Example of Gaslighting of Women in the Wild

A public facebook post by Amadi Lovelace made the following points about the recent Trump baby gaffe (this link has the transcript, but also an autoplay video):

In talking about Trump and the baby, people seem to be focusing on the idea of “who yells at a baby?” And it is kind of in line with our questions about his temperament to frame this as Trump yelling at a baby.

But he didn’t yell at a baby. He yelled at a woman who had a baby.

And more importantly, he didn’t just yell at her, he gaslighted her, telling her at first that it was OK that her baby was fussing, and then acting like she was nuts for taking him at his word and should have somehow divined magically that he actually wanted her to leave.

This was an example of three horrible things all wrapped up in one. First, Trump’s tendency toward doublespeak, saying one thing, meaning the exact opposite and acting like everyone else is bizarre and ignorant for taking his words at face value. Second, the aforementioned gaslighting, which is an always an abuse tactic, full out.

Third, and this is a little more nuanced, it’s a prime example of the insidious way in which parenting forces women, especially, out of public life. When babies aren’t welcome somewhere, when babies start crying, it is mothers who are expected to stay home, mothers who are expected to take the baby out, mothers whose lives are interrupted.

It’s not “Trump yells at a baby.”

It’s “Trump uses abusive tactics and reinforces marginalization of women with children by yelling at mother of young baby.”

Sometimes brevity is the enemy of an accurate picture of just how bad something is.

CFP: ECAP9 in Munich, August 2017

Call for Papers for ECAP9

The Ninth Congress of the 
European Society for Analytic Philosophy (ESAP)

LMU Munich

, 21-26 August 2017


The European Society for Analytic Philosophy (ESAP) organizes a major congress every three years. The next congress, ECAP9, will take place at LMU Munich, Germany, from 21-26 August 2017.

PLENARY SPEAKERS: Anthony Appiah (NYU), Michael Friedman (Stanford), Pierre Jacob (Paris), and Rae Langton (Cambridge)

PANEL SPEAKERS: Peter Adamson (LMU), Franz Berto (Amsterdam), Paul Egre (Paris), Christian List (LSE), Anna Sofia Maurin (Gothenburg), Serena Olsaretti (Pompeu Fabra), Sonia Roca Royes (Stirling), Helen Steward (Leeds), and Elliott Sober (Madison)

CALL FOR PAPERS: To submit an extended abstract for a contributed paper or a symposium proposal, please visit the above-mentioned webpage. The submission deadline is 8 January 2017. Authors will be notified by 15 February 2017.

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