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A Popular Meme Points Out the Idiocy of Democratic Dissent as Women Long to Be Free as Guns

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First of all, in case you missed it: “Best & Stupidest This Week: The UK Wars With Cutlery, Offers Knife-Free Chicken Boxes & Tales Of Murder For Dinner.”

And now:

American politics could really be an interesting place: Imagine two sides with very different ideologies, frequently and thoughtfully debating the merits of their passionate principles on the national stage.

Fascinating.

What we largely have instead is a game of money and power propelled by enough hot air to fly the Hindenburg to Timbuktu.

And in this present anti-Trump era — where Democrats are concerned — nothing seems to matter anymore. So far as I can tell, people tend to just say whatever’s the most inflammatory, despite it having not the slightest hair-thin tether to reality.

Every day, there’s a new batch of assertions that are as completely foolish as they are pitifully transparent.

And looking over the silliness, I recently came across a meme presumably based on a December 2015 tweet.

The original Twitter post came by way of a comedienne; subsequently, I believe it deserves the leeway of a joke. But when placed in the arena of serious ideas, #notsogood.

Here’s the piece of pro-Democrat protest:

HuffPost doesn’t appear terribly opposed: “The Constitution Gives Gun Owners Greater Rights Than Women.”

And some tweeters were stoked:

Gay Pride Lion loved it:

But Twitter also noted the nuttiness:

Responsibly Armed hit upon a certain considerable truth:

And this leads me to the meme. It reads “I Dream Women Will One Day Have the Same Rights as Guns.”

That statement is, to me, a fantastic indication of where we are — the level of imbecility that’s become the national dialogue. People are saying and posting and sharing things which make absolutely no sense. Why speak reason when you can stick your finger down your throat and prop-puke words that ring the alarm?

Beto O’Rourke does it (here). So does Nancy Pelosi (here and here). The politisphere is brimming with bulemic boobs.

As for the meme, witness a bit of sense spoken into the madness:

She wants women not allowed on airplanes.
She wants women not allowed in schools.
She wants women kept out of government buildings.
She wants women kept away from children.
Businesses can post signs: “No women allowed.”
She wants women severely restricted in Hawaii and California.
Women will not be allowed anywhere alcohol is consumed.
Women cannot be carried without a special permit.
Women will be prohibited from having certain popular accessories.
A man can now own multiple women, but only after a background check.

Right. I pine for a day when the absurdity will cease, and impassioned proselytizers from all sides will tout the explained worthiness of their ideas.

But that day won’t be today. Party on.

-ALEX

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Desperate Democrat Women are Turning to Witchcraft to Keep Trump from Winning 2020

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President Donald Trump is going to win his reelection campaign in 2020, and everyone knows it. You know it, I know it, Republicans know, and Democrats especially know it.

You know they know it because in the midst of the 2020 Democrat candidates doing their best to campaign for a primary win, Democrat activists and lawmakers have been more focused on things like trying to find any tiny chance that Mueller investigation would produce something damning, or attempting to convince Michelle Obama to run, even after the lineup has been decided.

But desperate times call for desperate measures, and Democrat women have finally decided to see if magic will help them win in 2020.

You didn’t misread that. They’re casting spells and resorting to the occult.

Not that it’s anything new. Witchcraft has been surging since Trump’s election. Even celebrities have been in on the idea of gathering together to cast spells on Trump to make him fail.

They’re not working.

According to The Guardian, women are turning to the idea of being witches more and more thanks to a few factors. One is the reemergence of witches in pop-culture and the idea that Trump has brought the full force of the patriarchy down on the nation. In fact, author Sady Doyle noted that it’s also likely that witches are making a comeback out of spite based on, according to them, how 2016 Democrat failure Hillary Clinton was treated like a witch during Republican rallies:

When the witch emerged as a contemporary figure of resistance, it was hard to tell where she came from; Hollywood iconography, feminist history, the coming of age of the Craft generation or just the optics of the 2016 election, in which a presumed-to-be-monstrous woman was ritually castigated by a man who led crowds in chants of “lock her up”. Watching the chants take over the floor at the Republican national convention, Rebecca Traister wrote: “I was not the only person in the room to be reminded of 17th-century witch trials, the blustering magistrate and rowdy crowd condemning a woman to death for her crimes.” The new feminist identification with witches seemed to draw from every version of the myth at once: mystical and monstrous, feminist academia and horrorcore aesthetics, drawing them together in one angry, intentionally ugly repudiation of American patriarchy.

