Handmaids show up in Philadelphia to protest Mike Pence.

By | 2018-07-25T04:41:28+00:00 July 24th, 2018|Categories: Front Page, News|Tags: , , , , , |15 Comments

Courtesy of Inquirer:

Vice President Mike Pence’s second visit to Philadelphia this summer was again met with protests, this time with a dystopian theme.

People dressed as handmaids from the novel-turned-Hulu series The Handmaid’s Tale joined protesters outside of the Union League Monday evening. Pence was hosting a fund-raiser at the club for fellow Republican Lou Barletta, who is running against Sen. Bob Casey (D., Pa.).

Samantha Goldman, an organizer of the protest, said before the event that 100 women had signed up to dress as handmaids. Over the past few weeks, they have been meeting in living rooms and coffee shops to sew the scarlet-robed costumes and make white bonnets.

Handmaid-themed protests have gained popularity in recent months from Washington, D.C. to England and Ireland. In March, women in Texas wearing Handmaid’s Tale garb protested legislation limiting abortion access before the state senate there. In May, women in Missouri held a similar costumed protest.

I don’t know about all of you but I think this kind of protest is brilliant. 

The visual effect of something like this is riveting, and it drives home a message without even really needing to hold up placards. 

What’s more, you can almost imagine Mike Pence looking out over a sea of women cosplaying females trapped in a totalitarian society where they are only valued for their reproductive abilities. and thinking “Something about that just seems so right.” 

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15 Comments

  1. Anon July 24, 2018 at 8:23 am

    https://www.elitedaily.com/p/a-famous-margaret-atwood-quote-made-it-into-the-handmaids-tale-you-probably-missed-it-9304746

    ‘“Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.”’

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/heres-extremists-move-forums-dedicated-sexism-white-supremacist-violence/

    ‘the ‘manosphere’ ‘
    “The Anti-Defamation League on Tuesday published its seminal report on the subject titled “When Women are the Enemy: The Intersection of Misogyny and White Supremacy.””
    “There’s a growing sense of resentment among certain groups of men, especially white men, towards women for what they see as a theft of their power and status,” Reaves told Cosmo. “Violence, vicious harassment, and other forms of misogyny are a huge threat to women everywhere. ” ” Andrew Anglin, the man who runs the neo-Nazi Daily Stormer website to illustrate her point.

    “The fact is, when you give women rights, they destroy absolutely everything around them, no matter what other variable is involved,” the Anglin quote reads. “Even if you become the ultimate alpha male, some stupid b*tch will still ruin your life.””

    https://www.adl.org/resources/reports/when-women-are-the-enemy-the-intersection-of-misogyny-and-white-supremacy#policy-recommendations

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/incels-looksmaxing-obsession_us_5b50e56ee4b0de86f48b0a4f

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/trump-putins-gangster-tactics-feed-insecure-white-male-egos/

    “In Women & Power, she traces the origins of this misogyny to its ancient roots, examining the pitfalls of gender and the ways that history has mistreated strong women since time immemorial. As far back as Homer’s Odyssey, Beard shows, women have been prohibited from leadership roles in civic life, public speech being defined as inherently male. From Medusa to Philomela (whose tongue was cut out), from Hillary Clinton to Elizabeth Warren (who was told to sit down), Beard draws illuminating parallels between our cultural assumptions about women’s relationship to power―and how powerful women provide a necessary example for all women who must resist being vacuumed into a male template.”

    https://www.amazon.com/Women-Power-Manifesto-Mary-Beard/dp/1631494759

    • Beaglemom July 24, 2018 at 12:51 pm

      Margaret Atwood wrote the novel “The Handmaid’s Tale” quite a few years ago. I remember because I read it. The “Inquirer” should have included her name in their article. There would be no television series had there not been the amazing prescient novel.

  2. Anonymous July 24, 2018 at 8:32 am

    OT?
    https://www.npr.org/2018/07/23/631518564/trump-endorsement-adds-fuel-to-heated-georgia-governor-primary?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20180724

    “”Brian is tough on crime, strong on the border and illegal immigration,” Trump tweeted. “He loves our Military and our Vets and protects our Second Amendment. I give him my full and total endorsement.”

    And the president is popular with Republicans in Georgia. Ahead of the Tuesday primary, 21 percent of likely Republican primary voters said their main reason for casting a ballot is to support the stronger ally of Trump,
    according to a recent poll conducted by the University of Georgia for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.”
    “over the weekend, at a hastily thrown rally in central Georgia, Vice President Pence tried to erase any lingering doubts that Kemp is Trump’s pick. He told the crowd Trump asked him to come and speak.

    “Brian Kemp will bring the kind of leadership to the statehouse that President Donald Trump has brought to the White House,” Pence said to a cheering crowd in Macon, Ga., about an hour south of Atlanta.

    One voter at the rally, Deb Phillips, said Trump’s endorsement made her more confident in her support of Kemp.

