Adele M. Stan

Adele M. Stan is a columnist at The American Prospect, and editor of Clarion, the newspaper of Professional Staff Congress-CUNY, a New York City labor union. The views expressed here are her own.

Recent Articles

Election's Secret Theme: Letting Women Know Who's Boss

Between Trump's misogyny and Sanders's demeaning of Planned Parenthood, this presidential contest is all about the role of women in society.

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(Photo: AP/Matt Rourke) Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to supporters in Hooksett, New Hampshire, after the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday, February 9, 2016. A s they tend to be, the media narrative emerging from New Hampshire the day after the first-in-the-nation primary is simple: a tale of two “outsiders” named Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. Yet step back to examine the campaign’s ongoing controversies and it becomes clear that the subtext, the dark undercurrent, of the 2016 presidential contest is about something even greater than the changing dynamics of America’s major political parties. It’s about the role of women in American society. And a whole lot of Americans, male and female alike, remain uncomfortable with the notion of real female power. On the Republican side, that’s evident not only in the stances against women’s rights embraced by all the GOP candidates, but particularly in the utterances of frontrunner Donald Trump, who has placed...

Why Tying in Iowa Is Worse for Hillary than Losing

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AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a Clinton event in Hampton, New Hampshire, Tuesday February 2, 2016, Clinton's first day in New Hampshire after winning the Iowa Caucus. J udging by media narratives, the Iowa caucuses compose an odd little contest. A candidate can win third place, as Marco Rubio did in the Republican caucuses on Monday night, and be declared something of a winner. Another can come in second, as Donald Trump did, and be designated a big fat loser. Or one can achieve a near tie, but lose in a squeaker, as Bernie Sanders did in Monday’s Democratic Iowa contests, and be seen as a winning weirdo. On the other hand, the candidate who won in the nearly even squeaker might be seen to be leading a campaign that’s in trouble, as in the case of Hillary Clinton. In the universe, Einstein taught us, everything’s relative. In Iowa, it’s even more so. On caucus night in 1996, I strolled through the victory party hosted by Bob...

Fear of Women Is Key to Donald Trump’s Misogyny -- and America’s

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(Photo: AP/Andrew Harnik) Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Muscatine, Iowa, on January 24, 2016. W ell, whattaya know? Big, bad Donald Trump is afraid of a girl—well, a woman, to be more precise. A woman named Megyn Kelly. On Tuesday, Trump announced he was pretty certain that he would skip the final Republican presidential debate if Kelly, the Fox News Channel host, wasn’t booted from her role as moderator, a decision he described as “pretty close to irrevocable.” (His campaign manager later said more definitively that Trump would not appear.) The problem? Kelly had treated the Republican frontrunner “unfairly,” he said, in an earlier debate. “Let’s see how much money Fox is going to make on the debate without me,” Trump said at a press conference in Marshalltown, Iowa. While the contretemps between Fox and Trump—two noxious media entities that, in the realm of cosmic justice, somehow deserve each other—is fascinating as a battle of titans, the source of Trump’s ire deserves greater...

Why Evangelicals Heart Donald Trump

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AP Photo/Steve Helber Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures during a speech at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, Monday, January 18, 2016. W hen Donald J. Trump, frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination, took the stage at Liberty University on Monday, he ascended the podium in a wake of fundamentalist fairy dust strewn by Jerry Falwell Jr., son of the man who once was the face of the religious right, and who helped propel Ronald Reagan to the presidency. Not only did Falwell compare Trump favorably to the late Reverend Jerry Falwell Sr.—a comparison Trump deemed “an honor”—but also to Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. Never mind the cognitive dissonance there: Where King battled to break down the walls of Jim Crow, the elder Falwell made his mark as a segregationist. Oh, and don’t forget Jesus. The younger Falwell compared Trump to him, too. Which actually makes a bit more sense than the King comparison, if you consider that, as Sarah Posner has...

Can Nikki Haley Save Her Party?

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(Photo: AP/Chase Stevens) South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley speaks during a panel discussion at the Republican Governors Association conference on November 18, 2015. Haley gave the GOP response to Obama's State of the Union address on January 12. O rdinarily, the opposition party’s official response to a State of the Union address is offered as a rebuttal to the president’s speech. This, however, is clearly no ordinary time. Overshadowing any criticism of President Barack Obama in the rejoinder delivered by Governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina Tuesday night was the targeting of the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination. Though his name was never mentioned, the text of Haley’s remarks left no doubt that her target was none other than Donald J. Trump. “Today, we live in a time of threats like few others in recent memory,” Haley said. “During anxious times, it can be tempting to follow the siren call of the angriest voices. We must resist that temptation. No one who...

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