Explaining This Culture to Boomers: Toxic Masculinity

The following is a one-act play inspired by a number of real conversations over time.

SETTING: A gun range. A forty-something woman struggles to hand load the magazine of a Glock 9. An older male shakes his head and hands her a mag loader.

RETIRED COP: Lord, your hands are more arthritic than mine.

KJ: It’s all the texting.

RETIRED COP: Pah. Texting. The scourge of humanity.

KJ: Oh, no. That scourge has been replaced by you, the Toxic Male.

RETIRED COP: I’m a what now?

KJ: Remember when I wrote a little story for RedState based a bit on something you and the girls said to me about gender?

RETIRED COP: Yes. This is why being friends with writers is dangerous.

KJ: You’ll just have to remember to always be nice to me. Anyhow, apparently some readers think you are a Toxic Male.

RETIRED COP: Look, I’ve never done any drug harder than tequila and I only eat kosher dogs.

KJ: Hardy har. A toxic male is someone who exhibits stereotypical masculinity.

RETIRED COP: Stereotypical masculinity? (He unloads a clip into the ten spot of a target ten yards out.)

KJ: Yeah, like calling effeminate men girls and wanting sandwiches and stuff.

RETIRED COP: (removing ear protection for a moment) Did I just hear you correctly?

KJ: I’m sure you did.

ALL secure their ear protection while KJ’s shots all pull higher than the chest.

RETIRED COP: Your grip blows today.

KJ: My hands are kinda sore.

RETIRED COP: I’ll load for you. So, am I accurately interpreting the term “toxic male” to mean normal guy behavior?

KJ: Thanks. Well, there are a lot of young people, and even people my age, who think that normal guy behavior isn’t normal at all. And is instead culturally prescribed by outmoded codes of conduct instilled during the more brutal eras of human history.

RETIRED COP: You’re in America now. Speak English.

KJ: Like that! That behavior right there. Neanderthal.

RETIRED COP: You laughed.

KJ: Because it was funny. But people who think you’re a toxic male would say “That’s not funny!”

RETIRED COP: Oh, I get it. They have no sense of humor!

KJ: Well…

RETIRED COP: Dad jokes are humor.

KJ: No.

RETIRED COP: What was toxic about my gender fluid comments?

KJ: Apparently, everything. You didn’t show sensitivity to people different than you, you ascribed femininity to someone who occasionally chooses to identify as female…

RETIRED COP: Do you hear yourself?

KJ: The list isn’t done. AND you sexualized the Burly Girl who ate a lot of McDonald’s.

RETIRED COP: Oh come on. Now you’re just making stuff up.

KJ: You can’t make this stuff up.

RETIRED COP: (shaking head) I’m insensitive to people different than me. Do you know how many times I’d walk into some place and a bunch of punks were harassing a tranny? I never judged the tranny. She was always a citizen I was called to protect. Or he. Whatever.

KJ: See, we’re gonna get more letters. You can’t call transsexuals or transgendered people trannies.

RETIRED COP: Uh, this one particular tranny I used to have to rescue a lot called herself a tranny.

KJ: Yeah, that’s not okay anymore now, I guess. Like, she can call herself one, but you can’t.

RETIRED COP: How about I make a rule that I call myself a toxic male but nobody else can?

KJ: Oppressors aren’t allowed to make the rules.

RETIRED COP: I’m an oppressor now?

KJ: Oh, yes. The worst.

RETIRED COP: But…I’m not allowed to make the rules.

KJ: That’s right.

RETIRED COP: Do you hear yourself?

KJ: Hey, don’t shoot the messenger.

RETIRED COP: How about I buy the messenger tacos and we talk about sane people stuff. What do you say, girly girl?

KJ: I say hooray, but the culture says that you just assumed my gender and stripped me of my financial agency.

RETIRED COP: Is there any place left in the world where people can just be who they are and not agonize over it or beat other people over the head with it?

KJ: I don’t know. Probably Africa, unless you’re gay.

RETIRED COP: And that place has a lot of snakes. Are you sure it’s not in Tahiti?

KJ: I claim cultural ignorance about Tahiti, which is a humbling thing for someone who minored in anthropology to say.

RETIRED COP: I feel like a toxically male comment might be needed here.

KJ: I’ve already imagined it in my head. It was so scathing that you totally owe me tacos now, and I have retained my financial agency.

And scene.

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Explaining This Culture to Boomers: Gender

This is a one-act play inspired by two actual conversations.

