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No more “firemen” and “forefathers”: Princeton’s HR department bans the word “man”

From my latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

Princeton  campus: Don’t say “man and wife.”

The man-ban has actually been in effect for more than a year, according to The College Fix, which reported the story:

“Instead of using ‘man,’” employees are told to use words such as human beings, individuals or people.

“Other guidelines? Instead of ‘man and wife’ use spouses or partners. Switch out “man made” with artificial, handmade or manufactured. Don’t use the verb ‘to man,’ as in to work something, instead use to operate or to staff. Throw out workmanlike and replace it with skillful.

“The memo goes on to list a variety of occupations that typically include the word ‘man’ in them and offers replacements: business person instead of businessman, firefighter instead of fireman, ancestors instead of forefathers, and so on.
Posted by Charlotte Allen

Media: Say anything about Hillary’s health, and you’re ageist, sexist, and a tinfoil hat-wearer

From my latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

Press: She’s A-OK, and don’t you dare say otherwise


I don’t know one thing about Hillary Clinton’s health, but I do know this:

Say one thing about it, and her protectors will get really nasty.

Case in point: Rudy Giuliani. Says The Hill:

“Donald Trump adviser Rudy Giuliani pushed the idea that Hillary Clinton has health issues by telling viewers of ‘Fox News Sunday’ they should Google ‘Hillary Clinton illness’ and watch the videos that pop up.

“Giuliani claimed the media ‘fails to point out several signs of illness by her. All you’ve got to do is go online,’ he said Sunday.

“‘Go online and put down “Hillary Clinton illness,” take a look at the videos for yourself,’ he said.”

So we get this from the Clinton campaign:

“Clinton campaign press secretary Brian Fallon responded Sunday, saying: ‘Google Rudy and health and you can read about how he withdrew from ’00 Senate race against Clinton,’ he tweeted, referencing Giuliani’s battle with prostate cancer.”


Earlier, Trump said this (according to Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus):

“’To defeat crime and radical Islamic terrorism in our country, to win trade in our country, you need tremendous physical and mental strength and stamina,’ he said in Wisconsin. ‘Hillary Clinton doesn’t have that strength and stamina.’”

Marcus’s reaction:

“It’s obvious what’s going on here. The strength-stamina combo is a gender-age twofer, a double whack at Clinton for the price of one. Strength, what men have and women lack; stamina, with its intimations of go-all-night virility. Clinton, in this depiction, is both a weak girl and a dried-up old crone.”

Read the whole thing here.

Posted by Charlotte Allen



Woman athlete makes Olympic history and media ignore her–because she won with a gun

From my latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

And now there’s a sixth gold: Kim Rhode can’t get press coverage

She’s not only the first woman to win a gold medal in six consecutive Olympic games.

She’s the first athlete to win a gold medal in six consecutive Olympic games.

Uh, who? Who? You say you’ve never heard of her?

That’s because Kim Rhode, maker of Olympic history, got her six consecutive gold medals with a gun. Skeet shooting is her sport. Even worse, she’s a Republican (she spoke at the 2012 GOP convention). And worst of all, she’s not shy about defending the Second Amendment against gun-control advocates. Here she is in an interview with Time magazine:

“The December 2015 shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., where a married couple shot 14 people and seriously injured 22 more, struck particularly close to home. Rhode lives near Los Angeles and her parents own property in the area around San Bernardino. ‘My heart breaks for those people,’ Rhode tells TIME, but such tragedies “’ake we want to carry even more.'”


The upshot, as Heat Street points out:

“CNN, for example, hasn’t published a story about Rhode since she won her medal and made history. (The most recent story was about her comments on gun control.)

“Meanwhile, CNN has published numerous stories on Ibtihaj Muhammad, the first U.S. Olympian to compete wearing a hijab.”

Read the whole thing here.

Posted by Charlotte Allen




Sometimes the nanny state not so bad: USDA to ban ordering takeout pizza with food stamps

From my largest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

I hate the nanny state, too–but free takeout pizza on my tax dime?

“New federal regulations intended to promote healthy eating could make it harder to use food stamps at convenience stores – a change that opponents say will leave disadvantaged people with fewer places to buy groceries.

“The standards proposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture would require retailers that accept food stamps to stock more and fresher varieties of food. But many convenience stores won’t be able to meet the requirements and will be forced from the the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as SNAP, or food stamps, critics say.”

So, on the one hand:

Why should the government be able to tell poor people where they can shop and what foods they can buy?

On the other hand:

Why shouldn’t the government be able to tell people where they can shop and what foods they can buy using money supplied by us taxpayers?

This is the dilemma. Yes, we all hate the Obama administration’s obesity-obsessed Nutrition Nanny State that won’t even let schools hold bake sales to fund the marching band without conforming to strict limits.


