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Notes from the Mirror-less Fitting Room: Feminism Dead in Apparent Murder-Suicide August 18, 2010

Clothes are a woman’s second skin.  For many girls, it does not matter if we are pro-life or hanging out at our local Planned Parenthood passing out the morning after pill- we like to look good.  Hillary and her sisterhood of traveling pantsuits.  Sarah Palin sporting a sassy pair of heels during her VP debate against Joe Biden (those heels looked good buried in his ass by the way).  Michelle Malkin, always the stylish conservative.  So I am told, Condi Rice has a shoe collection to die for.  And there is Michelle Obama who mixes organic arugula and J. Crew sensibility with liberal platitudes and $500 Lanvin tennis shoes.

The point I am making is that women like to shop.  Clothes are clothes right?  Vegans and environmentalists aside, you don’t have to be a stark raving libertarian to appreciate a beautiful women Bottega Veneta classic brown leather bag.

When it comes to shopping, girls check their political differences at the fitting room door.

Or so I thought.

On a recent visit to Manhattan, I made a stop at one of my favorite and most physically debilitating stores- Century 21.   I was in pursuit of  off season designer bargains.  What I got instead was a nose full of dust and pathogens- possibly from the British tourists that sneezed in my face and a bruised shoulder.

The best thing about Century 21 is its endless plethora of cool stuff from clothes, to handbags, lingerie, hats, hosiery.  The worse thing about Century 21 is its uncanny ability to demonstrate the worst behavior demonstrated by women since Seinfield’s  Elaine had a meltdown over the Today Sponge.

To see women in our most primitive state, simply walk into the Century 21 on Cortlandt Street in NYC.  The best seats in the house are on the third floor where the high end designer stuff lies in waiting to be grabbed, snagged, and bagged.

Because I have not lived in New York since 2007, I had to proceed carefully.  Not that Chicago women lack the tenacity of New York’s top shopping barracudas.  It is just that we tend not to kick a fellow woman’s  ass over a once heavily sequined Dolce and Gabanna  thong that has been tried on by hundreds of fat sweaty tourists.   Chicago women reserve their energy for deflecting random bullets from drive by shootings and grabby corrupt politicians.  After all, what good is a sequined thong in the dead of  a Midwestern winter when the coroner must peel it off your rigor mortissed ass for any evidence of sexual assault?  What a waste.   Jockey cotton thongs are more practical and mass produced just for girls like us.   Having said that, I now found my Jockey strapped butt in Century 21 after a two year absence.

Afrocity was somewhat afraid that she lost her bitchy spidey senses.  However this was put to rest once I hit some Russian speaking woman in the face with my big shopping bag with the sharp corners…by accident of course.  Somehow I just lose all sense of balance when I am standing next to a person that shoves all of the clothes on a rack to one side…WHILE I AM STILL LOOKING AT THEM.  Sounds of screeching hangers give me the willies.  I can’t be responsible for stomping my foot on the back of that white Chanel gown you meant to try on later and possibly wear tonight…Yes TONIGHT.

…So many clothes so little time and money. Speaking of money, the sound of foreign language in the store expressed one of my concerns about the declining American dollar. The Euro shoppers were clobbering us Betsy Ross dwellers.  Every time I picked up something I liked , I had to look at the price tag first, subtract it from my checking account,  and decided if I loved the item enough to starve to death until payday and use substandard non clumping cat litter.  My kitties do not dig Johnny Cat no matter how cool their owner looks in the Jil Sander blouse.   Afrocity for the sake of your cats, put the blouse down and walk away.

Within an hour, I was exhausted and walking around in circles with the same tunic and skinny jeans in my arms.  Once I determined that my time was more valuable than clawing my way though piles of clothes arranged on the floor and atop the heads of stroller bound toddlers,  my exit strategy went into effect.   Try on, pay up and get out.    However, I was about to have my hopes of an easy out dashed when the sound of quibbling stopped me dead in my tired from high heeled sandals foot tracks.

“Fuck you Bitch!”  a very tall black women yelled at an Indian woman.

The Indian woman was with a girl who was possibly her daughter.

The site of the conflict was a pair of Seven For All  Mankind jeans on sale for $10.99.

Let’s remember that the desires and motives of a fashionista goes beyond race, ethnicity or political ideology.

“You better take your hands off my fuckin’ jeans before you need a mosque up in this bitch.”

Laughter erupted from a small group of Southern tourists.  I could tell they were from the South due to their accents and proclivity to grab all of the Lily Pulitzer items they could find. The “Arizona Rocks” tee shirt one was wearing was a dead give away that they were NOT LIBERALS.   Which in New York City is a sin.

Eyes rolled at the Southern Belles.   Oh shit.  I feel a plane incoming.

I will pause from the action for a moment to mention that Century 21 is very close to Ground Zero in a number of ways in terms of both proximity and symbolically.  Some of fashions greatest “final sale wars” have been fought here.  Women have morally died on this sacred shopping ground.  Strangely once you depart the store and step outside,  Ground Zero is starring you in the face.

Century 21 store in Manhattan, near Ground Zero.

Mirroring the current debate over the building of a mosque near ground zero has nothing to do with fashion but in this case, the lust over a pair of jeans somehow was transformed into a political insult.   Before I could say Tandoori Chicken and Junior’s Cheesecake,  fuzz began to fly as the women grabbed at the jeans back and forth in a tug of war.  Where is Solomon when you need him? Threaten to cut the damn jeans in half and see who loves them more.

“Don’t bring the mosque into it,”  said a voice.  My eyes scanned the clothing racks and it was some dowdy “I am waiting for my teenage kid to try on everything in this store type” -a back to school shopping causality among the Marc Jacobs new fall arrival section.

I gave her a mean look but somehow that did not register with the brawl groupie because she continued to say stupid things.  “Who let in the Tea Party pro-life  racists  Sarah Palin’s over there?” the woman said gesturing towards the once laughing southerners.

And therein lies my problem with liberal women. The root of all evil begins and ends with Sarah Palin.  The root of all conflict begins and ends with abortion.  Make accusations and name call first, ask questions never.

Protect federal funds for education??? Can you say school vouchers?

Can someone explain to me why every so called feminist attempt to bring down Sarah Palin results in a murder-suicide for all womankind?  Liberal women shoot Sarah Palin and conservative women. Liberal women in turn make all women look stupid and catty thus murdering our potential for political strength.  Men will divide and conquer- always.  Hillary Clinton’s  race against Obama proved this.  Sure some women were mad and did not like Obama as the presidential nominee but what happened?  Katy Couric, the MSM used women against women.  Sarah Palin, the liberal deemed CUNT was used to scare women back into the arms of Obama.

As women we all have vaginae ..right? That does not mean that we always have to agree on everything.

Anyway, the southern women may have been liberals who voted Obama yet their laughter over the mosque comment and Arizona Rocks tee shirt excluded them from any inclusion in the feminists girls club.  You are like Sarah- the Mama grizzly Grinch who stole healthcare, mosques, abortion, and anything else that liberal feminists apparently stand for. Meanwhile the men stand around and watch our political cat fights.  Laughing at us, laugh fight, demean and tear down each other.

Perhaps a birth control pill flavored smoothie is appropriate at this time.  Stop the fighting. Feel the love and restricted reproduction. But alas, before we could break out the blender and soy milk,  a male store manager arrived on the scene to pull the women apart.

