|The wonderful Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez
Preface to all of the kind-hearted, beautifully souled, ethical, rational men
Where are the wonderful, fulfilled happy men who have beautiful, soulful relationships with their partners? There are many. We just need to hear about them. This article uplifts them with every line that duns the fascist appearance norms that such men do NOT buy into. Women who are not blind, deaf and dumb? Take heart! This trend is only for a season. Granted it has been a decades long season, however, we are becoming smarter about appearance fascism. The truth always wins out in the end. But now, to acknowledge the currency of the Trump era's appearance fascism be on notice. Like all fascism and totalitarianism it is brittle and has no solid foundation in truth.
The fascism of appearance as promulgated by Trumpism.
|Photo courtesy Alex Wong, from site
Appearance fascism undergirded by Trump is threaded with male chauvinism, paternalism, misogyny. Each is useful to oppress, retain power over women and render them inconsequential. As inconsequentials, women become pliable and always at the ready to do oligarch's and chauvinist's bidding. Trump made it clear during the campaign that he loathes ugly women and this follows today with his response to the women he allegedly molested. This posture is purposeful. All know that beauty is relative and in "the eye of the beholder" except Trump, the king of beauty pageants. Trumpism promotes one kind of beauty. Over three-quarters of the American female population don't fit that Nazi "ideal" (tall, slender, bosomy, non ethnic). And 98% of the population do not resemble the "beauty" of Ivanka, Trump's prize possession who in comparison to the Hollywood pantheon of star beauty is a dwarf.
|Elizabeth Taylor, courtesy of the site.
|Stephanie Petit, from site
All of the accoutrements women employ counter their insecurity about their appearance, but they don't counter their inner insecurities about their sense of worthlessness. Indeed, the more enhancements they receive, the more they cycle failure in their attainment. By its very nature, the flesh is immutable in its ability to decay. One will never be "young" again. But what is one to do in a fascist culture that depends upon women's insecurity about their looks and drives home the ethic that every woman must be "beautiful?" In this ambience, how can one fight demons of insecurity and inferiority? When one's enemy is within and it competes in a "mirror, mirror on the wall" competition with other women, the enemies are legion. Women besiege themselves and their embattled sisters 24/7 or they give up and let go of their appearance, until they've had enough of ugliness and go get a facelift or the sleeve.
Men, despite reports to the contrary predominately do not go through this unless they are gay. However, men understand women's war against themselves. They know that women internalize appearance ideals and torture themselves. The kind partners are supportive. The brutal men mine such weaknesses like a vein of gold. They use appearance ideals to attack women's self-esteem, especially if the women are brilliant and powerful.
|Taken from a Pinterest site
Without "amazing" looks, women feel worthless and purposeless. Would they be loved by their partner if they didn't keep up? It depends. I've known men who divorced their wives for prettier women when their wives became obese. I've known women who divorced their husbands when a wealthier man steps into the picture. The behavior can increase if the man is financially independent from his wife and she is financially dependent on him. In that instance, she is forced to "keep up." The more "wealth" and self-perceived power men have, the more they may exert their dominance and preeminence over women and use other women to salt wounds of inferiority. No one does this better than Trump. He has done this three times in his personal life. And he has used such fascist appearance ideals to insult both men and women.
But what happens with women who find a way to combat the paternalism, misogyny and chauvinism? What happens when women exert their equality? What happens when they refuse to be cowed by the fascist appearance standards and do not hide themselves under a rock because of their age or their not fitting the appearance ideal? They have appeared in each decade: you know the Eleanor Roosevelts, the Bella Abzugs, the Helen Kellers, the Gloria Steinems, the Hillary Clintons, the Elizabeth Warrens and others. They have not had oodles of cosmetic surgery, but have managed to retain a youthfulness in appearance with help. Theirs is an inner beauty that also shines outwardly and forestalls the incredible self-mutilation that can occur with excessive procedures.
