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Isn’t this special: Justin Trudeau is raising his kids to be feminists

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Justin Trudeau with his “feminist” buddy Hillary

Questions for Justin:

From what I’ve seen in the world, women face unequal obstacles every day because the left’s definition of feminism is enabling men and women to silence, demean and belittle people of both genders. Their quest for power is silencing vulnerable voices every day.

From Marie Claire (by Justin Trudeau): I am in politics because every day, I get to work to make the world a little better—for my kids, and for yours. I’m proud of the dedicated work our team is doing to make Canada more open, more inclusive, more just—and gender equal. But some of the most important work I do is not as a political leader, but as a parent. Every day, at home, I have the astonishing and humbling opportunity—together with my wife Sophie—to nurture empathy, compassion, self-love, and a keen sense of justice in our three kids.

I am so exceptionally proud of my daughter Ella-Grace. She’s growing up kind, super-smart, a passionate debater, open to the world around her. I love Ella, and I worry—because as a father, son, husband, and citizen, I witness the unequal obstacles women and girls face every day. It’s 2017, yet in Canada and around the world, women and girls still face violence, discrimination, stereotypes that limit them, and unequal opportunities that keep them from achieving their dreams. It is maddening to me that my brilliant, compassionate daughter will grow up in a world where, despite everything she is as a person, there will still be people who won’t take her voice seriously, who will write her off—simply because of her gender.

I can—and do—work every day to shift those inequalities, even incrementally. But I also know that the most powerful medicine will come from Ella herself. Sophie and I can’t be there with Ella at every hard moment of her life—to protect her when someone makes her feel small, to advocate for her when someone isn’t listening—even if we wish we could. (Parents will relate.) So the best thing we can do is to help Ella learn, unshakeably, that she is enough, exactly as she is. That she has immense power, and intrinsic worth, which no one can ever take away from her. That she has a strong voice, which she can use, and trust.

That means raising her feminist. Full stop.

I’m eternally lucky to have an amazing partner in that project. Sophie continues to inspire and challenge me, and a few years ago, she helped me reach a turning point. I was talking about teaching Ella that she can be anything she wants to be. Sophie said, “That’s great—but how are you raising your sons to be strong advocates for women and girls, too?”

Gender equality is not only an issue for women and girls. All of us benefit when women and girls have the same opportunities as men and boys—and it’s on all of us to make that a reality. Our sons have the power and the responsibility to change our culture of sexism, and I want Xavier and Hadrien—when he’s a little older—to understand that deeply. But I want, too, to help them grow into empathetic young people and adults, strong allies who walk through the world with openness, love, and a fierce attachment to justice. I want my sons to escape the pressure to be a particular kind of masculine that is so damaging to men and to the people around them. I want them to be comfortable being themselves, and being feminists—who stand up for what’s right, and who can look themselves in the eye with pride.

Feminism is not just the belief that men and women are equal. It’s the knowledge that when we are all equal, all of us are more free. It’s a relentless commitment to look for ourselves in each other, because that’s how we start to build a world where everyone is treated with respect and recognition. And it’s the unwavering conviction that all people have the same rights and freedoms—that my rights are your rights, and it is only when your rights are fully protected that mine are, too.

That world doesn’t exist yet. But it can be built—by people who have a strong sense of justice and empathy, who stand up for the rights of others, and who seek out their own unique ways of creating more inclusive communities.

That’s the world we want to live in. That’s the world we want our kids to live in. To raise our kids feminist is to recognize that they ALL have a part to play to build that world. To raise our kids feminist is to honor their future, because they have the responsibility—and the power—to shape it for the better.

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Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law & senior advisor, is registered to vote as a woman

Jared Kushner is the husband of President Trump’s daughter Ivanka, as well as the President’s Senior Advisor.

Ashley Feinberg reports for Wired, Sept. 27, 2017, the very bizarre fact that according to voter registration records of the New York State Board of Elections, Jared Corey Kushner is a woman.

This is New York State’s voter registration form, wherein one is asked to check either the M (male) or F (female) box for one’s sex:

This is Kushner’s voter registration:

Either the New York State Board of Elections made a mistake, or Jared Kushner did.

