GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's sexism is old news at this point, but hey, it's election season and he has to stay in the news, right? Romney doubled down on the misogyny last Thursday by hiring Richard Grenell as his national security and foreign policy adviser. Grenell, formerly of the Bush administration, kicked off his first week on the job by deleting a bunch of sexist shit from his Twitter account.
Like many, I find these images racist, repulsive, and anti-woman. But, because this cake was consumed at museum and not, (believe it or not) at a pathetic frat party, and this cake was conceived as performance art, we will discuss further.
It comes as no surprise that when Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed over 50 bills last Thursday, several of those bills limited women's reproductive rights. However, Walker took his douchery to a new level by repealing the state's Equal Pay Enforcement Act. Governor Scott Walker you have earned a Douchebag Decree for taking your sexism a step beyond reproductive health issues, limiting women's rights even farther by denying them legal protection from gender-based work discrimination.
Remember the brief history of this Belvedere ad? The ad, reading "Unlike some people, Belvedere always goes down smooth," and pictured a visibly upset woman being pulled down into the lap of a dude with the skeeviest smile ever, was posted last week on the vodka company's Facebook page. Once it (immediately) started catching flak, it was taken down. The ad, which unsubtly evokes sexual assault, was more than in bad taste, but it turns out they weren't even using the image with permission, and the actress pictured is pissed.
Douchebag is too flippant a word to describe what happened in Sanford, Florida. George Zimmerman, a self-appointed neighbhood watch member with a history of racial profiling shot Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black 17-year-old. Zimmerman claims he acted in self-defense, but witnesses and 911 calls—and the fact that Martin was carrying a can of Arizona tea and bag of Skittles, Zimmerman was carrying a loaded 9mm—say otherwise. Martin is dead, Zimmerman is still free, and the Sanford Police Department is showing only a sliver of accountability today with the Chief of Police temporarily "stepping aside."
In an attempt to protest the Pennsylvania state House's recent designation of 2012 as "The Year of the Bible" (which is admittedly messed up), two atheist groups went the fight-douche-with-douche route last week and erected a slavery-themed billboard in "one of the Harrisburg's most racially diverse neighborhoods." Ostensibly meant to highlight the hypocrisy of the "Year of the Bible," the billboard instead pissed people off because it's racist.
"Finger wagging" doesn't really sum up the tense moment on the tarmac: Brewer is using her white privilege to mask her anger, in an attempt to assert power over Obama. The little power play at the Phoenix Airport speaks to the age-old stereotype of black men being seen as a threat to white women, and the fact that Jan Brewer took advantage of that earns her this week's Douchebag Decree.