Doyle wrote that Trump’s election was a breaking point. Interesting choice of words, as turning to magic definitely sounds like something you’d do when you have a breakdown of some sort. With the supposed rise of the patriarchy, Doyle wrote that women turned from “the patriarchy’s gods” and moved toward an “old, dark power”:

But the old, dark power – the choice to worship something other than patriarchy’s gods, to reject and read backward the narratives of the dominant culture – was still there. The Trump administration represented a breaking point for many women. After decades in which sophisticated thinkers dismissed patriarchy as simplistic or irrelevant, it was revealed to be alive, well and out for blood – the ethos which still ruled the US government and defined, or ended, countless women’s lives.

It’s near the end that Doyle seems to get a bit on the creepily poetic side. She writes as if she’s speaking like she’s giving a monologue over a movie’s montage of women grabbing their black robes and pointed hats before making their way into the woods in droves. It comes off kind of awkward, mostly because Doyle seems to be taking this witch stuff way too seriously:

The witch lives between dark and daylight, the safely settled village and the wild unknown of the woods beyond. The backlash years of the early 21st century revealed to many women something we had always suspected: we had never belonged to that daylight world. We had tried; we had worked; we had been loyal to the rules and values of society as we knew it. But, no matter how far we thought we had come, or how often our mothers told us we could do anything, we still lived within a system that used female bodies as grist to maintain male rule. In the story that patriarchy told about itself, we were always going to be the villains. And if that was the case, we might as well make some magic out of it.

If the village didn’t want us, we might as well head out into the woods.

There is a fire on the horizon. You can see it burning, out on the edges of the world. The violence we have survived can be our guide to what needs to change. The fire that burned the witches can be the fire that lights our way. Our power is waiting for us, out in forbidden spaces, beyond the world of men. Step forward and claim it. Step forward into the boundless and female dark.

Rivetting.

In truth, witchcraft is really just another form of leftist “feel-goodism.” It’s the fantasy that helps the left believe that they’re changing things for the better, though really, they’re just making fools of themselves. A part of them knows that, even if they profess to believe it.

Trump’s win and his impending reelections has and is making people lose it. Those desperate to find something to hold on to as things continue to progress out of their control are going to resort to crazy things to make themselves feel more stable. For many Democrat women, that thing is turning to the dark magic of delusion.

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Trump Announces the Country’s New Small Business Administration Chief, and It Defies All We’ve Learned

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Here’s a real head-scratcher.

On Thursday, Donald Trump will nominate U.S. Treasurer Jovita Carranza as the new leader of the Small Business Administration.

Jovita, if confirmed by the Senate, will replace Linda McMahon — co-founder (along with her husband, Vince) of World Wrestling Entertainment.

Last week, Linda announced she was stepping down.

The President revealed Jovita’s nomination by tweet:

“Jovita was a great Treasurer of the United States – and I look forward to her joining my Cabinet!”

The confusing part of the whole thing is that we’ve had shoved into our brains for over three years now the idea that planetary business mogul Donald J. Trump is so breathtakingly petty and immature — dare I say, droolingly moronic — that he sits around gritting his teeth and judging everyone according to the color of their skin. When not attacking women, that is — verbally, sexually, and legislatively (here).

We all know he absolutely hates “brown people.”

And women? No way.

Yet:

But how??

#MindBender

-Alex

 

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Quinnipiac: 51% believe Trump is racist

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They neglected to ask the key follow-up question: “If you answered yes, are you considering voting for him anyway?”

Another good one would have been, “Can someone be racist if they don’t use racial slurs?”

Lots of interesting splits here, and of course independents are always notable, but the gender divide may be the most interesting.

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White men are -20 on the question. White women are +9. The AP spent some time in suburban neighborhoods this past weekend interviewing women there about Trump’s recent outbursts at figure like Elijah Cummings and the Squad. On the one hand, man-on-the-street interviews touching on race would seem especially prone to social desirability bias, with participants keenly aware that they’re expected to give a particular answer in order to show their own sensitivity. On the other hand, the Quinnipiac numbers are scientific and they are what they are. A majority of white women see racial bias in Trump and they’re a key bloc in the suburban districts that helped Democrats to a new House majority next fall. Whether Trump’s wars with the Squad, Cummings, Al Sharpton, and other minority pols are winners or losers for him electorally may depend on how white women stomach them, but it’s not going well so far if you believe the AP:

In more than three dozen interviews by The Associated Press with women in critical suburbs, nearly all expressed dismay — or worse — at Trump’s racially polarizing insults and what was often described as unpresidential treatment of people. Even some who gave Trump credit for the economy or backed his crackdown on immigration acknowledged they were troubled or uncomfortable lining up behind the president…

“It was mainly when he got into office when my opinion started changing,” said [Emily] West, 26. “Just the way he treats people.”

“I did not think it was going to be as bad as it is — definitely narcissism and sexism, but I did not think it was going to be as bad as it is,” said Kathy Barnes while shopping in the Denver suburb of conservative-leaning Lone Tree. “I am just ashamed to be an American right now.”…

“I don’t think I should say those words in front of my daughter,” [Yael Telgheder] said, her 3-year-old next to her. “To be honest, there are certain things that — he’s a businessman — so I understand the reasons behind them. But all of the disrespect and lies and stuff like that, it’s just too much for me.”