If it’s the latter, what does it say about the elementary competence of Kushner who, as Senior Advisor to President Trump, is in charge of the following:

  • Brokering peace in the never-ending Israeli–Palestinian conflict.
  • Making deals with foreign countries.
  • Leading the White House Office of American Innovation, focusing on improving Veterans Affairs, information-technology contracting, and the opioid crisis.
  • Spearheading meetings among legislative leaders on criminal justice reform.

See also “Sister of Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner in pay-for-play influence peddling with Chinese”.

H/t FOTM‘s MomOfIV

UPDATE:

New York Daily News says Kushner’s voter registration as a female was a “data entry error” by the New York State Board of Elections.

~Eowyn

Liberal tolerance: Actress Ellen Pompeo says she doesn’t want Trump supporters for fans

Ellen Pompeo Getting Coffee In Hollywood

Ellen Pompeo: Just a straight savage…

I will comply! Never was a fan of hers and never will be.

I’m also sick of Yahoo’s bias reporting. Ugh.

From Yahoo: While once upon a time stars were advised not to ruffle feathers by expressing political views (or other topics deemed controversial) for fear of hurting their brand, that time has passed. With Donald Trump’s controversial election win, which only a handful of Hollywooders were excited about (see: Scott Baio), and the unpopular decisions he’s made since he took office, we’ve entered what can only be described as the “take no crap” era. Celebs aren’t having it in any way, shape, or form.

While some famous folks have always clapped back at their trolls, we’ve seen even more come out swinging recently. And they’ve moved past the polite “unfollow me” response. Things have escalated to: Don’t like me or what I’m saying? Don’t be my fan. Don’t watch my show. Don’t go see my movie.

May we point you in the direction of Ellen Pompeo‘s feed. On Monday, the Grey’s Anatomy star didn’t pull any punches when she tweeted to her 1.3 million fans: “News flash… I don’t want Trump supporters for fans. Einstein.”

It started when the TV star, 47, shared a story about an 8-year-old biracial boy being the victim of an apparent lynching.

The hashtags that Pompeo, whose three children are mixed-race, used must have gotten folks riled up (again, she wasn’t pulling punches, using #gof*ckyourselvestrumpsupporters and #especiallythewomen). But she was in a “don’t come at me” kind of space.

Her blunt replies led to some followers questioning whether she was hacked. She wasn’t. As she explained, she’s just “straight savage when it comes to doing the right thing.”

Pompeo has become more politically outspoken than in her early days on her doctor drama. She was vocal about getting people to the polls prior to the election and obviously even more so after Hillary Clinton’s loss. Who can forget her headline-making tweet to Ivanka Trump about Jared Kushner? Not us. But, hey, it fits with the whole “straight savage” thing.

Olivia Wilde, who’s currently starring in 1984 on Broadway, has long been politically outspoken — and has protested several times this year, including outside Trump Tower in NYC in August after the president defended the actions of white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and the KKK in Charlottesville, Va. It was around that time that the actress — whose mom, Leslie Cockburn, is running for congress in Virginia — addressed “Trumpy Trolls” who had apparently been hassling her and threatening to boycott her work.

Not only did she tell them to go ahead and boycott her movies, but Wilde, who has 1.85 million Twitter followers, did so along with the middle finger emoji. Nothing ambiguous there.

Read the rest of the story here.

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Girl bye: Joss Whedon fan site shuts down after 15 years

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Director Whedon is a vile, angry libtard who deserves nothing of the fame that has made him worth $100 million. See the following:

From Hollywood Reporter: It comes a day after Whedon’s ex-wife penned a scathing column about the director.

A day after Joss Whedon was criticized as a hypocrite “preaching feminist ideals” by his ex-wife, architect Kai Cole, a popular fan site dedicated to the director has decided to say farewell.

Whedonesque.com has operated for 15 years, acting as a message board for fans of Whedon’s work, which ranges from Buffy the Vampire Slayer to The Avengers movie.

“15 years is a long time and a lot of water has flowed under the bridge,” reads the final post on the site. “But now it’s time to say goodbye. No more threads after this one, we’re closing down.”

The admins called for donations to organizations that deal with complex post-traumatic stress disorder, a condition that Cole wrote in a column for TheWrap that she was diagnosed with after Whedon revealed his multiple affairs during their fifteen-year marriage. After Cole’s post, many online were quick to chastise Whedon, an outspoken feminist that has built a career on strong female protagonists.

