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Lena Dunham and the ’80-Cent Wage Gap’ of White Feminism

Lena Dunham just won’t stop. Moments of clarity and self-awareness are either too brief or fabricated, and far outweighed and outnumbered by an almost parodical level of me-me-me toxic feminism (remember that time she made and distributed T-shirts for Planned Parenthood with her own name above and in bigger font than the organization she was attempting to draw attention to?).

Dunham’s pathological need to be self-deprecating and to broadcast her insecurities to the world in a misguided attempt to own them (and I know this because I do the exact same thing for a living and we can smell our own) tends to be done entirely at the expense of uninvolved bystanders, strangers—all too often black men—who become grist for her mill of «this person does not want to fuck me.» But her tunnel focus on herself seemingly renders her incapable of realizing that other people exist, that other people are not mere characters in her life, that there are implications and propagation of stereotypes.

This isn’t merely annoying. This isn’t just a matter of «ugh millennial hipsters, amirite?» The performative allyship of «male feminists» that is very often dangerously sanctified to the point people don’t realize it’s a cover for a predator can also be used to describe white feminism as a whole, most notably its poster child: Dunham.

Her latest example found a way to combine all of her racial blind spots, performative feminism and entitlement into one big dumb casserole. And that is when she (and producing partner Jenni Konner took it upon themselves to release a statement defending their friend and former Girls writer Murray Miller, who was accused by Aurora Perrineau, a black actress, of raping her when she was 17. In the midst of an international movement of victims coming forward, naming their attackers and facing unprecedented support and a massive wave of disbelief, excuses and judgement, purported feminists Dunham and Konner chose the path far, far, far more traveled.

«During the windfall of deeply necessary accusations over the last few months in Hollywood, we have been thrilled to see so many women’s voices heard and dark experiences in this industry justified. It’s a hugely important time of change and, like every feminist in Hollywood and beyond, we celebrate. But during every time of change there are also incidences of the culture, in its enthusiasm and zeal, taking down the wrong targets. We believe, having worked closely with him for more than half a decade, that this is the case with Murray Miller. While our first instinct is to listen to every woman’s story, our insider knowledge of Murray’s situation makes us confident that sadly this accusation is one of the 3 percent of assault cases that are misreported every year. It is a true shame to add to that number, as outside of Hollywood women still struggle to be believed. We stand by Murray and this is all we’ll be saying about this issue.»

I shouldn’t have to explain why this is exceedingly dangerous and damaging. I shouldn’t have to explain why this was utterly horrifying and confusing as a public move. But apparently I do so just go here for that.

The backlash was swift and Dunham’s apology came quickly.

As feminists, we live and die by our politics, and believing women is the first choice we make every single day when we wake up. Therefore I never thought I would issue a statement publicly supporting someone accused of sexual assault, but I naively believed it was important to share my perspective on my friend’s situation as it has transpired behind the scenes over the last few months. I now understand that it was absolutely the wrong time to come forward with such a statement and I am so sorry. We have been given the gift of powerful voices and by speaking out we were putting our thumb on the scale and it was wrong. We regret this decision with every fiber of our being.

Every woman who comes forward deserves to be heard, fully and completely, and our relationship to the accused should not be part of the calculation anyone makes when examining her case. Every person and every feminist should be required to hear her. Under patriarchy, «I believe you» is essential. Until we are all believed, none of us will be believed. We apologize to any women who have been disappointed.

Notably missing from this statement? The name Aurora Perrineau.

People keep asking regarding this windfall of predators, «He apologized. What more do you want from him?» I feel the same way about Dunham’s apology as I do about all the others, and almost all the celebrity apologies since the dawn of tabloid time. Public apologies are press releases. Public apologies are PR tools. They are designed and crafted to rescue public image and, ultimately, money. That isn’t to say many of these apologies are not genuine. But an apology is cold comfort to those hurt by the original actions, and its release as a result of backlash can be questionable. Are you sorry for what you did, or are you sorry you got caught?

Dunham has presented herself as this feminist authority, as this hero focused on women’s issues. But she’s made it clear the issues that matter most are the issues of only some.