“Trump fatigue” is a real thing, I’m sure. Trump fatigue specifically in the context of him picking fights with minority pols might be a real thing, if not now then eventually. Trump fatigue that’s so intense that people are willing to overlook steady economic growth and roll the dice on a left-wing Democrat is … less of a thing, I’m guessing.

In fact, Quinnipiac also asked voters about impeachment for its new poll. Between the Mueller hearing and the war with the Squad and Cummings, you might expect the majority of Americans who think Trump is racist to be newly eager to oust him. Not so:

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That doesn’t mean they want to reelect him, but nothing he’s done thus far is a firing offense to a solid 60 percent of Americans. As for whether the fight he’s picked with Cummings is off-the-cuff or strategic, sources tell the Times and WaPo that it’s the former. He’s not following some carefully scripted plan to bait minority pols in order to get working-class whites excited (yet?), he’s annoyed that Cummings’s committee issued subpoenas for texts and emails drafted sent to or from Jared Kushner and Ivanka. He was just lashing out.

Several White House officials expressed agreement during a staff meeting on Monday morning that the president’s attacks were a bad move, according to people informed about the discussion, but they were uncertain who could intervene with him — or if anyone would even dare try.

They privately scoffed at the idea that it was strategy rather than impulse, concluding that any political benefit he might derive by revving up his conservative, largely white base could be offset by alienating more moderate voters in the suburbs of states like Wisconsin and Michigan that he needs to win a second term.

Trump himself told reporters today that there’s no strategy, “zero strategy.” Watch below. And if you have time, skim through the rest of the Quinnipiac data to see how Americans responded to questions about conditions at immigrant detention facilities. Democratic attacks seem to be penetrating, with 51 percent of Americans saying conditions at the facilities are inhumane (just 35 percent disagree), 62 percent saying the feds aren’t doing enough to improve them, and 53 percent saying it’s better to release immigrants if facilities are overcrowded even if it means they won’t show up for their court dates versus 31 percent who say they should be held anyway. Americans prefer catch-and-release to what’s happening now.

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U.S. soccer: We’ve paid the women’s team more than we’ve paid the men’s team since 2010 — even though they bring in much less revenue

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I fear the only fair solution is to pay our garbage national men’s team more.

No, actually, this is more complicated than it seems at first glance.

According to a letter released Monday by U.S. Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro, the federation paid out $34.1 million in salary and game bonuses to the women between 2010 and 2018 as opposed to $26.4 million paid to the men. The total does not include the value of benefits received only by the women, like health care…

Comparing compensation between the two teams is difficult because the pay structure is based on different collective bargaining agreements…

USSF also says the men’s team generates more revenue. The women’s team generated $101.3 million over the course of 238 games between 2009 and 2019 while the men generated $185.7 over 191 games, according to the federation.

The killer: “WNT games have generated a net profit (ticket revenues minus event expenses) in only two years (2016 and 2017). Across the entire 11-year period, WNT games generated a net loss of $27.5 million.” Likewise, individual men’s matches generated more than twice as much revenue over this period than women’s matches did. U.S. soccer is paying the women more — while losing money on them. And the women want … more money?

Case closed, then! They’re being paid more than fairly. But wait — players on the men’s team agree with the women that they’re underpaid:

Note the second paragraph in particular. If that’s true then U.S. soccer is accusing the women’s team of being a revenue-loser essentially based only on the gate at matches, without accounting for TV right and ads — not to mention the value in terms of prestige that back-to-back World Cups supplies to a program that’s a borderline laughingstock on the men’s side.

There’s more. The men’s team actually received more money ($41 million) overall than the women’s team since 2010 due to the fact that bonuses paid by FIFA (not by U.S. soccer) for World Cup appearances are waaaaay more generous for men’s teams than for women’s. ESPN notes that the 2018 World Cup winner, France, alone received more money than the entire 24-team field did in the Women’s World Cup. That is, a bad-to-middling U.S. men’s team still comes out ahead in compensation to a juggernaut in the women’s sport.

There’s another key difference between how the men and women are paid:

The federation pays U.S. women’s team members per-game payments for national-team play along with professional-team salaries for playing in the National Women’s Soccer League, as all 23 members of the women’s World Cup team do. The federation doesn’t pay professional salaries for the men.

A key divergence in how the teams are compensated has to do with their bargaining agreements, not their genders. The women negotiated a salary-plus-bonuses scheme, the men got a more complicated structure in which you’re paid “by training camp call-ups, game appearances and through performance bonuses.” The bonuses are more generous on the men’s side, but the men don’t have guaranteed pay like the women do. Arguably the women sacrificed some incentives in return for better income security. Maybe they had no choice: A player capable of making the U.S. men’s national team might be lavishly compensated in a pro league somewhere even if he’s not starting whereas the weaker commercial demand for the women’s sport requires women players to demand that the U.S. soccer federation to kick in with guaranteed professional pay for star players.

