Trump did to Merkel what men do to women all the time | Jessica Valenti

Men constantly ignore women – but most of the time no one notices it. Except, that is, when it happens on the world stage A few years ago, my husband and I ran into a mutual acquaintance at a restaurant. This young man - a person who would surely identify as progressive - spent the entirety our interaction completely ignoring me. He spoke only to my husband; he wouldn’t even look at me when I asked a direct question. While it would be tempting to write off the exchange as simple rudeness, this brand of slight is familiar to most women. Perhaps it happens when you go to buy a car and the salesperson only speaks to your male partner. Or when you meet someone at a work event and they only introduce themselves to the male colleague beside you. Continue reading...