America-hating liberal here. Anyone up for a terrorist bump?
I’m having post-election musings about feminism post-Palin. Oh, those conservatives—to borrow a line from Stephen King—hypocrisy so transparent you could read a newspaper through it. They’ve been rallying round the subjugation of women, discrimination against women, hypocritical double standards in sexual conduct for women, and they’ve been demanding submission from women. Then, when their female crusader for all of the above was called out not on her clothing, but on her lavish spending on clothing while hard-working, decent Americans are losing all but the clothes on their backs, they screamed sexism. That is truly rich—the rest of us show outrage at this calloused display of greed, and we turn Republicans into feminists. Who would have thought, through all these years, that that’s all it would take? And now that we’ve got them boasting about their feminist hearts and souls, maybe we can convince them to support reproductive rights, pay equity, and all the rest.
Anyway. As to their smear of feminists as “man-hating.” Just some anecdotal insights into this: I’m acquainted with feminists and women who hate feminists. No doubt, I’m sure there are women calling themselves feminists who hate men. I’ve never met one. I’m not one. Hatred for half the human race based on how they were born, gee, don’t feminists fight that? I wouldn’t call a woman who hates men a feminist. But when I hear feminist-hating women let fly, wow.
This is how it goes: they view feminists as naive in the sense that we give men credit for too much. As they tell it to me, men are rats, bums, no good, and always will be. We feminists need to face up to that. We are foolish to try to appeal to decency and honor in men when we insist on our rights because men aren’t capable of showing decency or honor toward women. We should resign ourselves to that. We should face the facts according to feminist-haters. They say men can’t be trusted not to cheat on us, lie to us, demean and abuse us, so we should be real, tough women. We should suck it up and deal with it. Curious, this last part, given that the conservative take on women is that we’re inherently too weak and timid to hold public office.
This from an ideology that produced a woman brazen enough to parade around in designer duds someone else paid for, when she isn’t shooting moose from a helicopter that isn’t hers.