Happy Chinese New Year, Everyone!
I usually try not to get too political. In fact, I make it my business to go out of my way to avoid politics, particularly American politics, because it is (and has been for the last 100+ years) nothing but a mud-flinging circus to entertain and incite the public. In other words: it’s B.S. It’s always the same story – each side blames the other for the short-comings of this country, each side blocks whatever movements the other sides the other tries to pass to effect great change… nothing really gets accomplished, except a greater and greater divide in the “Us-Vs.-Them” identity politics chasm. There are people in this country who literally HATE other people simply for the fact that those other people have a dissenting opinion on some issue, and they don’t even know WHO it is they hate, because you obviously can’t tell what a person who thinks a certain way will look like, so they assign that image and go around hating a certain demographic that they SUPPOSE may or may not think that way. It’s sickening.
Just when I thought it couldn’t get any worse, today I’ve had the realization (through popular poll results) that the next leader of the so-called free world could be either one of these two people:
God, help us all. Are we really that desperate as a nation?
Another time, I will write my lament for my nation on the brink of total ruin. But for now, I would like to analyze an alarming news post I read in passing today. This past weekend, at a rally to support former Secretary of State and presidential-hopeful Hillary Clinton (ugh….), Madeleine Albright, also a former Secretary of State, allegedly stated that ‘there’s a special place in Hell for women who don’t help each other’.
By “help each other”, she means “vote for Hillary Clinton”.
Those of you reading may be wondering who this
senile old bat woman is. She’s the one behind classic gems like this one:
…And this one…
….Successful Secretary of State, indeed. Honestly, I don’t even remember her, because I was a kid in the 90’s. But, c’mon…forgetting that about North Korea? Friggin’ NORTH KOREA?! SMH
I was taught to respect my elders, so I’m having a very grand internal struggle right now about whether to dismiss her on her merit as a pompous asshole completely out of touch with reality, or whether to dismiss her on age-related feeble-mindedness. Decisions….
To make matters worse, not only did Clinton go along with it, she DEFENDED HER by stating that those who were outraged were just ‘easily offended’! What. The. Hell. Question mark.
If the current POTUS, had said something like, “If any of you black folks out there don’t vote for Carson, then you’re a self-hating coon!” they would have been livid.
If Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor (ugh….) piped up and said something like, “Latinos have to vote for Marco Rubio, for no other reason than because he’s Latino like us!”, there would be a media frenzy.
If Anderson Cooper came out (pun intended) and said something like, “We men have to stick together! Cast your vote for Bernie Sanders, because he has a penis like we do!”….you get the point. The irony is comical, to say the least. They expect women to be smart and strong, but only when they’re not blindly following them because we all happen to have ovaries.
Since when has choosing a leader for the country based solely on physical attributes EVER panned out well? Since when does feminism, REAL FEMINISM, mean electing a candidate not based on merit/credentials/stance on the issues, but on their genitals?
The NY Times article (linked below) quotes a few good ones from the Chancelloress of Feminazism herself, Gloria Steinem. She sounds off on the issue, and goes so far as to accuse women in Bernie Sanders’ camp of ‘chasing boys, that’s where the boys are’. Because, using their logic, men only vote for other men, like women only vote for other women, not because they actually agree with the candidates on the issues or anything… and women who don’t are just stupid and horny. Yeah, OK.
I’m willing to bet everything that I possess that she didn’t support Michelle Bachmann in 2012, or Sarah Palin in 2008, and that she’s daggone sure not carrying a “Fiorina 2016” poster around now.
I consider myself a feminist. Not a Feminazi, a real feminist. Women do continue to face real issues today, despite the amazing strides we’ve made, both in this country, and around the globe. But – and, correct me if I’m wrong -disrespect never begets respect. Denigrating or ostracizing men won’t ever make it safe for women to walk alone without fear of being raped or murdered, it won’t get us single mom-friendly workplaces. Yes, we are worthy of respect. We must remain respectful until we get it to illustrate how much we really deserve it. Real feminism is about equal rights, opportunities and, in some rare cases, REASONABLE accommodation for women, with regard to the law, the workplace, education, and property ownership. It DOES NOT in any way, shape or form mean:
- having consequence-free sex a-la-carte,
- behaving like a nasty libertine skank and expecting the government to pay for your healthcare once you come down with something as a result
- free government-issue contraceptive pills
- being a rude, abrasive, slatternly pig
- being entitled to a job/education/social standing/privileges/etc. simply on the basis of having boobs
- making important employment/educational/executive/presidential/everyday decisions based on whether someone has the same genitals.
The above list would piss me off to no end if the roles were switched and the bulleted items were what was requested of men, and I say what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. Telling me that I’m doomed for hell because I refuse to vote for a completely untrustworthy, incompetent female candidate simply because she’s also female? Bitch, please.
There is no feminism in shaming a woman for using her brain to make the RIGHT choice, when the clearly wrong choice happens to have boobs.
There is no feminism in guilting a woman, saying that she must make a shitty choice simply because that shitty choice wasn’t a choice available to her fore-mothers.
There is no feminism in inferring that women are somehow superior to men, because vagina.
There is NO FEMINISM in insulting those young women supporting Sanders, calling them “boy-crazy” because the “boy” in question happens to be right and the “girl” is wrong. (I’m looking at you, Gloria Steinem. Go back to your tapioca pudding.)
And, speaking of Gloria Steinem…there is no feminism in basically doing the same exact things to men that you’ve spent your whole miserable life speaking out against for the sake of women.
Feminism says “choose the candidate based on their merits, their stance on the issues, their track record, their expertise WITHOUT REGARD TO THEIR GENDER”. Feminism says “we as women will help each other build a strong community WITH our brothers, and sons as well as daughters”. Feminism says “we must exercise our faculties for the greater good of this society and teach the future generations the richness that BOTH genders can bring to the bank by working together, using our unique strengths and taking turns covering our respective shortcomings in times of triumph as well as in the face of adversity”.
Everyone knows Donald Trump is a complete misogynist. But he’s an old man. What’s really awful is to completely undermine the power and intelligence of modern women when you are a woman yourself! Most people who know me, REALLY know me, know for a fact that I think Hillary Clinton to be the personification of everything wrong with our current political state. She is everything my generation deplores about Washington. She is duplicitous, a flip-flopping band-wagoner, greedy, remorseless, self-serving, pompous, foppish, morally bankrupt… The very definition of a career politician, she says what it is she thinks will get her way, and only takes a stand when the stand has already been made. Take her stance on LGBT, for example. Against it in 2008 when she was running, but somehow all for it in 2014 – after the Supreme Court ruling was passed legalizing it anyway. Never mind the fact that she backed her husband 100% when he passed DOMA. Or how about when he signed mass incarceration into law? Still the only FLOTUS to be fingerprinted by the FBI… and to have those fingerprints found on the Travelgate documents that she ‘couldn’t find’ for two years. Then there’s this:
She was all for capital punishment “for the right reasons” in the first Dem debate, but suddenly has a change of heart from one debate to the next, all thanks to a backlash on Twitter… Hmmm…Let’s not even talk about her Wall Street son-in-law. Tip of the iceberg. Sanders is a nut-job socialist, but when it comes down to who I’ll vote for in a pinch: the saying goes that in the land of the blind…
Yes, I would LOVE to see a woman lead this country one day. But I want it to be a woman in office who isn’t going to lead this country further over the cliff of disaster we’re already sliding down. I and other young women like me want it to be a woman we can actually be proud to say was the first female president, not a woman who got in just because she’s a woman, or who will ultimately bring shame to our sex.