Category Archives: feminism

Good News: Hillary Still Roolz!

Madam Secretary

Madam Secretary

As Barack Obama continues to flounder, flip-flop and act like a fumbling fool on the issue of health care, Our Girl is doing what she always does: blooming where she’s planted. Aren’t you glad that SOMEONE in the Obama Administraiton is acting like a Democrat?!

Barely six months into her tenure as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton has already made the State Department her own, setting its direction with her usual firmness and clarity.

Clinton’s just-concluded 11-day trip to Africa has sent the clearest signal yet that she intends to make women’s rights one of her signature issues and a higher priority than ever before in American diplomacy.

She plans to press governments on abuses of women’s rights and make women more central in U.S. aid programs.

But her efforts go beyond the marble halls of government and show how she is redefining the role of secretary of state. Her trips are packed with town hall meetings and visits to micro-credit projects and women’s dinners. Ever the politician, she is using her star power to boost women who could be her allies.

“It’s just a constant effort to elevate people who, in their societies, may not even be known by their own leaders,” Clinton said in an interview. “My coming gives them a platform, which then gives us the chance to try and change the priorities of the governments.”

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Have YOU Seen These Toxic Memes at a Blog Near You?

Kilroy Was HereSince the unexpected resignation of Governor Sarah Palin, the PUMASphere has been awash with emotion. Many of us voted McCain/Palin in protest and pain after our Party took a great candidate, the candidate we wanted and voted for, and swapped her for an unqualified, cheating, lying, Reagan-loving fundamentalist-hugger with a deep and abiding love for America’s financial institutions.

Sarah Palin is someone who has a lot of charisma and a high likeability factor. She is not in the Washington bubble, she worked hard to earn the Governorship of Alaska, she has a husband who is content to let her take the lead, and she appeared to govern from the center despite her very right-wing personal beliefs.


What if all of that is not enough for you to run out and pledge to vote for her should she run for President against Barack Obama in 2012? What if you would rather not put all your eggs in that basket, but would prefer to work towards building an environment where Obama vs. Palin would not be our only scenario? One in which, perhaps, Hillary Clinton could run as an Independent, or maybe even another gifted (preferably female) liberal politician could arise? What if you feel that in order to run for President, Palin would have to answer to that right-wing fundamentalist base from which she draws her support, and would thus work against your interests if elected? What if you question her ability to be a true feminist, when she proudly proclaims that abortion should be outlawed even in the case of rape and incest and speaks at Right-To-Life rallies?

Well, if you have written any of these thoughts at a PUMA blog recently, you have been in for a treat: a veritable potpourri of sophisticated toxic memes, designed to throw your emotions into a tizzy, confuse your brain, and eventually cause you to throw up your hands and sit out the discussion. Can this really be a coincidence?

It seems pretty clear to me, especially after Cinie’s excellent piece about anti-feminism as an under-the-radar-movement, that the PUMASphere is being infiltrated once again by right-wingers. Their purpose is to destroy anything that might dislodge their dominance over society, and they will use any tactic WHATSOEVER to make that happen.

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Dear Pro-Life Community: We Don’t Trust You. That’s Why.

Sorry, Sarah

Sorry, Sarah

At Violet Socks’ place, there is an incredible discussion going on regarding why mainstream feminists trashed Sarah Palin so viciously, and even made up lies about her to justify their hatred. There are about 300 comments in response. I highly recommend that you read it if you have the time.

Make no mistake, soon-to-be-ex-Governor Palin can easily be legitimately criticized on the issues. As a liberal, I don’t agree with her on much. But the amount of manufactured outrages that were passed around, from Trig’s parentage (still going on, at least in Andrew Sullivan’s diseased mind) to the rape kit smear to the banning books smear, all passed on by feminists…it is utterly baffling to Dr. Socks. Why all the hatred and vitriol for this woman? Why couldn’t they just tell the truth about her and have done with it?

Although there was no doubt some elitism involved (her accent! her lack of Ivy leage education! that hair!), to me, the answer is clear, and comes down to one word: Pro-Life.

It is an unfortunate reality that people in the pro-life movement have been the source of a great deal of pain for American women in the past few decades. They are the ones who develop smear campaigns to label us pro-abortion (we are not; no one is!) instead of pro-choice; and of course, there is a whole “abortion is murder” meme that has been extremely successful, even to the point that people in the pro-choice community believe it.

But the name-calling is not the worst of it; not by a long shot.

