Politically Aware Women Are More Attractive

 

 

Americans are now in the most politically charged environment since the 1960s when anti-war activism, feminism, a distrust of established institutions, and a final push to make a break from the stodgy 1950s, all culminated in a national movement to change the social and political landscapes.

With a few exceptions, we are living through one of these periods now. This is one that may usher in a new, positive paradigm if forward-thinking political candidates win in the 2020 election. If we get four more years of Trump’s and the Republican Party’s adopted John Birch Society politics, including the repression of abortion rights, attacks on public institutions and the environment, and wage stagnation, it will take generations to recover things we now take for granted.  It is hard to believe, but things can get worse. 

So with all this in mind, here is the first in a series of some articles to make our readers more informed, interesting and inquisitive about America’s political and social situation today, and most important, what they can do to change it.

 

Justice delayed is justice denied.”

–William Gladstone (1809-1898)

 

American voters have short memories, but most remember that executives who headed the nation’s major financial and mortgage firms that led to the 2008 real estate crash the subsequent eight-year-long recession were never prosecuted for their criminal derelictions of duty.

Americans watched as the presidential administrations of George Bush and Barack Obama (with the assistance of Eric Holder and Tim Geithner) failed to prosecute senior-level executives. Both presidents seriously damaged the justice system, even as this very visible evasion was noticed by the public.

Now, we have more instances of intentional failures to prosecute events in the history of the Trump businesses and his presidential administration that is reinforcing the reality that there are two systems of justice working simultaneously in the U.S.

The marshmallow conclusions of the long-awaited Mueller Report should be placed alongside the failures of the Southern District of New York (the proverbial cavalry that never arrives) and the Manhattan District Attorney to bring any cases against Trump businesses during their decades of dealings in New York. This failure, intentional or not, is why Trump has boasted he could “shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and get away with it.”  He was probably telling the truth, at least based on his success in being unaccountable for past activities.

So, it is no surprise that Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi faces a challenge from more justice-minded Democrats. Like many other experienced politicians, Pelosi is waiting for a political sea change among her Republican counterparts that will probably never come.  Or, if it does, it will happen in dog years.

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) is obsessed with the mirror on the wall that consults Washington insiders, pollsters, and corporations rather than gauging grassroots activities. This is one reason Hillary Clinton ignored the powerful populist messages of Bernie Sanders and why she waited too long to incorporate them into her campaign. Trump saw the power of Bernie’s populist message and perverted it into his sociopath presentations, but it worked.

At best, American political justice is a slow process. And even when it works, waiting for grassroots changes in today’s distorted and professionally managed social media and billionaire donor world in a glacial process. Such public delays, however, are dangerous and call into question the nation’s ethical and moral compass.

Conservatives and liberals’ recoil when they see people getting away with things the average citizen can never evade. So, it is no wonder the perception of injustice is as bad as evading justice. When this perception is buttressed with the huge wealth gap between classes, it raises fundamental questions about the nation’s legal, economic and political systems and whether America is a rigid, class-based society.

The inability of the Democrat Party to pursue justice versus the decision to wait for more reports from the district and U.S. attorneys has political merits, but the delay damages citizen confidence. While there are studies that show citizens, especially younger ones, do not believe capitalism is working on their behalf, there is one measure that shows a major goal of the American Dream no longer is worth pursuing.

The bad news is that many Americans think that all three core systems—legislative, judicial and executive–are broken and corrupt. This is why the 2020 election could be a make-or-break event for many voters.

Do You Believe in America?

Since the 2008 recession, more Americans than ever before voluntarily decided to default on their mortgages. At the time, this represented a change in the way home ownership was perceived. It re-set the relationship with mortgage companies and made the decision to buy a home one based on purely investment return factors rather than the traditional one of achieving the American Dream. 

These “strategic defaults” were based purely on the house’s investment return potential versus the mortgage obligation. If the house fell in value versus what was owed, the property reverted back to the lender.

This makes good business sense. After all, Trump uses bankruptcy as a core business practice and helps explain why he went bankrupt six times. But when strategic mortgage defaults are adopted by average Americans, some pundits, such as the conservative FOX business reporter Neil Cavuto, have called it “obscene” and also compared the mortgage defaulters to armies surrendering to the Nazis during World War II.

Similarly, public displays of flaunting the law, failing to comply with subpoenas and other serious public transgressions by Trump personally and in his businesses over the decades only reinforces the class warfare model. In this model, there are two sets of justice: one for the top 1% and another for average Americans.

Today, it’s clear there are two justice systems, just as there are two economic systems. The momentum to impeach Trump is building because many Americans want justice and a system based on equality and equal access.

They also know the 2020 election may not bring significant changes to the corrupt system if the wrong Democrat candidate is nominated and certainly not if Trump wins again. But nothing is as powerful as an idea whose time has come, so let’s see if American justice really works or if it too is broken.

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Are Politically Informed Women Sexier?

