Gender Inequality when it comes to photographing male and female actors? Ya think, Hub? When the press finally hits upon the obvious…it’s still oblivious.

Oh dear, you mean actresses are photographed half-naked while their male costars are dressed dignified, Hub?

You just realized this now?

BBJosiK.img

And that the boys all have wrinkles and are older than the dolled up female?

You didn’t notice that, though. That requires two thoughts.

I have been noticing that for years.

And on this web site for a very long time.

Some of my favourites come from Vanity Fair.

To recap from previous entries:

Vanity-Fair-Hollywood-Issue-1995

bc6d0240-8e01-0132-4401-0ebc4eccb42f

screen_shot_2018-02-15_at_12.59.56_pm_-_h_2018

1391377259145_3-hollywood-cover-2014-640-new-logo

And just in case you are going to tell me that Vanity Fair is “just” a celebrity magazine, Time magazine pulls that kind of garbage, too.

This is how one of the biggest female artists of a generation makes it on the cover:

beyonce-final

And a male singer who who was also a well-regarded voice of his:

1101020304_400

And that game has gone on for at least for as long as I have been alive:

1101730716_400

And the only reason we even have an article like that is because some people on Twitter complained, though the actress thought critics should “get a grip” that women can only get publicity being undressed amid fully-clothed male colleagues. Had she been an actress who always wore jeans and a sweater, she wouldn’t be hitting Slap Chops on informercials.

It is not as if journalists or editors see these things themselves.

Because they are the ones putting out the dreck in the first place.

Nice try.

The Implosion of Patrick Brown. Offence is a terrible defence, especially when you are outgunned and outnumbered.

This column from the Globe and Mail echoes sentiments I have expressed before here, here, and here: namely that Brown has infantalized himself, revealing himself to be me-centred, has few allies in a party that was all too happy to throw him under and bus, and that while he is attacking his accusers, he is all too silent on the other problems dogging him.

In the old days, a coup d’état would usually end in the dethroned leader conveniently being dispatched gorily, but this is Canada 2018, and we don’t roll that way, but at a price. In a nannied society, we see the little brats for who they are really when someone takes away the paper crown and the cools toys.

Brown is behaving like an ill-behaved child in a toy store once he realizes mommy isn’t going to buy him anything because they are there to buy someone else a birthday present. He once had a bland and innocuous way about him, but now the his explosive temper is coupled with excuses and finger-pointing, he is turning out to be someone very different than what he once pretended to be.

And he is showing the worst qualities a leader could possibly possess: he did not see the storm coming. He had no loyalty among the ranks with some of the most powerful members of both the federal and provincial levels distance themselves from him. He is making excuses. He obviously has never had crisis management training — something every good leader has in emergencies, and there is always a possibility for an emergency.

He reminds me of Hillary Clinton not preparing a concession speech in the even that she lost. The fact that she didn’t entertain a Plan B showed how poorly prepared she was as a leader. You don’t make concession speeches because you think you are going to lose: you make them because if you are a capable leader, you have to entertain multiple scenarios because by mere randomness alone, something can come from left field. You may not be able to anticipate what bizarro thing is going to sucker punch you, but you have to be aware that you may not be able to succeed. You still need an exit strategy.

Brown’s tactical errors say a lot about him. He, like Clinton, never had a vision or a plan to justify wanting the position.

But now that his stealth advantage has been lost and he now damaged goods, how he plans to win back a seat without his usual bag of tricks will be very instructive for those looking at what was transpiring during his tenure. They can compare and contrast to find out how he won the last time, and what it took, squaring it with what he is doing now.

He has been shrill and coming off as a peculiar mash-up of Mickey Mouse, Goofy, and Donald Duck. The high pitch voice, the sheltered bumbling, and the explosive temper all give off a piteous cartoonish way about him. He is not in charge. He is not shrewd. He acts entitled, and in Canadian politics, a leader does not throw temper tantrums, strut with a paper crown in public, and can never suggest that the system is flawed in any way shape, or form (Justin Trudeau’s comments about the jury system has broken a spell with the public for that very reason, but that’s another story).