The thing about white feminism is this: by focusing only on the «average» of the female experience, entire lives, entire existences are cast out of the mix. It’s why we are told «women» are paid 80 cents for every male-earned dollar, when that’s actually on a curve anchored by able-bodied cisgender white women. For black women it’s 63 cents; for Latina women it’s 54 cents; for women with disabilities it’s 73 cents on average, while trans women on average lose nearly one-third of their pay rates after transition, and both of those presumably see massive shifts based on race. And while the wage gap is only one piece of the «female experience» it’s a perfect example of how focusing on the women most in need will see gains for what would actually be all women.

As long as Dunham and others like her remain focused only on that average 80 cents, on nice male predators, on themselves, true progress is impossible.


Christina Aguilera’s Whitney Houston Tribute at the AMAs Will Give You Goosebumps

Whenever Christina Aguilera takes the stage, you know it’s going to be good. On Sunday night, the singer paid tribute to the late Whitney Houston as she performed hits from The Bodyguard during the American Music Awards. Aside from honoring the music legend, she also showed off her powerhouse voice as she belted out the lyrics to «I Will Always Love You» and «I’m Every Woman» among other Houston classics. We still have chills. We have a feeling Houston would be proud of her performance.

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Sh*tty Man of the Day, November 21st, 2017: Senator John Conyers (Plus Charlie Rose’s Co-Hosts are Pissed)

Another day, another shitty man. This time is Democratic Senator John Conyers, the nation’s longest serving Senator. We have been hearing a lot about how Congress has been secretly been paying off sexual harassment accusers of late, and Buzzfeed has revealed that one of the men paying those settlements is Conyers. He settled a lawsuit with a employee who he fired after she rebuffed his sexual advances.

Documents from the complaint obtained by BuzzFeed News include four signed affidavits, three of which are notarized, from former staff members who allege that Conyers, the ranking Democrat on the powerful House Judiciary Committee, repeatedly made sexual advances to female staff that included requests for sexual favors, contacting and transporting other women with whom they believed Conyers was having affairs, caressing their hands sexually, and rubbing their legs and backs in public. Four people involved with the case verified the documents are authentic.

The settlement happened in 2014.

In a weird twist, the documents Buzzfeed obtained came from Mike Cernovich, the Pizzagate conspiracy guy, which is odd because Cernovich is a known rape apologist (the docs were independently verified by Buzzfeed). Also, if Cernovich came into possession of those docs, my guess is that he received them from Republican operatives who, perhaps, want to force Conyer’s resignation (Michigan’s Governor is a Republican), tilting the scales in favor of the GOP. If a slew of resignations are forced in Congress, it is worth noting that 34 states have Republican governors, and governors appoint replacements. And who is more likely to resign? Democrats or Republicans?

On the flip side, I am guessing that next year’s mid-terms will also see a lot of special elections, necessary to replace the interim Congressmen. The only safe thing to do in 2018, folks, is vote in women. Jesus Christ, now more than ever.

Meanwhile, as you all know, Charlie Rose was accused by eight women of sexual misconduct, and it was egregious in many cases. He was suspended on PBS, Bloomberg, and CBS. His female co-anchors at CBS This Morning spoke out, and they were rightfully pissed at that motherfucker.

Can I also add something that is so bloody obvious to all of you? This is the first time I have ever realized that Gayle King is that Gayle. Oprah’s Gayle. I always thought Oprah’s Gayle was like Niles’ wife on Frasier: A woman who was often spoken of but never seen. I had no idea she was no a public figure (clearly, I do not watch CBS This Morning).


People Had SO Many Feelings About Selena Gomez’s AMAs Performance

When Selena Gomez finally hit the stage after a lengthy hiatus to perform «Wolves» at the AMAs, fans celebrated the triumphant return after the performer’s kidney transplant. While no performance is ever without its criticisms, AMAs viewers were quick to applaud the singer on social media, focusing on everything from her new hairstyle to the unique set design.