Afrocity took one look at the line for the fitting room and sighed.  Off went her clothes right in the middle of the store.  Yep, I tried on the jeans in public.  The mirror-less fitting room.  This was my tiny contribution towards the dying sad sound of a woman’s dignity.  Cellulite beginnings  and all,  Afrocity squeezed into the 29 waist skinny jeans only to feel like a sardine marinated in patriarchal snake oil.  Fuck this.

I threw down the jeans and tunic, running down the escalator to my sanity, guarding the contents of my checking account like a momma grizzly bear.  I will not spend one conservative dime in this feminist burial ground zero.

Autographed Letter Signed,

AFROCITY

 

Women and Politics: Are We Strong to the Finish? February 9, 2010

Although I am a Republican, I am African American and can relate to the significance of the election of Barack Obama. Whether I like it or not, he is the first POTUS of color and as a country we have been forever changed because of it.  I do not agree with his character or policies but as far as the collective memory of this nation, he is here to stay.

I am not a mother and I probably never will be. Sure I fantasize about it, the feedings, the PTA meetings.

Would my failings as an adult and lapses in judgment cause irrevocable damage to the quality of their life?

Is it possible to be a great mom when my own childhood was so dysfunctional?  When I was raised by a single mom who collected a monthly pay check from Uncle Sam? There was no significant male figure in my life, save for a brother living military life  in Europe most of my life.

What about politics?

Someday this child will want to go out and vote or at least I hope they would want to contribute to the political process.

I also wonder if I were a mom, what would I say to he or she about Barack Obama?

Would I take a copy of Dreams of My Father, hold it in front of my child and say “Bad Man…S O C I A L I ST” ?

Would I yell idiot at the television every time Obama’s image pops up? That would be every day.

You may be surprised at this but my answer is no.

For example if my child arrived from school with a homework assignment about Obama. They have to answer five questions about Obama’s impact on our coutry.

For argument’s sake let’s pretend that the text book is full of liberal embellishments: “Obama is a great man”, “Obama saved our country from the brink of financial Armageddon, “Obama is the greatest president since FDR.”  “Racism almost kept Obama out of the White House”…

How would I handle this situation without passing on my own prejudices against the man?   This is the first president of color we are talking about.   As any good archivist/ historian, I would teach my child to do rigorous research on it’s own.  I would say that while I did not agree with Obama’s policies and I did not vote for him, his election was a pivotal moment in history for all Americans but especially for African Americans.   If the child is very young, there is no need to discuss the motivation and behavior behind Barack Obama.

Afrocity mom would bust out the”Great  Black Politicians in  History”  flash cards which hopefully have cardboard representations Colin Powell, Condeleeza Rice,  Michael Steele,  along with Barack Obama, Jesse Jackson and other prominent black Americans.  Let’s save the Obama and Bill Ayers stories  for middle or high school.  Obama was the first black president and I will not steal that moment–the very significance of it, away from my child.   If I wrote Obama off as a simpleton, say as many liberal women  particularly feminists do Sarah Palin, what would I really be teaching my child?  I just marginalized an important historical figure at the expense of my child’s freedom to choose their own heroes.

The "Fernie Swastikas" A Canadian Women's Hockey Team. In 1923 they defeated the Vancouver Amazons. What would you say to your daughter about this picture today?

Every group or identity politic has memorable stories that endure the harshness of forgetfulness.  Stories that we reiterate to each generation over and over again.  I accept that Barack Obama will be one of them.  His legacy will be held to redefinition over the years. Historians will carefully examine his accomplishments and  spin new interpretations  on Barry-O but still he will never go away.

The same can be said for women’s history.  We can be Republicans or Democrats, Independents, Tea Partiers but we still are women.

What if Sarah Palin did win presidential election in 2012?  What would women, liberals in particular say to their daughters?   “Sarah Palin is a CUNT” ? would they hang her and Piper in effigy over the local Planned Parenthood center? Or would they say: “You know what, I do not agree with this woman’s stance on abortion or gay marriage, but her getting elected to the highest office in the nation is a pretty damn big step for all women”?

As it stands now, we have all this unfolding discourse on how qualified Sarah Palin is. She must prove herself. Over and over and over again like a broken record.   No matter how many speeches Sarah gives, she still must prove herself.

I was somewhat upset with Geraldine Ferraro during this FOX NEWS interview with Megyn Kelly.  Again with the Sarah must prove herself.

I wanted to jump into Megyn’s fancy new studio and say “Hey, Gerry…I was a kid when you ran on the DNC ticket and really I think Sarah Palin gave more interview’s and is under far more media scrutiny than you ever were.”

After a year of fumbles and corpse-men, Obamatons are still chanting “All we are saying, is give Obama a chance”

Would they do the same for Sarah?

I will close this post with one of my most memorable moments in Afrocity once watched cartoons history.  Precious and is this episode of Popeye the Sailor Man.  Olive Oyl imagines herself as being President of the United States of America.  She fights sexism and partisan politics, she has a male secretary. Please watch and I am sure you will be equally entertained and frightened that this antique film reel still captures the underpinnings of a woman’s struggle in politics today. It will take a helluva lot more than a can of spinach to get a woman in the White House sowing the seeds of legislation and real change instead of organic arugula.

Autographed Letter Signed,

AFROCITY

 

The Bitch That Stole The Christmas Cell Phone and Other Tales of “Liberal Feminists” December 17, 2009

You’re a mean one Miss Flight Attendant Bitch…

You asked me to put away my cell phone…

Don’t you give a damn about how important I really think I am?

Miss Flight Attendant Bitch…

You better scram

before I clobber you…with a stimulus sized leg of lamb

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From this article on the American Thinker


Chuck Schumer calls flight attendant ‘Bitch’

George Joyce
Politico is reporting that Sen. Chuck Schumer, (D-NY), called a US Airways flight attendant a “Bitch” Sunday after a dispute regarding cell phone use prior to take-off.

According to a GOP aide on the same flight from New York to Washington, the flight attendant approached Schumer after he and fellow Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) continued talking on their cell phones after an announcement requested passengers to turn off the devices.

When Schumer’s request to continue his phone conversation was denied by the flight attendant, he turned off his phone and began to argue with her about the rules.  Schumer persisted even after, according to the Politico report, the flight attendant had mentioned that “the entire plane was waiting on him to shut down his phone.”

The flight attendant reminded Schumer that she was only following the rules and then left.  According to the GOP aide Schumer then leaned over to Sen. Gillibrand and called the flight attendant a “Bitch.”

Brian Fallon, a spokesman for Sen. Schumer, said later that “[t]he senator made an off-the-cuff comment under his breath that he shouldn’t have made, and he regrets it.”

Wow. Back when I was a more active PUMA, I can recall several New Yorkers telling me how great Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)…Strong, outspoken, “a great woman to have represent us”. It is sad to say that her silence during Sen. Schumer’s “bitch” remark disappoints me. I have yet to see Senator Gillibrand actually live up the the good “take one for the girls” reputation that my PUMA sisters have bestowed upon her.  Of course Schumer’s  “bitch”  slip-up has earned him a huge Christmas stocking filled with mainstream media and liberal feminists crickets.

