IT'S NOT THE PEOPLE'S
CHOICE TO MAKE
again the media is telling us that they have chosen our next president
and vice president. Already happened, it says. "You partisan yahoos
don't even need to vote. It's not the People's choice. It's ours.
have such short memories but try and think back to 2000 and 2004. We chose
the candidate then too. How'd that work out for you? We do it softly, we
do it with lies and threats, we do it rough and for your amusement we do
it with misogyny."
Remember all the
flutter about the cost of John Edward's haircut? It was only because it
could be used to derogate women -- the media loved calling him "The Breck
Girl". But nothing was ever said about the thousand$ spent on his suits,
ties, and shirts or how they looked on him.
body and hair was constantly commented on, usually in a derogatory fashion.
If it wasn't the tut-tuts about cleavage it was the nasty bits about her
pantsuits and the male's reason for why she wore them instead of a dress
they could look up under. http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2008/05/13/8917?page=1
Joe Biden is seldom
even noticed; even when he makes a gaffe that would sink any other Party's
candidate like stone. Some mention has been made of his facial makeovers
and hair plugs in the more gossipy blogs/columns. Even his monumental gaffes
are not criticized -- the media only hear the ones allegedly made by Governor
Palin or Senator McCain.
Same with Obama's
clothing -- for men it's just suits and ties. Of course the perfect one
must and does dress with perfection. So who mentions his $1,500 suits and
makes nasty comments about him spending all that money? And even suggest
what he may be hiding with custom made suits.
And woe on anyone
who mentions the clever way he is fooling you with the slight whitening
of his hair at the temples. Gives him an older, experienced look to those
who have not seen the changes gradually made with a little white powder.
[Oops, this may land me in gitmo.]
Sarah Palin's new
wardrobe has been fueling the hate engines for days now. Led, of course,
by a media that spends most of its time looking for something to crap on
her with, but little is made of the $520 Ferragamo shoes worn by McCain,
although the talk-show host like to blather on about them.
To many women obey
the cultural edict to lighten up when constantly faced with the barrage
of hateful misogyny and sexism that was and still is aimed at Senator Clinton
and their own gender.
Many more even join
in now as the hate-crime-inducing drivel is spewed out against Governor
Palin. The idea that SNL and The Daily Show can make such hideous fun of
womankind is worse than deplorable. It is criminal and it incites violence
and disrespect for all women. http://www.philly.com/inquirer/currents/20081026_Palin_deserves_our_respect.html
Women have just
got to wake up to the fact that sexism and misogyny is no more humorous
or acceptable or harmless than making fun of lynching, nappy-headed-hos
or Uncle Toms.
her throat, lock her in a car boot, and drive the car into river in West
let no whore screw with the man"
"And a Drive-By
Won't Be Out of the Question. What goes around, comes around. The stupid
fucking bitch !!"
WHITE TRASH that bitch better keep looking over her shoulder."
This is just a few
examples of what Obama supporters said about Hillary Clinton.
else the current generation of feminists -- and particularly the Third
Wave feminists -- have accomplished, the battle to diminish the cultural
acceptability of sexism and misogyny is being lost. Lighten up is not a
successful strategy. Lighten up is no strategy at all... We must commit
ourselves to an innovative and energetic campaign to change our culture.
The way things look now, we're not just losing a battle about sexism in
this election -- we're losing the whole damn war."
-- Ciccina, The Lurking Canary
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