Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Now, NOW

The great thing about being a modern woman is that I get to choose. I get to choose to marry or not. I get to choose to have children or not. I get to choose to have a career or not. I get to choose to have a traditional job or not. I get to choose to vote or not. I have far more choices than my mother, grandmothers or great-grandmothers had. I certainly have more choices than my great-great-grandmothers--several born in bondage--had. My ability to choose gives me freedom. But once again during this political campaign, other women would have me give my freedom of choice away.

In a Jan. 26 article in the Globe and Mail, writer Karen von Hahn not only co-signs Gloria Steinem's ridiculous assertion that gender - not race - is "probably the most restricting force in American life," as well as her historically dishonest point that "black men were given the vote a half-century before women," but von Hahn also bemoans the fact that many third wave feminists view supporting a candidate based only on gender as "lame."

Meanwhile, upon hearing that Sen. Edward Kennedy had endorsed Barack Obama, The New York State chapter of the National Organization for Women went batshit crazy, hammering out a vitriolic missive that called Kennedy's endorsement his "greatest betrayal" of women. (Hmmm...I've read quite a few books about the Kennedys, and I'm telling you...no.)

The NOW letter also says:
And now the greatest betrayal! We are repaid with his abandonment! He’s
picked the new guy over us. He’s joined the list of progressive white men who
can’t or won’t handle the prospect of a woman president who is Hillary Clinton
(they will of course say they support a woman president, just not “this”
one)...

This latest move by Kennedy, is so telling about the status of and respect
for women’s rights, women’s voices, women’s equality, women’s authority and our
ability – indeed, our obligation - to promote and earn and deserve and elect,
unabashedly, a President that is the first woman after centuries of men who
"know what’s best for us."SOURCE

Okay, I know Ted Kennedy is not a woman, but here is what I hear from von Hahn and NOW: If you do not vote for Hillary Clinton, whether you think she is the best candidate or not, you do not support women. If you are a woman who does not think that Clinton is the best presidential candidate, you have been brainwashed by the Spice Girls and Sex in the City, and you are no feminist. If you are a black woman, white feminists will tell you which has greater affect on your life--race or gender; and white feminists say it is gender.

What I hear from too many feminists is this: Don't use your brain. Don't listen to your heart. Do what I say. I know what's good for you.

Haven't women heard that enough.

Side note: On the last episode of Black Women's Roundtable a caller took me and the panel to task for daring to discuss Barack Obama's policies. We should, she said, be voting for him because he is black and we are black. Since none of us plan to do that, we are clearly brainwashed. Sigh...what is a sister to do?

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