But then that’s the whole debate here, isn’t it? How much should public demand influence the players’ pay relative to achievement? “All U.S. soccer proved was that the women must consistently win at the highest level to approach what the men make while mired in mediocrity and underachievement,” said sports journalist Tanya Ray Fox, referring to the near-parity between what the women’s and men’s teams received from U.S. soccer since 2010. But if there are more eyeballs on the men for their inferior product, why shouldn’t they receive more for their mediocrity? Judi Dench is a better actor than The Rock, but if the latter can drum up more box office than the former, why shouldn’t he receive a bigger check? Like all sports, soccer is ultimately entertainment. At base, Megan Rapinoe and company are arguing with the fans for not having better taste.

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Julie Iles: Why I’m standing for Vice-President of National Conservative Convention

Julie Iles is a Conservative Party activist, county councillor, and President of the Conservative Women’s Organisation.

When the ballot for the leadership contest closes on Monday July 22nd another important vote is open to members of the National Conservative Convention.

These are the members who serve at Regional and Area level and those who hold office as Chairman of their constituency association. They will vote for a team who will represent the grassroots party at the national level.

I am honoured to have been nominated as a candidate for one of the three VP positions. I see the National Convention as the link between associations, CCHQ professional staff, campaigners working in the field, and our Members of Parliament.

Like many others I’ve been a foot soldier for many years and I’ve lost count of how many hours I’ve spent knocking on doors and talking to local people to understand their issues and concerns. I’ve travelled the length and breadth of the country to support council elections, parliamentary elections and by-elections and referendums.

I have served as an officer at all levels of our Party, starting from branch committee through to association and to area as Deputy Chairman Political and Campaigning, and in March of this year to National Chairman for the Conservative Women’s Organisation (CWO).

I have a track record in the business sector, selling high-value technology solutions and working as a trusted adviser alongside board executives of well-known companies. It was my commitment to voluntary service which brought me into politics – I served as a magistrate for ten years. I was elected to county council in 2017 and I am now the cabinet member for all-age learning (which includes schools, special education needs, and disabilities and adult learning).

I think I am unique amongst those standing for election in that I’ve worked in Parliament to establish the office of one of our newly-elected MPs in the period following the 2015 election, and until the end of last year I was an Area Campaign Manager at CCHQ. That gives me the best experience to strengthen the links across the voluntary, professional and parliamentary party –because we are more effective when we work as a team.

The leadership and parliamentarians need that connection with the grassroots party. Successful manifestos are built on local knowledge of local issues. CCHQ can provide the latest software programmes and campaigning techniques, but it’s the army of volunteers who are needed to take that out on the doorstep. In the campaigns where we have campaign managers working locally we are successful.

So my commitment is to:

  • Stand up for the voluntary party so that our views are heard, our activists are supported and recognised for their hard work, and we are organised to campaign effectively and deliver success at the ballot box.
  • Improve communication between associations and CCHQ, which will strengthen the link between our committed volunteers and the hard-working professional staff.
  • Lead from the front on campaigning and training our councillors, candidates and volunteers in the use of the latest techniques including digital communications.
  • Spread best practice around fundraising, resource-sharing, and grouping of associations to make efficient use of volunteers, staff, and premises. Area and regional executives should be strengthened to support these arrangements.
  • Work hard to define our policies and communicate our values so that we build our membership base across all age groups, sexes, backgrounds, and parts of the country, so that we are elected to govern the nation and keep Jeremy Corbyn out of Number 10.

To that last point, dependent on which statistics you read, more than half our population are women. Reports from the general election 2017 suggested a “youthquake” voting for Corbyn. It wasn’t that simple.

There was a much bigger swing away from the Conservatives in young women that there was in young men. Women in other age groups also didn’t vote for us. That’s why I’ve made a point of working with Flick Drummond, the Voluntary Party Director for Conservative Policy Forum, so that we have women involved in policy making. Groups from the Conservative Women’s Organisation are now working with CPF in the regions because they want to help shape policy.

Margaret Thatcher didn’t win her majority without the support of women, and if they voted for us now in the same numbers as they did then we would have a comfortable majority.

We don’t need all-women shortlists or preferential treatment, we just need to look like the people we want to represent and make sure that we are taking action on the things that concern them. That includes putting more women, as well as people of different ages and from different backgrounds and parts of the country, on our own Party Board.

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Here’s the correct way to shop for bras, according to local experts

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There are about 3.8 billion women in the world, the majority of whom wear a bra on a daily basis. But ever since the Journal of Chiropractic & Osteopathy published a study in 2008 stating 80% of women wear the wrong bra size, people started to question the staple piece of clothing that is meant to make life a little bit easier.