While browsing the comments on a HuffPo article about this incident, some liberals actually bashed the GOP aide who “leaked” the story, others exclaimed that they were disappointed in Schumer because they admired him so as a supporter of women. Gee, that sounds familiar…. You mean like Barack Obama being hailed by the left as a feminist while demeaning Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail???  Okay whatever works for you.

My favorite is this comment on the Chicago Tribune version of the story. They compare this incident to Obama and the Cambridge police debacle. They claim to want to know the details. Schumer called the flight attendant a bitch. Is there really much else to know?  Skip Gates was not called a “nigger” or a “boy”. The situations are not remotely the same in my book but you be the judge.

…On the surface, it appears that Schumer showed his arrogance…showed that he is above the law…showed his lack of professionalism….showed his lack of character.

As for the flight attendant…some stewardess (excuse me, flight attendants) act like they are God. The way to deal with them is to avoid any encounter. Just do what they say. And they know this…they know they have the power. So they act like the b word. Remember the incident between Victoria Osteen and Sandra Brown, the stewardess (excuse me, flight attendant), which was later proven that the stewardess (excuse me, the flight attendant) had previous similar modus operandi? Well, if this was not Victoria Osteen, this stewardess (excuse me, flight attendant) would have gotten away again with murder.

Knowing that some stewardess (excuse me, flight attendants) can be jerks themselves, it would be inappropriate to put all the blame on Schumer.

I don’t like Schumer. But to be a good judge, one cannot condemn Schumer, without knowing what happened exactly.

Don’t pull an obama, who admitted that he did not know the details, but yet concluded that Cambridge police department acted stupidly.


You’re a monster.

Miss Sarah Palin

You’re brain is empty

Like your pro-life, gun toting soul

We liberal feminists should defend you

But we couldn’t

you’re a conservative female

so we never wouldn’t

Miss Sarah Palin…

We would rather watch Oprah Winfrey

help lick Tiger “cheetah’s” wounds…

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From this article in the Chicago Tribune:

Oprah Winfrey Show Reaches out to Tiger Woods

December 17, 2009

By Fred Mitchell

When Tiger Woods appeared as a guest on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” with his father on April 30, 1998, he was reduced to tears.

I was in the audience that day when Woods and his father, Earl, promoted the book I co-authored called “Playing Through.” Almost 12 years later, the show has asked Woods to return to the set in Chicago to face a national television audience and address his admitted acts of infidelity.

Meanwhile, several media outlets quoted unnamed sources saying that Woods’ wife, Elin, will be filing for divorce in the wake of his confessed infidelity.

“Divorce is 100 percent,” one source told ABC News. “She’s not rushing to divorce. … She wants all the dirty laundry to be out on the table before she signs anything.”

In the wake of this personal turmoil, if Woods were to shed a few tears on “Oprah,” his public image likely would improve.

“We have reached out to Tiger Woods’ representatives, but nothing is confirmed,” a representative from Harpo Productions said Wednesday.

In the spring of ’98, Earl penned some special advice in “Playing Through” that was directed specifically to his son. Earl passed away in May 2006.

As Winfrey read the affectionate “Letter to my Son” from the book signed “Pop,” Woods broke down in tears.

Gov. Sarah Palin was not good enough for Oprah's couch yet Tiger Woods is. I hope Oprah covers it with plastic. Who knows what "cheetah" will do on that couch.

Poor “cheetah” now just like Chris Brown who beat up singer Rhianna we all have to rally at his side. Oprah is a bastion of feminism. This is a woman who refused to afford Sarah Palin a visit on her Emmy award winning “couch’ while campaigning “silently” for Barack Obama. Who would have thought that the world’s greatest talk show hostess with the free car under your seat and mostess, a survivor of sexual abuse and discrimination against African Americans and women would dislike a woman like Sarah Palin enough to actually sit on stage with Tina “sometimes I am a feminist for Hillary Clinton. Sometimes I am a cheerleader for the destruction of free political choice among women. Sometimes I just like to pose on magazine covers wearing little to cover my bony ass”  Fey chatting it up and laughing about Palin’s unique accent.

Now Tiger “cheetah” Woods will possibly  get a shoulder to cry on in front of a national audience thanks to Oprah Winfrey.  She would not give Sarah Palin a platform on her show until she deemed it financially expedient to do so and of course her manger child Obama was safe in the White House.  But “cheetah” sure..Americans need to hear him say it loud and proud…I made 18 hoes in one!!!

Score one for the girls.

Autographed Letter Signed,

AFROCITY




 

Political Holiday Wish List: That Feminists Would Know What A Feminist Looks Like December 10, 2009

Vintage Cover of MS. Magazine

Growing up during the 1970′s persuaded me to swallow the huge bitter slow time released pill of feminism. Housewife bad. Career woman good. Armed with birth control pills and college degrees as women, we marched in step the women’s liberation movement. By the time I was a teenager, something shifted. A good woman could now balance everything– work and family.  Drive a Land Rover to her corporate job in New York City while making Juicy Juice popsicles for her artificially inseminated triplets.  Magazines such as Working Mother went into circulation. Nannies, the Today sponge,  Wonder Bras, Monica Lewinsky, Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin…Yes Sarah Palin.

How does feminism solve a problem like Sarah Palin???  A conservative, gun toting candidate for the 2008 vice presidency. She is pro-life, Alaskan governor, five kids, former beauty queen. Has a gorgeous husband who loves her. Mother of a special needs child… What is there not for feminists to like. By all accounts, Sarah Palin is a remarkable woman, living the feminist dream.

Or so one would think…

Sarah’s view of her duties as a politician is surprisingly free of snobbery. Moreover she has the rare ability to actually blend in with her constituents in a way that makes you feel she understands your needs because she has been there.

So why did feminism throw Sarah under the bus for Barack Obama? Because she is conservative that is why.

Remember this is the same movement that took sides with Bill Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky.

Ultimately what is most important to feminists is supporting a leftist agenda and not the true rights of women.

How can women be treated as equals among men when the very movement that claims to support us does not see Republican and conservative women as equals among women?

In the end, we all lose as women.

What is it saying about tolerance and acceptance when the only commemorative postage stamps of great women are liberals? Are we not free to think for ourselves without ridicule from those who share the same genital parts? If Afrocity can be African America and conservative, she can also be a woman and conservative. Right?  If this is true will someone please tell me why I have been given the pink slip from each group. I have been stripped of my gender membership as well as my racial membership cards.

Is This What Feminism Looks Like?This Christmas there will be no visit to Afrocity from the Feminist Santa. Fine!!!

I will not put any tampon shaped cookies and birth control pills by the fireplace for Feminist Santa on Christmas Eve.

Upon being abandoned by my race and gender, I do occasionally read what I am supposedly missing. Just yesterday, I happened upon this review by Ms. magazine of the newest Twilight film New Moon:

New Moon, Same Old Sexist Story

By Carmen D. Siering and Katherine Spillar

Sure, the film New Moon is breaking box office records, and both tween girls and their moms are swooning over pale-faced vampire Edward and hunky werewolf Jacob, who both vie for the attention of our ostensible hero, Bella. Isn’t it romantic?

Well…. with just a moment of critical analysis, feminists can’t be too happy about how the latest episode in the Twilight series, adapted from Stephanie Meyer’s popular books, represents a young woman and her place in the modern world. In fact, the New film is really just more of the same, only worse.