If the women are powerful, they are excoriated. Gloria Steinem is a feminazi. Hillary Clinton is a killer, a cannibal and her foundation supports slavery and she is the most crooked human being who ever existed and certainly more thuggish than Putin. Elizabeth Warren? Pocahontas and a corrupt fraud. Eleanor Roosevelt- incredibly ugly and hated by conservatives. Bella Abzug? Another ugly feminazi. The galactic insults against Steinem, Hillary, Elizabeth Warren, etc., come from conservative sites which have morphed into extreme alt-right sites that include Breitbart and Infowars and RT and Sputnik and thousands of Russian trolls and Sock Puppets who spread and spew the poop smears from St. Petersberg, fake IDs, dual-citizenship status Americans. And don't forget the bots. Millions of them.
The epithets are meant to destroy these women's credibility and wipe out what they are saying so no one listens to them. Soon, listeners can just tolerate Fox News and the alt-right and the latest general conspiracy theories because they have been propaganda chipped with closed-mindedness. The effect is that powerful women are not listened to. The switch is turned on to what pleases one's psyche. In effect such women are silenced. This is a step beyond the mantra that has abided for years. That women should shut up and be quiet, like I was told this fall by a debilitated (walking with a cane- obese), Republican I sat near at the HIFF. This New Jerseyite was a preening, self-absorbed Trump supporter who had to discuss with me his latest invention which he "shared with Trump" and which would help save the world's fossil fuel and climate problems. Right! This "brilliant" man was convinced that Trump and others would warm up to his invention; he had investors lined up.
I praised him. Did I have a choice? Women must not be powerful. They must shut up and be passive like Melania. Praise men, act the inferiors. They must not oppose oligarchs and autocrats like Trump and Putin. They must heel. This is the law of the current fascist, oligarchic movement. Naturally, that old, crippled by obesity, fascist I spoke with would embrace Trumpism in the face of his wife, a Hillary supporter, who made more money than he did.
|Courtesy of the site.
Trumpism is about misogyny, paternalism and chauvinism. For example when the alleged leader recently stated that women are special? Cast that word as reminiscent of the vocabulary used when discussing a classroom of "special" children. In educational circles the word refers to the mentally challenged and emotionally debilitated. Indeed, that view demeans women's intellect. Whether women are brilliant or not is not in the equation of Trumpism. One never hears women referred to by him as brilliant. Only the "leader" is very smart. And that is hyperbole as the facts have borne out.
The point is women must shut up and look "amazing." Intellect, social and emotional intelligence are to be derided. Only appearance matters. And the weight had better be in the 15-19 BMI range to televise well. Yes, then beautiful women are "special." If they don't fit the ideal? They are ugly.
|Weight chart. Some argue these numbers are too stringent and inaccurate. Doctors rely on these if they are consulting for lap band surgeries, sleeves and gastric by-pass surgeries.
Backed by Republican Trumpisms this current value strips women's intelligence and soul beauty with great intention. The MO de-energizes powerful women so the Trumpist or Putinist can then squat over them, pee, territorialize and reign like merciless "kings." Is it any wonder that Trump owns and presides over beauty pageants? What a galactic personality weakness viewed as something to admire and envy by various supporters. His ego? Desperate and fearful of being emasculated by women. His immaturity? Abysmally sandbox bully. His betrayal of self? Tragic.
|Which body fits Trumpism? Which does not? Why does it matter?
The next time I saw Rosie, she was on Youtube. The appearance and power of his "win" over her, I will never forget. Meanwhile, her truthfulness muddied by his epithets about her physical appearance, destroyed the credibility of her words about him. Then and there, Trump's fascism and gas bagging, an MO that has been useful to him, increased its ascendance. Currently, it is as high as the heavens with news outlets identifying such provable gaslighting and lies which have soared over the 2000 mark.
Fascism is useful for the small egoed to rise up the ladder of fraud with the corruption of truth. Hitler's lies were legion. He believed people didn't discern the difference between truth and a lie. Such inability of the average individual to discern paved the way for the holocaust and justified genocide.
|Anorexia Nervosa has not been eliminated from the culture. What impact does appearance fascism have on this illness?
Regarding the sexual predation of the women who came forward against Trump? There was no consideration about the PTSD they experienced. There was no empathy for them and there still isn't, except from women. There and now, in some circles, exists a cheering on of Trump's defiance to demean those who came forward. There was also no thought given to recognize the tremendous courage it took for these women to stand against him.
