Wednesday, October 12, 2016

First off; I’d like to apologize if I offend anyone with my blog as I do not intend to try to. This is just an area I’m rather passionate about. I’m not trying to tear down anyone. Also, before saying that just because I don’t like Trump, I must support Hillary; that is also not true. We’re screwed either way. I’ve also included links at the bottom of my blog in case you would like to fact check me or are interested in what happened and what was said.

Over this past weekend, a video was released of republican presidential candidate Donald Trump making lewd comments about women in 2005 while doing an interview with Billy Bush. Some of these comments included, “I’m automatically attracted to beautiful-I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait’ and ‘Grab them by the pussy, you can do anything.’ (The Huffington Post, 2016).  During the second presidential debate this past Sunday, Trump was asked about the comments he had made. He stated that is was ‘locker room talk’ and then proceeded to talk about ISIS. One comment he made was, ‘But it’s locker room talk, and it’s one of those things. I will knock the hell out of ISIS (The New York Times, 2016). Before anyone begins to get upset about my blog and think, I’m not trying to tear down Trump. I’m simply showing the down play of these comments and how they perpetuate rape culture within our society. Yes, rape culture is a thing and this is a prime example of it. When these comments about just kissing women and grabbing them by the pussy, without consent I might add, are downplayed you are automatically sending a message to everyone saying that it’s okay to do so. That you are allowed to do what you want, especially if ‘you’re a star’. It’s the downplay of comments like these, that lead to people such as Brock Turner who considered raping a girl behind a dumpster as ’20 minutes of action.’ 

Throughout the book, March, you see derogatory terms that are used towards the African American population within society. Over this time, these words were used consistently, thus making it seem as those they were okay to use. You could go ahead and use them nonchalantly and everything would be great. It was also conditioned that these words were not a ‘big deal’ either. However, there is one other area of the 2005 video, which should also be addressed. Trump was not alone during the interview on the bus. He was accompanied by television host, and then Access Hollywood host Billy Bush. What happened to Billy Bush you ask? He has been suspended from the Today show (he hosts the third hour) pending further review and investigation of the comments that were made through this interview (USA Today, 2016). Bush was suspended, Trump is still running for president? There is a differential in the power status here, which also ties into March. The entire book is about the civil rights movement. Where one race believed or felt as though they were superior to another and could do anything, they got away with it as well. Although we may have come some way from the civil rights movement, we still have a power differential in our country. The richer you are, the more power you hold. You can do anything from make lewd comments about women to deleting emails, and nothing will come of it. However, if you did that as a ‘normal’ person, you would have a multitude of charges hoisted upon you. In the end, you have an increase of ‘power’ if you are Caucasian, rich or a presidential candidate.  

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Quotes from G. Willow Wilson's TED Talk:

1. 'You can't do that, you would have to hire an intern just to open all the hate mail.'

2. 'I wanted to create a hero from a background that is often misunderstood...for a generation that is often misunderstood.'

3. 'Sometimes a mess, stays a mess. There is not always a way out, but there's always a way forward.'

Quotes from 'Ms. Marvel, Spider-Gwen and the Ongoing War Against Sexism in Comics.'

1. ' have to make their waists so small they can't hold internal organs. You have to TAKE AWAY all of their muscles! NONE of them should look like they weigh over one hundred thirty pounds. (And that's fucking generous.).....Also they should be posed SUBMISSIVELY and VULNERABLY, that means they shouldn't be looking at the audience saying 'fuck you', they have to say 'fuck me'.

2. 'So yeah, I want to see ANATOMICALLY INCORRECT, SKINNY, UNDERWEIGHT, VULNERABLY POSED men who's image says nothing more than 'please bend me over and fuck me hard, I'm a powerless sex object only here to compliment your ego.'