Where director Catherine Hardwicke, who helmed the first Twilight film, subtly tweaked the characters of Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson), creating a somewhat more equal relationship between them, New Moon director Chris Weitz seems content to let things stand as Meyer wrote them. Edward reverts to his overbearing ways, dictating the direction of the relationship—in this case, ending it—and Bella quite literally lies down and takes it.

In fact, just moments after Edward leaves her, Bella stumbles in the woods and refuses to get up, lying in the muck until a strong, bare-chested man carries her out. Later, we see her sitting in her room, staring out the window, as the months roll by. When she isn’t sitting and staring, she is in bed having nightmares. Very empowering.

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, then Sarah Heath, holding the 1980-1981 Wasilla High School Girl's Cross Country Running championship trophy in Wasilla, Alaska.

Ms. give me a break. How do you expect for anyone to take you seriously about the lack of female empowerment in the Twilight series when your writers cannot accept a that a conservative woman running for the office of Vice President of the United States could possibly be empowering to young women everywhere?

Sounds like you are the ones who do not know what a feminist looks like.

Autographed Letter Signed,

AFROCITY

EW!!!!

EWWW

 

Diversity Fatigue Friday: When It Comes To Hate Crimes, Bros Before Hoes November 13, 2009

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Crickets from the mainstream media concerning Lionel McIntyre, an African American Columbia University professor of architecture who punch a female colleague in the face. I wonder why? Could it be because McIntyre’s faculty biography on his Columbia University web page reads as though he is the perfect champion of civil rights and equality?Could it be because he is African American?

From the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s, Professor McIntyre worked in civil rights and labor organizing in the deep South. His international experience began with travel abroad in 1972 as co-liaison for the first “People to People Friendship Delegation” to the People’s Republic of China and conducted a subsequent study tour in 1979…”Pl

Please do explain to me how the description above translates into his actions below:

Police refuse to charge Columbia professor with hate crime after alleged attack on co-worker

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Prof. Lionel Mcintyre, accused of assaulting a female at Columbia University, leaving criminal court. Photo New York Post

 

November 11, 2009

By Dave Gibson


On Monday, New York City police arrested Lionel McIntyre, 59, an architecture professor at Columbia University, for punching a woman in the face, and slapping another man. The alleged attack took place the previous Friday night at Toast bar in Harlem. The woman, Camille Davis, who also works at Columbia University was left with a heavily bruised face, after taking what witnesses described as a closed-fisted punch in the face from McIntyre.Bar employee Richie Velez told the New York Post: “The punch was so loud, the kitchen workers in the back heard it over all the noise. I was on my way over when he punched Camille and she fell on top of me.”Waiter, Rob Dalton said: “It was a real sucker punch. Camille’s a great lady, always nice to everybody, and doesn’t deserve anything like this.”McIntyre, who is black was having an angry discussion about racial issues and in particular about so-called “white privilege,” with both of his alleged victims, who are white.

 

The man who McIntyre allegedly attacked, only wishes to be identified by his first name, Shannon, told the Post: “He knocked the glasses right off my face. The punch came out of nowhere. Mac was talking to us about white privilege and what I was doing about it — apparently I wasn’t doing enough.”

McIntyre reportedly had an argument with Davis a few weeks earlier over race. He has been charged with assault and was released without bail.

McIntyre told the Post that it was “a very unfortunate event.”

Ha Ha Obama

Why are the actions of Dr. Mcintyre not being explored as a hate crime? The facts clearly state  that this was not his first argument with Ms. Davis. Surely he harbored some anger towards her because she was white and privileged.

Here is a video response to the crime:


In October of this year,  President Obama signed expanded hate crimes legislation into law, explaining that the provision would “strengthen the protections against crimes based on the color of your skin, the faith in your heart, or the place of your birth.”

violence-diamondIn the United States federal law, defines a hate crime as one that is motivated by the victim’s race, color, religion or national origin….But says virtually nothing about gender..What about women?

Where are you NOW? Will someone please step up for Camille Davis.

Or does the left believe that she behaved “stupidly”?

Will Obama have a tea summit in order to mend fences between the two?

Of course Camille will have to pack on the Derma Blend in order to look presentable for his majesty.

Autographed Letter Signed,

AFROCITY

 

Feminism Today: Crouching Paper Tiger, Hidden Dragon Lady July 18, 2009

Unhappy feminist Thirty some years ago, I remember walking down the aisle of the grocery store with my mother, holding on to the side of the shopping cart.

“Stay with me,” she would warn.

Of course I did not listen and just when she was thumping watermelons in the produce aisle, I would dart off to two places: the Brachs candy stand where I would fill my pockets with orange slices and caramels (without putting a penny in the sample box) and next I was off to the magazine stand.  I loved to read magazines but the only place I could was at the library or the supermarket.   Occasionally, I would grab a child appropriate magazine like Highlights or Jack N’ Jill.  But mostly I would go for the magazines that my mother referred to as “white folks mags”, Family Circle, Better Homes and Gardens, Ladies Home Journal.  I loved the recipes that my mother would never make and pictures of homes that I would never live in.

After browsing through those ,  next I would look at the “black folks mags” like Ebony, Jet, and Essence to catch up on the latest in black hair care, the 100 most influential black people, and to learn what I could do as a woman to please my black man.  Flipping through the pages, I found insightful renderings on why black women should stop nagging their “good black men” and be more supportive. Now if only my mother had a good black man and I had a father,  we would be all set to go.

obama-cartoonSpeaking of go,  I would leave the magazine section to make a check on the parental figure at this point. Like a good mom she had made her way to the breakfast cereals. Good thing I had caught up to her just in time to give my valuable input.

“Boo Berry cereal,” I said pointing at the box with the purple ghost and filled with colored marshmallows and 16 essential fortified vitamins.

Mom give me a cross look. “I told you not to wonder off. Now stay by me, I don’t want to have to go looking for you before I check out.”

“Okay”

Slam, bam phooey. As soon as she picked up a can of Jolly Green Giant veggies, I was back in the zine aisle, readily situated on a milk crate with Cosmopolitan.  My perception of the “Cosmo woman” was someone who was sexy, in control of her life and armed with an IUD or diaphragm.  Loved those pictures of voluptuous breasts I would never grow because I was destined to be an “A” cup.  Loved the article explaining how to be a bitch in the workplace, juxtaposed with a Halston suit clad woman, reading the Wall Street Journal while holding a man’s head between her quivering thighs. I bet she smelled like that Enjolie perfume too.

My final periodical selection was Ms. Magazine.  An aspiring feminist such as myself needed to keep in touch with the current buzz in women’s movement.

And God created Sarah Palin. Women have come so far today, that we are placed side by side with great men sich as Michaelangelo

And God created Sarah Palin. Women have come so far today, that we are placed side by side with great men such as Michelangelo

Pre-teen Afrocity was down with feminism. Raised on grape juice drink wishes and government cheese dreams,  my completed my feminist tutelage under the best liberal black mom on food stamps in the entire world.

I knew my pre-feminist commandments:

1. I am woman, the other gender does not come before me.

2.Thou shalt not grow up and carve yourself into any image of a housewife.