Indeed, most had been bullied and threatened. They knew the nefarious, weak and noxious nature of the man they were blowing the whistle on. And the teens who were preyed upon as a part of Jeffrey Epstein's network? They especially were intrepid in coming forward, for they received countless death threats. For example the woman who intended to come forward and appear on TV during the campaign to discuss her lawsuit against Trump? She didn't. The threats were so traumatizing, she was frightened for her life. If she had appeared on television to discuss the abuse, rape and horror she experienced? Would the 2016 election have gone differently? Who is behind the death threats? Putin's thugs, those who dispatch Putin's enemies?
|Courtesy of Rosie O'Donnell's Twitter Feed
Nevertheless, sexual abuse allegations and pedophilia provide the salacious stench that follows the WH. Considering the credibility of these women (and the pussy grabbing tape which now Trump claims is a hoax), one cannot dismiss them lightly. By his own admission on the pussy grabbing tape, his behavior is scurrilous and sexually predatory. Thus, despite the wall of lies fostered by Fox News, Brietbart, Alex Jones and other extreme right-wing, white supremacist, paternalistic, racist, misogynistic news sites like RT and Sputnik fueled by Russians, the Mercers, the Kochs and more, Trump has left a trail of evidence. It is catching up with him and others as women become empowered by destroying the bloody menses wall of silence.
|Carly Fiorina excoriated unfairly by 45. Photo Alex Hanson
The pussy grab video tape manifests the apex of Trump's identity as the weak, viagra-ridden male attempting to appear the brawny, sexual, virile winner. Beautiful women he is drawn to? Oh dear! None of them can be overweight or obese. That is implicit. For obesity and overweight cannot be beautiful. White men everywhere must dump their fat, ugly wives. Can't they get anyone prettier? EWWWW. Guilt by association! Inferior women. Obese men conceivably have more power. Trump is stage I overweight heading toward obese. He throws his weight around.
|What does Trumpism say about obese women? Do "ideal" appearance standards apply to men as well?
Fascism is its own genocidal and ultimately suicidal representation of the worst and most devilish of human nature. When fascism strikes in the form of appearance norming, principally imbuing the objectification of women as sex objects only, it is nihilistic. The fact that Trumpism dominates the fascist sphere and uses the MO of shaming powerful women is a given. Nevertheless, as women speak up, other women abuse them. The verbal rhetoric leveled at Hillary by various "liberal" and conservative women was beyond the pale.
Jill Stein was the most noxious example of this. Russian money was at the foundation of her attacks against Hillary (Jill Stein sitting at the same table as Putin and Michael Flynn at the RT Gala). Stein was used as a tool to redirect reasonable voters toward supporting Stein, a losing candidate who was a spoiler. Stein was perfect as an individual who cared about the environment, like Hillary didn't. (She was smeared as a killer, a child-eating pedophile; how could one conceive she cared about the environment?). You have the perfect face off: a woman loser siphoning off votes from a woman winner helping to make her lose. In her book Hillary noted that Stein siphoned just enough votes in the swing states from delivering a win to Hillary. Jill Stein's martyred loser, a Russian dupe, destroying Hillary's chances is the premiere example of fascism working its miserable nefariousness. It pits women against women. In this instance it was encouraged by Putin, the strong, wealthy, genius male in the redirect. Stein had no problem doing this. There's the extreme pity of turning the "green party" into a fascist, oligarch's tool.
Thus fascism breeds division, self-hate, nihilism, inhumanity between and among women whether wittingly or unwittingly and between women and men finally. It begins with the fascism that women live with daily in being forced to adhere to appearance norms about weight, beauty and youth. Those mores gnaw at women's collective souls. Unless women gain soul maturity, they feel like worthless dolls or throwaways. That nihilism prevents them from even seeking powerful leadership positions in their careers. Those simplistic divisions lay the groundwork for greater divides in important venues where they compete against men. Thus, many women undercut women in every walk of life and especially when a woman attempts to rise up the career ladder. Unless women acknowledge the roots of this genocidal practice and call it out whenever possible, it will continue to morph like a monster that positions women against women and everyone against everyone else.
