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Friday, March 07, 2008

Women's Rights: Feminism is Dead

in the mainstream media, at any rate.

Here's the evidence: The Wah!Poo feels free to commission professional homophobe and part-time goblin impersonator Charlotte Allen to write one of the most misogynistic screeds seen in a mainstream publication of the fourth estate in my lifetime.

Not wishing to be outdone, AFP rushed to flog a poorly reasoned and inflammatory piece with the title American feminists in a bind over White House race, the implication being that all men, white and black, have absolutely no questions or dilemmas worth considering. Perhaps all black men are voting for Obama, and all white men for McInsane?

Oh, wait, no: the gasfest goes on to state that "left-wing" American women are affected. Right-wing American women are, apparently, all voting for McInsane. Whoever wrote this piece of tripe had the self-preserving sense to keep their byline to themselves. Especially since the effrontery of comments like "the charismatic young Obama, with his ready smile and stirring speeches, has been seducing women voters [...]."

And "Some feminists argue that to vote for Obama is inherently sexist and puts back the cause of women." This remark is a classic strawman, designed to engender rage about nothing. Some feminists argue? Which feminists? So what? When did anybody, male, female, or extraterrestrial, get to decide who represents "feminists," or, for that matter, women? Tcha.

More quotage: But it's a difficult dilemma for women, who appear to have to choose between casting either a sexist or a racist vote.

So, like, NO man would ever have to worry about that, right? Hello? Men? We're talkin' to ya! Bullshit like this really annoys us, because we know lots of men have been conflicted on this issue too. It's not a monolithic "Men would never vote for a woman." White or black, men, women, and small furry animals have been wondering which way to cast their vote.

The important issue here is not whether we vote for a black man, a woman, or a doddering old white man on the edge of senility. It's about what the fuck we want for the country for the next four or eight years. Which of the remaining candidates is most likely to get us out of this mess?

That's the question the press should be asking. Not what Hillary Clinton's favourite color is, or whether she cried, or if she has boobs. Not whether Barack Obama, the Scary Negro, is seducing women, or charming voters, or young, or handsome. Not whether McInsane is likeable or funny or amusing.

We already had two terms of someone the press lapdogs slavered over and wanted to drink a beer with. They couldn't get enough of his sexy balls in a tight uniform. Thanks to that, we now have a failing educational system, a broken military, an economy that is in the crapper, an international public relations nightmare where everybody hates us. We owe money to everyone and her sister. We can't keep our own people healthy. Our roads and bridges and hospitals are falling apart.

So, AFP and all you press whores, we don't give a shit how much Obama makes you want to spooge or Hillary makes you want to hurl. And stop crawling up McInsane's pant leg, you pathetic humpers.

Tell us: what does McInsane plan to do about the health care crisis? What does the recurrence of his cancer mean? What exactly does he mean by 100 years of war in Iraq? What grounds does he have for planning to bomb Iran? How will he deal with al Qaeda, which is entrenched in Afghanistan? What is his response to the mess in Pakistan? What happens if Colombia and Venezuela do go to war? How does that affect our dependence on oil? What forces does he plan to employ to stabilize American, and world, financial markets? What will he do about veterans' benefits and health care? Walter Reed, and the current Misadministration's argument that veterans are not entitled to mental health benefits? Stop-loss as a means of forcing reservists and regulars into multiple tours of duty that are affecting their mental and physical health? How will he deal with the housing crisis? HUD has not built affordable housing in sufficient quantity to keep pace with population growth. How will he deal with that? Does he plan to replace the incompetent Chertoff? What about spying on the people?

These questions, and a thousand more like them, need to be put to each candidate. We want to know their policy positions. We want to know how they will affect our lives, and everything we hold dear in this time of crisis. Stop creating hysteria over nothing.

Because you worthless bags of purulence are exploiting sex and gender as a means of dividing, not healing and unifying the nation. And the nation, or at least this little corner of it, is pretty sick and tired of that shit. You need to stop with that. And you need to stop with this garbage.

For those who don't want to click the linky, here's a brief excerpt. In an article titled Sexual incompatibility troubles marriage, CNN advises its female readers on how to improve their sex life thus:
Try traditional gender roles: Men may become more sexually assertive if they feel more in control, and women may feel more desire for a mate with newfound machismo. "You don't have to get his slippers," explains Berman. "You just have to give him some control." She suggests a date where the man chooses everything -- her clothes, the restaurant, the food -- as a starting point.
This info is from one Laura Berman, billed as a "Chicago sex therapist and relationship expert."

We gotcher expertise right here, Dr. Laura (not to be confused with the screaming harpy who holds that title officially). AFP cites some more realistic advice: DO THE FUCKING CHORES, GUYS, and you'll get plenty of pussy.
"By and large, the more men do around the house, the happier women are," sociologist Scott Coltrane of the University of California, Riverside, a co-author of a report published in synopsis form on the website of the Council of Contemporary Families (CCF) said late Thursday.