Especially not if you were in charge. Any rot that hits you means it’s your fault.

And worst of all, Brown as suddenly found the one thing to defend with his every grain of his being: himself.

If you are going to be a leader in this country, you better have something else you have a passion for, and when you don’t, you will not be winning any popularity contests.

Especially if your main defence is an offence. Brown is attacking the women who accused him of being slimy. He is absolutely silent on the “rot” that has been turning up in the party, and his strategy is not one that any adept leader would stoop to using.

He is behaving like a rank amateur, making it increasingly difficult for the press here to defend someone who is not abiding by the unspoken code, and with an entire political party who do abide by it, he is alienating a base who have three luxury names they can support instead. Brown is outgunned, outnumbered, and most of all outclassed. No one wants an excitable gnat at their dinner party. He is making Doug Ford look downright stately now, doing him a huge favour. Christine Elliott and Caroline Mulroney are smart, diligent, have class, and most of all, dignity. It is the reason Elliott lost to Brown once, but now can easily enter the race once more.

Because she carefully thought about her Plan B, and proves who was the better leader for the party the last time.

I would be surprised if Mulroney doesn’t win this contest. Compare her to Brown and she wins in that competition. So does Elliott, and Ford.

Brown was always a poor fit. He went for a position out of his league and it showed. Glaringly.

He is imploding as we speak. If the allegations weren’t true, he had better options to confront them, but the narrative has long ago drifted away from sexual harassment to the other little problem.

The one that got the party faithful’s attention and focus. As usual, he has his guard down where it counts the most, and the knock out punch is coming. This election is the Tories’ to lose, and if they lose it, it will be an ugly mood — and Brown has provided them with a perfect punching bag to take their wrath on.

 

Doublespeaking the Pink Gulag: When journalism can’t figure out how to deal with women, they pull out the bridge table for them. How the Globe and Mail’s Amplify newsletter is the same old story, with content to prove it.

When confronted with reality that women are people, too, journalism cannot actually handle it. They cannot place women in the hard news weave completely: there has to be a way to isolated the threat while pretending to be inclusive.

It is the same when you are a child who is invited to a dinner party with your parents. You know you are going to be seated away from the hub of the real table. You will be sold a bill of goods that there is a “young people’s” table, and then you are stuck on a wobbly bridge table off in the corner while the adults can easily ignore you.

If you are forced to go to the same house as an adult, it doesn’t actually change. You are still move away from the adults, even if you are in your twenties. You may have a graduate degree and hold a white collar job, you are pushed away. You start complaining, there may be some shift, but the same troublesome group gets thrown at the bottom of the table.

I remember being the recipient of this kind of tradition, and one year, I decided to sit with the rest of my family near the top. The hostess had a fit.

I was 28.

The oldest “young person” was in their early 30s.

The other guests smirked, and said they could finally have a conversation with me, and ask me all about my job as a journalist, and politely protested when the hostess wanted me back down at the end of the table.

I had stories, after all.

But that same thinking permeates through journalism. There is the head table, and now there are all these women clamouring about something, and the Globe has a series of other “newsletters” — so why not whip out another bridge table, call it “Amplify” to sound cool, and then stick all of that sophistry and opinion in a Pink Gulag near the end of the laundry list, and pretend you are inclusive and enlightened.

Nice try.

This isn’t hard news. This is opinion, and such, is going to be the kind of things that fit into a patriarchal structure of thought.

This piece in particular stands out to me:

Amplify: As women stand divided on #MeToo, it isn’t age or ideology. It’s misplaced pain

First of all, this subject matter is not even news.

It makes it sound as if there are some divide in #MeToo, and that this is a problem.

This is typical Star Trek thinking where an entire planet of aliens all think and behave alike.

