Stanley Ann Dunham and the Left’s Exploitation of Women

By Robin of Berkeley

Obama’s mother, the oddly named Stanley Ann, died of cancer about fifteen years ago. There’s little known about Stanley Ann, aside from the details provided by Obama and his handlers.  Of course, the truth about Obama’s past is shrouded in secrecy.

But what can be pieced together about Obama’s mom from the information at hand? For one, Stanley Ann was given her strange name by her strange father, Stanley Dunham, who desired a boy instead.  Dunham was a volatile, hard-drinking man, who was expelled from high school for punching his principal.  Mental illness may have run in the Dunham family;  as a boy, Stanley discovered his mother dead of an apparent suicide.

We can make some inferences about Stanley Ann’s childhood based on how her parents raised young Barry.  Stanley Dunham designated the purported Communist, bisexual pedophile,  Frank Marshall Davis, as Barry’s mentor.  Not only was Barry left alone with Davis, but Davis and Dunham would booze and tell dirty jokes in the boy’s presence.  Given the poor judgment Dunham exercised, he likely raised his daughter in the same reckless manner.

As for Stanley Ann’s mom, Madelyn Dunham, she was the main breadwinner of the family;  however, she, like most women of that generation, deferred to her husband.  Thus, she allowed him to choose their daughter’s peculiar name.

Madelyn also permitted Frank Marshall Davis to carouse and smoke pot with her husband, even to mentor the impressionable Barry.  Of course, Obama demonstrated no warmth towards his grandmother whom he dismissed as a “typical white person.”

What else can we deduce about Stanley Ann?  There’s conjecture that Stanley Ann was raised in a radical family with Communist leanings.   She spent her adolescence on progressive Mercer Island;  the left-leaning Unitarian Church they attended there was known as the Little Red Church, while the school board’s chairman was a self-identified communist.  Of course, the family’s connection with Frank Marshall Davis lends credence to the theory of a radical childhood.

As the official story goes, Stanley Ann met Obama Sr. at college, and their relationship produced Barack.  However, American Thinker’s Jack Cashill has highlighted doubts about Obama’s paternity, including the possibility that Frank Marshall Davis may be the father.

If Obama Sr. were Obama’s father,  this is a troubling scenario since Senior was a married man, seven years older, with an apparent alcohol problem.   But even more disturbing is the prospect of Frank Marshall Davis being Obama’s father. Davis was decades older than Stanley Ann, and a purported pedophile.  Davis penned a thinly veiled memoir celebrating his and his wife’s sexual relationship with a 13 year old girl.[i]

It was highly unusual for girls in the 1950’s to have interracial relationships, much less babies, with a man of a difference race.  During this time, however, the Communist Party of the United States encouraged women members to use their feminine wiles to entice men, especially black men, into the movement, as well as to reward the ones who joined up.  Did Communist brainwashing play some role in Stanley Ann’s choice of partners and her subsequent pregnancy?    

Davis himself boasted, “The number of white babes interested in at least one meeting with a Negro male has been far more than I can handle.”  If Frank Marshall Davis were truly Obama’s father, was Stanley Ann one of his many conquests?

While there is no way of knowing, there are reasons to be concerned.  The American Left certainly has a long history of exploiting women.  For instance, during the 60’s, Leftist girls were expected to, according to the slogan:  Say Yes to Boys Who Say No [to the Draft].

Much of the Left’s dirty laundry has been expunged and reconstructed, particularly regarding its treatment of women.  But women have always been viewed as the movement’s maids —  and their mattresses.  In the 60‘s, radical girls were expected to serve the food,  as well as service the men sexually.

Activist Stokely Carmichael articulated the general vibe in an infamous, and candid, response.  When asked the role of women in the Students for a Democratic Society,  Carmichael replied, “The position of women in the movement is prone.”

Radical women were brainwashed to believe that they needed to sacrifice their bodies for the Revolution. The women of the Weather Underground, for example, were required to have sex with any male who asked for it.

If a woman balked and demanded equality,  she was told that women’s rights were secondary to liberating blacks and stopping the war. (Interestingly, the early suffragists were also instructed to put their needs on hold, which is why American women couldn’t vote until 1920, 50 years after black men.)

On the rare occasion that a movement woman would protest, she’d face swift and harsh retribution.  When SDS member Marilyn Webb dared to take to the stage and advocate for women, she was besieged with cat calls and obscenities.  After the event, Webb received death threats.[ii]

The Left’s use and abuse of women did not stop with the 60‘s, nor with the feminist revolution of the 70’s, which was launched, in part, because of the misogynist Left.   And the Left’s misuse of women, the life-bearers, is emblematic of the hypocrisy and the heartlessness that is at the core of the progressive movement.

Today, we see the sad spectacle of a new female generation being manipulated just like their foremothers.   Egged on by radical professors, young women are falling for the same propaganda.

The pressure to be cool, progressive girls — along with the media’s force feeding of hedonism — is corrupting millions of young women.  And the fallout has been far-reaching, not only in broken lives, but in a public health crisis of STD’s, cervical cancer, and abortions.  

 Like robotic Stepford Wives, progressive women of all ages follow their mostly male leaders.   Even women’s studies departments have been hijacked by the Radical Left;   feminist professors support Radical Islam, regardless of the honor killings, stoning, and genital mutilation.

When I think of the Left’s sordid history, I recall another time and place, and another woman who stumbled upon a heavily concealed secret.   Her name was Iris Chang, and she exposed an even more iniquitous period, the Rape of Nanking.  In her landmark book, Chang revealed the mass violation of Chinese women by the invading Japanese troops during World War II.  

Tragically, hearing the horrific details, and receiving death threats, proved too much for Iris Chang.  She suicided a few years after the book’s release.

Perhaps someday, someone with Chang’s courage (and the resources for personal bodyguards) will write a similar-type book about the Left’s abominable treatment of its women.  The narrative should include Diana Oughton, a once ebullient and lively woman who morphed into an emaciated zombie after she joined the Weather Underground.  Oughton was killed in a botched bombing plot.    

There are so many other women, like the nameless, anonymous readers who have emailed me, sharing their stories, sometimes for the first time.  Many of these women were Leftists who turned conservative because of harrowing experiences in radical movements. 

Was Stanley Ann Dunham one of them;  was she a brainwashed victim of a Communist upbringing?   Or was she simply an independent thinker,  who willingly and happily forged her life’s path?

I don’t presume to know.  But I do know that millions of American women have been hoodwinked by those sweet-talking progressives.   And each new day,  another young woman falls under their hypnotic spell. 

 A frequent American Thinker contributor, Robin is a recovering liberal and a psychotherapist in Berkeley.  You can reach Robin through her blog www.robinofberkeley.com. Comments for this article can be posted here.  Robin’s articles are intended for informational and entertainment purposes, not to offer treatment or definitive diagnoses.


[i] Davis has confirmed that his novel, Sex Rebel: Black,  with its description of sex with a l3 year old girl, was autobiographical.  Davis also described himself as “a voyeur and an exhibitionist,” with an interest in group sex, sadomasochism, water sports, simulated rape, and bondage. 

[ii] From:  A Conservative History of the America Left,  by Daniel Flynn

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One Response

  1. Someone with Chang’s courage, Robin has just stepped up. I only hope those of us who know you are right will join you in shouting it from the rooftops.
    Gpd knows I have tried to no avail but then – I don’t have your great gift!
    Keep speaking out perhaps women will come to realize what they have fallen for.

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