was just another in a series of repugnant statements by the Republican nominee.  But for many women, those words hit much closer to home.  As I am not genitally qualified to make a personal comment, today I turn over TLOS to my good friend Michelle Vensell:


In July I had lost faith.  I well and truly had.  I absolutely believed that Trump would pull it off.  That in this era of Real Housewives of X emulating, Kardashian worshipping, and sleeping on sidewalks for iPhones we had sort of lost our souls as humans.  People see Trump as a SAVIOR.

And quite honestly, it was not until "grab them by the p___y" that I was actually able to shake off the stupor of somnolence that had overcome me with that sad acceptance.  When I heard that, it woke old and bitter things.  I'm awake now and angry.

In speaking with my girlfriends about it:  I think that many of us came to a point as a young woman where we just accepted that it comes with the territory - guys can be grab-y.  In 6th grade, there was a game where the older boys would try to grab some of the new girls after school "in the coochie".  No one would complain because it was a game, after all.  

As adults, we dealt with it at work.  We dealt with it outside of work.  We accepted it and moved on.  That was how we dealt with it.  There was no official complaining then. 

It took me a long time to learn to not be okay with people touching me without my permission. 

Watching this video, I laugh in sadness and anger.  WILLFUL ignorance is such a - wait - I don't know that it is willful.  Is that the true tragedy here?  And these people want the "grab them by the p___y" guy to be the president of our nation?!  WTF?!



It's a personal choiceShaun H. Coley ~ Shadwell ~ Tower Hamlets ~ London E1 ~ UK ~ shaunism.blogspot.co.uk ~ #ImWithHer

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

[The Life of Shaun #538] 23 and Shaun

My 23andMe results have come back, showing that I am a pretty typical American mutt, and revealing a dark family secret: Mom was not 100% Swedish, as she believed.  Seems those Larsons and Widens were taking a few more amorous trips to mainland Europe than they admitted to.  I've also learned that I am more Neanderthal than most, and that I am 0.1% Ashkenazi Jew.  Oy, gevalt!

However, despite the increased clarity of my genetic make-up, my old descriptions stands: I am white and whiter.  Nothing exotic here, folks.

Cheers,
Shaun








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Sunday, October 09, 2016

[The Life of Shaun #537] #ImWithHer


"Don't tell me 'gender isn't a factor' when Hillary Clinton is more despised for being cheated on than Trump is despised for cheating."

- Rachel Held Evans


It will come as no surprise who I am supporting in this presidential election.  I've been with her since I cast my ballot for her as New York's senator in 2000.  I voted for her in the primaries in 2008, and have already done my part by absentee ballot to turn Nevada blue this year (as well as legalise marijuana, and require background checks for all gun sales).




I wasn't at all surprised that Trump got the Republican nomination.  The GOP has been on a straight-line path from George W. Bush through Sarah Palin right to Trump.  If it hadn't been Trump this election, it would have been someone like Trump in another.

America is changing, and a lot of people are uncomfortable with that.  They remember the hegemony of the post-WWII era when all you had to do to be at the top of the global heap was be American and white, and they want that back.  That's not to say that there aren't real grievances that need addressing; America spends far too much on weapons and tax policies that favour the wealthy, and far too little on the education and health of its people.  One look around the audience at a Trump rally will show you that this is not what unites his supporters.




Hillary Clinton is not perfect, no candidate is.  But her imperfections grafted onto a male candidate would never provoke the vitriol and scorn that she has endured since entering public life.  She is smart, dedicated, and she is a very good politician.  She's probably the best-qualified candidate ever to run for this office, and she has accomplished all this on the most unequal of playing fields, under the relentless scrutiny of the twenty-four-hour news cycle.

As Trump stumbles from one embarassment to the next, I hope that more and more people realise that he is not fit to be on the same stage as Hillary Clinton, let alone be President of the United States.  As the NY Times summarised, "A new biography portrays [him] as a clownish, deceitful narcissist who took control of a powerful nation thanks to slick propaganda and a dysfunctional political elite that failed to block his rise".  Oh wait - that was about Hitler.





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