Saturday, April 05, 2014

Still Fighting After All These Years

(Cartoon by Mike Luckovich of the Atlanta Journal Constitution and located here.  Click on image to enlarge and then hustle on back.)

Mike Luckovich's cartoon is as timely today as it was when it was published last year (at least I think it was last year ... ).  We're still fighting the War On Women, and what is particularly disheartening is that there are women fighting on the wrong freakin' side!  Robin Abcarian had a particularly thoughtful analysis of this phenomenon in one of her recent columns for the L.A. Times.  In it, she noted that three conservative women spoke on a panel at an Heritage Foundation event.  (She has happily provided a video of that panel at the top of her column.)

Has feminism made women miserable?

Oh God, are we really having this discussion?

Yes, we are.

That, in fact, was the gist of an all-female panel discussion at the conservative Heritage Foundation which chose to "celebrate" Women’s History Month last week by inviting a trio of professional women to trash the very movement to which they most assuredly owe their status in the workplace.
Not to mention the respect they are accorded by formerly male-dominated political bastions like the, um, Heritage Foundation.
But why let details like that stand in the way when you are, as the panel promised, “Evaluating Feminism, Its Failures and Its Future”? ...

It took a few minutes of watching the video before I realized that these women have nothing good to say about "feminism" because, by their definition, it’s the ideological opposite of "conservative."

To them, it does not stand for the political view that men and women are equal, that women should be able to control their own reproductive fates, that no government entity, educational institution or business should be able to discriminate against anyone on the basis of gender. Instead it's a synonym for “liberals” or “Democrats.”   [Emphasis added]

 I suppose I should be amused by the fact that the three women who indeed "owe their status" to the feminist movement.  Mona Charon (newspaper columnist, occasional talk show guest), Mollie Hemingway (Senior Editor of the Federalist), and Karen Agness (founder of the Network of Enlightened Women -- for college women) all seem to be clueless as to the unlikelihood of their achieving what they have without the movement pushing ... pushing ... pushing.  But I am not amused at all.

Like too many conservatives, these women have taken the stance of their male counterparts:  "I've got mine and to hell with the rest of you."

I'm gonna hate myself for this, but all I can say right now is, "You stupid bints!"

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