Women were never united on #MeToo. Ever. It is the same way that not all Christians walk lockstep with each other — you have Eastern Orthodox, Greek Orthodox, Anglican, Catholic, Evangelical, Baptist, and a slew of other kinds of Christianity.

The provincial Conservatives in Ontario have different preferences on the kind of leader they want — no one is ever going to get 100% of the vote.

Americans didn’t all vote for Donald Trump. Not all Democrats wanted Hillary Clinton and were devastated their pick Bernie Sanders didn’t win the primaries.

So right off the bat, the premise of this article has a deep immaturity and a lack of foresight.

#MeToo was an American movement that began — not with the poor or dispossessed women cowering in shelters — but wealthy white women in the communications industry.

This may very well be one of the first social movements that came from a white collar segment.

There is nothing wrong with its pedigree, and, in fact, this is absolutely significant — if women who have broken glass ceilings are reporting back that there are serious problems that high up — everyone should be paying close attention.

It means if women are in positions of power, something has been seriously rigged that prevents them from fully exercising their power. It goes far deeper than changing laws because so many of those obstacles have been cleared, and yet, there is very little change or progress.

That is real news. That not all women subscribe to #MeToo is not.

So if you do not understand innate diversity, the rest of your premise falls apart, and #MeToo has nothing to do with this so-called “misplaced pain.”

No, the pain is not misplaced. A certain demographic of women have witnessed things other women have not. They are reporting back, and their pain is real, legitimate, and hits it right on target.

This is typical of how Canadian journalists operate: strategic obedience to authority. You must appease that authority as you make excuses for their behaviour. In this case, it is demeaning those in #MeToo, hinting they are mistaken, silly, over-reacting, and perhaps a little hysterical. This is a stereotypical view of women: do not take what they say seriously because it can hurt the feelings of a man-child in power.

The fact that this article is in the Pink Gulag should surprise no one: it is there to reassure the big boys that they do not have to really make changes.

The Globe doesn’t get it, and it lacks the intellectual dept to ever get it. It is all about spin to keep the overlords happy.

And that’s not what #MeToo was ever about: it is about waging war with misogynistic rigs to tear them down.

Not this apologetic, rambling mess.

The Decline and Fall of the Journalistic Patriarchal Model. It is time for a change.

Once upon a time the patriarchal model of journalism was seen as the ideal. It was easy to assume it because the titans of that industry held all of the cards. When you are the gate-keeper, you set the rule of engagement.

It was a simple and simplistic model that seemed to work — even without the science or the experimentation. You showcased a lot of visionary Great Men — in the days where men where Great Men:

bc6d0240-8e01-0132-4401-0ebc4eccb42f

And the women were disposable eye candy prancing in public in their underpants:

Vanity-Fair-Hollywood-Issue-1995

It was all very Patriarchal.

It still is, don’t kid yourself, children.

Because for it to change, news producers would have to admit they were wrong.

And then they would have to overhaul everything.

They’d rather scuttle their own ship, then make changes that could possibly benefit someone else, and they’d lose some of their power.

Yes, I know they already lost it; but they keep hoping for the calvary to arrive.

Except some of that calvary got angry, outed all the boors through #MeToo, and now started a little something you may have heard of called Time’s Up.

The ones you dismissed as disposable eye candy turned themselves into soldiers.

Bless them for it. Keep it up.

The reason journalism died was that it so stubbornly stuck to a single structure of script. No women visionaries.

No swaggering female Turks that are taken seriously.

No Matriarchal structure.

That was a very bad move when social media exploded on the scene.

The nurturing Matriarchal was giving everyone a chance to be heard, and then the authoritative Patriarchal became threatened by it all, and then used all of its old tricks to its utter devastation.

Journalism is antiquated. It cannot function in its current form.

We need a different structure, and a different way of doing things.

Because it is time.

Right here, and right now.

American violence: Another school massacre. Another vessel of hate explodes. Grabbing that gun is a symptom, not the cause. When did it all go wrong and why?

American journalism has failed its people again.

