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

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