Burn It Down, Women

I dare you to watch this and not be shocked, humiliated and enraged. Via Partizane and Gabnet.

This is what the victory of Barack Obama means for women: We are all fair game. It’s fine to advocate violence against Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin, over and over and over. You can win a national election by doing that, no matter how unqualified and corrupt you are. It’s also fine for Obama’s chief speechwriter to feign date rape against Hillary Clinton and not only keep his privileged position in the Administration, but to write the inaugural speech.

Respect

Respect

It’s fine to reduce PUMAs to nothing more than their sexual organs. It’s fine for womens’ groups to endorse Obama, asserting that they will then be able to “change” him after he wins. Yes, abusive men always change after women give them what they want. Isn’t it true that if Betty Jean Kling’s daughter, Denise, had just given her husband that pain medication he asked for, he wouldn’t have hit her over the head with a hammer? At least, that must have been what the judge was thinking when Denise’s husband, George Hartwig, was released after THREE MONTHS IN JAIL. Of course, Hartwig then came after his wife with a shotgun. But hey, that was her fault for not giving him what he wanted, right?

I am sick and tired of this shit. I am sick and tired of being treated like a third-class citizen by people who aren’t even fit to tie my shoes. The plutocracy uses the built-in misogyny of American society to keep the power and the money in their hands. And NOW and WomenCount and NARAL simper and giggle and scrap for all the crumbs they can scrounge from Barack’s table. MoDo and Gail Collins and their ilk spend their time sniping at other women to earn the big bucks from their condescending corporate masters. For shame, women of America. FOR SHAME.

Is it enough yet, sisters? Will it ever be enough?

These things must change. And we have to start NOW.

 Are you ready?

Cross-posted at The Confluence

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3 responses to “Burn It Down, Women

  1. republican in seattle

    For starters, I never see any of those ads here in the states. By my reckoning, they look to be exclusively from Europe, the place where women have been Prime Ministers, are Queens, hold higher positions of political power than here in the states. So, in all intellectual honesty, the claims of that video seem out there given that the places airing them don’t hold women back in the ways it’s claimed we’re held back here.

    It’s a pandora’s box. Along with all the good — the empowerment, the freedom to be sexual beings, the ability to attain positions of highest power, the ability to lead companies — there is going to be bad. You cannot have good without bad. They exist together. They’ve simply evolved into different things than before. Women used to not have the right to vote, hold property, own businesses, yet they were also not objectified in sick ways unless you count passing fashions like corsets.

    I just watched Invasion a few nights back, that movie with Nicole Kidman. Basically, the movie boiled down to that when the alien virus took over the people, there was no violence, anger, inequality, war — except only to get those not infected to join them. The doctor friend makes this plea to her that if she just sleeps, she can be in that wonderful utopia she dreams about where they are all connected together and living in harmony. But what do they do? They figure out how to kill the virus and humanity is left back to the same depravity that happens in Darfur, etc and so forth. Maybe it’s not the best movie evah, but the basic message of it’s better to be and deal with the world being truly human, warts and all, is (I think) a good one.

    Then again, I was never that much of a feminist. LOL. Carry on.

  2. Republican – Those ads are in Vogue and W in the U.S.

    But it doesn’t really matter. Women have been treated like objects in every society, for thousands of years. It has nothing to do with whether or not they are “free” to be sexual beings or lead companies or become leaders.

    As you know, in radical Islamist societies, women wear burkhas and are severely restricted in their freedoms; yet they are certainly treated as nothing but sexual objects by the men, who use their religion as an excuse.

    In the U.S., although women are a lot more free, we have popular preachers like Rick Warren telling us that women should have no control over their own bodies and that females who have abortions are like Hitler. In the media, we are constantly bombarded with the types of images shown above, to cement the idea of woman-as-object in our brains.

    The propaganda is the same; the method of delivery is simply more sophisticated.

    The whole thing has a lot more to do with the getting and keeping of power, frankly. Men do not want the status quo to change because it favors them. Why should they give up their natural advantage?

    I definitely think it’s time for women to have the power in America and all over the world. I’m tired of the rapes and the murders and the “ho-hum, she was asking for it” attitudes.

  3. republican in seattle

    I’m tired of the same things, I just don’t see the blatant imagery that’s in that propaganda video.

    What’s funny is that the more out there the sexuality gets, the less of an effect it has in terms of manipulating people. The days of a Jane Mansfield being able to get things done simply by wearing a smart revealing dress are practically gone. And while she was considered genius intellect like Hedy Lamar (inventor of radar, did you know that?), the ditzy routine doesn’t impress whether it jives with reality or not. I think women are seen universally as a lot smarter these days. My DH has absolutely no problem voting for women. He voted for our wretched female governor twice quite happily. And all the men I’ve worked with never showed problems working under women (and all did in every case). My FIL voted for Hillary in the primaries and my dad is arguably a much more radical feminist than I’ve ever been. For all the pushing the envelope on sexualizing everything, women haven’t been reduced in status. We’ve gained in so many ways. I can understand that it’s not enough, but can you honestly define a set of circumstances where you will be able to say that it is enough, that we’ve arrived?