Another vessel of hatred and rage exploded, and like all the of the others before him, there were hug warning signs that people who should have done something about, ignored it.

American journalists have done a great disservice to its people: it keeps telling of a simple solution: just get rid of guns, and then all will be corrected.

No, it won’t.

They will brings knives. They will throw acid. They will build bombs.

Do not kid yourself.

Do I believe in gun control?

I don’t understand the need for guns in the first place. I have always said you can stick a gun in my hand, and anger me to the breaking point, I am not going to shoot anyone with it.

I do not live a stress-free, trouble-free charmed life. The last couple of years have been horrendous.

But I am not someone who would cause another person harm or trauma.

I have empathy. I have morals. Guns do not appeal to me.

But America has a violence problem. The guns are a manifestation of that problem, not the cause.

But the news media like quick and easy solutions. They tell people if guns are off the street, they can go back to their mundane middle-class lives worry-free.

No.

Gun control is a shallow solution to a deep-rooted problem.

Why do you have so many young men (and a few young women) who explode like that?

Violence is glorified everywhere: it’s in the movies and on television. It is in video games. It is always seen as a solution to a problem.

It’s not.

It is a hyper-violent society that has parents go ballistic if a teacher sees that their child is troubled and points this out to them. We do not teach emotional literacy in schools. We don’t teach children at an early age to deal with rejection, obstacles, and frustrations.

I work as an educator. I have taught children and young adults. I worked in one place where a student physically assaulted a teacher, and the student was not expelled or charged — and I find out all this after he was in my class. I was not warned.

The rate of shootings is increasing. The problem is getting worse. People want a fast fix, but there isn’t one. It requires facing some very ugly truths. It requires work that will take people away from their online gaming.

What we have is a lack of connect. We have an Internet that is filled with people recruiting youth into all sorts of violent ventures, from gangs to cyberbullying to even terrorism.

The latest killer fell through hundreds of cracks. If teachers were given the tools and the freedom to identify troubled students so that something can be done, it would help far more than just hoping the kid whose gun was taken away doesn’t resort to explosives.

Gun control is a tiny fraction of the problem. The drive — the rage — to kill is the bigger problem.

Journalism could have been a tool to stop politicizing hatred — it could have had student reporters on staff to show what is happening within their own schools, for instance.

I have said it in my book Don’t Believe It!: that there is a huge difference between a story that asks “Are your kids safe at school” and “Are you safe at school?”

It was something that troubled me when I was working on Chaser News: one of the stories I covered was a general version of the “Are you safe at school” story. It covered health and safety violations, but had I more traction, the natural progression would soon entail student-on-student violence because this was going to be a long-arc for me.

Because media never talked to kids. They have become an enigma to us. So when they explode and shoot up their school — or pack it up to join ISIS — we are shocked, shocked, shocked.

Why are we shocked?

Because an entire demographic was ignored.

Yes, America, you have a problem.

Don’t look to your television ads for Gun Away that works like a Slap Chop.

Take a walk through your children’s schools tomorrow, and study that battlefield.

Look around at the other kids, and your own to see how they fit together — or don’t.

You will have to do all this work yourself because there is no media outlet who can do that for you.

And that is one of the greatest failures of journalism — that they never bothered to look toward the future by walking those school halls to tell you how things were fragmenting and falling apart.

Manipulating narratives: When critics gloss over the facts to suit their own denial of reality.

Just listening to Jerry Agar on Newstalk 1010 over Patrick Brown. The screened callers aren’t exactly informed and are getting their facts messed up with no one to remind them of the basic facts of the case. Someone took issue with Patrick Brown’s accusers being “anonymous” and that Brown as a right to “face his accusers”. They are manipulating the narrative, without bothering with a single fact.

Because Brown knows exactly who his accusers are. Here is a passage of an article I have used before:

So Brown knows who are his accusers. He knows of the incidents in question.

So the narrative that these are faceless women, and poor little boy Brown has no idea who is talking, or what they are talking about is rubbish.

