Marc Ott, the city manager of Austin, Texas has apologized for offering an employee communications training that employed a slew of gender-based stereotypes to instruct attendees on how to deal with the newly majority-female city council, the Huffington Post reports.
“I have to acknowledge that this particular training should have received proper vetting. I must take responsibility for that not having occurred,” Ott states to reporters.
The controversial training – which prompted feminists on Twitter to explode on Wednesday in a seething if wittily worded rage – took place on March 27.
Jonathan Allen, former city manager of Lauderdale Lakes, Florida, was first to take the floor during the two-hour training session, the Austin American Statesman reports.
Facing a crowd of several dozen people, Allen tells Austin civil servants that it would be a “serious error” in “professional development” to communicate with women the same way one would with men. “Men and women don’t process things the same way,” Allen explains.
For example, Allen urges the city’s rank and file to present their new lady bosses with fewer charts and numbers. In Allen’s experience, women legislators tell him, “Mr. Manager, I don’t want to hear about the financial argument, I want to hear about how this impacts the overall community. How it impacts the families, the youth, and the children.”
So, Allen reasons a policy proposal “might make good financial sense, but if I want to get it through, and get the necessary votes, I have to present it a totally different way” based on the gender of the audience.
For example, Allen says that he could make a great financial case for a $6 million racetrack, but that a woman-dominated council — unlike a male-dominated one — cares less about “cost benefit analysis” and is more interested in the proposed track’s proximity to schools.
The Austin American Statesman further reports that a second speaker — Dr. Miya Burt-Stewart — followed Allen and proceeded to share her own insights into how to brief women on policy when you’re used to briefing men. “Men have egos, women have wish lists,” Burt-Stewart informs the crowd.
Below, a sampling of feminist Twitter’s reaction to the Austin’s controversial employee training:
— Liz Lewis (@LizLewisPhD) May 13, 2015
#whatwomenask The first speaker should have held up the Barbie that says "Math is Hard". Women do care about fiscal matters in city gov.
— VinousRambler (@VinousRambler) May 13, 2015
— AngelaJoTM (@angelajotm) May 13, 2015
— Typewriter Rodeo (@TypewriterRodeo) May 13, 2015
And the video that started it all, via the Austin American Statesman.
Stephen Colbert mocks Eric Trump in a way that must be seen to be believed
Stephen Colbert mocked Eric Trump so badly it has to be seen to be believed.
The moment came after Colbert played a clip of the young Trump child saying that 95 percent of the United States supports him, the camera cut to Colbert doing his Eric impression.
"I've got big gums, and I cannot lie," Colbert said.
"Yeah, 95, guys, I'm tellin' ya," Colbert said, pretending to be Eric with his lips curled up.
Black Pennsylvania Trump voter wonders if he’s still welcome in the GOP
Tuesday, CNN released interviews with Texas Trump supporters who defended his racist attacks on four Congresswomen of color. Wednesday night, Van Jones showed his panel of supporters of both President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama. But things got tense when a Black Trump supporter was asked about the president's racially charged statements.
Two men, one white one Black, in the group said they supported Trump and probably would again because business was good. Two women in the group lamented that Trump's racism was hurtful for the country.
"I just go back to values," the older women said. "I value treating people with dignity. And if there is anything that is incongruent with those values, then I'm not for that. So I'm not going to put profit over my values."
Don Lemon lists ‘manipulative garbage’ Trump uses to exploit his supporters’ ignorance
CNN host Don Lemon thinks that President Donald Trump is using issues like race to manipulate his voters into voting against their own interest.
In his opening commentary, Lemon showed the clip of Trump's supporters chanting "send her back" at Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), who is a Somali immigrant who came to the U.S. when she was just 12 years old.
He then cited a tweet that Trump sent out earlier Wednesday.
"New Poll: The Rasmussen Poll, one of the most accurate in predicting the 2016 Election, has just announced that "Trump" numbers have recently gone up by four points, to 50 percent. Thank you to the vicious young Socialist Congresswomen. America will never buy your act! #MAGA2020," Trump tweeted.