What’s Current: The Trump family fortune began on the backs of prostituted women

Donald Trump's Grandfather, Friedrich “Frederick” Trump.
Donald Trump’s Grandfather, Friedrich “Frederick” Trump.

Who made Donald Trump the man he is today? His grandfather, in part, who amassed the first Trump fortune on the backs of prostituted women.

UN Women launches The Global Gender Equality Constitutional Database, a repository of gender equality related provisions in 195 countries.

Independent feminist publisher, Spinifex Press, is celebrating its 25th anniversary! Congratulations, sisters!

Glosswitch on the commodification of “period positivity.”

“In recent years we’ve witnessed the way in which body positivity — once a grassroots movement encouraging women to question the mainstream images of female beauty — has been picked up and sold back to women by the beauty and diet industries. Your body lotion isn’t anti-ageing, it’s pro-age. Your starvation diet isn’t making you less of yourself, it’s making you your very best version of you.

That body positivity comes with a hefty price tag is something we’ve come to accept. After all, isn’t a willingness to shell out evidence of self-respect? We’re worth it, right? We’re body positive, age positive, and now we’re becoming period positive. So why should we be surprised if the cost of the latter is starting to mount?”

Portlandia opens a feminist superstore! “Experience authentic feminism, without the high prices!”

Susan Cox
Susan Cox

Susan Cox is a feminist writer and academic living in the United States. She teaches in Philosophy.

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  • Cassandra

    That Portlandia clip is pretty funny. Think there’s any irony/inside joke going on at the very end with the man in women’s clothing next to the pillow with a vulva on it?

  • will

    Too bad the little bio left out the original family name “Drumpf”. If you have not seen it, check out John Oliver’s “Drumpfinator” campaign. (Last Week Tonight channel on Youtube Feb 28, 2016)

  • skilletblonde

    Indeed, the Drumpf/Trump family tree rather scandalous. It appears his father, Fred Trump, was arrested at a 1927 Ku Klux Klan brawl in New York. But what I find really appalling is the American Mainstream Media’s refusal to ask Trump any serious political questions? Nor do they questioned his sordid business practices. As a matter of fact, his rise to presidential candidate is strictly a media created phenomenon. You cannot turn on your television in America for 10 seconds without hearing his name. Make no mistake about it, those white males you see pontificating in the media, with their millionaire salaries, pretending to be outraged, love Trump. They like his sexism, his racism, his bullying, and his ignorance.

    But there is another matter about Trump and it also involves the Clinton’s.

    If you have not heard the name Jeffrey Epstein, he is another example of how the media protects extremely powerful people rife with criminality and scandal. Jeffrey Epstein is the billionaire pedophile that got a sweetheart deal from federal prosecutors- for sexually abusing underage girls. He is being sued along with the United States Government by several of his victims. If Epstein would have been prosecuted properly, he would have been in prison for the rest of his life. But there is a major coverup. Why? Well, Epstein is friends with Hollywood stars, world leaders, politicians, corporate heads, prominent lawyers, and politicians. His private plane was dubbed the Lolita Express. His island in the Virgin Islands was dubbed Pedophile Island.

    Bill Clinton is listed in Jeffrey’s black book as a friend. He has been on the Epstein jet at least 10 times and has visited his private island. One of the victims that is suing, Virginia Roberts, has stated that she was on the plane with Clinton. In her affidavit she states that she did not see Clinton participate in any of the sex. However, she did believe Epstein had something on Clinton. Certainly, Clinton had to be aware of the environment he was in?

    Donald Trump is also listed in Epstein’s little black book as a friend. Though he alluded in a speech about Bill Clinton’s association with Epstein- as a factor that may hurt Hillary Clinton’s bid for the presidency, he left out his own association with the man. Here is what New York Magazine published when they asked Trump about Epstein…

    “I’ve known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy,” Trump booms from a speakerphone. “He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it — Jeffrey enjoys his social life.”

    If you are not familiar with this case, I implore you to read the actual lawsuit. The Smoking Gun has most of the legal papers. Epstein’s lawyer at the time Harvard Professor Alan Dershowitz, who brokered the deal for Epstein, has been named as one the men Virginia Roberts had to have sex with. Part of the deal was no other conspirators could not be prosecuted. This was unheard of. The FBI confirmed at least 34 victims. He once boasted to Roberts, he had abused thousands. Yet, Epstein was only given a year in jail- where he was free to leave during the day.

    When he finished serving his time, he gave a party attended by celebrities that included Katie Couric, George Stephanopoulos, comedienne Chelsea Handler, and director Woody Allen. Those named in Epstein black book and flight logs are prime minister of Israel Ehud Barak, Stephen Hawking, Kevin Spacey, Courtney love, Barbara Walters, Chris Tucker, Alec Baldwin, Sir Richard Branson, actress Elizabeth Hurley, designer Tom Ford, John Cleese, Minnie Driver, Dustin Hoffman, Bobby Kennedy Jr., Senator Edward Kennedy, Henry Kissinger, Maria Shriver, Rupert Murdoch, and models Janice Dickinson, Marie Helvin, and Angie Everhart. Prince Andrew is also named in the lawsuit.

    Here is the full text of Virginia Robert’s lawsuit.