3. Thou shalt not bow down before man.

4. Honor thy mother and grandmother, and personal shopper.

5. Thou shalt not be pro-life.

6. Remember to keep a safety pin in your purse,  in case garments get “holy”

7. Thou shalt not bear arms, even against thy peeping Tom neighbor.

8.  Thou shalt not kill, unless it is with kindness.

9. Thou shalt not commit adultery, unless he does first.

10. Thou shalt not take the name of your political affiliation, the DNC in vain, for the liberals will not hold her guiltless who belongs to the Republican Party.

Condi Rice will make cornbread in vaginal and melanin hell.  How dare she be a Republican and an African American woman?

Condi Rice will make cornbread in vaginal and melanin hell. How dare she be a Republican and an African American woman?

Fast forward to 2009…Afrocity faltered and is going to vaginal hell. Clean up on feminist commandment aisle 10.  Before switching parties, I was a good feminist. Now liberals are throwing holy Kool Aid water on my face. ARGH, it burns.  Who resides here in vaginal hell with Afrocity? Hi, Tammy Bruce, Greta Van Susteren. Geeze is that…Why it is!!! Anita Bryant.  Hello Ann Coulter, love the hair, still blond and shiny in all of this liberal heat and humility. And of course Sarah Palin working mom, GOP Governor of Alaska,pro-life yep you deserve to be here- nothing about you speaks to the advancement of women’s rights. What’s up  Bristol…Piper are you down here too? What was that? You hate J. Crew clothing for girls. For shame.

Trying to make sense of feminism today is like watching the launch of a space shuttle that blows up in mid-air. Unfortunately, I watched that in the 80′s with the space shuttle Challenger and I am watching it again with the feminist movement of present.

Sarah Palin as you know could never be feminist, and  according to Newsweek writer Eleanor Clift,  Palin has also “let women down”.

Newsweek

“Palin’s Long Run”

As a runner, Sarah Palin has shown she has endurance. What will she do with that?

By Eleanor Cliff

Jul 17, 2009

I didn’t feel compelled to weigh in on Sarah Palin, at least not in print, until I saw her featured in Runner’s World, the holy grail for anybody who’s laced up a pair of running shoes. I don’t know how I missed that piece of her biography, but I learned that she’s been running for 35 years, since she was a child and her parents caught the running craze in the mid-’70s.

That’s when I caught it too, and suddenly I felt simpatico with Palin, an odd feeling since her political inclinations are so different from mine. She grew up doing family run runs, her parents were marathoners, and her dad ran Boston a couple times, another holy grail. “I feel so crappy if I go more than a few days without running,” she says. Now that’s my kind of woman.

Running is what they call a positive addiction. I once had a stress fracture in my foot, which I ignored as best I could lest it interfere with my run. I didn’t come to my senses until my husband asked how long it would take me to hop four miles. Palin faults the McCain staff for failing to carve out time for her to run during the campaign. She’d issue an ultimatum that she needed to run, and too often it never happened. Just think what a different campaign we might have seen if Palin had been given the time to generate those exercise-induced endorphins and maybe even order her thoughts. She might have saved herself from becoming a laughingstock with that disastrous interview with Katie Couric.

Palin MapWow, before the article’s author Ms. Clift  picked up Runner’s World, magazine she never felt compelled to write about Palin of course until now. That’s a stretch (excuse pun). It is so odd that she felt “simpatico” with Palin because you know as a conservative dragon lady, Sarah Palin does not do normal people stuff like eating wasabi peas, taking a daily shit, or running.

The rest of the article can serve as starting points for a discussion on what is wrong with journalism today.

I have sympathy with Palin as a woman and a mother. She wanted her life back. I get that. But I don’t think that walking away from the governor’s office is compatible with attaining the presidency, and her excuse, that she was sparing the state of Alaska the expense of a lame-duck governorship, was laughable. The detail that jumped out at me from a front-page piece in The New York Times was how Palin’s hair was thinning at such an alarming rate due to stress that her beautician staged an intervention. The governor was clearly having trouble coping and instead of backing away and deflecting the criticism, she engaged with every attack, however petty.

Much of the criticism leveled against Palin is justified. She has the makings of a dangerous political figure, a populist in the tradition of Pat Buchanan, whipping up resentment among “real Americans,” the term she used in the campaign and which applies mostly to white, rural pockets of the country. Now that Buchanan has mellowed into the role of television pundit, we forget that he prosecuted the culture wars of the 1990s with his opposition to affirmative action, immigration, gay rights, and abortion, and that he won the New Hampshire primary in 1996, vowing, “The peasants are coming with pitchforks.”

Buchanan is an unabashed admirer of Palin’s, and no wonder. She’s as good as he is at fanning the resentment of Americans who feel left out and left behind in a world that’s changing too fast for them.

I countered this with my "Pro- Black People- Anti-Obama- McCain/Palin 2008" bumper sticker

I countered this with my "Pro- Black People- Anti-Obama- McCain/Palin 2008" bumper sticker

Clift’s article succeeds beautifully in clinging to every Sarah Palin stereotype sold in the mainstream media market. Quoting the New York Times as a credible unbiased news source reflects fair and balanced reporting. Finding Pat Buchanan in the Palin family tree is also a nice touch. You said Pat and Sarah are pretty much good as conservative blood related cousins because he supports her, correct? Do you think there is any incest going on?  Resentful Americans who feel left behind like me want to know. Hey Ms. Clift, there actually might be a story in that for you.  Also you are so right, the criticism of Sarah Palin is so justified. Let’s embrace those who were brave enough to wear the “Sarah Palin is a CUNT” tee shirts. The criticism was justifiable.

Finally, as was the case with most liberal journalists, Clift gives a compelling reason as to explain why Sarah Palin is a disappointment to all womankind:

…Nixon was easy to hate in a pure, unadulterated way. The emotions Palin arouses in the electorate are far more complicated. Women were drawn to her initially, but she let them down. Her positions were too far to the right and her knowledge too provincial. She wasn’t ready to be president. Those attitudes have hardened with time. In the latest CBS poll, only 33 percent of Republicans say she’d make an effective president; that number was 71 percent last fall. Still, I can’t think of another vice presidential candidate on a failed ticket who remained newsworthy a year later. Nobody cared what Dan Quayle had to say after the Bush-Quayle ticket lost in ’92, and he’s the closest analog to Palin, chosen for the youth and good looks he could bring to a charisma-challenged elder statesman.

On behalf of conservative women everywhere let me grab a bucket and puke.

The CBS poll is most likely biased, most conservatives do not identify as Republicans. I have seen other polls that give Sarah Palin advantages over Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, at as much as 75%.  The claim that “women were drawn to Palin initially”  is a strange one in light of Clift’s confession that she never felt compelled to give Palin as single keystroke until she read the Runner’s World piece.   I am never initially drawn to anything that I don’t stay permanently drawn to.  I was never initially drawn to Michelle Obama or her husband.  I was never initially drawn to Nancy Pelosi. I was never initially drawn to Donna Brazille, even when Bill Clinton was president.  I will always remain drawn to Hillary Clinton despite some reservations about her role in the Obama administration.  You can denounce Sarah Palin as a provincial conservative, for her pro-life beliefs. Yes liberal feminists, I know that Sarah Palin should endure a thousand menstrual cramps for denouncing gay marriage. She will never be a feminist.

