John Seven: For GOP, Trump's woman problem just an inconvenient truth
NORTH ADAMS — It's no coincidence that the same weekend the New York Times released a story detailing the odious behavior of Donald Trump toward women, his equally unhinged toadie Ben Carson claims Sarah Palin is on top of the vice president list.
Proof positive that Trump does not hate women. Or does not treat women as objects. Except he's treating Palin like an object. An object to deflect the story about women.
Meanwhile, top Republicans who previously watched their party go into uncontrollable meltdown now line up like the opportunists they are, declaring reasons that Trump is actually fine. Why do this? To save their own butts. It's how the spineless ruling class have behaved for centuries and centuries, why should it be any different in America 2016?
In clinging to status, whether political or otherwise, women are easy to stomp on, disregard, roll your eyes at, portray as unreliable witnesses. We let women rise to the top, but we are biased toward powerful men in our national narrative. Look how many rape allegations it took for some people to begrudgingly accept Bill Cosby's terrible behavior toward women, and look at how many still refuse to accept it.
Ronan Farrow wrote a brilliant piece in the Hollywood Reporter last week that outlined the system at work and the power structures that are rigged against women. Farrow did so by talking about his own role in the suppression of Cosby's guilt and his own father's.
It's an enlightening article that connects the dots between media elite and the accused, and describes the friendships and favors that dominate the decisions of what enters our official narrative against women. And the Republican Party is showing that structure in the light of day as it falls in line with Trump.
At the other end of the spectrum is when women collude in this structure — look no further than Palin — or seem to use this structure for their own purposes — hello, Hillary Clinton.
Clinton's campaign has repeatedly evoked sexism as her main oppressor in this election, but there is a difference between being a target of it and being a victim of it. Let's put it this way — the front-runner and party-preferred candidate for leader of the United States, following a successful career as a lawyer, a senator and secretary of state, who has an extremely good chance of being our next president, and no matter what happens will live out the rest of her life as a multi-millionaire, is somehow a victim.
Tell that to Dylan Farrow, who can't even convince movie actresses who would usually be sympathetic to think twice before working with her accused-pedophile father and, in the media narrative, is often dismissed as a hysterical woman walking in the shadow of her hysterical mother, who stands in a crowd of hysterical women accusing Cosby, and more hysterical women who can't deal with Trump just being a successful guy who loves the ladies.
Clinton, regardless of what you think of her politics, is the exact opposite of the hysterical woman. She's a survivor who withstands everything that's thrown at her. That's why Republicans hate her. It's poetry that the ultimate oafish, coarse male ego will face off against her.
It's an epic battle, a parable of human history and current events swirling together, worthy of a pro-wrestling plot. It's a reckoning on a national scale.
If only it made any difference. It won't. Millionaires crave power. Crowds want spectacles, want the punishment and degradation of the scapegoats that enrage them. Court jesters like Sarah Palin and Ben Carson are eager to rouse the chaos to stay close to power.
And that's how everyone loses a national election.
Contact John Seven at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @damnjohnseven.
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