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Is American Conservatism Inherently Bigoted?

Conservative Bigotry

 

“Is American conservatism inherently bigoted?” asked Peter Beinart.

(Click on video at right.)

For many liberals, the answer is obviously “Yes.” President Trump’s attacks on Mexicans, Muslims, and other minorities, combined with his half-hearted repudiations of white supremacists, have made Repub­lican racism almost an article of faith in Democratic politics.

But efforts to shame conservatives have backfired horribly. “Outrage at political correctness-fueled by the conviction that charges of bigotry are used to shut down legitimate discussion-has become more central to American conservatism.”

After being constantly stigmatized as racists and homo­phobes, conservatives have adopted a siege mentality and are expressing more racial and cultural resentments.

“Liberals would be wise to recog­nize this vicious cycle” and stop wielding the epithets “racist,” “bigot,” and “anti-Semitic” so promiscuously. Republicans do bear responsibility for renouncing egregious racists in their midst, as well as policies, such as Voter ID laws, that clearly have racial consequences.

But to halt “the downward spiral” of cultural division, self-righteous liberals should re­mind themselves that values evolve over time, and that Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama publicly opposed gay marriage until five years ago.

Were they bigots until 2012? “Hatred and scorn” are easy. Empathy and persuasion are hard-but without them, our divisions will only deepen.

Rabbi Delphine Horvilleur “I’m a Woman”

Rabbi Delphine Horvilleur

In a country where official Jewish life is overwhelmingly Orthodox, Delphine Horvilleur is something of a
scandal, a married mother of three who defies centuries of gender norms in a manicured corner of French
public life. A cause célèbre, she remains unrecognized by France’s central Jewish authority. Extremists
regularly threaten her on social media.

She welcomes those with Jewish fathers, those who identify as LGBT and encourages community service in the name of Jewish values.

But what is perhaps most scandalous about “Madame le Rabbin,” as she is often called, transcends Jewish politics. Unlike the United States, France is a staunchly secular country that expressly bans religion from public life. In violation of that long-standing separation, Horvilleur is insisting that religion should play a role in this Western society now struggling with religious fundamentalism, both foreign and homegrown.

halal meats or that we don’t want exams on Shabbat. But it’s not that at all,” she said, sipping green tea in the cafe beneath her daughter’s dance studio. “People are in search of a dialogue with their personal identities and how they relate to their identities as a citizen.”

Uniquely, France expects its citizens to bracket their affiliations with any particular identity group in favor of “the Republic,” an abstract community of equal citizens who bear no difference from each other, at least in theory. To that end, the state refuses to collect any data on race, ethnicity or religion — categories that, officially, are not supposed to exist.

Horvilleur takes issue with this line, and her argument is that one can easily be French as well as
something else.

“I’m Jewish, yes, but I’m not just Jewish — I’m French, a woman, a mother, many things.
Whenever I say that, people always tell me, ‘Ah, what courage!’ And that just shows you how much work
there is to do.”

This month, Horvilleur published a book — “1,001 Ways of Being Jewish or Muslim” — with Rachid
Benzine, one of France’s most prominent advocates of a liberal, progressive Islam. The book is a defense of the plurality of religious identity, and a call to reclaim religions from leaders who “favor the return of obscurantisms, an isolation from the rest of the world and a rejection — sometimes deadly — of ‘others.’ “

In France, where more than 200 people have been killed in the past two years in terrorist attacks linked or inspired by Islamic State, the question of “Islamist extremism” is a mainstay of public debate. But “obscurantism” is not the exclusive province of conservative Islam, Horvilleur has argued. French Judaism is in dire need of a liberal renewal, she insists.

The Launch of Magic

Michelle Promaulayko

Michelle Promaulayko

“We live in a society that has trained men and women to play certain kinds of roles for a long time, and the beauty of this amazing moment we’re living in is that we’re finally starting to break free from those roles. Women, especially, are realizing that they no longer have to conform to certain standards of social and sexual behavior, and this changes what they need from men and the role of men in general.” – Michelle Promaulayko

This article was written by Michelle Promaulayko, Editor-in-Chief, Cosmopolitan Magazine. It appears on page 12 of the June 2017 Cosmo. This is an incredible article. It is as women libby as it gets. She obviously does not use Microsoft Word. It didn’t like her writing style at all. I even had hard time typing it. Apostrophe hell. She is “Cosmo Mag” as it gets. Maybe why she is EIC. She is real and weird. Both great qualities. My SEO plugin is telling me that this article will not rank, but that is ok. Apple watch. I expected more.

“In honor of the launch of Magic Mike in Las Vegas, my friends at Cosmo generously invited me to write something for you. The more I thought about this, the more I thought about my daughter reading this article someday. I pictured her in her late teens or early 20s, hoping to explore and discover her sexuality and dreaming about finding true love.

I tried to imagine the things I’d want her to read that would help her understand men and sex and partnership better, and at that moment, I realized a strange thing. I don’t want her looking to the outside world for answers. My highest hope for her is just that she has the fearlessness to always be her authentic self, no matter what she thinks men want her to be.

I thought about when I first met Jenna. I knew our connection was really powerful, but I wasn‘t sure what our relationship was going to be. Then one day, Jenna just blurted out that she knew exactly what she wanted in life and she didn’t have to look for it. Anymore because it was me. She had no idea what I’d say or how I’d react, to that was her truth.

I remember feeling this incredible rush – it was the sexiest thing she’s ever done for me, I felt strength, because in the moment she had accepted every part of me, and the good and the bad. And I knew she wasn’t auditioning me or hoping I’d meet some set of expectations. That radical authenticity of hers was what made me fall head over heels in love.

Before I experienced it, I wouldn’t have known how to ask for it. Now I know it’s what I was always craving. And that’s what I want for my daughter – to be expectation-less with her love and not allow preconceived standards to affect her, and to ask herself what she wants and feel empowered enough to act on it.

We all know that every one of us is different and has a unique road map to our heart. We learn how to navigate it by leaping into love with both feet and giving our full selves without expecting anything in return. So I guess if there’s one thing that I think men want women know, it’s just that they alone are enough. When more women start to truly feel this power in themselves the world will become so magical, it makes my head hurt.

We live in a society that has trained men and women to play certain kinds of roles for a long time, and the beauty of this amazing moment we’re living in is that we’re finally starting to break free from those roles. Women, especially, are realizing that they no longer have to conform to certain standards of social and sexual behavior, and this changes what they need from men and the role of men in general.

I decided to turn Magic Mike into a live show because I wanted to create a space where we could really explore these themes in a fun, provocative way. I want women to feel what it’s like to exist in a world where men really listen to them, where they treat them like goddesses, and where they can feel comfortable and proud to experience the full force of their sexual energy together. I want them to experience a place where they are much more than enough. If that intrigues you, please come check out our show and let us know how we’re doing. Thank you so much for reading, and thank you to Cosmo for allowing me to share!”

Love, Michele

About Michelle P

Cosmopolitan Magazine, Hearst Publishing