Saturday, May 10, 2008

Women Are Their Own Worst Enemies

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080510/ap_on_el_pr/democrats_feminists
Feminists sharply divided between Clinton, Obama


"...One factor in play is generational. There is a widespread perception in the women's movement that younger feminists tilt more toward Obama while most of their elders favor Clinton.

Indeed, 74-year-old Gloria Steinem, a Clinton supporter and icon of the women's movement, riled some younger, pro-Obama feminists with a New York Times op-ed suggesting that they were in denial about America's persisting 'sexual caste system.'

Ariel Garfinkel, a sophomore at Mount Holyoke College, wrote one of the many counter-arguments in an online column. She and many other young feminists supported Obama because they perceived the Clinton campaign as trying to capitalize on racial divisions and to impugn Obama's patriotism.

'This pattern of old-style politics and adherence to un-feminist values is part and parcel of the campaign Hillary Clinton has run,' Garfinkel wrote. 'In this race, Barack Obama is the true feminist.'

New York-based author Courtney Martin, also an Obama supporter, wrote on Glamour magazine's blog Glamocracy last month that she was not backing Clinton 'in part because she reminds me of being scolded by my mother.'..."

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The below by the "sophomore" Ariel Garfinkel made me literally nauseous:

'This pattern of old-style politics and adherence to un-feminist values is part and parcel of the campaign Hillary Clinton has run,' Garfinkel wrote. 'In this race, Barack Obama is the true feminist...'

Barack Obama is "the true feminist"?? What in the hell about Obama's prep school/Yale Law/helpful wife-life leads anyone to this claim?

Hillary Clinton LIVED the shit that women had to go through since the late '60s. A superstar in her all-women's elite college, Wellesley (featured in "Life" magazine after she spoke at Commencement), she went on to... fucking Arkansas. Because she loved someone. And then, to help her husband, gave up the maiden name she had been going by, Hillary Rodham, because Arkansans, polls showed, didn't like a woman using her real name. And then, once her husband got elected President, people didn't like her input into public policy, so, again, she was forced to disappear and do "children's literacy" shit.

Funnily, Hillary once wrote in her college thesis, "I don't have a wife to thank..." Because she did it all herself. No "wife" to do the grunt-work typing and research for her.

I challenge anyone to find a single struggle that rich-boy Barack Obama had to go through. From what I've read: As a teen, he went to prep-school (no, not a regular public school). And then Yale. And this guy's supposed to be a "feminist" and someone who has "struggled" with anything?

As for the contest that these two have been going through: Yeah, Hillary's tough. Yeah, when someone knocks her for being "old Washington," she hits back with "What have YOU done?" Obama's been pretending to be "pure" and "above it all," while at the same time giving Canadians and Union reps a completely different line from his public pronouncements ("Don't pay any attention to that NAFTA talk..." and "If you have a friend in the White House, you're going to get your way.")

As for: "New York-based author Courtney Martin, also an Obama supporter, wrote on Glamour magazine's blog Glamocracy last month that she was not backing Clinton 'in part because she reminds me of being scolded by my mother.'..."

This reminds me of my sister-in-law, who voted for Obama in the Texas primary, but said if he loses, then in the general election she "doesn't have a problem with John McCain"...just because she doesn't like Hillary Clinton's personality.

I can't get over how dimwitted (aka, FUCKING STUPID) women like this are. (1) Sorry if Hillary Clinton reminds you of your anal, stickler mother... Perhaps that was the same Mom who kept things together because your deadbeat Dad was out fucking around? (2) Did you ever stop to think that the positions of Clinton/Obama and McCain are almost diametrically opposed? Why on earth, if you now support Obama, would you then support McCain if Obama didn't get nominated? You are THAT shallow and ignorant about the issues?

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFjoVI7VEkI

Anonymous said...

Obama did not attend Yale. He has a BA from Columbia and a JD from Harvard Law.

Beth Austin said...

Sorry 'bout the mistake RE Obama's degrees, and thanks for the correction.