Monday, February 11, 2008

Democrat Feminists, Round 2 

Last week I wrote this post on the whining done by Erica Jong and her comments about women.

Now, I am going to focus on an article by the diva of the women's movement, Gloria Steinem. In this article, "Women Are Never Front-Runners," Ms. Steinem whines that the women's sex barrier is not taken as seriously as a racial barrier. She claims "gender is probably the most restricting force in American life." She says the US polarizes gender roles more than the average democracy but cites no data to support this comment and ignores the fact that feminists who agree with her are the reporters and editorial writers for all forms of media that cover this topic.

One example: Historically women were perceived as weaker than men because they cried. In the 1960's and '70's Ms. Steinem's feminists decided to "be like men" and not cry. Since men and women are the same in their eyes, the media morphing of sex identification began. Now her media makes it a point to picture men crying and when Mrs. Clinton cries, she shows the "courage to break the no-tears rule." Whether or not Mrs. Clinton's tears were real is a secondary issue, her crying jag was in reaction to a gender question of "how she (Mrs. Clinton) does it all." Excuse me, there are plenty of politicians (and single moms) who do it all - people who: are not multi-millionaires; juggle homes and families; respect those with differences without playing a victim card; and don't stage questions on the campaign trail to generate sympathy.

Mrs. Steinem says a trait that worries her is that some women, especially younger ones, hope to deny or escape the sexual caste system. If Ms. Steinem knew anything about the history of women or the treatment of women today in the Middle East, Africa and Asia she would not throw around the term "caste system." (a social structure in which classes are determined by heredity) so lightly.

What Ms. Steinem misses, as did Ms. Jong, is that it was and is the Democrat Party that has used sex, gender, and race to divide this nation. It is mostly Democrats who pin labels on those with whom they disagree. It is mostly Democrats who are intolerant of free speech, professors who are not leftists, Republicans, conservatives, religious Christians, etc. Ms. Steinem is looking in the mirror when she makes her criticisms about her political party. She along with the Emily's List crowd are no-shows when the female candidate does not agree with them. So the issue is not gender, it's a very narrow, spoiled, totalitarian view of the world - her way or no way at all.

Ms. Steinem is supporting Mrs. Clinton because "she'll be a great president and because she's a woman." While supposedly decrying the sex barrier, Ms. Steinem uses sex as a qualification for president.

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