Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Feminism! Fox News! Favorite Things!

Coming in at Number 5 after "Blame," Fox News columnist S.E Cupp reveals how "militant feminazis assaulted the dignity of women."

"Feminism" receives this dubious honor because feminists don't like Sarah Palin. We all know the number one rule of feminism: must. vote. for. the. woman. candidate. - even if you disagree with everything on her platform. Solidarity!! S.E. Cupp accuses feminists of believing Sarah Palin is the "wrong kind of woman." But she's wrong. (Quick Google search reveals S.E. Cupp is a woman! Huh, wonder why she goes by her initials? Can't be because women writers don't get paid or respected as much as men... of course not.)

No, it's just that she was the wrong candidate for many women (and men!). But don't worry, Fox gives us other examples that "help solidify the total irrelevance of feminist identity politics."

- There was Nancy Pelosi, at the beginning of the year, suggesting that contraception made for good stimulus.

Haha, contraception. "Stimulus." Get it?! Contraception in the stimulus bill, silly feminism! Oh wait, except that publicly funded family planning clinics that provide contraception prevent 1.4 million unintended pregnancies each year which saves 4.3 BILLION in public funds paid out through Medicaid...maybe it wasn't such a crazy idea after all? Maybe it was actually a GOOD idea? Nah.

- Then there was Senator Barbara Boxer telling a decorated Brigadier General that “ma’am” is now an insult.

True, not Senator Boxer's finest moment. But to be fair, she didn't say "ma'am" was an insult, she just asked to be called "Senator" which is indeed her title. But, I still don't think "ma'am" was inappropriate. But of course, the real lesson we can draw from this exchange is that feminism is totally irrelevant. AND, that SENATOR Boxer is a BITCH.

- David Letterman, the world’s best boss and husband, joked that Sarah Palin’s daughter got knocked up by Alex Rodriguez. (He didn’t make clear which daughter he was talking about – her underage daughter or her barely legal one.)

Second best boss and husband: Mark Sanford. Also, anyone with a brain can figure out he was talking about the daughter who had just recently had a baby. I remember when his apology to Sarah Palin was a big deal. Little did we know that was the warmup apology.

- And Secretary of State Clinton snapped at a Congolese university student for daring to ask her what Bill thought of something.

This one is kinda tricky because the context is missing (shockingly...). In a townhall meeting in Democratic Republic of Congo (an official "Secretary of State" function) Hillary was asked by a student what President Obama would think of a deal that had to do with Chinese financial contracts with Congo, but the translator made a mistake, posing the question as what would Bill Clinton think. Now, she could only answer the question as it was asked to her by the translator and she was rightfully annoyed. She replied:

You want me to tell you what my husband thinks? My husband is not the secretary of state, I am. You ask my opinion. I will tell you my opinion; I'm not going to channel my husband.

Yet another example of how Hillary Clinton is a ball busting bitch feminazi... of course she also was there championing the rights of women and solidifying her commitment to improving women's rights worldwide. And she listened to African women tell the stories of their often difficult lives, but you know that didn't really get reported on as much as the fact that Hillary Clinton is a big ol' bitch.

She (S.E. Cupp) signs off with, Forty years after women’s lib and the left is still politicizing reproduction, fretting over titles and putting conservative women down. Stay classy, feminism.

Can't talk about feminism without talking about reproduction I guess. That's fine...I'd argue that it's the right who keeps politicizing reproduction by constantly restricting access to (ironically) both contraception and abortion. Fretting over titles - don't see how it's relevant as the one remark by Senator Boxer hasn't exactly led to a widespread movement of Congresswomen rejecting "ma'am" as a word that indicates respect. And as far as putting conservative women down, seriously? I think Fox has a case of "pot calling the kettle black" (again, SHOCKINGLY!) You just referred to a group of (liberal) women as militant feminazis. And by the way, attacking viewpoints is different than attacking the person. Many many feminists pointed out that Sarah Palin received sexist treatment on the campaign trail as did Hillary Clinton. They did so while disagreeing with Palin's politics. Amazing!

Oh Fox News... YOU stay classy

Sunday, December 20, 2009

I'll Tell You What I Want, What I Really Really Want... about some more "girl power?" I get so disappointed when I hear songs by young female artists where the message is "Guy likes me; yay I'm so happy!" "Guy doesn't like me... aww I'm so sad." I'm not trying to dismiss the emotional roller-coaster that is often young love, nor am I trying to reduce feminism to the Spice Girls...but some songs are so annoying that they must be called out.

