The Weekly Buzz – 27 Jan 2019

Recent News:

An uplifting news story to being with: Sophie Walker is stepping down as leader of the pathetic Women’s Equality Party, the party which received fewer votes than the Monster Raving Loony Party, Christian Peoples Alliance, Yorkshire Party and, most hilariously, the British National Party. She’s stepping aside less than 1-year into her five-year tenure which started in March 2018 following a re-election to allow women of colour, working-class women and disabled women the chance to succeed. Intersectionality, the key theme of fourth-wave feminism, helped show Ms Walker the door. Ironic.

 

Yet another wonderful news story: HuffPost & Buzzfeed have announced and are enacting lay-offs. Independent journalist Tim Pool announced on YouTube Buzzfeed and HuffPost are set to release approximately 15% & 7% of its staff, respectively. This follows the Guardian who are also feeling the pinch (hence their hilarious begging at the bottom of each article) and Vice as well. Below are some social media screenshots to enjoy as some schadenfreude.

 

Thursday 24th January was National Compliment Day and, for those who need reminding, here are some of the rules:

  • Don’t compliment women, as that is sexual harassment (ask Charlotte Proudman)
  • Don’t compliment men as that supports
  • Don’t compliment strangers, as that is unsolicited activity (and could be a microaggression)

 

In depressing news: Brian May has given an apology following his “innocent until proven” guilty comment about former Bohemian Rhapsody director Bryan Singer. The comment follows a news story in The Atlantic alleging Singer had assaulted and knowingly engaged in sex with underage boys, and included testimony from four men. An accusation is evidence … evidence is conviction … conviction is sentencing … sentencing is death. May is simply the latest casualty.

 

Not to bang on like a broken record but, the next two bits of news relate to that now infamous Gillette advert. Avon, the beauty company, decided to foray into the world of putrid & violence-inducing misogyny by daring to suggest women may possess physical abnormalities which can be fixed with beauty products (the horror!). As Dr Becci Owens argued recently in the Male Psychology Network’s blog:

Maybe a hair removal brand should promote some positive femininity too. Let’s encourage women to be good people: let’s encourage women to not incite violence towards others, even towards men and children. Let’s encourage women to not use children as pawns in the breakdown of a relationship, or to make false rape allegations. Let’s encourage them not to be indirectly aggressive – bullying and berating others for their appearances or inciting gossip about the reputation of others.

The offensive Avon advert caught the ire of Jameela Jamil (yes, I had to google her too) who tweeted her disapproval of the advert, as seen below:

Avon, following this criticism, promptly apologized and pulled the advert. The Gillette advert, which received wide condemnation, still stands. It sure shows what big corporations think about men & women. No damn consistency.

 

Lastly, Jordan at The Screen was put on a 7-day post block on Facebook for, yet again, being allegedly in breach of Facebook’s content posts. This followed a 3-day post block last week for questioning the narrative. In the post which rewarded the naughty boy with the upgraded post block, JaTS posted the below image with commentary on the disgusting nature of the Gillette advert and, ironically, complained about the childish nature of the original, 3-day post block. Thankfully, following review, the block was lifted. How much longer will The Screen survive on Facebook before we are purged … permanently!?!?!?!?

 

Science!

Slightly older science but, still very interesting. A Pew Research Centre study from 2008 found, when asking participants (both male & female) “who makes the decisions at home”, 43% said the woman makes more, 26% said the man makes more and 31% said couples equally divide decisions. These results are based on responses to questions on choosing shared weekend activities, buying things for the home, deciding what to watch on television and managing household finances.

Furthermore, women control more than 60% of all personal wealth in the U.S.; women purchase over 50% of traditional male products, including automobiles, home improvement products, and consumer electronics; approximately 40% of U.S. working women now out-earn their husbands and, lastly, women account for 85% of all consumer purchases.

The feminist myth women are shackled by marriage and monogamy is a lie. Whilst they do earn less than their male counterparts, they spend more. It’s almost as if there is a transfer of money from his wallet to her purse. I cannot place my finger on the vehicle which mediates this … could it be, marriage!? No, who would dare suggest such a thing!?

 

Miscellaneous:

On Sunday 20th January, Men’s Rights Australia visited the Women’s March in Sydney with a sign saying “women need to hold other women accountable … we believe women can be better”. They were soon escorted away by police following a rather interesting exchange between the group and a woman who took umbrage with the sign. The video is below:

Writer and critic Sandra Eckersley took issue with his “deliberately ignorant sign” voicing her disapproval on Twitter, despite her previously supporting the Gillette advert. Support which I kindly reminded her of. I attach my response to her below, for your reading amusement:

 

The below photo, taken by Rocco Morabito in 1967, shows two power linemen, Randall Champion and J. D. Thompson, at the top of a utility pole. They had been performing routine maintenance when Champion brushed one of the high voltage lines at the very top. Over 4000 volts entered Champion’s body and instantly stopped his heart (an electric chair uses about 2000 volts). His safety harness prevented a fall, and Thompson, who had been ascending below him, quickly reached him and performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. He was unable to perform CPR given the circumstances, but continued breathing into Champion’s lungs until he felt a slight pulse, then unbuckled his harness and descended with him on his shoulder. Thompson and another worker administered CPR on the ground, and Champion was moderately revived by the time paramedics arrived, eventually making a full recovery.

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[Update 28/01: Corrected the information on Ms Walker’s tenure at WEP.]

2 comments

  1. Hi Jordan. We really appreciate your weekly news round-ups. However, you write in this one, on Sophie “Doughnuts” Walker’s departure from the WEP, “She’s stepping aside 1-year earlier than expected (four years into her five-year tenure)”. On the contrary, she’s stepping down less than 10 months into her five-year tenure as leader.

    https://j4mb.org.uk/2019/01/28/womens-equality-party-march-2018-sophie-doughnuts-walker-appointed-to-a-five-year-term-as-leader-january-2019-her-resignation/

    • Hi Mike,

      Glad you like the Weekly Buzzes, they keep me actively posting, which is a good thing.

      I see what I have done with the error, oops!
      I knew she had been there for 4-years, I must’ve slipped up!
      The article has been corrected.

      Cheers,

      Jordan

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