Over the past decade, women have been moving more toward purchasing lingerie that is actually comfortable, rather than buying an item based on its look, according to data from the NPD Group, a research firm based in Port Washington, New York. 

“There really aren’t many sizes available in the retail market,” says Sarah Wiener, owner of Vienna lingerie shop Trousseau. “Major manufacturers like Victoria’s Secret tend to put more stretch into the bras, too, which is giving you space but not where you need it.”

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While fitting is a technical process, the gist is this: the number is body frame size, and the letter is the cup volume, which refers to the difference between the size of your breasts and your rib cage. If the straps are falling off your shoulders, the band rides up or you feel like you’re showing too much of the top of your chest, you’re wearing the wrong bra.

Companies like Trousseau, which is celebrating 20 years this fall, offer custom-fit consultations and complementary alterations, and they are popping up all over the country as the need for real-fit bras is realized. Trousseau, for example, offers over 160 sizes and carries over 4,500 bras on the floor at all times.

What many people aren’t aware of when they come into the store, according to Wiener, is that women rarely fit into one specific bra, especially now that there are so many varying styles in the world, like underwire, demi and bralette, to name a few. 

“Women often come in and they want to know what size they are so they can buy multiple of our bras in that one size, but that’s just not how it works,” Wiener explains. “There are many different shapes of bodies and tissue densities, so depending on the person, three, five or even eight sizes may work for them because it varies from manufacturer.”

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Nanette Parsons, owner of Best Rack Around in Leesburg, carries cup sizes from A through M, and works with women who have or are having mastectomy surgery, young girls who are still growing and everyone in between.

“I really think we overthink it as women, because there isn’t the right bra,” Parsons says. “It really needs to be about you and not the bra. So, you may be more comfortable in a bra that technically isn’t your size, but that’s because none of us are just one.”

With market bras that offer sales, for example two-for-one or buy-one-get-one-half-off, the quality is typically designed to be that way, according to Wiener. When you buy a quality bra, it will fit better and last longer, too. At both boutique shops, most products are purchased from Europe.

“You’re supposed to be comfortable in the bra,” Wiener says. “Most women don’t realize that you should be able to put a bra on in the morning and not want to rip it off by the time you get home at night.”


CARE TIPS

  • Wash your bra every three or so wears
  • You should have at least three bras in your closet for optimal wear
  • Hand-washing is always best
  • If you do use a washing machine, cold water and a linen bag are suggested
  • Alternate which bra you wear so the elastic has a chance to rest

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Anti-Feminism Has Officially Become More Popular than Feminism

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The day that was always inevitable has finally arrived.

Despite the media, activists, Hollywood, and politicians all pushing it in everything from the news to the movies, feminism has never been able to achieve complete saturation within the populace. It was always coming off as entitled, unfair, and weak, all while trying to bill itself as a movement dedicated to building strong women who support equality.

The public learned that equality was never the goal and the pro-woman aspect fell apart in the face of the way the feminist movement treated women who disagreed with it. Feminism was always at war with femininity, and women weren’t into it for the most part despite the media portraying it as some super popular movement. In fact, not only were women not into it, feminism created too many enemies with its abrasive behavior, nonsensical belief system, and asinine demands.

Thus, anti-feminism has now become more popular than feminism, and what makes this even more delicious is that BuzzFeed of all places has now had to recognize the fact.

Mark Di Stefano of BuzzFeed posted a tweet that shows some of the stats, putting the disbelief primarily on men.

According to BuzzFeed, the group Hope Not Hate commissioned research to see where the idea of feminism lies with the populace and the results cause them to think that we’re slipping into the “far-right” due to the acceptance of “anti-feminism”:

The survey, conducted by YouGov earlier this year, found 33% of people between ages 18 and 24 agreed with the statement “Feminism is to blame for making some men feel marginalised and demonised in society”.

Across all age groups, 42% of men felt that feminism was marginalising and demonising some men, while only a quarter of women agreed.

I want to take a moment here to point out that anti-feminism is not a “far-right” idea. In fact, anti-feminism is geared more toward believing in equality for the sexes than feminism is, which constantly attempts to garner more gains for women while denigrating men with accusations of “patriarchal privilege” and constant claims of sexism over things like air conditioning. It’s ridiculously lazy to assume that any resistance to a leftist ideal such as modern feminism is a result of far-right plotting.

In fact, most people believe that sexual equality is a great thing, they just reject feminism as noted by the BBC, which found that 1 in 5 women in the U.S. and the U.K. identify as feminist, but that eight in ten believe in equality of the sexes.

