Bill Proudman… Trump, Sexism and the Alt-Right
At the JUMP Forum in Brussels recently, I was fortunate enough to get a chance to interview Bill Proudman, CEO and co-founder of WMFDP (White Men as Full Diversity Partners). Beginning in the 90's, [Tweet "Proudman has pioneered workshops that bring white men into the diversity conversation"], not as the bad guys, scapegoats or by standers, but as fully invested partners who also benefit from a diverse workforce. His work addresses sexism, racism, bias and other inequalities in the workplace.
Bill Proudman addresses the 'Alt-Right', Trump and his effect on everyday sexism.
To start off with Trump, why do you think he has such a wide appeal amongst men?
But not in the best way?
There's the implication that a lot of it was an act in order to win and then he would have some how changed?
You're from Portland which is a democratic state anyway, but in terms of things diversity, racism, sexism in the States in the day-to-day life have things actually changed or is it just what we see on the media and social media?
So unfortunately have to bring up the Alt Right, I think we should be allowed to call them Nazis but hey ho we'll call them the Alt Right that is what they asked for. Do you think they’ve been emboldened recently, in that they are a new movement or that they’ve always been simmering under the surface and they’ve just [begun] to speak out?
So it's not that they are this huge new scary movement but they’ve been there and they’ve suddenly got the spotlight more than anything else?
I think they attracted new folks and I think part of that is because people are disenfranchised
They want something to cling to and that’s an option?
Dorothy [Dalton] mentioned earlier about the rise in social media misogyny and young men having their ear turned by some of these groups and this way of thinking. Is there anything you could recommend that we can do with the young men in our lives to protect them from that sort of input? [For example] I have a 17-year-old brother who spends a lot of time online, and I have a fear his friends will share sexist memes and posts. I don’t like that he’s being exposed to this and I worry he will start to agree with their logic. What can we do if we’re concerned about the men in our lives?
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