In the aftermath of the 2008 election where busloads of young women stumped for Barack Obama while rear ending Sarah Palin, I get there are no feminists on the  right, but look at what you are doing and saying to our young women? Are there really any feminists left?

Autographed Letter Signed,

AFROCITY

Feminism

 

Thursday Stitch N’ Bitch: When Private Matters Become Public June 25, 2009

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I pledge my alligience to the United States of Dick

Does fighting for the rights of women equate speaking for ALL women?If it does not… do you think it should?

Are women more divided by race, class, and political ideologies than we are unified by gender?

Yesterday in a press conference which is aming the strangest I have ever seen in my life, Governor Mark Sanford (R-SC) admitted to having an extra marital affair. My first thoughts were not oh shit I hope he isn’t a Republican. My first thoughts were prayer and sympathy for his family.

Kennedy MarilynOf course my liberal counterparts used this as an opportunity to label Republicans as hypocrites because many hold pro-life stances and purport to be the party of family values. My question to liberals is does this imply that the Democrats are NOT the party of family values?  After all I voted for a man that got a blow job from an White House intern in the oval office…and then lied about it. He was impeached by the House of Representatives on charges of perjury, and obstruction of justice.  But that is okay because the Democrats are NOT the party of family values, right?  It was okay that Bill Clinton had to pay Paula Jones $850,000 in order to settle her suit against him. What amazes me is the number of women who still defend Bill Clinton. I loved Bill. I voted for him twice but what he did was wrong and it was sexual harassment. Who got dragged through the mud in the media? Who was the focus of fat jokes and called a White House wrecking slut? Who was told later when she ran for president that she could not run the White House if her own house was not in order?

edward and hunterIt was the women not the men.

If Democrats don’t stand for family values, I wish someone had told me. I would have left ages ago.

Did John Edwards get that memo when he cheated on his cancer stricken wife and had a love child out of wedlock? Last time I checked, Edwards was a Democrat. I have a strong dislike for him because I know of at least ten women who voted for him during the Democratic primaries over Hillary Clinton. If it were not for Edwards, Hillary would have won the Iowa caucuses. Who knows how history would have been rewritten. Instead of our first African American president, we may have been celebrating our first woman president.

This temptation to point fingers at political parties whenever some bonehead is caught cheating, does nothing to help or advance women. For one,  when you claim that Republicans should never be unfaithful because they are the party of family values and religion, because they run on a platform of honesty and decency; it does not say much for the standards (or lack thereof ) of Democrats. When Rod Blagojevich (D-IL) resigned who got panned in the press because she uttered profanities in the background of a taped conversation? What sort of mother was Patti? Where were her family values? Now she is on some Z-list celebrity reality show eating bugs in order to feed her kids because the one with the penis in her family fucked up.

"Gee I am glad we are Democrats. That makes it all OK"

"Gee I am glad we are Democrats. That makes it all OK"

Infidelity is as old as civilization. Being a willing participant entails no special political associations. It is not a political issue so for liberals why do all roads lead back to being pro-choice versus pro-life? Throughout the presidential campaign, Sarah Palin (R-AK) was ridiculed by women as a bad mother because her teen-aged daughter Bristol, became pregnant. Because of this and her pro-life position the National Organization for Women (NOW) saw no reason to lift a finger to help Sarah Palin when she was treated like cow dung by the mainstream media. Just today idiot liberal Senator John Kerry (D-MA) used the Mark Sanford infidelity issue to take a cheap shot at Sarah Palin.

Boston Herald

U.S. Sen. John Kerry goes for Sarah Palin punchline

By Rachelle Cohen

Thursday, June 25, 2009

WASHINGTONA jovial U.S. Sen. John Kerry must have been channeling his inner Letterman Tuesday when he quipped the wrong governor had gone missing.

The Bay State Democrat was regaling a group of business and civic leaders invited to the Capitol on the bizarre disappearance of South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, who was said to be hiking the Appalachian Trail.

“Too bad,” Kerry said, “if a governor had to go missing it couldn’t have been the governor of Alaska. You know, Sarah Palin.

Governor Palin…What is your response to the Earl of Ketchup?

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Democrat Gary Condit

Democrat Gary Condit

As women we are all bound by sisterhood, or at least I thought that was the case. When the press made feeble attempts to link Sarah Palin with Todd Palin’s business partner in a scandalous extra-marital affair, my liberal friends again came with the “Pro-life hypocrite” regurgitation. It was never proven that Palin actually had an affair but even if she did what does being for or against abortion have to do with infidelity in the first place? If the future of feminism rests upon being a liberal then we may as well forget about that tampon dispenser in the White House powder room.

Black women overwhelmingly supported Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton. Why do you suppose that was?  Does the patriarchy not include black men? Are we not all sisters? What about the rhetoric of feminism? Did it ever address black women who possibly feared white people more than black men?

Again I ask the question. As women are we more divided by race, class, political ideologies, pro-life v. pro-choice than we are unified by gender?

Mark Sanford, Bill Clinton, John Edwards, Gary Condit, Jesse Jackson, Thomas Jefferson,  John Ensign are all cheaters and are detrimental to the advancement of women. Yet we turn on each other rather than call these morons out for their behavior. Whether it is a Republican or Democrat involved there is a woman out there that is about to be the subject of intense criticism and scrutiny. There are children about to be ridiculed.

You can say she should leave the jerk. You can ask “why did a strong woman like Hillary Clinton stay with a philandering husband when she is far more intelligent than he?”

It is not that simple. Perhaps Hillary remained in the marriage because she had family values.

A Democrat with family values imagine that.

Is feminism more concerned with public issues or matters that are private?

Equal pay is a public issue. Work is what we as women do in the public arena. We are doctors, lawyers, teachers, scientist, bloggers.

But what about those who chose to stay at home? Someone who may be a homemaker, a pro-life homemaker?

As feminists do we adhere so tenaciously to stereotypes of conservatives that we forget that feminism encompasses the rights of women publicly as well as privately? Can a feminist privately be a pro-lifer while publicly fighting for the rights of women in the workforce? Can a feminist publicly be a supporter of a woman’s right to choose while privately dealing with a cheating spouse? If she chooses to remain in the union, does she lose her feminist status?

Can pop singer Rihanna ever be a feminist if she stays with Chris Brown. She is an Obama supporter, I think.

Is This The Face of a Feminist?

Is This The Face of a Feminist?

Is it our business that someone cheats on their spouse?

During the second wave of feminism the issue of divorce became a hot topic. Women could suddenly be liberated from their families. We were blamed for the break down of this precious nuclear unit. But let’s be honest here. Divorce actually benefited the patriarchy more than it did women. What usually happens to a woman’s income once she divorces?  Which party truly becomes emancipated?  After a divorce, men often continue to enjoy their lifestyle and status while the woman gets to compensate for a loss of income and raise the children.

It does not matter whether you are a Democrat or a Republican at the end of the day we are all still paying for the sins of our fathers, brothers, presidents, senators and anyone else that has testicles.

Let’s choose to be unified by gender and not alienated by ideology

Autographed Letter Signed,

AFROCITY

 

David Letterman and the Culture of Liberal Entitlement by Jenn Q. Public June 16, 2009

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By Jenn Q. Public

Cross-posted at http://www.jennqpublic.com/

David Letterman feels entitled.

