Hillary Clinton’s Rape Culture Problem

Published: Good Men Project (July 30, 2015)

Hillary Clinton has a rape culture problem… and her supporters need to ask the right questions.

Hillary Clinton has a problematic record when it comes to the issue of rape culture in America. Any politician with a similar background – regardless of party, ideology, or gender – should be expected to answer for them.

Unfortunately, as I learned last week, there is the disturbing possibility that many of Clinton’s supporters will be content to give her a pass.

On Saturday I published an article for The Good Men Project (which was subsequently picked up by The Daily Dot) about the multiple rape allegations that have been made against Clinton’s husband, former president Bill Clinton. Because recent history has shown that public figures with a large number of sexual assault charges are often guilty of at least some of them, I argued that liberals have a moral responsibility to ask the same hard questions of Bill Clinton that they asked of Bill Cosby. In addition, because Hillary Clinton wishes to be America’s first female president, I observed that it particularly behooves her to address the legitimate questions that exist about the possibility that her husband is a serial rapist. read more

Why Donald Trump doesn’t have the guts to really run for president

Published: Good Men Project (July 23, 2015), Salon (July 28, 2015)

Matthew Rozsa explains why Donald Trump isn’t really going to run for president.

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You’ve probably already seen the title of this article, but in case you didn’t read it carefully, allow me to reiterate:

Donald Trump isn’t going to run for president. He doesn’t have the guts to do it.

I’d like to say that I was ahead of the curve in realizing this, but for the past few months I’ve been swept up in the same “Trump is running for president (totally for reals, you guys)” narrative that has consumed the rest of the media. Instead it was my friend Sean M. Davis, a PhD student in music who teaches at Temple University, who drew my attention to the indisputable facts that: read more

What Bill Cosby Means for Hillary Clinton

Published: Good Men Project (July 25, 2015), Daily Dot (July 27, 2015)

If the rape allegations against Bill Clinton are true, Hillary Clinton needs to get on them right now.

What if America’s first female president was married to a sex offender?

This is not a hypothetical question. A multitude of allegations against Clinton have appeared over the years. Among the most prominent:

Paula Jones, who accused Clinton of exposing himself and propositioning her in a hotel room;

Juanita Broderick, who accused Clinton of forcing himself on her in a hotel room;

Eileen Wellstone, who accused Clinton of raping her when she was a student at Oxford; and read more

Why Huckabee’s ‘oven’ remarks won’t win Jewish votes

Published: MSNBC (July 27, 2015)

When Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee claimed last weekend that President Obama would ultimately “take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven,” the former Arkansas governor wasn’t being simply hyperbolic about the merits of the Iranian nuclear deal. He was banking on the idea that there is a rift between the Democratic president and the American Jewish community – an opening presumably ripe for political exploitation.

The attempt to drive a wedge between Obama and American Jews has long been part of the Republican playbook. But a closer look at the history of Jewish voting patterns shows why, exactly, the GOP gambit continues to fail. read more

It’s never, ever okay to release someone’s personal information

Published: Daily Dot (July 23, 2015)

Donald Trump has played many roles in his life: business mogul, author, reality TV star, and politician. But when he publicly released the private phone number of Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), he wasn’t simply engaging in a run-of-the-mill political dirty trick. By violating Graham’s privacy, he assumed a new title common to the Internet era—that of the common, and increasingly dangerous, troll. In so doing, Trump further normalized a behavior that has a history of being incredibly destructive. read more

The Importance of Vacations

Published: Good Men Project (July 21, 2015)

Matthew Rozsa explains why it’s so important to go on completely non-productive vacations.

“The secret of success is making your vocation your vacation.”

– Mark Twain

When Twain penned those words, he was talking about finding a career that you enjoy so much it feels like play. In fact, Twain even wrote a line in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer with the same basic gist:

“If he [Tom Sawyer] had been a great and wise philosopher, like the writer of this book, he would now have comprehended that Work consists of whatever a body is obliged to do, and that Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do.” read more

Hillary Clinton will never be as progressive as the Internet wants her to be

Published: Daily Dot (July 20, 2015)

In becoming our nation’s first female president, a Hillary Clinton presidency would be a milestone in American history. However, Clinton’s moment in the sun may never come: Hillary Clinton will never become the progressive that many of her supporters would like her to be, and this fact may create serious problems for her candidacy.

During Netroots Nation, a yearly convention of online grassroots activists held in Phoenix, Arizona, 2016 presidential candidates like Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Gov. Martin O’Malley (D-MD) made appearances—but Clinton herself skipped the event, a decision she has made repeatedly since 2007. read more

How to Maintain a Happy Workforce: An Interview with TINYpulse

Published: Good Men Project (July 16, 2015)

Matthew Rozsa’s interview with the CEO of TINYpulse, a company that is revolutionizing how employers and employees interact with each other.

If there’s one thing that sends a chill up the spine of any boss, it’s the thought of one of their best employees walking into their office and quitting unexpectedly.

Now there’s a new approach to that problem. The app TINYpulse has helped over 500 companies in 36 countries worldwide improve employee happiness. It works by sending workers a one-question survey every week; bosses use that feedback to keep workers happy and engaged – and prevent them from quitting. read more