It is most noted and most surreptitious: in the fashion industry, diet industry, cosmetics industry, medical industrial complex (purveyors of lap bands, sleeves, gastric bypass, etc., injectables and cosmetic surgery). And from there, it transmutes; women strive with women and then are made to feel unequal in the workplace by companies whose CEOs are male dominated, whose managers and top staff are also male dominated. Women cannot win anywhere especially if she intends to lead. She must be soulfully enlightened and recognize the nullifying mores, overcome them and counter them at every turn.
|Her courage and brilliance to run should not be underestimated. Photo courtesy of Hillary's Twitter feed.
The fact that she is a woman and meant to be abused? The audacity for her to run. But we have no other woman who ran as her party's presidential candidate to compare her to. She is the first. And what she has been through I doubt no man could go through easily. Thus, this is the opponent's MO. Annihilate powerful women and destroy their words by reducing their credibility constantly and forever. Make it so her hated power, her win of the popular vote, her popularity is annihilated every time she is thought of, her name mentioned. Smear, violate, demean spiritually rape, hate.
Trumpism is the ongoing demented, psychotic behavior that comes out of Washington each day as our democracy is being dismantled and the values which Americans believe in are being shredded by a psychotic sociopath who in other circumstances would be in a hospital. Meanwhile, the neo-Nazis, oligarchs and totalitarians smile. If they can destroy the voice of such powerful women leaders, Nancy Pelosi, Elizabeth Warren and others, they have succeeded for, they are dangerous. (Hillary nearly had Putin ousted. He will stop at nothing to slaughter her metaphorically with the help of Fox News which is becoming a Russian operative.)
Are people opening their eyes? A good part of the country knows there are criminals in the White House. They understand the deplorable Republicans in the House and Senate are filthy with corruption and soiled with payouts and promises of payouts to their PACS by uber wealthy donors. The diaper stench of Republican politicians is a holding tank of poop. Now Republicans are appearing more like Russian agents. They have taken oligarch's money, as has been reported by Scott Dworkin. But criminal politicians have been increasing exponentially since Nixon never went to jail, but was pardoned. The American people have been losing since the early 1970s with him. The economy worsened under subsequent Republicans to the point where the tax structure has been upended. And as the oligarchic tax bill has been passed, the wealthiest will be the least taxed with the understanding that they are to carry the rest of the country by allowing their windfall of millions to "trickle down" to the poor. If the same reasoning abides as did with Regan, there will be stagnant wages, an eroding of the economy a blossoming of the debt we owe to international bankers, the shrinking of our purchasing power and misery. Sooner than later.
The hope lies in the Russia Investigation, Trump's bete noir. Polls are unreliable. However, if one considers all who voted for Hillary, Stein and Johnson to avoid Trump and if one considers the Republican's inability to do anything for the American people except inflame them by decreasing taxes for the wealthy and increasing taxes for the poor and middle incomed, then support for the Trumpist kingdom will continue to decline. Who is left to support him? The duped. And the uber wealthy (including extreme right Republicans) and white supremacist lower middle class. Even moderate Republicans (Bush Jr., Bob Corker, Tim Tiberi etc.) eschew the brutality of cruelty that is manifest in White House corruption and ultra right-wing supporters of the KKK, neo-nazis, and their media representatives including Goebbals-like Bannon who will not brook any Congressional insult of Trump.
|Courtesy of Rosie O'Donnell's Twitter Feed
Because the scandal hit the media like a missile, someone had to take the fall for being negligent in keeping him on, in hiring him, in letting him hold confidential, top secret documents. It had to be a woman, not John Kelly who justified Porter even after Porter's scandal was made horrifically public. So Trump in typical fashion used a woman. Hope Hicks took the hit for the delay of his firing, though John Kelly had the power, not she. John Kelly should be held accountable. Once again, Trumpism mows down women with men's complicity and they must take it. Surely, Hope Hicks is getting something for this. That she would resign and tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth before a Grand Jury? Out of the question. Women say nothing. They are silent. But her days are numbered.