The Whedonesque twitter will stay in operation.

In June, a 2006 script that Whedon wrote for a Wonder Woman movie that never went into production leaked online, with many DC fans calling the director’s take on the character sexist due to the character description, dialogue and the majority of the important action falling on the male lead Steve Trevor (played by Chris Pine in the Patty Jenkins-directed feature).

Whedon is currently finishing re-shoots on The Justice League movie, which he took over for director Zach Snyder after he has to bow out following a family tragedy. The director is also developing a Batgirl movie with Warner Bros. and DC.

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Feminists are insufferable: Helen Mirren bashes Ivanka Trump and says Melania has the power to bring down her husband

Helen Mirren

#WarOnWomen who don’t agree with you.

This is rich: From Hollywood Reporter

“Helen Mirren Gets Insulted When People Treat Her the Age She Is.” From the article:

Mirren doesn’t want anyone treating her like her age, either. “If people treat me like the age I am, I get absolutely insulted, really cross. I hate when people give up their seat for me,” says Mirren.

Yet she’s perfectly A-OK with insulting other people. Got it.

From Daily Mail: Dame Helen Mirren has been a vocal critic of President Donald Trump and his administration, and the actress didn’t hold back when it came to sharing his thoughts on his daughter’s ‘ignorant’ book about working women.  

Although Ivanka Trump has branded herself as a feminist who is dedicated to empowering women, 72-year-old icon and advocate for women’s rights told Allure that she isn’t buying it.

‘[Ivanka] talks a good game, but there’s no substance. Her book is so ignorant about how the majority of women live, talking about, “Make time for yourself to have a massage.” Puh-lease,’ Mirren said in reference to Women Who Work, Ivanka’s latest book.

Women Who Work received scathing reviews from numerous publications that slammed the book for being tone-deaf when it it came out in May this year. In one excerpt, Ivanka discussed going into ‘survival mode’ while working on her father’s presidential campaign, explaining that she didn’t have time to treat herself to massages or meditate like she would have liked.

Critics found revelations like those to be cringe-worthy and oblivious to the realities that plague other working moms that don’t have the financial means or outside help that Ivanka has.

Despite her obvious disdain for Ivanka, who works as her father’s senior adviser, Mirren’s feelings about First Lady Melania Trump are more mixed.

‘You look at old Mel there, and she is one of the most powerful women in the world because she could take him down,’ the actress said of Melania, noting that the former model ‘almost’ brought her husband down when she brushed off his hand.

‘I’m Eastern European, you know; [we’ve] got these dark souls,’ Mirren added. ‘That dark Slovenian soul is about to come out. She’s only got to do a nice interview with Allure.’

Now an outspoken advocate for gender equality, the Academy, Emmy and Tony Awards winner reflected on her past struggle to call herself a feminist, and how she has embraced the label.

‘I wasn’t into the very didactic feminism of the ’60s and ’70s because I liked wearing makeup and high heels. That was a no-no. It was sort of “That’s playing to the patriarchy,” ‘ she said.

‘I was thinking, “Well, I just really like it.” Then as feminism developed, they realized you can like nice dresses, high-heeled shoes, and makeup. That’s not stopping you from being feminist.’

The British-born actress, who had a Russian father and an English mother, recounted taking part in New York City’s Women’s March earlier this year, describing it as a ‘positive, funny… joyous’ event, even though everyone in attendance ‘had good reason to be angry’.

Bashing the current administration, she added: ‘[Trump] just said and did whatever it took to get what he desired. That is quite terrifying, because it means there’s a lack of morality there and a lack of conscientiousness.

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Sister of Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner in pay-for-play influence peddling with Chinese

The Trump Administration is not even four months old, but is already guilty of the same political corruption committed by Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama — pay-for-play influence peddling.

Pay-for-play refers to a quid pro quo, wherein a politician promises another party (an individual, organization, or government) a political favor or access in return for money or vote or other support.

Nicole Meyer is the sister of Jared Kushner — the husband of Ivanka, the apple of President Trump’s eye, whom Trump elevated to the lofty position of White House Senior Adviser, despite a lack of qualifications.

