Maybe that word doesn’t mean what you think it means. Many of their otherwise boring statements are actually part of a code revealing this secret, and so very interesting.Also, gaffes are royal roads to the unconscious which must be analyzed obsessively. “Why did they laugh more at mine than any of the others? The bartender answers “They’d never heard that one before!But I am skeptical when the media claims to have special insight into what they really think.
If Trump thinks women aren’t attractive without big breasts, then His Kink Is Not My Kink But His Kink Is Okay. His secular listeners think “what a wise saying”, and his Christian listeners think “ah, I recognize that as a Bible verse, he must be very Christian”. Nor could somebody who understood his “dog whistles” predict his policy more accurately than somebody who just went off his stated platform.
If Trump is dumb enough to say out loud that he thinks women aren’t attractive without big breasts, that says certain things about his public relations ability and his dignity-or-lack-thereof, but it sounds like it requires a lot more steps to suggest he is a bad person, or would have an anti-woman administration, or anything that we should actually care about. I guess some of the examples above might have gotten kind of far from what people would usually call a “dog whistle”, but I feel like there’s an important dog-whistle-related common thread in all of these cases.
The British press framed Livingstone’s comments as an explosive revelation, an “aha! ” They’re really like…people who describe the 1930s in a really awkward and ill-advised way? It’s a story only if the weird awkward description reveals more important attitudes of Livingstone’s and Labour’s that might actually affect the country in an important way. and whatever”, I may be more inclined than most to believe his claim that no anatomical reference was intended.
But not only is nobody making this argument, but nobody even seems to think it’s an argument that has to be made. But even if he was in fact talking about her anatomy – well, we’re back to Livingstone again.
It’s just “this is an offensive thing involving Jews, that means it’s anti-Semitic, that means the guy who said it is anti-Semitic”. I’m just not sure this incident proves much one way or the other. Nobody reads things online anymore unless they involve senseless violence, Harambe the gorilla, or Donald Trump. The comment is crude, stupid, puerile, offensive, gross, inappropriate, and whatever. When I think of “sexist” or “misogynist”, I think of somebody who thinks women are inferior to men, or hates women, or who thinks women shouldn’t be allowed to have good jobs or full human rights, or who wants to disadvantage women relative to men in some way. It’s been remarked several times that his policies are more “pro-women” in the political sense than almost any other Republican candidate in recent history – he defends Planned Parenthood, defends government support for child care, he’s flip-flopped to claiming he’s pro-life but is much less convincing about it than the average Republican.
I can’t think of a relevant angle for the first two, so Trump it is. We know this because every article about him prominently declares that he is “openly sexist” or “openly misogynist” in precisely those words. And back before his campaign, he seems to have been genuinely proud of his record as a pro-women employer.Blinded by his self-centered desires, Peter refused to help a security guard nab a burglar who robbed the fight promoter's office.It was as a consequence of this that the burglar later shot and killed Peter's uncle and surrogate father Ben Parker after breaking into the Parker family's suburban home in Forest Hills.From his Art of the Deal, written in the late 1980s (ie long before he was campaigning): The person I hired to be my personal representative overseeing the construction, Barbara Res, was the first woman ever put in charge of a skyscraper in New York…I’d watched her in construction meetings, and what I liked was that she took no guff from anyone. And yet it’s turned out that I’ve hired a lot of women for top jobs, and they’ve been among my best people.She was half the size of most of these bruising guys, but she wasn’t afraid to tell them off when she had to, and she knew how to get things done. Often, in fact, they are far more effective than the men around them.Norma Foerderer, my executive assistant, is sweet and charming and very classy, but she’s steel underneath, and people who think she can be pushed around find out very quickly that they’re mistaken.