And I am quoting his own words.

Scandal doesn’t just happen when something is illegal. Canada is not exactly some country that cracks down on anything. We have the Gerald Stanley verdict to remind us that it doesn’t always matter if a law is on the books, you don’t always have to answer for your actions.

I don’t care if what Brown did was illegal. When a person in a position of power asks an underling for date, that is a form of bullying. You are not on equal ground. That’s not flattering. I am not on the job to get dates, or be noticed for my looks. I have to earn a living, stupid.

As I have said before, there are other things that Brown is associated with — the nomination process in various ridings — that have bigger ramifications, and show that a clear pattern of strong-arming and bullying. I don’t think the PC Party would have kicked him that fast and disavowed of him that quickly unless they saw an opening to rid themselves of someone of that ilk.

And when you see a glow and a popularity surge from a party who is in turmoil at this very inconvenient juncture right before an election, you know that things must have been horrific during the previous regime.

That tells us everything we need to know about Patrick Brown. He is going after women, while keeping quiet on the other issues surrounding his leadership.

But that doesn’t suit the narrative of the #MeToo critics who are hoping against hope that Brown can dodge this bullet with his blustering tirade. Harvey Weinstein is blustering, too. It doesn’t mean a thing.

 

Watching the Patriarchal Meltdown: Patrick Brown, Michael Haneke show the shift in a changing world away from the Patriarchal.

The Internet has been a game-changer, for good and for bad. Great White Men made it, and it seemed like a sure-fire way to entrench a Patriarchal structure. It is not as if they had some devious plan, but there is an assumption that rigs are natural, and when they are natural to you, you want to spread that skewed prosperity around.

Patriarchal storytelling is very skewed and is rigged to be all about the One and the One is the winner who takes all.

To not be the One means you are either (a) the victim, (b) the inferior supporting cast, or (c) the villain.

So you have the Great Men who stomp all over other people to be the One.

The One is a hypothetical construct. It does not actually exist, but it is a convenient delusion that give people the incentive to give it their best — so they can “win.”

#MeToo has now become the greatest challenge to this dysfunctional mindset: all the Great Men who thought they “won” and did it at any cost have been dethroned to their absolute shock and devastation.

A childlike fantasy has been shattered. This should give other predators food for thought that maybe, their narrative is not actually reality. You make too many victims of your manipulation and tyranny, they become a collective, a One of their own.

Or, more accurately, an Infinite.

The chorus of voices may be faceless (what traditional propaganda uses to demonize an enemy), become stronger than the “face” of the sea-appointed hero (the One).

The One becomes a target to evaluate.

It reminds me of an underrated game show called 1 vs 100.

250px-1_vs_100_gameshow

Do you take the money or the mob? One contestant up against 100 and the point is for the One to answer more correct answers than 100 others.

But once the One wins, game over.

In television.

Reality is very different.

#MeToo seems like a mob to many men who backstabbed, stole, puffed, and bullied their way to become the One.

Patrick Brown of the Ontario PC party has shown himself to be a true Jekyll and Hyde.

When he was the One of the provincial party, he was bland and had no fire to him. He acted as if he was owed premiership of the province and had no fight in him. He played it safe.

But boy, did he change when he was ousted for naughty — but stealth — behaviour toward intoxicated prey.

The man turned into an angry monster, all but vowing to destroy the two women who dared say he was less than perfect.

That he was not the man he was presenting to the public.

He was unrepentant when he misspoke about Premier Kathleen Wynne who demanded, not unreasonably, for him to apologize and take back his incorrect statement. He didn’t, and now she is suing him for defamation.

Brown is not a man who owns up to his mistakes. He is out with his hired goons in business suits to hit back at those who dare speak against him.

The shift in his behaviour is very telling: he wasn’t this passionate when he was campaigning, because he thought he had it in the bag. The rigs that got him to his position of power were firmly in place, and there was nothing to worry about.