Feminism hasn’t been popular to associate with, even when the third wave was in full swing a few years ago. Feminism has always been antagonistic in nature, and the constant denigration of society because it wasn’t focusing on what the feminist agenda wanted turned people off. It even went so far as to make itself the hub of intersectionalism, making everything under the sun a “women’s issue.”

Women have enough issues to deal with, they didn’t need more. What’s more, the fact that women who rejected feminist principles, even if it was the most minute, were lambasted and dragged over coals.

Feminism stopped being something to sign on to and started being something to resist very quickly.

And so, both women and men walked away from the circus show. Feminism might not be dead, not yet, but it does look corpse-like.

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“We will explore ways to ensure that gender stereotypes do not limit the choices of girls or boys.” Mordaunt’s equalities speech. Full text.

“Good morning everyone and my message to you is, thank you! I know that many of you have been working with us on this document and plan.

Thank you to others here today who have been lobbying on all these issues and suggesting solutions, sometimes for a very long time indeed.

Thank you to the GEO team who have worked so hard to get us here today.

If we are to achieve our goals – if everyone of our citizens is to reach their full potential….

If all are to be healthy, resilient, empowered and free…

Then massive change is needed.

Women have fought and won many battles over the years.

Attitudes have changed.

New opportunities have been won.

But still, ingrained, systematic barriers persist and they must be torn down.

The simple fact is, women face significant challenges and barriers over their lifetime, just because they are women.

A Band 2 NHS worker, and carer of three generations of her family, unable to progress in work because of her poor health, caring responsibilities and legacy benefit rules.

The girls still being signposted to hairdressing courses and childcare.

Financially fragile women.

Women who cannot speak English.

Women who experience discrimination, harassment or negative comments surrounding their pregnancy.

Women who can’t return to work when they want to because employers won’t look past the ‘gaps’ on their CV.

Women who have taken on most of the caring responsibilities in their family and then find themselves with a smaller private pension because of it.

Women who get divorced and end up facing financial instability in later life because they didn’t know about pensions sharing.

Women who have to leave their job because of sexual harassment in the workplace.

We talk about the choices people make. These choices aren’t always “real” choices – especially for women who are less well off. Taking time off work to care for family; going into a less well-paid job that provides more flexibility; spending for today’s needs and not saving for tomorrow’s – these can all seem like the only sensible options.

I am determined that these women will not be forgotten, and government delivers on its commitments to make sure everyone gets an equal chance in life.

Now I know I’m preaching to the choir here, but for those less familiar, let me just set this out:

On average, young women enter the world of work with higher attainment than men, but immediately earn less per hour than them;

Women take on more unpaid work such as cooking, cleaning and caring, which impacts heavily on their ability to progress in the workplace;

Seemingly innocuous decisions made throughout a woman’s life can add up – Women aged 55 to 64 are almost 20 per cent less likely to have a private pension than men, and those who do have around 40 per cent less wealth held in them.

Women in low pay are often still in low pay a decade later.

Some people will say that this is just the natural difference between men and women – that women inherently want to stay at home and care for their children, and men just want to progress their careers. But this is not what women are saying to us. And it’s not what men are saying to us either!

If we ignore these inequalities, we ignore the fact that there are huge incentives for us as a nation to address them.

Reducing the gender pay gap in labour market participation, STEM qualifications, and wages, could increase the UK economy by £55 billion by 2030.

Companies in the top 25 per cent for gender diversity on their executive team were 21 per cent more likely to experience above-average profitability than companies in the bottom 25 per cent.

Increasing job quality and raising incomes – particularly at the lower end – has the potential to improve average national well-being.

Imagine the benefits to an empower who gets to retain the training invested in staff.

Imagine the benefits to the state if carers were able to maintain a job and remain economically active.

Which brings us to why we are here today.

I’m here to tell you that business as usual just won’t cut it.

Today is the day we start on a new path. A path which will see us acknowledge the evidence and take action to make a difference in the lives of women across the UK.

My team at the Government Equalities Office have been working exceptionally hard, both across government and with the third and private sectors.

They have been analysing the drivers behind equality, as well as how decision-making at each stage of life can lead to disadvantages.

From a young age, children can be faced with gender stereotyping that affects their dreams, goals and career aspirations.

This stereotyping can be as simple as pink or blue, netball or rugby, English or science. Indeed, boys aged 7-11 are almost twice as likely to want to be scientists, whilst over half of girls aged 7-10 think girls are better at doing chores than boys.

Today I’m announcing that we will explore new ways to ensure that gender stereotypes do not limit the attainment, aspirations or career choices of girls or boys. We’ll be delivering pilots with schools, the voluntary sector and businesses to see how curriculum resources, teacher training or workshops with pupils and parents can challenge expectations and attitudes.

I am determined that this will eventually see more women walking through the doors of great buildings to become members of organisations such as the Institution of Civil Engineers.

