Monday, February 11, 2008
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.
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.