Until his plans proved to be child’s play to dismantle.

This is an epic temper tantrum.

But as the PCs start looking over other aspects of his brief tenure as leader, they are not liking what they are seeing. For what it’s worth, I do not believe his fire actually has much to do with the #MeToo claims, but more with the other little problems the party is now exposing to the public.

With his minions ousted, the protection is gone.

What will get him in deeper trouble will be all those ridings where a candidate was strong-armed into position, and that’s the reason he is going full-force after what he would deem the “weaker” targets, and is keeping his mouth shut on the bigger target.

His predatory strategy and campaign to get back at his detractors here is very intriguing to watch. It is the omissions that are worth noting, but he is outclassed by bigger players who are letting him burnout in public.

The Patriarchal imploded on Brown.

And it is scaring the other disciples of that structure.

Director Michael Haneke is whining about how it is all a “witch hunt” that will cause brainless women to “hate” men.

Women are not going to suddenly hate their fathers and sons. Women do not hate decent men who do not abuse people. Because predatory men in power have been historically sheltered from the wrath and frustrations of those they harmed on their climb to being Great Men, they do not understand the explosion of rage that took centuries to swell up and explode.

They have been exposed to the reality of their tyranny thanks to social media — those sentiments were always there, but there was no outlet to register them. This movement did not come from thin air — it came because women who were making their way in the world were sick and tired of the unnatural rigs that kept them back and all the garbage they had to endure — the ignorant comments, the vile assumptions, and the cheats that favoured men, but did not favour the functionality of the whole.

Imagine if social media was around when white Americans owned black slaves: #MeToo would look mild compared the rage and anger of those who were seen as property to be abused at will.

Would Haneke be whining about a witch hunt then?

When your goal is to be the One, you lose sight of the Infinite. You become Machiavellian because being the only One is unnatural.

This resistance was inevitable, and now that the Great Men have to face the voices of people burned by their campaigns, they see that being the One doesn’t make you the hero by default.

It can turn you into a villain.

And what was supposed to guarantee entrenching a Patriarchal narrative on the world is beginning to backfire.

And the Great White Men Thinkers are now having a meltdown at the notion that they may have outsmarted themselves.

Renegade Inc. has a piece how technology is killing democracy.

Silly, silly sophistry and scare-mongering.

No, it’s not. Machiavelli had done all sorts of underhanded things way back before social media was a thing — so it is not the technology, it is the bad behaviour of those in power that made them ripe for a backlash.

A One who can control the Infinite? That’s what is truly meant by the term “democracy” — you can do anything you want, so long at the One deems it okay to do it.

What we are witnessing is a genie out of a bottle.

The Patriarchal was always flawed, and hinged on people buying into its narrative structure.

But it made being the One the only thing to aim for — and do you really think people are going to cheer a One that isn’t them?

If they cannot be the One, then they are going to take down the One who has harmed them in that battle.

It is now a shift in perspective.

Patrick Brown said something very telling: he accused his second “accuser” of being “the aggressor”.

This is absolutely telling of a Patriarchal narrative. There is no way he could have been interested in a young female, come on now. He was irresistible, because he is The One.

Had he not thrown that one out, he would have a better chance to be believed, but that comment says it all.

That he is going by the old insinuations of shaming the women by throwing any dirt he can find in their faces is also telling.

But it’s the first remark that is the more telling of the two: it’s the oldest trick in the book.

No, no, she threw herself at me!

Uh-huh.

Of course, you had to be The One. It’s always all about you. It’s the standard excuse for every philandering husband caught in the act.

When all else fails, you are falling back to the Little Boy Excuse, not the Great Man Solution.

And that is the reason we are, for the first time in history, seeing the Patriarchal structure crumble.

Too many little boys posing as Great Men, and when they prove they are neither, they fall back to the little boy defence.

And that is the reason social media is suddenly hated: because in all the muck, the truth and reality is still making their way through it all.

And it terrifies a lot of people whose house of cards is about to fall.