Only around 1 in 10 engineering professionals are women, which is why we are working with the industry to find ways to diversify its workforce.

No matter which party is in government, I believe the benefits system hasn’t always tackled the disadvantages that women and carers face.

At present, 700,000 claimants aren’t claiming their full entitlement, in part because it is such a complicated system and can prove very confusing. This means that on average, these people are losing out on nearly £300 a month – money which could quite literally be lifechanging, whether it’s additional support for children, a disability or a health condition, which prevents you from working or paying your rent.

Amber Rudd and I want Universal Credit to change this, and really work for the women who need it. We want to roll out Universal Credit as soon as possible so that people who are currently on legacy benefits can access the additional advantages it should offer.

We’ll therefore carry out new research that will help us better understand the barriers our in-work claimants are facing and how we can break these down.

But that is not all I want to see. I want to ensure that the perverse incentives not to progress in work, not to work more hours, or earn more within those hours – the very issues universal credit was meant to tackle – are gripped and addressed.

When women are working they deal with the same challenges men face – meeting targets, working with colleagues, and career progression. But many women also have a second job – caring for their children.

Unpaid care work is valued to the economy at £411 billion per year.

The strain on women trying to “have it all” – usually means little sleep, and lots of stress – which cannot be underestimated. But it’s often undervalued.

20 per cent of mothers said they experienced harassment or negative comments related to pregnancy or flexible working from their employer or their colleagues.

We should support any parent who is trying to balance their job and their home life, and to do that we are conducting the largest upgrade to workers’ rights in a generation.

We know that parents are keen to share care, and new fathers want to take more time away from work to care for and bond with their child. Many couples want to take Shared Parental Leave but then find it’s too complex, they aren’t eligible or they cannot afford it – because the pay for fathers is so low.

We want to see what we can do to change this, to help ensure that both parents have a real opportunity to spend time with their new born.

So this summer, this Government will consult on increased transparency of organisations’ parental leave and pay policies, and on the availability of flexible working being set out in job adverts.

But business can’t do this alone. We will provide effective evidence-based support for employers to deliver parental leave policies. And we will support – in particular – SMEs on the best way to provide quality flexible working for all their employees.

To make it easier for swamped parents, we will look at how to improve access to information, bringing together guidance on:

  • childcare support;
  • parental leave;
  • family friendly employment policies;
  • and other relevant services and support.

Returning to work can be hard, whether that’s coming back from parental leave or returning after a longer break. We’re going to continue to support employers to provide the right culture – free from discrimination – and opportunities for people returning to work.

But we need to see a bigger step change than this to support women and men balance work with care. I want to see every organisation thinking about:

  • designing and offering their jobs as flexible by default
  • enhancing their shared parental leave and pay offers to the same extent as their maternity leave offers.
  • doing what they can to provide a supportive environment to those returning from parental leave.

Women aren’t just caring for children. Elderly and sick relatives often need support and private care is often too expensive for working families to consider.

These are the sandwich carers – all too often it is a triple decker sandwich!

The burden of this unpaid and unappreciated work often falls to women.

60 per cent of the estimated 4.5 million total informal carers are women.

  • How many of them do you think are also trying to hold down a steady job?
  • How many might be single parents?
  • How many might have left their job to care, impacting on their private pensions pot for later in life?

This summer, we will consult on dedicated employment rights for carers, including carers’ leave.

Some employers are already taking great action to support carers, for example Centrica who are matching annual leave with paid carers leave. And I recognise organisations, such as Carers UK, would like to see paid carers leave across the piece. Supporting carers to balance work and caring and remain in work is good for business, good for the nation, good for women, and good for men too, given that 40 per cent of carers are men.

The gender pay gap increases with age. This, when combined with the fact that women tend to live longer, means that women have less private pension wealth in retirement.

This has to change. Working with the Money and Pensions Service, we will consider what works best to financially empower women and work to deliver this across government.

We can and we will improve advice and communications to women on savings and pensions, especially in relation to divorces.

Sadly, 42 per cent of marriages end in divorce, but only 36 per cent of asset sharing agreements include the sharing of pensions – this means women lose out on financial security later in life.

We are therefore going to give a renewed push to pension sharing, emphasising the benefits and raising awareness of how the process works.

We’ve made progress in tackling the gender pay gap – and lots of that is down to you in the room here today.

But the job’s not done yet and so we’re going to launch a national campaign to employers, empowering them to understand how through their actions they can advance gender equality in the workplace.

And the Women’s Business Council will refresh its focus – using its expertise and clout to really drive forward action to tackle the gender pay gap.

Over the past seven years the Council has done so much to clear the path for women to progress in business.

I want them to work across all sectors and to influence at national and regional level to truly make a difference.

