Unlike Hillary Clinton, I have never wanted to be someones wife

After writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie grilled the former US presidential candidate about why the first word on her Twitter bio is wife, Clinton said she would think about changing it. Why do women still let their domestic roles define them?

Hillary Clinton: Wife, mom, grandma, women+kids advocate, Flotus, senator, SecState, hair icon, pantsuit aficionado, 2016 presidential candidate. To be clear, this is not how Wide Awoke would describe Clinton. Its her own Twitter biography and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie writer, Nigerian, feminist, woman screw it, lets just go with writer, like Martin Amis does is not happy that the first woman in history to have had a shot at the US top job is leading with wife.

I have to confess that I felt just a little bit upset, Adichie admitted during an interview with Clinton at the PEN World Voices festival. And then I looked at your husbands Twitter account, and the first word was not husband. Of course, it wasnt. His bio is: Founder, Clinton Foundation and 42nd president of the United States. Because thats who he is and how he is valued. We live in a world where presidents are men and their wives are first ladies: a job so inherently sexist it demands the women sorry, ladies who acquire it to abandon professions and opinions of their own in order to further their husbands careers.

There is nothing wrong with being a wife or mother. Some of the greatest joys of being alive come from your relationships, with partners and children as opposed to, you know, acing it at an appraisal. But I have never wanted to be anyones wife. I am civilly partnered to a woman, and the mother of two children. Neither my partner nor I would dream of calling each other wife any more than we would call each other husband (to be fair, I cant stand that word). These roles define my life but they dont define me. I dont mind belonging to other people (as long as they belong to me too), but I dont want it to constitute my identity or worth.

Describing women as wives and mothers is often used as lazy, misogynistic shorthand to diminish their other achievements. Who can forget when the Associated Press referred to Amal Clooney as an actors wife instead of a world-class human rights lawyer? Consider how often the prime minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, is called upon to provide a running commentary on her uterus. And notice, always, the double standard: while society insists on reducing women to their domestic roles, how little are we genuinely valued in the daily performing of them?

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/apr/23/unlike-hillary-clinton-i-have-never-wanted-to-be-someones-wife

MSNBC’s Joy Reid sorry for ‘hateful’ blogs she does not believe she wrote

Regarding blogposts from when she was covering Florida politics, TV host says hired experts have not proved she was hacked

The MSNBC host Joy Reid, under fire for allegedly using homophobic language in old blogposts, apologized on Saturday for any comments that belittled or mocked the LGBT community and said she had not been able to verify her claim her account was hacked.

Reid opened her weekend show AM Joy by acknowledging she had said dumb and hurtful things. The person I am now is not the person I was then, she said.

But she was unable to explain blogposts from a decade ago that mocked gay people and individuals who were allegedly gay. Reid has denied posting the remarks but said she had hired security experts found no proof she had been hacked.

I genuinely do not believe I wrote those hateful things because they are completely alien to me, she said. But I can definitely understand, based on things I have tweeted and have written in the past, why some people dont believe me.

I have not been exempt for being dumb or cruel or hurtful to the very people I want to advocate for. I own that. I get it. And for that I am truly, truly sorry.

The posts that came to light in December were written for The Reid Report, Reids blog when she was covering Florida politics a decade ago. In posts, she refers to the then Florida governor Charlie Crist as Miss Charlie and suggests he was ogling the male waiters on his honeymoon after marrying his wife, whom he has since divorced.

Reid questioned whether the Crist marriage was a sham by a gay man who thought it would help him politically.

Reid apologized, saying her remarks were insensitive, tone deaf and dumb. On Saturday, she apologized also to the conservative commentator Ann Coulter for using transgender stereotypes to describe her.

This week, Mediaite revealed a set of other supposed blogposts. In one, Reid supposedly notes that most straight people cringe at the sight of two men kissing and writes that she could not see the movie Brokeback Mountain because she did not want to watch two male characters having sex.

Another supposed post says that a lot of heterosexuals find the idea of homosexual sex to be gross and that there are concerns that gay men tend to be attracted to young, post-pubescent types and want to bring them into the lifestyle.

Reid has said the posts were fabricated and run counter to my personal beliefs and ideology. She reiterated that on Saturday but acknowledged she has made hateful comments and has hopefully grown as a person.

I look back today at some of the ways Ive talked casually about people and gender identity and sexual orientation, and I wonder who that even was, she said. But the reality, like a lot of people in this country, that person was me.

After reading her five-minute statement, Reid then led a panel discussion on gender stereotypes and issues facing the LGBT community.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/media/2018/apr/28/msnbc-joy-reid-sorry-lgbt-hateful-blogposts

Everyone is following it: millions gripped by Kim Wall murder trial as verdict nears

Submarine builder Peter Madsen Googled beheading and girl the night before cutting off journalists head, Danish court is told

Just a few hours before embarking on his fateful submarine trip with Swedish journalist Kim Wall, Peter Madsen worried that he lacked the self-control to face a murder trial.

He talked about how he needed to learn to shut up because he had difficulty keeping things to himself, Australian documentary maker Emma Sullivan told the Copenhagen district court last month, referring to an interview she filmed that summer afternoon with the Danish rocket and submarine builder.

If he were, for instance, to become the main suspect for the murder of his neighbours wife, he speculated he would find it hard to keep quiet, even though he knew he was entitled not to comment, and that anything he said was likely to be used against him.