    “When he endorsed him, I knew I was on the right train,” said Phillips, a resident of the small city of Thomasville, Ga., along the border with Florida.

    “I’d been on the Trump train, so now I’m on the Kemp train,” she said.

    Kemp said he was caught off guard when he heard of Trump’s endorsement while giving a press conference on a different subject last week.”

    Fuck666pence

  3. Anon July 24, 2018 at 8:42 am

    “Trump is set to address the national Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Kansas City on Tuesday.

    The embattled president, who has been saber-rattling at Iran, will be speaking to an estimated 4,000 war veterans at Memorial Auditorium, with the speech expected to begin at 12:30 PM ET.”

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/watch-president-trump-addresses-veterans-foreign-wars-convention-kansas-city/

  4. Anonymous July 24, 2018 at 8:48 am

    The Religious Right Appears Intent On Criminalizing Gay Sex Again

    With Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings coming up, it’s important to underscore that some anti-LGBTQ leaders appear to be going for the brass ring, far beyond just dismantling marriage equality. They’re signaling they want to see the Supreme Court allow states to once again ban sodomy.

    The reality of that may sound crazy and horrifying, but just a year and a half ago, many things sounded crazy and horrifying. The U.S. is separating children from their parents at the border (and dragging its feet on reuniting them, even under court order) and the president of the United States publicly sided with a longtime adversary over American intelligence, which he continues to attack. And it appears Roe v. Wade will be overturned.

    So anything can happen.

    Banning gay sex, as I noted in the lead-up to Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation hearings, is something he likely believes is constitutional. Unlike Justice Anthony Kennedy, the leader on gay rights on the court, Gorsuch is, as the respected Supreme Court reporter NPR Nina Totenberg and her colleague Lauren Russell described him, a “self-proclaimed disciple of [the late Justice] Antonin Scalia’s crusade” of originalism: taking the Constitution literally as those who wrote it in its time presumably intended.

    Gorsuch revered Scalia, who, drawing upon originalism, wrote a blistering dissent from the Supreme Court’s ruling in Lawrence v. Texas in 2003, which threw out sodomy bans ― for which Kennedy wrote the majority opinion.

    Kavanaugh, who sits on the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, is an originalist too, and he’s someone the Christian right is counting on to halt in its tracks a Supreme Court that, as Bryan Fisher of the American Family Association wrote after Kavanaugh’s nomination two weeks ago, “just in the last two decades alone … has dramatically reversed its own precedents on the criminalization of homosexuality [and] the legality of same-sex marriage.” Fisher wrote another column this week solely focused on sodomy, claiming that “it has become obsessively important to gay activists to pretend that God actually approves of their behavior.”

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/opinion-signorile-gay-sex-ban_us_5b55f217e4b0fd5c73c7978b

  5. anon July 24, 2018 at 8:55 am

    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/07/24/attorney-general-jeff-sessions-laughs-as-students-chant-for-hillary-clinton-to-be-locked-up.html

    ‘ Jeff Sessions is not a responsible Attorney General. He is a Trump stOOge who is into the Ru$$ia scandal up to his eyeballs, and it is only a matter of time before those who chanted lock her are themselves locked up.’

    “students at the Turning Point USA’s High School Leadership Summit, chanted lock her up”
    “The Trump cultists are mindlessly mouthing a golden oldie callback to the days before their president was labeled a treasonous betrayer of the United States, but it goes to show how out of touch with reality these Americans are.

    It is difficult to know whether Jeff Sessions was wistfully laughing about the good old days when the Trump campaign could call for the imprisoning of Hillary Clinton without the reality of members of the campaign actually sitting in federal prison today, or if he was laughing at the rubes who were conned by the Trump campaign into believing this nonsense about locking Clinton up.

    The one question that Trump, Sessions, and the rest of the gang can’t answer is what would Hillary Clinton be locked up for?

    Clinton committed no crime. She broke no laws.”

    • Anonymous July 24, 2018 at 6:38 pm

      Absolutely disgusting that Sessions as AG would be chanting lock her up, when it reality he is the one that should be locked up.

  6. anon July 24, 2018 at 9:15 am

    OT?-FYI-HELL ON EARTH ““We went into the sea because the flames were chasing us all the way to the water. It burned our backs and we dove into the water,” said Kostas Laganos, a survivor.

    He compared the ordeal to the destruction of the city of Pompeii, where thousands were incinerated by the volcano of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD: “I said my God, we must run to save ourselves and nothing else.””

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/green-wildfire-mati-rafina-2018_us_5b5686e5e4b0b15aba91af4a

  7. anonymous July 24, 2018 at 9:43 am

    OT? ‘Bill Cosby be deemed a “sexually violent predator,”’

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/bill-cosby-sexually-violent-predator-pennsylvania-panel/

    • Anonymous July 24, 2018 at 6:16 pm

      “We will see you in court!”
      But of course. He was America’s dad like the Dallas Cowboys were America’s team. NOT.
      Have pity on the now blind man; have you no empathy? I can see it now.

