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.
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.
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.
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