Saturday, January 26, 2008

Since when...

...does that sad old queen Andrew Sullivan represent feminism?

Look, Sully, we get it...

You have a terminal case of Hillary Derangement Syndrome.

At the merest mention of her name, his eye begins to twitch, he starts foaming at the mouth and in seconds he is in full-on, deranged-wingnut rant.

But kindly leave us actual feminists out of it, would you?

If there is one thing that has been glaringly illuminated by Hillary's run for the roses, it's this: While we have come a long way since my grandmothers were marching for the right to vote, we still have a long way to go. Misogyny is alive and well and it's most vile practitioners walk among us every single day, passing themselves off as decent human beings.

I would remind the screeching, deranged subject of the crown that women in this country have only been empowered by suffrage since the 19th amendment was ratified on August 19th 1920. The struggle took seven decades.

What is the behind Sully's latest screed?

Something Faye Wattleton said on Hardball:

Chris Matthews: Faye, you first, you know Hillary Clinton, you know Bill Clinton. What's Bill's role in this thing, is it a good role or a bad role?

Faye Wattleton: Well, I think that Bill Clinton's role is that of the spouses of all the candidates, he's participating as a surrogate for his wife who is running. And I think that its entirely consistent with the ascension of other women to the top offices in their country; they come about it as the result of the president being their spouse or being members of prominent families. So I don't think that we should be so upset and agitated about Mr. Clinton's participation - we should continue to focus on the issues that the people want to hear about...these other matters are really side issues.

Like it or not, women have tended to ascend to power via family connections. Indira Ghandi was the daughter of Jawarhalal Nehru, a pivotal leader of the independence movement in India and the first prime minister. More recently, Benazir Bhutto assumed the head of her fathers party after her father and brothers were killed. In this country, the only Republican I have ever voted for is Nancy Kassebaum - who picked up the mantle of her father, Alf Landon.

Sully can twitch and writhe all he wants. He can froth like madman and fall on the floor - but that does not make what Faye Wattleton said any less true, nor does it make what she said a banal acceptance of nepotism.

I don't like the way things are - it's the twenty-first century, for fucks sake! We should be equal by now. That we aren't goes far beyond embarrassing.

Sully is just getting ridiculous with his HDS. He needs to shut the fuck up. And if he doesn't, he needs to have his ass kicked by a group of women wearing sensible shoes.

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