 

 

 

Editor’s Note:  Some people have objected to the use of a photo from the 2017 Women’s March in Washingon DC, that drew over one million people.  It seems the photo of the pink hats has a negative, vulgar connotation to some people.  I chose to use this photo because it was colorful and met the technical requirements of this site, but the photo elicited many responses.  It seems many people reacted to the photo but did not bother to read the article. This is unfortunate, but not unexpected, since this was a political article and nerves are very sensitive on both sides. However, the objections seemed to center on the name of the hats, which stems from Donald Trump, who made a famous remark during his campaign that he can touch a woman’s genitals and no one will object. This statement, and many other anti-women comments like it, are what gave the hat its name and the strong reactions to its use. So, in today’s volatile political atmosphere,  Trump has made it possible that a hat is no longer a hat. 

Americans are now in the most politically charged environment since the 1960s when anti-war activism, feminism, a distrust of established institutions, and a final push to make a break from the stodgy 1950s, all culminated in a national movement to change the social and political landscapes.

With a few exceptions, we are living through one of these periods now, one that may usher in a new paradigm if new, forward-thinking political candidates win in the 2020 election.

But in the interim, we are seeing a sharp divide between political parties that has moved to the grassroots levels. It is affecting family and work relationships and even dating. Some women I know will not even date a person if they are from the opposite political camp. For better or worse, these are the political times we now live in.

So, this leads us to a related question: Are politically aware women sexier or more attractive than women who either do not express their political views or are not aware of the nation’s political condition?

Politically Aware vs. Politically Ardent?

When I was dating, I met women who were politically aware, politically active and held strong political view about what was affecting the nation and their own personal choices, such as abortion or how the school board would treat a local referendum. These women always seemed more interesting to me since they had insights into the social and political environment and sources of power that were shaping the debates.  Being aware of political power sources is something all Americans, men and women, should be aware of since it shapes long-a and short-term political outcomes.

For instance, the political and legal future of abortion is now being shaped by at the state and national political levels. These are decisions that can affect the lives of all women for generations to come, so it should concern all women.  But in many cases, that issue and many others don’t register with affected women.

There is also the issue of dating a woman with strong political feelings or interests on any issue.  This includes politics, corruption, the prospects of entering another war, or income inequality.  Now, let’s be realistic. Political policy discussions are not the chief element to any successful date, but a woman’s viewpoint on these issues is still part of her entire presentation.

Don’t Get Too Emotional

Then, there is the issue of how emotional she is on a specific issue.  I once went out on a date and a boxing match was on the TV. She and a group of her friends loudly said the match was barbaric, a gross display of male chauvinism, too violent, and should not be considered a sport.  These are all valid criticisms, but their arguments were too strong and unexpected.  As described in my book, another woman I went out with was an ardent tennis player. She constantly watched matches on TV.  Even if I was a tennis player, I would have to be a fanatic to keep up with her.  It did not last long.

So, my modest answer to the question of whether politically aware and moderately involved women are more attractive than others is: Yes.

One of the greatest compliments you can pay a person is that they were in tune with their generation.  For better or worse, the U.S. political system is at a tipping point. The next election will produce changes can affect people for generations, so it is best to be aware, involved and know the forces that are shaping our lives for years to come.

For more on this topic and others related to online dating experiences, good and bad, get the book, You Don’t Think I’m Beautiful, on Amazon and Kindle. $14.95 for Prime members.

 

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Stop the Lying Before It’s Too Late

 

 

Honesty is always the best policy, especially when it comes to dating.

Now, there is news that Tinder is advocating that men tell the truth about how tall they are. By using a Height Verification Badge, men on Tinder are being asked to authenticate their height.

Here is something from the Tinder web site:

“It’s come to our attention that most of you 5’10ers out there are actually 5’6. The charade must stop. This type of dishonestly [sic, looks like spelling is not a strong suit at Tinder] doesn’t


 The truth is everything.  See story at   www.youdontthinkimbeautiful.com

just hurt your matches—it hurts us, too. Did it ever occur to you that we’re 5’6 and actually love our medium height? Did it ever occur to you that honesty is what separates humans from sinister monsters? Of course not. You were only thinking of yourself.  

“Well, height-lying ends here. To require everyone under 6’ to own up to their real height, we’re bringing truthfulness back into the world of online dating.

“Introducing Tinder’s Height Verification Badge (HVB), because yes—sometimes it matters. It’s the tool we’ve had in our back-pockets for years, but we were hoping your honesty would allow us to keep it there. Our verification tool is super easy to use, and extremely hard to misuse.”

Trust in Dating Goes Both Ways  

As described in my book, when I was dating, many women posted old or misleading photos as the incentive to get the first date. One woman I met told me she went to a world-class professional makeup artist and used that as her cover photo. Many others used old photos for the same reason. One woman used the photo of herself taken at her daughter’s wedding 15 years earlier.

All this fooled me. I met one woman at a restaurant and when she came though the revolving door, I had no idea who she was. She went from a blond to a brunette, from about 120 pounds to someone significantly more. I would never have picked her out of a lineup based on her online photo versus the woman who stood in front of me.

So let’s all agree on truth in dating.  This may be unusual since we live in a society today where the president does not believe in truth, so why should average citizens.

Constant lying undermines the basis of any society, so it is long overdue (some would say it is even too late) to correct the practice. Maybe the Tinder height verification test is a start.

 

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