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What You Can Do About Dr. Tiller’s Murder

The Widdershins, Partizane, and many other blogs are discussing the tragic and horrifying assassination of Dr. George Tiller, a doctor who performed abortions after 21 weeks, and was therefore termed a multiple murderer by the religious right.

Please go to The Widdershins to find out how you can speak out against the religious extremism that led to his death.

Well, I Missed Mother’s Day.

Food poisoning will do that to you!

But what I was going to say was, thank you to all the moms in my life. Thank you to my mother, who has been gone for 16 years. Thank you to my stepmother, who is here now for me. Thank you to my adopted moms – my best friend’s mom, my mother-in-law, and my two aunts. Thank you to my friends from college, who show me every day what it’s like to be a great mother.

And thanks to Julia Ward Howe, who wrote this Mother’s Day proclamation, exhorting the women of the world to take their power and refuse to allow war to be waged any longer.

Arise then…women of this day!
Arise, all women who have hearts!
Whether your baptism be of water or of tears!
Say firmly:
“We will not have questions answered by irrelevant agencies,
Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage,
For caresses and applause.
Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn
All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.
We, the women of one country,
Will be too tender of those of another country
To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs.”

From the bosom of a devastated Earth a voice goes up with
Our own. It says: “Disarm! Disarm!
The sword of murder is not the balance of justice.”
Blood does not wipe out dishonor,
Nor violence indicate possession.
As men have often forsaken the plough and the anvil
At the summons of war,
Let women now leave all that may be left of home
For a great and earnest day of counsel.
Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead.
Let them solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means
Whereby the great human family can live in peace…
Each bearing after his own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar,
But of God –
In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly ask
That a general congress of women without limit of nationality,
May be appointed and held at someplace deemed most convenient
And the earliest period consistent with its objects,
To promote the alliance of the different nationalities,
The amicable settlement of international questions,
The great and general interests of peace.

Word, sista Julia!

Hey Guys: You’re Victims of the Patriarchy Too

This man is a victim of the patriarchy

This man is a victim of the patriarchy

Okay, sisters, stop hyperventilating. I know this is a provocative title; but don’t worry, I’m not here to make a case that men should be pitied or excused for their patriarchal behavior.

Instead, I’m making a case that men should join with us to overthrow the patriarchy, which, I believe, is responsible for the current state of the global economy, the constant and escalating promotion of war throughout the world, and the rapidly increasing gap between rich and poor.

Let me explain how I see the patriarchy. After reading “The Chalice and The Blade,” I began to feel that human society is always in a struggle to balance the male principle (striving, domination, aggression) with the female principle (cooperation, nurturing, accepting). Now, and for thousands of years, the male principle has overbalanced the female principle, and this process has been accelerated over the last few decades since the development of nuclear weapons; thus, our culture values striving, domination and aggression to an extreme degree. Thus it is that women remain unable to crack that highest, hardest glass ceiling, and still make up a dismal 17% of the American government. And thus it is that even a standout woman like Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg reports experiencing unbelievable sexism during her time in that august body. The female principle has disappeared to such an extent that Justice Ginsburg literally could not be heard when she spoke her mind.

Ginsburg, 76, a former women’s rights advocate whom President Bill Clinton named to the high court in 1993, recalled that as a young, female lawyer her voice often was ignored by male peers. “I don’t know how many meetings I attended in the ’60s and the ’70s, where I would say something, and I thought it was a pretty good idea. … Then somebody else would say exactly what I said. Then people would become alert to it, respond to it.”

Even after 16 years as a justice, she said, that still sometimes occurs. “It can happen even in the conferences in the court. When I will say something — and I don’t think I’m a confused speaker — and it isn’t until somebody else says it that everyone will focus on the point.”

Raise your hands, ladies, if you’ve experienced this phenomenon at work. (Mine is up, in case you’re wondering.)

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Check Us Out Tonight at 8 PM on…The View from Under the Bus!

Join me, AngieNC, RegencyG and State of Disbelief tonight on The View From Under the Bus! Who will be our HerStory SHero? Who will be inaugurated in the Hall of Fame? Whose picture will be nailed to the Wall of Shame? And what sexist man will be the Wanker of the Week? (So many wankers, so little time!)

You won’t know unless you listen at 8 pm tonight. Be there or be bored!

Click the picture below at 8 pm to listen.

The View from Under the Bus

The View from Under the Bus