He’s entitled to use spew crude, sexually degrading invective to portray a teenage girl as a sexual object.

Maybe you saw it on one of the highlight reels, one awkward moment for Sarah Palin at the Yankee game. During the seventh inning, her daughter was knocked up by Alex Rodriguez.

The hardest part of her visit [to New York] was keeping Eliot Spitzer away from her daughter

He’s entitled to use a class and gender based slur to demean the most popular sitting governor in the United States.

[Sarah Palin] bought makeup from Bloomingdale’s to update her “slutty flight attendant” look

And he’s entitled to smugly repeat his rank insults while delivering a non-apology to Sarah Palin in painstakingly choreographed deadpan, milking each sexist remark one more time to the delight of a fawning audience.

palinWhat gives Dave Letterman license to repeatedly troll the gutter without ever dirtying his Worldwide Pants?

Liberalism.

Didn’t you realize?  He can’t be sexist, he’s a liberal.  He’s no misogynist – he votes Democrat.  Like all liberals, Dave will tell you he loves women.  He respects them.  Isn’t he pro-choice?  Isn’t he sufficiently appalled by breast cancer? Doesn’t he joke all the time about those brutish southerners who beat their wives with Confederate flags? Haven’t you heard?  He’s a card carrying liberal. Liberal, I tell you.  Liberal!

Among his liberal buddies, Letterman can get away with pretending that he intended to insult Sarah Palin’s 18-year-old daughter Bristol, not her younger child Willow.  But Willow was at the ballgame, Bristol was thousands of miles away, and Letterman is the skeevy guy in dress shoes and a tan trench coat who bares it all to a 14-year-old girl on the subway, then swears to the cops, “But I thought she was 18,” as he’s being hauled off to jail.

“Look at my record,” Dave told his audience as he clarified his remarks about Willow.  What he means is he’s on record as being liberal.  He knows the secret handshake and everything!  And as we all know, liberal men are inherently sensitive to sexism in our society.

You see, liberal identity is a bubble that protects those inside from accusations of sexism, racism, and other forms of bigotry. It’s considered a nearly unassailable defense against the indefensible.  It’s a free pass, a blind eye, and a Get Out of Jail Free card all rolled into one.

Racially and sexually charged jabs are still acceptable in liberal circles because it’s mutually acknowledged that they know better.  It’s not like they’re conservatives – you know, the real sexists – so they can say and do as they please without inviting the same consequences a conservative would incur.

And if the target is a conservative woman, well, even better because there’s no chance those pesky feminists will get their panties in a collective bunch.  Melissa Clouthier explains why:

Women on the Right, are not considered women. Period. They are considered gender traitors. There simply can be no honest disagreement. This is thought policing and fascistic thinking at it’s worst.

David Letterman is also no stranger to bigoted, elitist one-liners about the Palin family’s middle class roots, and by extension, all people of average means.  In addition to the “slutty flight attendant” slur, Michelle Malkin dug up the following examples of Letterman’s oh so enlightened commentary about Sarah Palin:

“You know, she reminds me, she looks like the flight attendant who won’t give you a second can of Pepsi. No, you’ve had enough. We’re landing. Looks like the waitress at the coffee shop who draws a little smiley face on your check. Have a nice day.”

Tasteless Anti-Palin ad from the left.

Tasteless Anti-Palin ad from the left.

“She looks like the dip sample lady at Safeway. She looks like the nurse who weighs you and then makes you sit alone in your underwear for 20 minutes. She looks like the Olive Garden hostess who says, ‘I’m sorry, your table isn’t ready yet.” She looks like infomercial lady who says she made $64,000 a month flipping condos.”“[S]he looks like the lady at the bakery who yells out ‘44! 45!’ She looks like a real estate agent whose picture you see on the bus stop bench. That’s who she looks like. She looks like the lady who has a chain of cupcake stores…”

Feminist1But don’t forget, liberalism absolves Dave from responsibility for the classism he perpetuates when he derides Sarah Palin by comparing her to working class people.  Everyone knows liberals are sensitive and open-minded, and that entitles him to say what he wants without ever expecting to be raked over the coals.

As many writers have observed, the feminist silence on Letterman’s sexually inappropriate remarks about Sarah and Willow Palin is predictably deafening.  The unwritten rule is that feminism stands for liberal women – authentic women – not conservative women who are, by virtue of their conservatism, anti-woman.

The National Organization for Women (NOW) and Ms. Magazine both declined to send representatives to be interviewed for an On The Record segment about Letterman’s sexually derogatory treatment of the governor and her daughter.  Instead, NOW opted to release a statement as critical of conservatives as it was of Dave Letterman.

NOW hopes that all the conservatives who are fired up about sexism in the media lately will join us in calling out sexism when it is directed at women who aren’t professed conservatives.”

NOW also managed to miss the real thrust of Letterman’s remarks about Sarah Palin:

Letterman also joked about what he called Palin’s “slutty flight attendant look” — yet another example of how the media love to focus on a woman politician’s appearance, especially as it relates to her sexual appeal to men.

Yes, the media focus on Sarah Palin’s appearance often delves into sexist territory.  But what about the use of the word “slutty,” NOW?  Slutty doesn’t speak to “her sexual appeal to men.” It reinforces the belief that by being attractive and fertile, Sarah Palin invites attacks on her virtue as a woman.  It says, you can’t be a beautiful woman, a good wife, a loving mother, and a career politician.  Pick one.

The response that NOW should have given was instead delivered by a fledgling feminist organization called The New Agenda.

“Letterman’s apology talk last night was cheap,” said The New Agenda co-founder and President Amy Siskind. “True contrition would not invite the Palin’s on his show after publicly humiliating them and their 14-year old daughter. If Letterman’s apology is authentic, he should show it by devoting part of his show to address the national crisis of the sexualization of our teenage daughters.”

The New Agenda was also happy to publish my recent piece on Playboy’s conservative rape fantasy article.

Feminists, that is how it’s done.

Amy Siskind, founder of The New Agenda, took her message to The Huffington Post yesterday in a piece called, “Sexism Against Conservative Women Is Still Sexism.”  Think it would be hard to argue with that simple concept?  You’d be wrong.  Here’s a tiny selection of what the HuffPo commenters had to say about Sarah Palin and sexism:

propitiousmoment: ” She wants to use her sexuality to advance her agenda … might I say, the classic definition of a bimbo.”

andyboy: “To defend a woman from a sexist attack simply because she is a woman is actually the essence of sexism.”

voltaireinexile: “She played the pretty-sexy-mama card all along, undermining what many women have fought so hard against –the objectification of women”

arnray: “Palin and the rest use their sexuality to numb the senses of the dullards and then cry foul when someone throws it back at them.”

Gainsbourg69: “When a woman wants to be considered more than just a sex object she should take steps necessary to avoid being labeled a sex object. Simple.”

Wilson201: “Palin marginalizes her own opinions by dressing the way she does just as Prejeans opinion is by posing barely clothed. If they wish to be taken seriously, then they should dress and behave properly.