When Danish prosecutor Jakob Buch-Jepsen sums up the first 10 days of Madsens trial for murdering Wall on Monday, the 47-year-old is likely to discover how right he was in that self-assessment. The first thing he said in court when the trial began at the start of last month, after denying that he murdered Wall, appeared to reveal the narcissistic traits forensic psychiatrists had identified.

There is nothing worse that can happen to a person like me, he said of the gruesome death and dismemberment of the talented 30-year-old journalist. The moment Kim Wall died, there was nothing left for me to fight for.

The case has gripped Denmark and Sweden, with at least six newspapers and broadcasters live-blogging every minute of the trial. Everyone follows it, says Anna Gottschalk, who covered the trial most days for the Berlingske newspaper. It doesnt matter if youre at a caf or a family birthday, everyone knows this case.

The interest has also been international. The court had to open a special room with a video link to accommodate more than 115 journalists from 15 countries, drawn by the unusual suspect, with his rocket-building projects, and the macabre circumstances of Walls death on his submarine.

Buch-Jepsen believes Madsen strangled or beheaded Wall after torturing her to fulfil a violent sexual fantasy. The prosecutor read out and played a selection of more than 140 clips or links showing murder, torture, beheading and the sexual torture of women that were found by police on Madsens computer, hard drives and among the reconstructed contents of his iPhone. The night before Walls death, he Googled beheading and girl, and then watched a video of a girl having her throat slit.

But when Madsen gave his own account of how Wall died from asphyxiation after an accident caused the submarine to fill with exhaust fumes, he was so plausible that it was easy to see how he had convinced so many people that he could launch a manned space mission from a rusty hangar in a disused Copenhagen shipyard.

When Buch-Jepsen read part of a text found on one of Madsens hard drives about torturing women with skewers, the defendant maintained it was no different from a horror film. Of course its crazy, Madsen said, ignoring the chilling parallels between the content and the wounds on Walls body. Its as crazy as the movie youve seen, Seven. Its the same as films youve seen, Jakob.

Cross-examined on how and why he cut off Walls arms, legs and head, Madsen initially appeared subdued, calling it a very, very traumatic event, which I do not want to describe. Eventually he admitted he had no idea why it had been necessary to cut off Walls head to remove her body from the submarine.

Kim Winther, an expert witness from the Danish Technological Institute, had told the court that Madsens account of the accident was technically plausible, and questioned the claim made by a submarine expert that traces of carbon monoxide or soot would necessarily have been found in the submarine and its filters if his account was true.

The fact that forensic pathologists have been unable to determine the exact time or cause of Walls death could also be a problem for the prosecution. However, Mette Grith Stage, who has defended some of Denmarks most high-profile murderers, told the Observer that the defence faced an uphill struggle. It doesnt make it any easier when he has all this material on his computer, she said.

The forensic pathologist found no signs of carbon monoxide poisoning on Walls body, and determined that some of her wounds were inflicted when she was alive, or very shortly after death, rather than many hours later, as Madsen claims.

The biggest problem for the defence, Stage said, was Madsens own shifting testimony, which has moved from a claim that he dropped Wall on land alive, to saying that she died when a heavy hatch fell on her head, to saying she died of asphyxiation. In a case like this where you dont have any witnesses, its very important that the defendant is trustworthy, and he was in the beginning, Stage said. But every time the police came up with something new, he had to make a new explanation, and this has happened so many times that hes not trustworthy any more.

The verdict is due on Wednesday.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/21/verdict-due-kim-wall-swedish-journalist-murder-trial-peter-madsen-submarine-inventor

Trump gets flamed: robot prints and burns president’s tweets

Twitter users warm to a robot that replies to presidents tweets by replying with a clip of his thoughts printed and set alight


A robot that prints out Trumps tweets and burns them has caught the imagination of Twitter users.

The account @burnedyourtweet appeared on Tuesday, first responding to a Trump tweet about Fox and Friends:

Burned Your Tweet (@burnedyourtweet)

@RealDonaldTrump I burned your tweet. pic.twitter.com/AfXAGudig8

March 28, 2017

The robot prints off a tweet, cuts it and then drags the paper over to a lighter before discarding the ashes. Since it began tweeting, it has amassed almost 20,000 followers.

From yet another swipe at the New York Times

Burned Your Tweet (@burnedyourtweet)

.@RealDonaldTrump I burned your tweet. pic.twitter.com/oOkFcSOGir

March 30, 2017

to rants about fake news:

Burned Your Tweet (@burnedyourtweet)

.@RealDonaldTrump I burned your tweet. pic.twitter.com/B0f1v0FkEb

March 28, 2017

No Trump tweet is safe. It has has had the seal of approval from Simone Giertz, the queen of shitty robots, who tweeted: This is the most amazing thing Ive ever seen.

Simone Giertz (@SimoneGiertz)

THIS IS THE MOST AMAZING THING I’VE EVER SEEN https://t.co/oEhrRGQPe0

March 29, 2017

The jury is out on whether the robot is some sort of publicity stunt. New York magazine noted the robot followed some accounts of people working in creative and advertising agencies.

As of yet, the robots creator has not come forward. The Guardian has contacted @burnedyourtweet for comment.

The replies to Trumps tweets have become prime social media real estate. And @burnedyourtweet follows a tradition of automated accounts based on his 140-character outbursts although these tend to be Twitter bots rather than feats of mechanical engineering.

Earlier this year, an advertising company created the Trump and dump bot, which automatically trades stocks based on his negative tweets about companies.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/30/trump-gets-flamed-robot-prints-and-burns-presidents-tweets