Ocasio-Cortez’s Met Gala Dress, California's Recall Election, and No Answers on Afghanistan
A "who's who" of entertainment and society gathered in New York City on Monday night for the annual Met Gala.From entertainers and artists such as Rihanna and Justin Bieber to Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri and Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, the red carpet oozed with notable celebrities.Among the elite crowd was Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. The New York congresswoman wore a white dress bearing bold red text on the back reading, “TAX THE RICH.” The designer dress triggered instant response across the political spectrum, with some praising the statement and others calling it hypocritical.On today’s episode of "Problematic Women,” we break down why Ocasio-Cortez’s fashion choice is concerning, and why taxing the rich won't actually help the poor. We also discuss some of the other notable outfits worn at the Met Gala, a fundraiser benefiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute in New York City, tickets for which cost $35,000.Also on today’s show, we explain the significance of California’s gubernatorial recall election. Plus, we break down what you need to know about Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s testimony before Congress about the Afghanistan withdrawal. And as always, we’ll be crowning our “problematic woman of the week.”Enjoy the show!
Former Wife of Al-Qaeda Operative Speaks Out on Plight of Afghan Women
Yasmine Mohammed was born and raised in Canada, but she lived a life that few Western women could fathom.The daughter of an Egyptian and a Palestinian, she is of Arab descent and was raised Muslim. Forced to wear a hijab and adhere to a strict interpretation of the Islamic faith, Mohammed later escaped a forced, abusive marriage to an al-Qaeda operative.The atrocities that Muslim women suffer in Afghanistan are "not just an Afghanistan phenomenon," Mohammed says. "It's not just a Taliban phenomenon. You can see the exact same things happening clearly in 50 Muslim-majority countries ... [and] in the West as well."On today’s edition of "Problematic Women," Mohammed shares her take on the Biden administration’s disastrous withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, and what it means for Afghan women. More broadly, she addresses the feminist movement's turning a blind eye to women who are fighting real oppression.Mohammed is author of the book “Unveiled: How Western Liberals Empower Radical Islam” and the founder and president of the nonprofit Free Hearts Free Minds, which tries to help those living in a country that will persecute them for what they believe or who they love.Enjoy the show!
Remembering 9/11, Left's Opposition to Pro-Life Texas Law, and Back to School Advice
Suzanne Bucci arrived at the Pentagon early on Sept. 11, 2001 for a job interview. She hoped to work as a nurse there while her husband, Steven Bucci, was serving as military assistant to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld.Bucci had not completed the interview process before American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the west side of the Pentagon. She spent the rest of the day using her experience and skills to help those wounded in the terrorist attack.Bucci, whose husband is now a visiting fellow at The Heritage Foundation, joins the “Problematic Women” podcast to recall the events at the Pentagon on 9/11 as we commemorate the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America.Also on today’s show, we explain how Texas' new pro-life law protects children in the womb, and the left’s strong opposition to it. We also celebrate the start of a new school year and crown our Problematic Women of the Week.Enjoy the show!
Future for Afghan Women, Donda Drops, and Football Is Back
America’s longest war is over. But the chaotic end to the war in Afghanistan has many Americans questioning the leadership of the Biden administration.It’s estimated that there are still between 100 and 200 Americans and thousands of our Afghan partners trapped in the Taliban-controlled south-central Asian nation. While the Taliban claim they will respect the rights of women and girls, experts say the terrorist group hasn’t given Afghans any reason to believe them.“It seems that the women will be those who will be losing the most, whether it is because of conflict or the authoritarian regime that is oppressive toward women,” says Roya Rahmani, the female former Afghan ambassador to the United States.On Tuesday, Rahmani and Heela Najibullah, author of “Reconciliation and Social Healing in Afghanistan,” joined The Heritage Foundation for an event, “Grim Prospects for Women and Girls in Afghanistan.” We share their remarks on the podcast today.Also on the show, we mark the start of the college and NFL football season by talking about the big games to watch this week. And Kanye West finally releases "Donda,” his new album. We break down some of the controversy over the album's release, and how the record highlights West’s artistic talent.And as always, we will crown our “Problematic Women of the Week.”Plus, “Problematic Women” announces a new show format. In addition to the Thursday show, which will now be solely discussion-based, “Problematic Women” will release an exclusiveinterview every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month.Enjoy the show!