Sarah-Palin-Cartoon-5Amy’s piece also attracted a host of comments insisting there’s nothing sexist about calling Palin a “slutty flight attendant” if the shoe fits.  Right.  Palin was practically begging for Dave’s insults just like Michelle Malkin invited the Playboy rape fantasy.  Is it any wonder where conservative writers like Kathleen Parker, trying to curry favor with the media elite, pick up ideas like this:

I also think it’s out of line for a woman to sexualize her candidacy, which Palin did. Just ask Rich Lowry, who wrote that he had to sit up a little straighter when she winked during the vp debate. So, maybe when you play the flirt and invite males to see starbursts bouncing off the walls (Lowry again), then maybe you invite the sexual punchline.

It’s clear that sexually demeaning the women with whom we disagree is more mainstream than ever.  It’s a cancer that’s metastasized throughout media, politics, and entertainment, rubber stamped by the liberal sentiment that calling oneself a feminist makes it so.  And conservative women aren’t the only targets.  Just ask Hillary Clinton, who discovered liberal-approved sexism firsthand during her campaign for the Democratic nomination.

Sexism, racism, and all the other -isms aren’t any more acceptable if you happen to dislike or disagree with the target.  This shouldn’t need to be said.  And it doesn’t matter if you’re a comedian or a liberal.  Sexism always matters.  And no political affiliation gives you license to hurl sexually inappropriate insults at women and girls without fear of consequences.

Palin

Autographed Letter Signed,

JENN Q. PUBLIC

*Jenn Q. Public  is  a frequent  ALS guest commentator. She describes herself as “a reluctant republican and recovered democrat who has struggled for years to reconcile my liberal upbringing with a reality that inspires right-of-center beliefs”.

Please visit her blog “Jenn Q. Public

 

Afrocity Stitch n’ Bitch:Mending the Difficult Threads Of An American Quilt May 13, 2009

"Bible quilt", by Harriet Powers.

"Bible quilt", by Harriet Powers 1886. Powers (1837-1910) was an African American slave, folk artist and quilt maker from rural Georgia.

Thursday morning stitch and bitch has arrived early this week.  Afrocity is angry and the politics of memory is like a loaded gun that blew me away. Legacy, accolades, tributes, multi-million dollar book deals, memorials are all things bestowed upon those who bear the title COMANDER IN CHIEF.

I understand that.  However, I will not owe my success as a woman- a black woman- a human being- to a man (a member of the patriarchy) who has yet to accomplish anything besides being America’s “first black president”.

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American Quilter: Harriet Powers (1837-1910)

This week, I was the unfortunate witness to a very sad and inappropriate situation. I saw an African American woman of note and talented in her own right, have to answer a question about how Barack Obama as changed her work. The question carried the “would your work still hold the same relevance had you started now that Obama is president rather than in the 1990’s. ” tone.

I was like WTF???? I was outraged that once again another great exchange of dialogue has been hijacked by Barack Obama. Admittedly, the conversation was about race and cultural pursuits such as dance, music, and art. But up until the mention of Obama’s name, it had nothing to do with political figures or even politics in general. The mere mention of our president’s name took the dialogue on a 10 minute detour.

  1. I watched Alex Haley’s Roots and Roots II: The Next Generations
  2. I sat in school ever so, the model black child as I was taught about the importance of Martin Luther King  Jr. not only to blacks but to all Americans.
  3. I have read canonical texts in African American literature . (The Color Purple, Beloved, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Native Son, A Raisin in the Sun)
  4. I had a set of black history flash cards.

See I have paid my black dues but sorry, Barack Obama, I am just not that into you. You are no Martin Luther King Jr. in my book and you will never be until you accomplish something that is equal or exceeding him in merit and elbow grease.

Dear Mr. Obama, like Bush, Clinton, Reagan, Nixon and Carter who came before before you, to me you are merely a man that was fortunate enough to be elected to the office of POTUS. A man elected to POTUS who happens to be of color. It was great and a historic moment indeed. However, no matter how great,  one negative dimension of this historic moment that has become quiet evident and annoying to me,  is the assumption that as African Americans we must somehow realign our personal narratives, and our collective memories in order to accommodate Barack Obama and the magic historic moment.

Bible Quilt by Harriet Powers circa 1898

Bible Quilt by Harriet Powers circa 1898

For most of my black life, Martin Luther King Jr. was “the one” and he died. Then African Americans were seeking someone to replace “the one’. Would it be Jesse Jackson Jr.? Al Sharpton? Now we have Barack Hussein Obama, someone who is acceptable as “the new one”.

This is problematic for me on several levels. “The one” is always a man, a member of the patriarchy. Black or white they have a penis and balls (well some of them do). I am fed up with black identity being articulated through the lens of black men.  I don’t need a chocolate dipped Moses to lead me to the Promised Land and I would like to believe most African Americans agree with me. Haven’t we progressed beyond that? Am I wrong about this?

Obama is our president and he just happens to be black.  This does not mean that we adopt some Kool Aid induced form of collective amnesia by conveniently forgetting the African American heroes and heroines that precedded him.  Go into any Borders bookstore. I dare you.  You are guaranteed to leave saturated with the sweat of Obama love. Mugs, tote bags, commemorative eye candy bullshit. Enough already!!!!! You can even have a tee-shirt with Obama shaking the hand of dead people such as MLK, JFK, RFK.  (Pulls at hair) Stop it!

The stuff of memory…The quilts, images, folk tales, song, dance, oral histories, childhood games are all mediators of our past. Are our memories and struggles as African Americans suddenly silenced now that we have had our historic moment? Remember Whoopi Goldberg who said on ABC’s The View that her mother never thought this day would come.

“I always thought of myself as an American,” Goldberg said. “But suddenly last night, I felt like I could put my suitcase down finally … This is a moment where you realize that you have become the fabric of America.”

What ever happened to the American quilt? I thought we were the fabric of America? What were we before Obama came along? Quilting scraps?

Obama’s historic election marks the beginning of the end of sanity. It does not end racism. In fact I think it has made it worse- especially reverse racism. If his historic moment has resulted in a strengthened black race, I think the youngsters in Chicago did not get that Obama text-gram. I see no need for this revisionist black history and I find it highly inappropriate that I am now asked, “How has Obama’s election changed your life?”

Square sample from Harriet Power's Bible Quilt

Square sample from Harriet Power's Bible Quilt

My answer: “Ummm, I have a new president now…”

What if Hillary Clinton had won the Democratic primary and subsequently the general election? What would women say? Would we put our beltless maxi pads down because we have now become the super absorbent wings of America?

Collectively as Americans let’s take this historic moment and turn it into a teachable moment. This desire especially concerns women. What did the historic moment of Januray 2009 teach us as women?  What did it teach us as Americans?  It taught me that the patriarchy is still alive and well. It is till groping us, looking up our skirts and cheating us out of equal opportunities and pay. It taught me that if this guy can become president, practically anyone with a smile and an Ivy League degree can.  It taught me that experience means nothing. Any lessons that I have learned from that historic moment are far from inspirational.

I don’t need any man to lead me to the Promised Land. I can find my own damn way. And finally, one must square up before they get a space on my quilt.

Note: If you would like to learn more about Harriet Powers and her quilts please check out a great book by Mary E. Lyons called “Stitching Stars: The Story Quilts of Harriet Powers. You can also see the Harriet Power’s “Bible Quilts” at the Smithsonian’s American History Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. MA

Autographed Letter Signed,

AFROCITY

Historic Moment

 

 
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