Selena’s performance was one of the most buzzed-about parts of the evening, especially when it was rumored that her back-on-again flame, Justin Bieber, might have snuck backstage to support her. Overall, Selena’s time on stage was empowering and definitive proof that she’s bounced back with a vengeance. Check out some of the passionate reactions ahead!

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Malia Obama Smoking Nasty Cig At Tailgate, Mike Brey’s Casual Look & More Browns Fans

Do you like to drive The Strip to see the sights? Have never driven The Strip?

You better hurry up and go to Vegas and drive the famed road before government officials ban private vehicles from Las Vegas Blvd. They’re contemplating the move.

Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani wants the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada to consider allowing only certain vehicles on the Strip such as taxis, ride-share vehicles and buses to ease congestion.

Alleviating traffic jams that hinder police and medical response on the Strip is needed, said Giunchigliani, a member of the RTC board and a Democratic candidate for governor. The need to look at options increased after the Route 91 Harvest Festival mass shooting on Oct. 1, she said.

“I hope people have conversations about what the Strip should really look like for the future. Are there better ways to make sure police, fire and EMS have access in and out in a much more rapid way?” she said.

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The Walking Dead Just Clued Us In to a Heartbreaking Detail About Negan

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Spoilers for the most recent episode of The Walking Dead below!

The Negan we know now is the kind of guy who walks around bashing innocent people’s brains in and saying things like «I wear a leather jacket, I carry Lucille, and my nut-sack is made of steel.» But that’s the Negan who exists in The Walking Dead‘s apocalypse; what was Negan like before zombies started roaming the earth? During season eight‘s «The Big Scary U,» we get a small taste.

With the exception of a few scenes further emphasizing how much of a piece of sh*t Gregory is and a brief fistfight between BFFs Rick and Daryl (their perfect faces are still intact, don’t worry), the episode mostly centers on Negan and Father Gabriel. As you might recall from the season premiere, the pair end up trapped in a trailer together, surrounded by a massive horde of walkers on all sides. After a brief scuffle for the gun Gabriel is holding onto, the pair begin to have a deep chat about life, death, and their sins. Gabe tells Negan all about the parishioners he once left for dead and eventually gets Negan to open up about his own past.

Gabe criticizes Negan for his disgusting habit of forcing women to be his «wives,» which clearly gets to the Saviors’ unstable leader. He lets off some steam by bashing in the brains of a few walkers who stick their heads in the window of the trailer and then «confesses» to the priest some information about his bat’s namesake, Lucille (aka his first wife).

«My first wife was a real wife. My only real wife,» Negan says. «Till death did us part. It was before this. I lied to her, screwed around on her. She was sick. When she went, when she went it was very . . . I couldn’t put her down. That’s how I was weak. That’s what I will confess.»

In the standalone comic Here’s Negan, Negan is shown as deeply in love with his wife, even though he cheats on her repeatedly. Lucille sticks by him despite his affairs, until she’s diagnosed with cancer. As a sign of devotion, he eventually cuts ties with his mistress and remains faithful until her tragic death from the disease in the hospital. It happens just as the zombie outbreak is beginning, so she turns in the hospital room.

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Negan is unable to kill his wife and asks a boy he meets in the hospital to do it for him, instead. Negan later witnesses the boy being killed by a walker shortly after Lucille’s death, and from then on his transformation into the brutal, cocky, and unforgiving character we love to hate begins. We likely won’t get a full-on flashback to Negan’s past in the show, so we’ll just have to appreciate these tiny nuggets of backstory as they come.

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Every Impressive Performance From the 2017 American Music Awards

The 2017 American Music Awards brought performances from many household names, fan favorites, and emerging artists. For the first time ever, Selena Gomez performed her newest song «Wolves,» and BTS made history as the first K-pop group to perform at the award show. Oh, and Pink performed while scaling the side of a building. Ahead, watch every performance from the eventful evening.

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Zedd and Alessia Cara Deliver a Stripped-Down Version of «Stay» at the AMAs

Zedd and Alessia Cara were a sight to see at the American Music Awards on Sunday night. The duo performed a stripped-down version of their hit EDM song, «Stay,» and color us surprised, but we actually like the new version just as much as the original. Watch their performance at the AMAs above.

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