SETTING: A coffee shop in Los Angeles. One forty-something female, KJ, and her adopted family of older folks are seated at a large table.

DOYENNE: KJ, you know about all the new fangled stuff. Have you heard of this gender fluid?

RETIRED COP: Gender what now?

BUSINESS GRANDMA: We don’t discuss that in mixed company.

Me: It’s not fluids. Stop looking at me like that.

DOYENNE: (super loudly) It’s when a boy thinks he’s a girl today, but he could be a boy again tomorrow, and this is normal now. At least that’s what I heard on the radio.

GENTLE GRANDMA: Wait, how is he a girl today?

RETIRED COP: Sounds like he’s a girl every damn day.

KJ: Gender fluidity isn’t physical, unless there’s a neurochemical component, but so far I don’t think one has been discovered. It’s how someone feels.

RETIRED COP: I feel like a sandwich. Does that make me a sandwich?

KJ: You are a lot of things, but a sandwich isn’t one of them.

GENTLE GRANDMA: Wait. Is this the bathroom thing?

BUSINESS GRANDMA: The bathroom thing scares me.

DOYENNE: What’s the bathroom thing?

RETIRED COP: It’s when some pervert who says he’s a woman goes into the bathroom at a department store to ogle your granddaughter and you have to think it’s okay or you’ll offend someone.

KJ: The ridiculous part is that we’ve all been using bathrooms with transgendered people for decades, but they had all transitioned surgically and nobody took any notice. Now people who identify as gender fluid want to be able to choose at will, which no one would probably notice either — if they distinctly represented the gender they felt that day.

BUSINESS GRANDMA: But they expect us to be okay with it just because they say that’s what they are.

GENTLE GRANDMA: Exactly.

KJ: And, like, I’ve always wondered if it’s hard for people who’ve always kind of not seemed “typical” of their gender to use bathrooms. Like, in college there was this girl who everyone called the Burly Girl, and nobody wanted to use the showers when she did, so we all just waited until she was out. But also she took really long, fragrant dumps. It was a whole thing.

DOYENNE: Heavens!

GENTLE GRANDMA: Poor thing!

BUSINESS GRANDMA: What did she eat?

KJ: She ate two Big Macs and large fries every day. We’d see her walk back from Mickey D’s and know to just stay out of the bathroom.

RETIRED COP: Sounds like my kinda girl!

BUSINESS GRANDMA: But I also read that there are more than two genders now?

DOYENNE: Preposterous!

GENTLE GRANDMA: What is the third gender? How did that happen?

KJ: Well, that’s the catchy part. There are apparently lots of genders, and they’re separate from sex, and are not necessarily about sexuality. It is really confusing.

DOYENNE: Well, that’s nonsense.

RETIRED COP: The only thing they’re confused about is reality.

BUSINESS GRANDMA: I guarantee a doctor’s office is not marking down any extra genders in your chart!

GENTLE GRANDMA: Why would someone want to be something that isn’t something?

KJ: That’s the sixty-four thousand dollar question, GG. Why do people want to be otherkin or furries? Why do people want to be anything?

DOYENNE: What’s an otterkin fury?

BUSINESS GRANDMA: She said furry, I think.

RETIRED COP: (turning to KJ) Do you see what you’ve done? And why is it always you that knows this stuff?

And scene.

 

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Caring for the ‘Least of These’

Here we are, the first full week of Lent, and Jesus is really on us in today’s Gospel about how we treat the least of humanity. No, not your mother-in-law or that guy in the Prius, though he’d like us to say kinder things (or at least nothing at all) about those folks, too.

In today’s Lenten meditation, we’re going to examine Christ’s exhortation to care for others our own selves, rather than hope someone else does it for us. He wants us to be directly involved in ministering to and administering love to those we’d prefer to ignore. I know it seems I’m repeating myself a lot in this series, but Jesus was adamant that we learn to attend to each other’s needs as often as is humanly possible.

This is really hard for us to hear, so he had to say it a lot. It is very human to want to defer care. Creepy people, smelly people, crazy people, and overall hard-to-love people annoy us and scare us and repel us. Jesus one hundred percent doesn’t care that it makes us uncomfortable. He wants us to try to love them somehow, and he has some harsh words about that in today’s Gospel selection, Matthew 25:31-46.

Jesus said to his disciples:

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory,

and all the angels with him,

he will sit upon his glorious throne,

and all the nations will be assembled before him.

