Two more women say Donald Trump sexually assaulted them: “It was very random, very nonchalant”

Published: Salon (October 14, 2016)

On Friday, two more women accused Donald Trump of sexually assaulting them, joining a list that has grown and grown since he told Anderson Cooper that he never sexually assaulted any woman during Sunday’s debate.

Photographer Kristin Anderson claimed that, when she was a model in the early 1990s, Trump sat next to her on a red velvet couch at a Manhattan nightclub and touched her vagina through her underwear. She said that, when she turned to see who had touched her, she immediately recognized Trump because “he was so distinctive looking — with the hair and the eyebrows. I mean, nobody else has those eyebrows.” read more

Donald Trump: Sexual assault allegations are part of a Mexican billionaire’s conspiracy with The New York Times

Published: Salon (October 14, 2016)

Donald Trump is now attacking The New York Times for covering sexual assault allegations against him by bringing up the name of the “foreigner” who “rescued” the newspaper: a Mexican billionaire.

Carlos Slim is one of the world’s richest men. Last December  he was ranked fifth on Forbes’ list. Slim became the largest single investor in the Times in January 2015, when he exercised warrants that more than doubled his stake in the publishing company.

Slim and Trump have locked horns before. When Trump launched his presidential campaign with comments that suggested undocumented Mexican immigrants are more likely to be rapists, Slim cancelled a television project that one of his companies had been working on with Trump. One of Slim’s spokespeople characterized the comments as racist, while The Washington Post thoroughly debunked Trump’s claims. read more

WATCH: Mike Pence avoids 11-year-old girl’s question about body image in the age of Donald Trump by pointing to ISIS

Published: Salon (October 14, 2016)

When confronted with an 11-year-old girl’s question about her body image and self-esteem issues, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence responded with a seemingly tangential reply about foreign policy.

During a Thursday interview, WBNS-TV in Columbus, Ohio, asked Pence to respond to a statement initially written by an 11-year-old girl. Citing Donald Trump’s sexist rhetoric, the girl said, “When I hear those words and look in the mirror they make me feel bad about myself.” read more

Donald Trump’s accusers are all coming forward with their sexual assault allegations

Published: Salon (October 13, 2016)

Even before he was caught on tape bragging that his fame allowed him to grab women “by the pussy,” a number of sexual assault and rape allegations had been made against Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. Here is a list of some notable women who have come forward, organized by when their allegations were made public:

Five teen beauty queens, Oct. 12-13: Five former teen beauty queens from Miss Teen USA 1997 have recalled an incident when Trump walked into their dressing room and announced, “Don’t worry ladies, I’ve seen it all before.” Mariah Billado (former Miss Vermont Teen USA) and three anonymous former pageant queens have claimed that he barged into the room where women as young as 15 were in a state of partial or complete undress. Victoria Hughes, the former Miss New Mexico Teen USA, subsequently confirmed this story after it was initially published by BuzzFeed. read more

Here are all the defenses Donald Trump’s surrogates have used to explain his sexual assault claims

Published: Salon (October 13, 2016)

As more and more sexual assault allegations pile up against him, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s political team is in full damage control mode. Their approaches have been diverse, but the aim is clear: deflect attention from Trump’s allegedly sordid history.

We can start with some recent tweets by Trump himself:

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Gender stereotypes have made us horrible at recognizing autism in women and girls

Published: Quartz (October 12, 2016)

In August, the National Autistic Society called on medical professionals to change the way they diagnose women and girls with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Ever since the term autism was first coined by Hans Asperger in 1944, it has remained predominantly, if anecdotally, associated with men and boys. As a result, women with the condition may be being overlooked, even as the public becomes increasingly aware of its existence.

I know this from firsthand experience. As someone who was diagnosed with ASD as a child and has written about it extensively, the majority of other people I’ve met with official diagnoses were male like myself. read more

“Seeing Is Believing” – An interview about women as film directors.

Published: The Good Men Project (October 11, 2016)

While Cady McClain and I first met as potential (and then actual) collaborators, I’m happy to say that I now consider her to be a good friend. With that disclaimer out of the way, I have to also say that I was genuinely thrilled to hear about the new documentary she has coming out, “Seeing Is Believer: Women Direct.”

My interview with her makes up the bulk of this article, but before we get to that I’d like to offer a few words that are entirely my own. It seems to me that we are living at a seminal moment in the history of American gender relations. The most obvious reason is the impending election of America’s first female president, Hillary Clinton, although I’d argue the unprecedented and blatant misogyny displayed by her chief opponent Donald Trump is equally momentous (albeit in a negative way). That said, we’re also seeing a cresting in Third Wave feminism, one that is drawing attention to diverse issues from rape on college campuses to the intersection of race and other social justice issues with the feminist cause. Naturally, this trickles into our entertainment and artistic cultures as well, which explains why I thought it was important to draw attention to the issues that McClain discusses below. Because it would be presumptuous to insert my own perspective excessively into an experience that is manifestly not my own, I allow her words to speak for themselves. Aside from correcting a few typos, the transcript is completely unedited. read more

Billy Bush likely out at “Today”: Reports say suspension over lewd Donald Trump conversation about to be permanent

Published: Salon (October 11, 2016)

According to a new report, it seems as if Billy Bush’s suspension from “Today” is likely to be permanent. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Bush and the network are negotiating his exit, which could be official as early as this week.

Bush’s ouster from the show doesn’t come as a huge shock, since there was alreadytalk of a mutiny from NBC employees outraged over how he conducted himself during a now-infamous episode on the “Access Hollywood” set. Donald Trump may have been the one bragging about sexually assaulting women on video, but Bush’s fawning admiration and frat-boy camaraderie were pretty repulsive in their own right. read more