I've written before about Kelly Clarkson's "My Life Would Suck Without You," in which the nauseating message is self explanatory. Today I would like to discuss "According to You" by Orianthi (no idea if that is her real name).

This song was deceptive. It started out with catchy lyrics and beat. The first verse:

According to you
I'm stupid,
I'm useless,
I can't do anything right.
According to you
I'm difficult,
hard to please,
forever changing my mind.
I'm a mess in a dress,
can't show up on time,
even if it would save my life.
According to you. According to you.

:::Cue instrumental break:::

I was sitting in my car after a long day of work. It was the first time I had heard this song... I kinda like it, I thought. This is it! Next verse she is totally gonna rip into this guy. She is gonna say how awesome she is, and if he doesn't see that, then he can suck it!! YES!!

Second verse:

But according to him
I'm beautiful,
he can't get me out of his head.
According to him
I'm funny,
everything he ever wanted.
Everything is opposite,
I don't feel like stopping it,
so baby tell me what I got to lose.
He's into me for everything I'm not,
according to you.

NOOOO!!! I was tricked. This was not the anti Twilight, Spice Girls reincarnate message that I was hoping for. I mean it's cool that she found someone who likes her for her and I guess now she is kinda rubbing it in the first guy's face... but what happens when guy #2 suddenly is "not into her?"

I have no doubt that this girl will soon be very popular and that this song will climb the charts. In the greater scheme of things, it's not the worst song ever. At least she's not saying "oh he's totally right I AM stupid and useless..." I get that. But c'mon, can't a girl get a little zigazig ha every once in awhile?

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Adam Lambert...Not Sucking

Don't worry parents, no gay sexy sex dance moves here. Just Adam Lambert being a badass.

Seriously, he's super talented. That is all.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

I think I really screwed up...

Every other Saturday I work at a resale shop that's owned by the Women's center. They help victims and survivors of family violence, sexual assault, stalking, and sexual abuse (not exclusively women, but obviously mostly women). I've been volunteering there for about a year, and when I first signed up to volunteer I really wanted to do something where I would be working directly with the women in the shelter. But I realized that with my work being in the middle of Houston and the shelter being not in Houston... I just couldn't make the time commitment. But they said they really needed volunteers at the warehouse (where they take donations and sell household items, furniture etc). So I decided to do that. And the reason I do it every other Saturday is because I don't want it to feel like I have to "work" 6 days a week. I don't want to wake up and think "UGH, I have to go work at the resale shop today." I figured twice a month would be a good amount of time. They have volunteers that work there several days each week, but they are mostly old ladies who don't have jobs.

Anyways, Saturdays are always really busy at the store, and I kinda like working the register when it's busy because it goes by fast and even though you might not think so at first there's a lot of multi-tasking with questions and calls and putting stuff away up front. And I've been told by the manager that most of the other (older) volunteers aren't really comfortable at the register especially when it's really busy, so it works out I guess.

Today we were especially busy in the afternoon and there was a lady at the register who asked me the address of the shelter. Obviously I told her "I can't give it to you." For confidentiality reasons and for the safety of clients who are there, volunteers/staff cannot give out the address. Honestly, I don't even know it and could not have given it to her if I did. She said she had to drop something off there which of course doesn't make sense because we don't take the donations there. Now, because I wasn't thinking and because we were really busy and there were people in line I didn't think to ask "well what do you need to drop off." Then, she tells me "Well I have the address at home but not in my car" which of course is probably a lie and I just told her again "I'm sorry I can't give it to you." I wasn't rude, but I wasn't exactly nice either. I just kinda blew her off so I could get to the next person in line and it just hit me like a ton of bricks when I got home that maybe she was asking for the address because she needed to go there.

I was so caught up with checking people out and packing their stuff and answering questions about if the Christmas ornament is 25 cents or 50 cents that I forgot the reason I volunteer there. The whole reason I volunteer there is so I could help people, even if it's indirectly, and there's a strong possibility that this woman actually needed help and I totally blew it. I just feel like shit. And I know there's nothing I could've done except give her the hotline number, but at least I could've done something. And we do have business cards and brochures are up front with the hotline number, but maybe she didn't see them or maybe she did and she was just embarrassed to take one. I really don't know. But I just can't help but thinking she was looking for help, and I just blew her off. And maybe the place she went home to is not a safe place. I know that it's not my fault, but I still think I really screwed up...I can't really fix it or undo it, but I guess I need to be more conscious of it when when people come into the store and ask about anything directly related to the shelter.