And he will separate them one from another,

as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.

He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

Then the king will say to those on his right,

‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father.

Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

For I was hungry and you gave me food,

I was thirsty and you gave me drink,

a stranger and you welcomed me,

naked and you clothed me,

ill and you cared for me,

in prison and you visited me.’

Then the righteous will answer him and say,

‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you,

or thirsty and give you drink?

When did we see you a stranger and welcome you,

or naked and clothe you?

When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’

And the king will say to them in reply,

‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did

for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’

Then he will say to those on his left,

‘Depart from me, you accursed,

into the eternal fire prepared for the Devil and his angels.

For I was hungry and you gave me no food,

I was thirsty and you gave me no drink,

a stranger and you gave me no welcome,

naked and you gave me no clothing,

ill and in prison, and you did not care for me.’

Then they will answer and say,

‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty

or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison,

and not minister to your needs?’

He will answer them, ‘Amen, I say to you,

what you did not do for one of these least ones,

you did not do for me.’

And these will go off to eternal punishment,

but the righteous to eternal life.”

When we have the capacity to help someone, and instead ignore them or defer assistance to Someone Else, we risk damnation. That’s an intense message a lot of people don’t want to hear from Jesus. People these days mostly believe that Jesus is a personal genie friend who sends them stuff so they can post it on Instagram and declare themselves #blessed.

We forget that Jesus not only had such love that he laid down his life, but also that he expected us to at least attempt to emulate his love for others. We have delegated so much of Christ’s work to Others that it’s become second nature. One is reminded of Ebenezer Scrooge’s question “Are there no prisons? Are there no workhouses?” when asked what to do about the poor.

We’ve all heard someone say “My taxes pay to take care of those people.” Well, imagine if we all gave a little of our time to take care of Those People. How would the world be different? How would we be different? Goodness, what on Earth would we argue about online and around the Thanksgiving Day table?

Hmm…this taking care of people with our own personal time and attention is sounding more and more appealing with each day of Lent, isn’t it?

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Temptation (and How to Overcome It)

Happy First Sunday of Lent! It’s such a relief to be able to have a breakfast burrito or nachos for lunch, right? Go ahead; eat the cupcake. As Father explained at Mass this morning, every Sunday is a feast day, because every Sunday, we celebrate Easter.

“WHAT?!” you say (unless your priest said the same thing this morning, which is entirely possible). Think about it. The entire purpose of Lent is to prepare for the celebration of Easter, when Christ died for us and rose again so that we might have eternal life with him. Every time we celebrate the Eucharist, we’re celebrating his sacrifice and resurrection. We even say “Christ hath died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.”

We probably shouldn’t tell the chocolate companies that we do Easter every week, or we’ll all be sweating whatever goo is in those Cadbury Creme Eggs from every pore. Okay, maybe that’s just me.

But right now, we’re in Lent, and we’re going on a journey together to explore ways to be closer to Christ, to do more to actually be Christ’s hands on earth. Today’s Gospel addresses the forty days Jesus spent in the desert, being tempted by Satan.

From Mark 1:12-15:


The Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert,  and he remained in the desert for forty days, tempted by Satan.

He was among wild beasts,

and the angels ministered to him.

After John had been arrested,

Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God:

“This is the time of fulfillment.

The kingdom of God is at hand.

Repent, and believe in the gospel.”

Mark handles this episode in Christ’s life with typical Markian (Markesque? Markish?) brevity. As we experience the forty days of Lent ourselves with Christ, we realize it’s a heck of a lot more complicated than “tempted by Satan.” We’ve previously talked about wanting a burger on Friday or not spending more time in prayer or charitable giving, and we’ve only done four days of this.

Can you get through another thirty-six days without temptation? Of course not! Of course you’re going to feel tempted and tormented. And you know what? So did Jesus. And he survived it, and then went on to suffer greater pain and humiliation than most of us ever will. So you can do it. We can do it together.

Plus, unlike Jesus, we get to have feast days off. Even the church doesn’t expect us to suffer like Christ, but she does expect us to live more in communion with him. So now that you’re all full and happy and watching the Olympics after Mass, commit to one extra church thing, right now.

Say yes to your parish’s Lenten soup supper this week. Say yes to attending the Stations of the Cross. Say yes to your homeless feeding program. Say yes to your clothing collection and crisis pregnancy ministry.

