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.
Of 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?
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.
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.
By Rachelle Cohen
Thursday, June 25, 2009
WASHINGTON – A 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?
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 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,