Stuff like this makes me sad. Over and over again I see and hear and find that demeaning, underestimating and abusing women is more acceptable than doing the same to men. Whether it is this hilarious article rebutting an flawed article on women’s inherant inferiority (apparently we can’t manipulate 3-D objects very well). Or this illuminating essay on demeaning language and tactics in the current presidential race called “Goodbye to all that.2″ by Robin Morgan. Here are some of her best points:
“Goodbye to the double standard . . .
“Hillary is too ballsy but too womanly, a Snow Maiden who’s emotional, and so much a politician as to be unfit for politics.”
“When a sexist idiot screamed “Iron my shirt!” at HRC, it was considered amusing; if a racist idiot shouted “Shine my shoes!” at BO, it would’ve inspired hours of airtime and pages of newsprint analyzing our national dishonor”
Goodbye to the toxic viciousness . . .
“Nixon-trickster Roger Stone’s new Hillary-hating 527 group, ‘Citizens United Not Timid‘ (check the capital letters).”
“John McCain answering ‘How do we beat the bitch?’ with ‘Excellent question!’ Would he have dared reply similarly to ‘How do we beat the black bastard?’ For shame.”
“Goodbye to the most intimately violent T-shirts in election history, including one with the murderous slogan “If Only Hillary had married O.J. Instead!” Shame.”
Goodbye to pretending the black community is entirely male and all women are white . . .
“Surprise! Women exist in all opinions, pigmentations, ethnicities, abilities, sexual preferences, and ages — not only African American and European American but Latina and Native American, Asian American and Pacific Islanders, Arab American and — hey, every group, because a group wouldn’t be alive if we hadn’t given birth to it.”
Goodbye, goodbye to . . .
“blaming anything Bill Clinton does on Hillary (even including his womanizing like the Kennedy guys–though unlike them, he got reported on). Let’s get real. If he hadn’t campaigned strongly for her everyone would cluck over what that meant.”
“an era when parts of the populace feel so disaffected by politics that a comparative lack of knowledge, experience, and skill is actually seen as attractive, when celebrity-culture mania now infects our elections so that it’s ‘cooler’ to glow with marquee charisma than to understand the vast global complexities of power on a nuclear, wounded planet.”
“the notion that it’s fun to elect a handsome, cocky president who feels he can learn on the job,”
“goodbye to George W. Bush and the destruction brought by his inexperience, ignorance, and arrogance.”
Goodbye to a misrepresented generational divide . . .
“Goodbye to the so-called spontaneous “Obama Girl” flaunting her bikini-clad ass online—then confessing Oh yeah it wasn’t her idea after all, some guys got her to do it and dictated the clothes, which she said ‘made me feel like a dork.'”
And finally, a statement very close to my own heart:
“Me? I support Hillary Rodham because she’s the best qualified of all candidates running in both parties. I support her because her progressive politics are as strong as her proven ability to withstand what will be a massive right-wing assault in the general election. I support her because she’s refreshingly thoughtful, and I’m bloodied from eight years of a jolly “uniter” with ejaculatory politics. I needn’t agree with her on every point. I agree with the 97 percent of her positions that are identical with Obama’s—and the few where hers are both more practical and to the left of his (like health care). I support her because she’s already smashed the first-lady stereotype and made history as a fine senator, and because I believe she will continue to make history not only as the first US woman president, but as a great US president.”
If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the precipitate. – Henry J. Tillman