When it’s later in the week and you’re hungry and irritable, you’ll be grateful for having something to do for others. You’ll be less tempted to be grumpy or whiny. And you’ll be doing what Christ asked us to do: care for our brothers and sisters directly, ourselves, as he did.

Sure beats forty days in the desert with the actual devil, huh?

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What do we do about Sinners and Shooters?

“Stay in your lane,” says yet another self righteous young internet user, probably on Tumblr, schooling someone she disagrees with on whatever subject she’s become an expert: Russian hackers, feminist theology, “automatic weapons,” Shelby Mustangs, or the sexuality of various actors. The subject doesn’t matter. The idea is that people who don’t know or don’t agree ought to go Over There.

Away.

Facebook has made an entire industry of this now, accidentally on purpose (probably). We are finding ourselves exposed to whatever its algorithm thinks is “our lane.” We don’t have to look at icky Other Things. If you wrote and posted an article on dating four months ago, Zuckerberg’s monster now thinks that you want to read articles on dating 24/7, to the exclusion of all else. If you Liked your Aunt Susan’s babka recipe, you receive nothing but dessert bread links for weeks. You’re not only stuck in your lane; you’re on a train track.

We do this in real life, too, which in moderation is an evolutionary advantage meant to help us not be killed. If you see somebody running at you with a knife, you get out of their way. But we’ve hyper developed this fear of the unknown into an avoidance of everything that doesn’t sit well with us, which Jesus admonishes against in today’s Lenten Gospel reading, Luke 5:27-32:

Jesus saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at the customs post. 

He said to him, “Follow me.”

And leaving everything behind, he got up and followed him.

Then Levi gave a great banquet for him in his house,

and a large crowd of tax collectors

and others were at table with them.

The Pharisees and their scribes

complained to his disciples, saying,

“Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”

Jesus said to them in reply,

“Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.

I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.”

Look, I don’t want to spend time with tax collectors, either. I don’t want to talk politics with Lefties because they tend to get really emotional. I don’t want to come off like a crazy Jesus lady by talking to everybody about salvation because I want people to like me. I also don’t want to talk to quiet, creepy people because I’d rather be having fun with my friends (who are obviously all super cool people with great senses of humour).

I wonder what would happen if we all started talking to “creepy” people, especially when they are young, before they decide to act out their rage on their classmates and coworkers. I know that won’t always help. I know that some people are walking tornados, human forces of nature, and no amount of intervention or government regulation can prevent acts of nature at our present level of scientific knowledge.

But for a lot of kids deemed sinners or pariahs, eating and drinking (or just talking) with them could be life changing. The black stain on our modern world is not weaponry (that’s always existed) or mental illness (also with us since the dawn of time). It’s isolation. We are the most connected humans have ever been, which means when we choose to disconnect from others, it has a far greater impact on them.

Imagine if Jesus had never reached out to that tax collector. What would Levi’s life have been like? How many more people would he have exploited on behalf of Rome? What influence did Levi’s change of heart have on all the other tax collectors he invited to the banquet?

Our small kindnesses have consequences far greater than we imagine. All Christ said was “Follow me.” Maybe all we need to do is say “Hi, there!” to someone we would normally rush past.

 

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Fish on Fridays (but Love All Through Lent)

Yesterday I began telling you about Lent the only way I know how: with an embarrassing and self deprecating story. Today, on the Friday after Ash Wednesday, we’re going to have a look at the prescribed reading from Isaiah, because I keep running into people who think Lent is their pre-Easter candy diet.

Some of y’all may see yourselves in Isaiah 58:1-5. I know I do when I whine about how badly I’d like a hamburger:

“Thus says the Lord GOD:
Cry out full-throated and unsparingly,
lift up your voice like a trumpet blast;
Tell my people their wickedness,
and the house of Jacob their sins.
They seek me day after day,
and desire to know my ways,
Like a nation that has done what is just
and not abandoned the law of their God;
They ask me to declare what is due them,
pleased to gain access to God.
‘Why do we fast, and you do not see it?
afflict ourselves, and you take no note of it?’”

Just today I was telling a fellow parishioner that I’ve eaten half the calories I normally do for TWO WHOLE DAYS and have yet to lose any weight. I’m the worst.

The Lord continues:

“‘Lo, on your fast day you carry out your own pursuits,
and drive all your laborers.
Yes, your fast ends in quarreling and fighting,
striking with wicked claw.
Would that today you might fast
so as to make your voice heard on high!
Is this the manner of fasting I wish,
of keeping a day of penance:
That a man bow his head like a reed
and lie in sackcloth and ashes?
Do you call this a fast,
a day acceptable to the LORD?’”