  8. anon July 24, 2018 at 9:47 am

    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/07/24/trump-to-offer-his-voters-billions-in-handouts-to-ease-pain-caused-by-his-trade-wars.html

    ‘Shares of farm-related companies rose following reports of the financial assistance, which raised the prospect that farmers will have more to spend on tractors and other farm gear.

    Deere & Co rose 4 percent in late morning trading, while Caterpillar Inc and AGCO Corp were up nearly 2 percent ahead of the expected announcement. Soybean futures also rose as traders bet farm aid would improve demand, reducing a current surplus supply.’

    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/07/24/trump-just-illegally-used-taxpayer-money-to-hold-a-campaign-event-in-missouri.html

    “It is against the law for Trump to use presidential resources for campaign events”

  9. Anonymous July 24, 2018 at 9:57 am

    https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/07/bruce-rauner-attended-event-where-ally-handed-out-cash.html

    “Doing assistance for property tax payments for people who got checked and went through a process and got their name vetted and they got checks—that was a proper process. That’s what I was told my money went for and I’m fine with that. I did it last year. I did it this year. And I’d do it again next year. It has nothing to do with electioneering.”

  10. anonymous July 24, 2018 at 10:17 am

    “The long-term problem: Trump’s behavior is rewiring us to stop viewing politics as a serious struggle between good and evil and to view it instead as a reality-show drama performed for our amusement.

    And just like that, Trump has redefined our role, transitioning us from the active role of citizen or activist to the passive role of consumer or viewer.”

    “when anyone voices concern over something Trump has said or done, Trump’s supporters can laugh at the “drive-bys” who have their “panties in a wad” over something somebody tweeted. This is similar to what the alt-right engages in with the ironic meme trolling performance art. Except, of course, this is coming from inside the White House.

    For those of us who despise moral relativism and who, to paraphrase Tom Stoppard, believe “words are sacred” and “deserve respect,” this is a serious threat to the values of Western civilization and liberal democracy.

    We tell our children that words matter. But how much more powerful are the words of the president of the United States of America? He uses them not sacredly, but promiscuously.”

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/donald-trump-the-boy-president-who-cried-wolf?ref=home

    $BM

  11. anon July 24, 2018 at 10:29 am

    FYI>”The organization was a “pedophile magnet” and failed to prevent their abuser from preying on them while alone for hours at campsites and other facilities.”

    The 139-page complaint was filed in Stamford Superior Court last week” ” The four anonymous plaintiffs are suing the Boy Scouts of America, the Connecticut Yankee Council, and the Fairfield County Council of Boy Scouts for allegedly failing to take appropriate measures to stop accused serial pedophile Waldron, or “Wally,” Ackerman from allegedly preying on them.” “Ackerman allegedly “enticed, induced, coerced, and forced” the four unidentified boys “to engage in deviant sexual acts with him between 1974 and 1976.” charged with risk of injury to a minor and tampering with the morals of a minor> As a result, they were “physically, mentally, and sexually abused,” according to the complaint.” “The organization has maintained “red files” (or “perversion files” or “ineligible volunteer files”) since about 1919, noting the names and cases of men who had preyed on children, the complaint claims. By 1965, “it had actual knowledge that there had been a concrete, longstanding, consistent and widespread problem of adult scout leaders sexually abusing minor scouts,” according to the lawsuit.” ” “Its own records demonstrate that it has long known that ‘scouting’ attracts pedophiles in large numbers and that scouts, far from being safe, are at a heightened risk of sexual abuse by child molesters.””the Boy Scouts of America’s own records, which were maintained in secrecy for 70 years, “reveal that scouting is a pedophile magnet and that removed pedophiles were often able to re-enter scouting in other locations,”

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/pedophile-magnet-boy-scouts-of-america-let-serial-sex-abuser-prey-on-four-boys-lawsuit-claims?ref=home

    “Chester the Molester (also known as Chester the Protector) was a comic strip by Dwaine B. Tinsley (December 31, 1945 – May 23, 2000), Hustler magazine’s cartoon editor. Tinsley produced the strip for 13 years. The premise of the strip was a tongue-in-cheek take on a man, Chester, who was interested in sexually molesting women and prepubescent girls. The Chester cartoon showed many scenes in which the main character—and later on his girlfriend Hester—tricked or attempted to trick women and prepubescent girls into sexually compromising positions.”

  12. Anonymous July 24, 2018 at 10:32 am

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/trump-rallies-supporters-ignore-reality-just-remember-youre-seeing-not-happening/

    ““It’s amazing. They are doing a number, just stick with us,” Trump ranted. “Don’t believe what you see from these people in the fake news.”

    “Don’t believe THAT CRAP you see from these people, the fake news,” he said, pointing to the journalists in the audience.

    After a raucous round of applause, Trump called CNN “the worst,” and then he alleged that NBC’s reporting is created “by the lobbyists and by the people that they hire.”

    “Just remember, what you are seeing and what you are reading is not what’s happening,””<RiiiggghhhttT

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