Dame Cilla Snowball, who has valiantly led the charge at the head of the WBC for the last seven years, has now come to the end of her term. Fiona Dawson, current Global President of Mars Food, Drinks, and Multisales, will take on the mantle from today.

Thank you Cilla and welcome Fiona. I think they deserve a round of applause.

All of these measures come together to give us a package that I know can make a real difference.

From its new home in the Cabinet Office, the GEO will drive this work, harnessing the capability of Whitehall to ensure that women are given every chance to fulfil their true potential. And we will join forces with Disability Unit and the Race Disparity Unit in the new Equalities Hub to understand how we can best tackle multiple or layered inequalities people face.

This is clearly a huge battle, and there is certainly more to come, but you have my word that I will continue to push this vital agenda in the coming months and years.

That’s why alongside the Roadmap we’ll be publishing the Gender Equality Monitor and I know Victoria is going to tell you more about that shortly.

We have, with your help, created a huge opportunity. Now is our time.

The last 12 months have laid the foundations for government and Whitehall to recognise the ambition it needs to have to level the playing field for women.

Women upon which our society depends.

We must cherish them…

We must value them…

We must support them…

reward them…

and empower them.

Today we’ve made a start…

So let’s get going.”

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Nyear Nazir: My pride as the first Muslim woman councillor in Redditch

Cllr Nyear Nazir represents Batchley & Brockhill Ward on Redditch Borough Council.

I was born and raised in Redditch, a place me and my family have called home since as long as I can recall. I feel blessed to say I have always felt a part of the fabric of the community, and early on, it became apparent to me just how important working together with others was. Seeking to collaborate and do more for those who were vulnerable or less advantaged than me felt like an innate necessity.

Therefore, it was a natural transition for me to move into health and social care, and eventually qualify as a social worker. The exposure that gave me to existing support networks, services, and just how important these were to local people was vital. Building confidence and supporting people to a level of independence was key.

The desire to pursue a career in politics was always there, possibly stemming from having a keen interest participating in debates from school days. I can recall one such vigorous debate in my history class regarding Henry VIII over his many wives, and my teacher consequently making an early prediction on my future in politics.

My path towards becoming a councillor was still not clear. It was not until one poignant moment in which I was strolling social media, and I came across a post in which the Conservatives were looking for candidates. The affinity and resonance this had with my core values compelled me to think: I can do this. My thoughts began to turn to what I could contribute in terms of housing, health, employment, and everything else I had learned from my work and life experience.

I had previously been following Rachel Mclean, the MP for Redditch. Seeing her hard work was personally inspiring, as no MP prior to this had done more to better the local community. Rachel and the Conservatives were rebuilding Redditch, bringing back opportunities that had been stripped away by previous local government administrations.

Looking forward, it was time for me to face a few realities. In case you haven’t guessed, I am indeed a woman, working full time… and a Muslim at that. Being brought up as a British Muslim, two value systems which I hold very dear to me, each offering varied views and contrasting ideas, have now stood me in good stead to tread fast in local politics. Having this outlook, as well as my background in social work, has placed me in a unique position where I find myself able to understand and cater to people from varying backgrounds throughout the community.

All of these factors have provided encouragement and helped to quell all the anxious feelings I had about running to be a local councillor. Living in a world in which everything can seem so provocative, emotive, and opinionated, I wanted to choose to focus on the politics of inclusion rather than the politics of division. I aimed to join with others in creating a democracy that truly represented and reflected the people who lived in my community. Implementing practical solutions that provided the most benefit was my ultimate goal.

This was my conclusion, and so I set out on the campaign trail despite not thinking I had a chance, but clear about my intentions. I had a number of Conservative mentors who made me feel winning this election was achievable. Campaigning until late hours of the evening was crucial in order to reach as many constituents as possible. Without the continued support of my husband, family, and mentors, it would not have been possible. This was not easy, as I was working 40 hour weeks and campaigning for 3-4 hours every day, including weekends.

The next three months took nothing less than throwing 100 per cent into both my work and the campaign with little respite. The nature of my work was equally important to me, because I had a duty of care to the people I was supporting. This was something I have always sincerely valued.

Balancing this with running a successful campaign, and getting to as many constituents as I could to be a credible candidate, was challenging to say the least. However, this did not deter me, but rather motivated me further to persevere.

Therefore, on 3rd May 2019, there I was standing on the podium waiting for the announcement of who had won the Redditch Local Elections. I never felt more pride, humility, and gratitude than I did in the moment when I heard my name read out: “Nyear Nazir Conservatives for Batchley and Brockhill.”

One month later after my election, now as Councillor Nyear Nazir, I feel well placed, motivated, and empowered to serve my constituency. I have already been able to exemplify this by dealing with issues such as housing, drugs, and antisocial behaviour.

So here I am, a working Muslim woman, immensely proud of being the first British Muslim Woman elected as a councillor for Redditch. Excited would be an understatement.

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