In other words, “being right” on social media and the number on the scale are not as important as my relationship with God. God’s response to me is, in essence, “Are you kidding me right now?”

He then says, in verses 6-9a:

“‘This, rather, is the fasting that I wish:
releasing those bound unjustly,
untying the thongs of the yoke;
Setting free the oppressed,
breaking every yoke;
Sharing your bread with the hungry,
sheltering the oppressed and the homeless;
Clothing the naked when you see them,
and not turning your back on your own.
Then your light shall break forth like the dawn,
and your wound shall quickly be healed;
Your vindication shall go before you,
and the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.
Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer,
you shall cry for help, and he will say: Here I am!’”

Take a second to note that God never says “Depend on the government to take care of people.” He says for YOU to do it. Yes, you. If you’re unused to clearing out your closet, helping at a homeless program, or volunteering at all, Lent is a wonderful time to start. You have so much time now that you’re playing less Words With Friends and not spending twenty minutes trying to figure out what side you want with your burger, or what toppings you want on your pizza.

God is not casting side eye here on fasting. Fasting is a way to show devotion and clear our minds and bodies. He’s not saying that you’re doing something wrong by fasting.

But if Lent has somehow turned into just giving up something and whining about what you gave up, God simply wonders why you can’t find time to pick up your room. He’s a very patient dad, but he has questions. Maybe you have some time to fix your sister a bite to eat, or you can stop hoarding all the toys and give one to your brother. Who can say? (Hint: God can.)

Maybe Lent is about being a better child of the Creator and sibling to your fellow humans. It certainly can’t hurt, right?

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Tone Deaf Mutant Ninja Failure for Nevada Democrats

Sometimes you see something on social media that just has to be satire. It has to be. And then you click on it. And then you see that the Hill, the Free Beacon, and the Washington Examiner have written about it. And you see Steve Sebelius tweeting incessantly about it.

And the creeping, horrific realization that the Mitch McTurtle Twitter account and mascot are real hits you like Michelangelo’s nunchucks. Apologies to anyone over fifty for that confusing reference.

That’s right — the Nevada Democrats are fighting a campaign against Senator Dean Heller (R-Nev.) with promises of good jobs and financial stability…no, wait. They’ve created a mascot inspired by Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), playing upon his oft noted turtle-like appearance.

Finally, the Democrats are taking American politics as seriously as a presidential Twitter account! We can rest assured, knowing that Top Minds have our greatest concerns at the forefront of their agendas.

Here is an actual Twitter picture of the turtle mascot holding a cartoonish bag of money at a Nevada Dems campaign event.

Here is another picture of Nevada Democratic Party Chairman William McCurdy not even pretending to be mortified by this experience.

The catch phrase linking all of this together is…are you ready for this epic word play? “Shelling out millions for Dean Heller since 2011.”

Okay, take a deep breath. I know we’ll never see a pun like that again in our life times, and you need a moment to recover.

Are you good? Alright, let me explain how this mascot is particularly horrible messaging in Nevada, and in Clark County especially.

My brother has Down Syndrome, and when our family lived in Las Vegas, he attended Helen J. Stewart school. It is a place where kids with special learning needs receive a comprehensive education to help them at their own developmental level. Their mascot is the Mighty Turtle.

Additionally, Nevada has been working tirelessly to preserve the endangered desert tortoise for as long as I can remember. No, tortoises are not turtles, but it’s almost like the Nevada Dems who came up with this utterly brilliant scheme to shame Mitch McConnell with his own appearance (which, don’t forget, somehow also makes Dean Heller look bad) have absolutely no idea what regular Nevada residents care about.

There is already a guy in a desert tortoise costume walking around Nevada trying to preserve wildlife. There is already a feisty turtle in Las Vegas trying to inspire beautiful young people to participate as fully as possible in their communities.

And now Nevada Democrats want to use a turtle in a negative political campaign? Dudes, do you even live in Nevada?

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These Californians Declare Independence, with a Twist

There’s a new effort to split California into more than one state, but this time, a Declaration of Independence has been drafted. That’s right — rural California (aka Not The Coast) wants to declare independence from high tax-voting, sexual harassy, far left California. And not just geographically far left.

CBS reports that New California is doing things properly — not with petitions and Facebook campaigns, but via Article 4, Section 3 of the United States Constitution. New California movement founder Tom Reed said, “We have to demonstrate that we can govern ourselves before we are allowed to govern.”