"When men do more of the housework, women's perceptions of fairness and marital satisfaction rise and the couple experience less marital conflict," the report says.

The reward for menfolk who help out around the house could be more sex.

"We sociologists generally don't go there, but therapists say there's a direct correlation" between men doing more housework and the frequency of sex, said Coltrane.
Why is this a surprise to anyone? There's a longstanding feminist joke about women getting really hot watching the guy in their lives do the dishes or the vacuuming or the laundry, or something.

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At 10:43 AM, Blogger sgtg said...

Jesus H. Fucking Christ. THANK YOU for your post. Much appreciated. Couldn't agree with you more. What in the fuck is wrong with the press? Jesus H. Fucking Christ. I'm not going to be able to tolerate months of this fucking pathetic bullshit.

At 6:45 PM, Blogger Henry said...

Small furry animals INDEED. I'm so tired of people telling me if I don't write-in John Q. Alleycat instead of checking the box for a candidate of another species, then I am a traitor to felines everywhere. I'm a female AND a cat AND dark-furred. But I am a breathing, thinking, multi-dimensional organism that refuses to be PIGEON-holed. This whole process is disgusting. Rock on, PoliticalCat.

At 2:11 PM, Blogger Batocchio said...

So, AFP and all you press whores, we don't give a shit how much Obama makes you want to spooge or Hillary makes you want to hurl. And stop crawling up McInsane's pant leg, you pathetic humpers.

My favorite sentences. And Hillary has boobs? My god, we've got to have that investigated! ;-)

You're right about the straw man, although I do know women who have gotten the guilt trip over supporting Obama from other women (and I also know women who have gotten crap over supporting Hillary, and have seen ome stupid crap flying around in all directions, so it's not a one-way thing).

The good news is that Charlotte Allen's piece has been widely reviled. Pomfret, the Outlook editor, has been consistently horrible and he should go. I also don't want to lose sight of the other misogynist piece run at the same time, by Linda Hirshman. I'll pass on Somerby and Hilzoy on that one:

At 2:57 PM, Blogger ThePoliticalCat said...

Thank you, Oh Favorite Terrorist Nun!

And thank you too, Henry.

And Bat, you're invaluable. In an aside, I love your Jukebox, but my computer has recently developed an annoying problem: anytime I play an MPG or any audio-visual clip, it overheats rapidly and CPU usage goes up to 100% and stays there for quite a while, effectively freezing the browser. It doesn't affect other programs, or only affects them slightly. AFAICT, the problem is the poor design of the hardware, but it's odd that should affect the CPU, the browser, and disappear when the browser shuts down. At any rate, it makes it impossible for me to enjoy your, or Clark's, music and videos.

Any helpful ideas, anyone?

At 11:33 PM, Blogger Batocchio said...

Ouch, Cat!

My home computer is an old laptop. I find running video really taxes it these days. For YouTube, the best tactic I find is to hit play, then hit pause, let the entire video load, then play the thing. Have you tried that? But I can't have much else open, either.

I don't know your specs, either. Older computer? For newer computers, I've heard Vista, for instance, is a CPU hog.

At 12:22 AM, Blogger ThePoliticalCat said...

Geesh, Bat, I wouldn't dream of using Vista! XP's bad enough. I'm thinking of switching to a Linux OS just because Windows is such putridly lousy software.

I'm still trying to troubleshoot the problem. Reading MS worse-than-useless help sites and white papers is a job for the terminally depressed. Gets them off the planet faster.

Specs: It's a Dell (feh!) x86 laptop running at 1.8GHz with 1 GB RAM. Freshly defragged. Could be a registry problem or settings problem, I suppose. I only bought the damn thing because it's supposedly top of the line for AV stuff, and although this model is not listed as having the heat-sink problems of their other machines, I know Dell has design problems.

I'll try your little trick, many thanks!

At 1:34 AM, Blogger Chuck Butcher said...

I'm running Vista Ultimate and it has so far been flawless.

One thing you need to give the press a break on is that Hillary is running hard on the I AM WOMAN and I have First Wifery stuff so they are kind of stuck with that piece of the puzzle. The vote for a woman thing is considerably larger piece of her support than you credit. I've heard a lot of it, and I'm well known as not a Clinton fan and as a politijunky.

BTW, I really don't know that anybody hasn't notice Barack's black and Hillary has boobs and no I never cared she cried or what color her dress was and particularly not about her clevage.

My wife has been known to get hot if I do housework, unfortunately it's not the happy making kind of hot. It's not that I'm bad at it, I just do it 'wrong.'


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