The New York Times reports that on May 6, 2017, at an event at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Beijing, China, which was hosted by Qiaowai, a Chinese immigration agency that helps Chinese families move abroad, Nicole Meyer made a pitch to more than 100 Chinese investors gathered in the ballroom to attract $150 million in financing for a Jersey City housing development, known as One Journal Square.

The money would be provided through a federal government program known as EB-5 that awards foreign investors a path to citizenship in exchange for at least $500,000 in investments in U.S. development projects.

Meyer said to the Chinese investors that the Jersey City housing project “means a lot to me and my entire family,” and highlighted the fact that in January, her brother Jared Kushner had left his position as chief executive of the family business, Kushner Companies, to serve in the Trump administration.

Kushner Companies is headquartered at 666 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, I kid you not.

As Meyer spoke, journalists for The New York Times and The Washington Post were removed from the ballroom and told by organizers it was a “private event,” even though it had been publicly advertised.

The One Journal Square housing project is advertised to Chinese investors as the latest offering from the “star Kushner real estate family.” The project, which includes two towers, 1,476 luxury apartments and even a medical center for pets, is promoted as “Kushner 1.” Construction is scheduled to begin in early 2018.

Below is the Chinese advertisement for One Journal Square, which says the Kushner housing project is “government supported”. I added the English translation in yellow.

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Jared Kushner, as Trump’s senior adviser, has become a central voice on China as a conduit between Beijing and Washington.

As a businessman, he had courted Chinese firms, most notably Anbang Insurance Group, the financial firm linked to members of China’s ruling Communist Party. A potential deal for Anbang to invest in Kushner Companies’  headquarters at 666 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan has raised eyebrows because of its favorable terms for the Kushners, who are seeking help with the troubled property.

Although Jared Kushner has divested his stakes in dozens of his family business’ investments, he has held on to the vast majority and remains the beneficiary of a series of trusts that own his stakes in Kushner Companies properties and other investments, worth as much as $600 million, and probably more.

Kushner’s government ethics disclosure form shows he was a manager or president at six entities associated with the Jersey City housing project until this January when he divested his stake in one of them, K One Journal Square LLC. It is unclear what happened to his relationship with the remaining five entities.

H/t FOTM‘s josephbc69

~Eowyn

Nordstrom drops Ivanka’s clothing line yet wants you to buy a very expensive pair of “Americana mud jeans”

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Rugged “Americana” comes at a steep price at Nordstrom

These jeans cost $425. You read that correctly – $425.

From Hollywood Reporter: Now, Nordstrom is trying to sell the public on the idea of mud-covered men’s jeans. No, these aren’t mud-proof jeans, but regular jeans that — hear us out — are already covered in mud. And you thought pre-ripped, hole-y denim was outrageous!

“Heavily distressed, medium-blue denim jeans in a comfortable straight-leg fit embody rugged, Americana workwear that’s seen some hard-working action with a crackled, caked-on muddy coating that shows you’re not afraid to get down and dirty,” reads the description of the jeans on Nordstrom’s site.

The part that truly has the Internet in a tizzy, however, is the price: the Barracuda straight leg jean in indigo wash will cost you a cool $425.

“Don’t buy muddy jeans from Nordstrom for $425. Buy a pair you like and I’ll muddy them up for you for $300,” wrote one shopper on Twitter, echoing the sentiment of everyone’s mom.

But wait, there’s more! Not to be outdone, Topshop has unveiled completely clear, plastic moto jeans, available for $100. We know what you’re thinking — if they’re not denim, are they even still considered jeans? Who cares!

The propositioning of these shock-value items as covetable, pricey goods, has us wondering if this is really what fashion has come to (remember all those homeless-inspired menswear collections at fashion week?) or if Nordstrom is just trolling us all?

Selling head-scratching items was once a move reserved for a bit of April Fools’ Day publicity. But now, it has somehow evolved into a full-on marketing strategy, and we (probably) have Gwyneth Paltrow to blame.

Since launching her Goop lifestyle empire, Paltrow has made a name for herself selling utterly ridiculous products for even more ridiculous prices, and then letting the social media “outrage” (or as Paltrow would tell you, the free marketing) pour in. We also have Paltrow to thank for alerting us to the existence of the $17,000 solid gold dildo, naturally. 

I can’t even…

Read the rest of the story here.

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