Do not confuse this with CalExit, which wants to leave the Union and disassociate itself from Flyover Country. From New California’s statement, made yesterday:

“With faith, diligence, and our sacred honor, we do hereby declare our Unity with Natural Law and the United States of America’s Constitution.”

But why do they want to declare independence from California? Another founder, Robert Paul Preston, said:

“Well, it’s been ungovernable for a long time. High taxes, education, you name it, and we’re rated around 48th or 50th from a business climate and standpoint in California.”

If you live in the Golden Globes State, or have even just driven through it, you know that California presents itself like three states. The Northern California coast would be perceived by visitors from outer space as Prohibitively Expensive Dwellings for Hippies, Southern California as Outrageously Priced Dangerlands for Insecure Persons of Wildly Varying Incomes, and anything 50 miles inland as Farms and Desert and Waitresses Named Dottie.

One can easily imagine why people who work steadily on the land to feed the coastal “locally sourced” crowd might not want to be subjected to their ideas about gasoline taxes, to say nothing of high speed rail barreling through their orchards.

The New Californians anticipate being ready to participate in the state legislature seriously in about ten to eighteen months. Until then, California coasters may want to think carefully about the bureaucratic and financial demands they place on the people who grow their arugula and quinoa.

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Not ‘The Onion’: A Mum from Bognor, England Gets a Trump Tweet

Imagine waking up to a presidential tweet taking you to task for allowing radical Islam to permeate your country…but you’re a suburban housewife and have literally no idea what is happening.

Imagine, also, being from a place called Bognor.

But that’s exactly what happened this morning. President Donald Trump was attempting to tweet at British Prime Minister Theresa May, which he did eventually manage to do:

However, he initially tweeted at ordinary citizen Theresa May Scrivener (screenshot from Gerard Brady on Irish time, as reported by the Washington Post):

Scrivener told the Press Association she is “just waiting for a call from the White House with an apology.” She also quipped, “If I wanted to be famous, I would have gone on ‘X Factor’.” Reporters have been contacting her so much, she can’t leave her house.

Trump was annoyed with Not-From-Bognor Theresa May because she said during a visit to Jordan:

“The fact that we work together does not mean that we’re afraid to say when we think the United States has got it wrong and to be very clear with them. I’m very clear that retweeting from Britain First was the wrong thing to do.”

Britain First is a British political party that tweeted a now-debunked video of violence against a Dutch citizen on crutches — by what they stated were Muslim migrants. This is one of the videos Trump retweeted.

Scrivener said what so many of us have been thinking of the President: “He needs to think before he tweets.” Really, don’t we all?

She also said, “We — Theresa May and I — are so different. Our profiles are completely different. She runs the country, I’m a mum from Bognor.”

I think we, in an effort to heal international relations, can pretty much agree that we are all #TeamMumFromBognor now.

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Forever Online: Retail Employee Sues When She Sees Herself on Internet Porn

Pervs are everywhere.

You’ve been reading about sexual predators in entertainment, congress, journalism, and academia. Now a former Forever 21 employee is suing the chain after hidden camera video of her using the employee bathroom showed up on the internet, according to Fox News.

The November 29 court documents state that the video has shown up on “multiple pornographic website platforms,” which is pretty much every woman’s worst nightmare in the age of easily concealed webcams. This woman worked at the  Forever 21 location in Providence Place Mall, Rhode Island, in 2011 while a college student. She learned about the video in December 2016.

Imagine having a retail job, utilizing the employee facilities as anyone would, graduating from school, and learning five years later that you were the unwitting subject of adult entertainment. She is suing the retailer for “extreme emotional damages” to the tune of $2 million.

The suit states that the store violated Rhode Island’s right to privacy law because they

“did not equip the employee locker room with any security system/security features to capture or keep a record of non-store employees and/or other unauthorized persons entering into the area designated as the employee locker room of the employee restroom.”

The mega fashion chain has not yet commented on the suit. It is not known if the person who placed the camera and distributed the film has been discovered or prosecuted.

We need to ask ourselves as a culture why there is a market for surreptitious bathroom pornography. The desire to sexualize the normal daily activities of women against their will speaks to a deeper issue inside the human spirit. It is being manifest in the multiple workplace sexual assault claims against powerful, well connected men that are finally coming to light.

Imagine how much more daily degradation is directed toward your average woman just going about her business.

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