Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Those Weak "Feminists" 

UPDATE and BUMP: This evening, the Drudge Report has linked to a story featuring the NOW remarks discussed below.

Originally posted on 1/29/08 at 12:06 pm:

The aging and increasingly irrelevant old guard "feminists" pretend they are interested in women's rights while ignoring the second class treatment of women in so many non-western nations.

NOW (bad pun) they are having a hissy fit because, gasp, Senator Kennedy and other Democrats have decided to endorse Senator Obama for president.

Their whining comes in two flavors: Only women are bullied by men; and guys NOW once supported are backing Obama.

We've all witnessed scenarios where, on the playground little girls are being taunted by little boys while both girls and boys stand idle, afraid to speak up or even cheering. Or, in the workplace males tease young and older female co-workers; make obscene gestures, inappropriate comments, laughing and expecting (often correctly) that everyone will join in...

Because they can't frighten Hillary they've decided to control her with the time-old trick of patriarchal ridicule.
Did you know that only women are picked on by bullies on the playground? That only women are harassed in the workplace? That girls NEVER, EVER pick on other girls or isolate other women who are different. No, it's all a patriarchal conspiracy. These are such biased comments.

Men do not really support women:
Women have just experienced the ultimate betrayal. Senator Kennedy�s endorsement of Hillary Clinton�s opponent in the Democratic presidential primary campaign has really hit women hard. Women have forgiven Kennedy, stuck up for him, stood by him, hushed the fact that he was late in his support of Title IX, the ERA, the Family Leave and Medical Act to name a few...

And now the greatest betrayal! We are repaid with his abandonment! He�s picked the new guy over us.
What NOW and the other old "chickens" refuse to recognize is that their duplicity has come home to roost. These chickens refused to stand up for their professed ideals when it was clear they were being used. They thought that they could curry favor by ignoring bad behavior when their favored politicians exploited women. They tried appeasement. It doesn't work. The men who used these women to protect against the consequences of their abhorrent behavior are showing their true colors. The naivete of NOW is on full display as they profess to be shocked and betrayed (with exclamation points, of course) by their own.

What NOW really misses is that women need equal opportunity, not politically enforced "equality" of outcomes. We differ in skills, talent, drive, etc. Trying to make everyone equal only works in totalitarian societies where equality becomes massive poverty for most with a few elites lording it over everyone.

If NOW had been serious about its objectives (versus operating under an illusion that they would gain power by siding with leftist politicians), they would have kept their organizations open to women who had real ideas. They didn't. Now, they only whine, moan and complain - to deaf Democrat ears.

Hat tip: Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review Online