Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Women Lose Again
As the first Socialist president elect prepares to take over America, you women out there celebrating might want to take a moment to consider what you've thrown away for the rest of us. Male domination of the U.S. presidency and vice-presidency continues because women will not support each other, and because too many of us are still giving our power away to men, expecting them to give us what we could so easily take for ourselves - with our votes and our numbers.
But we squander those votes and numbers again and again.
We keep men in power, and they know that they don't have to do anything to appease us because enough women go along with the tearing down of other women that any outcry is muffled. They know the media isn't listening either. Not this election. They already had their narrative, and it wasn't about women, or covering the inconvenient specter of misogyny that still hangs over the election.
Now we are muzzled again, our chance to create real change in womens' representation at the highest levels of government gone. Poof!
Do you think Obama is going to work for womens' advancement? Do you?
When Hillary was being trashed so horrifically, Obama said nothing. When Ferraro was branded a racist, he said nothing. When Palin was the victim of ugly rumors, frightening images of her being beaten, a gun held to her head, and lynched in effigy, he said nothing.
And all that sexism and hate was on the brightest lit and biggest stage in the world, with everyone watching.
He didn't say anything because he didn't have to. He knew he had your votes in the bag. He had no incentive to put a stop to the horrible abuse of good women because it was helping his campaign.
That should have made you furious. It should have offended you so deeply that you'd still be soul-sick about it today. It should have sent you running into the voting booth to pull the lever for the only woman on a major ticket, and the decent man who stood up for her when the media and the Obama-controlled Democratic Party went after her with their sharp, woman-hating knives.
If any of you women who voted for Obama think he's going to do anything for us now that your votes are in the bank and the lights are off, you are sadly and tragically wrong. When you wake up and see that you are still making less than a man four years from now, let me know how that change you can believe in worked out for ya, okay?
Of course I'll be in the same underpaid boat with you, but at least I didn't vote to keep myself there by voting for Obama.