Where Are America's ‘Feminists’ Fighting for Afghan Women?
After four years of marching in the streets and claiming ”oppression” under President Donald Trump, many of the country’s so-called feminists are conspicuously silent about the plight of women and girls in Afghanistan in the wake of the Taliban takeover.Worse, some of those who aren’t silent are instead using their platforms to attack conservatives who are working to bring attention to the rights of Afghan girls and women.“If the GOP wants to show that it is sincerely concerned with the rights of the women in Afghanistan, it can start by first championing the human rights of women in the U.S.,” one MSNBC contributor wrote.On this week’s episode of the ”Problematic Women” podcast, we discuss why these petty, partisan attacks are a dishonest representation of democracy itself and an affront to the realities that Afghan girls and women now face.We also catch up with Concerned Women for America’s Afghanistan Prayer Rally and highlight two brave Afghan women who leave us with hope in a dark situation.Enjoy the show, and see here for ways to help.https://www.iwf.org/2021/08/24/feeling-helpless-here-are-vetted-ways-to-help-afghan-women-children-and-refugees/
Fall of Afghanistan, Battling Breast Cancer, and Defending American Small Businesses
All of America is asking, what went wrong in Afghanistan? To help answer that question, Gloria Taylor, the communications manager for national security and foreign policy at The Heritage Foundation, joins the show to discusses what you should know about the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan and what the future may hold for Afghan women and girls. Taylor also share her personal story of battling breast cancer. Also on today's show, salon owner Erica Kious explains her decision to leak footage of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi getting her hair done at her salon without a mask in the middle of the pandemic. Kious joins the podcast to share what happened to her and her business after she exposed Pelosi, and how she has joined with Heritage Action for America to “Save Our Paychecks.”And as always, we will crown our Problematic Women of the Week.Watch Baby Olivia's full journey: https://twitter.com/LiveAction/status/1424753576673435656?s=20. Enjoy the show!
Woke Kid’s Books, Gov. Andrew Cuomo Resigns, and Mission of Transgender Movement
On today's episode of "Problematic Women:" New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced his resignation on Tuesday. The announcement comes shortly after New York Attorney General Letitia James released the findings of an independent investigation that reports Cuomo to have sexually harassed 11 women.The woke kid's book market is expanding. We share a few of the book titles and detail the messages the stories are promoting to children. Jennifer Lahl, president of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network, joins the show to talk about her new film "Trans Mission: What's the Rush to Reassign Gender?" And as always, we crown our "Problematic Woman of the Week." Enjoy the show!
What You Need to Know About Gov. Cuomo Investigation, Hyde Amendment, and the Fight to Protect Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers
On Tuesday, New York Attorney General Letitia James released findings from an independent investigation into sexual harassment allegations against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The report concludes that Cuomo sexually harassed 11 women, includingformer colleagues, assistants, and even a state trooper. Now, Democrats and Republicans are calling for Cuomo to step down.We break down what you need to know about the investigation and why Cuomo should step down from his position as governor.We also discuss Democrat’s opposition to the Hyde Amendment, a piece of legislation that prevents taxpayer funding of abortions.And former abortion clinic worker Kathy Spark Lesnoff joins the show to share her incredible pro-life journey and why she is standing against an Illinois law that would require pregnancy centers to refer for abortions.Be sure to follow Problematic Women on Instagram @ProblematicWomen.Enjoy the show!
How Conservative College Students Can Gain a Voice on Campus
Student activism “has to be loud,” Kristin Dobson, national field director for the Leadership Institute, says.Dobson trains young people across America how to have a voice on their college campus.Through practical tools, she and her team show young people how to promote freedom and conservative principles effectively at their universities.Dobson joins the “Problematic Women” podcast to tell how the Leadership Institute is creating positive change on college campuses.And as a long-time Taylor Swift fan, Dobson breaks down why she thinks the pop star is such a success.Also on today’s show, we talk with Sophia Fisher, founder of Stop the Demand Project, which fights human trafficking. Fisher founded the nonprofit this year after becoming concerned with the ways technology is used to promote this particular crime.Fisher's organization looks specifically at factors such as pornography, drugs, and alcohol that further human trafficking. It seeks to address those issues, she says, because “ultimately, if we can reduce the demand, there will be less supply."Fisher explains how the Stop the Demand Project plans to use technology to protect Generation Z from human traffickers.Enjoy the show!