Now, many convenience stores are small family-owned businesses–although others are part of big chains like 7-Eleven. And, as the USDA has pointed out:

“Some of these retailers operate primarily as restaurants, not retail food stores. Nothing in current regulations specifically prohibits items sold for SNAP benefits that are cold at the point-of-sale from being heated or cooked in the store after purchase. Further, current rules allow foods to be classified as staple or non-staple by their first ingredient; therefore some pizza restaurants, for example, have been deemed eligible with pizza as the qualifying staple food based on the primary ingredient (bread). After selling a cold pizza to SNAP customers, these firms subsequently heat the pizza and then have ultimately sold hot food from their pizza-restaurant location.”

Since the point of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is to enable the poor to purchase food to cook at home, not to enable the poor to order takeout pizza, there does seem to a point in tightening the rules. The SNAP program is supposed to be an anti-hunger program, not a let’s-eat-out-tonight program.

Read the whole thing here.

Posted by Charlotte Allen





Hillary Clinton’s favorite charity: Hillary Clinton; second-favorite charity: Bill’s golf

From my latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

Laughing all the way to the bank: 96 percent to own “family foundation”


Charity begins at home:

“Hillary Clinton and her husband Bill deducted $1,042,000 in charitable contributions last year — $1 million of which went to their own family non-profit, the Clinton Family Foundation.”

That’s, um, 96 percent.

Now, the Clinton Family Foundation is a different nonprofit entity from the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation–the one that pays Chelsea’s salary and Bill’s expenses and may be under investigation for corruption by the FBI.

But it’s still under the Clinton family’s control.

Now, how about that other $42,000?

The Daily Caller reports on that:

“The other $42,000 contribution was to Desert Classic Charities. That group hosts an annual PGA golf event. Doug Band, a Clinton Foundation adviser and Bill Clinton’s longtime assistant, was on the board of directors of that organization through 2014, according to its IRS filings.”

In short, the main charitable activity of Desert Classic Charities is running a golf tournament in La Quinta, California, near Palm Springs. (Some of the proceeds from the tournament go to local charities.) And we know that Bill Clinton lives for golf–so much so that he still maintains a locker at the Trump National Golf Club in his new home town of Chappaqua, New York, despite the fact that the “Trump” in question is You Know Who.

Read the whole thing here.

Posted by Charlotte Allen




Where there’s fire there’s smoke: NYT billows black clouds over mankind’s greatest invention

From my latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

Prometheus, bringer of fire, TB, global warming, and patriarchy


Smoke gets in your eyes at the NYT:

“When early humans discovered how to build fires, life became much easier in many regards. They huddled around fire for warmth, light and protection. They used it to cook, which afforded them more calories than eating raw foods that were hard to chew and digest. They could socialize into the night, which possibly gave rise to storytelling and other cultural traditions.

“But there were downsides, too. Occasionally, the smoke burned their eyes and seared their lungs. Their food was likely coated with char, which might have increased their risk for certain cancers. With everyone congregated in one place, diseases could have been transmitted more easily.”

Diseases like TB:

“The second study, published last week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggests that with fire’s advantageous effects for human societies also came profound new damage. It offers conjecture that the early use of fire might have helped spread tuberculosis by bringing people into close contact, damaging their lungs and causing them to cough.”


“Humans have long used fire to modify their environment and burn carbon, practices that now have us in the throes of climate change. Fire is even tied to the rise of patriarchy — by allowing men to go out hunting while women stayed behind to cook by the fire, it spawned gender norms that still exist today.”
Posted by Charlotte Allen

Feminists whine that journos covering female Olympians “focus on them as wives and moms”

From my latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

The Unreins: We’re not supposed to mention that they’re married.


Here’s Salon’s Mary Elizabeth Williams:

“Women are taking home medals, but many reports still focus on them as wives and moms.”

Wives and moms! We can have women being that!

Here we go, from Williams:

“When Corey Cogdell-Unrein took the trap shooting bronze over the weekend, eight years after earning her first medal in Beijing and four years after competing in London, the headlines noted her achievement by placing her in context. The Chicago Sun-Times announced, ‘Corey Cogdell-Unrein, wife of Bears DE Mitch, wins bronze.’ This is the entire second paragraph of the report: ‘Her husband, Bears defensive end Mitch Unrein, cheered her from his home near Chicago. They have been married for two years.’ Last month, the paper similarly declared that ‘Bears lineman Mitch Unrein’s wife takes aim at gold in Rio.’  The Sporting News, meanwhile, reported that ‘Corey Cogdell, wife of Bears lineman, wins bronze in shooting.’”

SBS comedian Rebecca Shaw chimed in:

“You see, Corey has made the mistake of being a lady-woman athlete who is married to a man athlete, and as such the fact that she is married to him automatically becomes her defining feature. This was made fairly evident by how her achievements have been reported in various places….”

Read the whole thing here.

Posted by Charlotte Allen

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