Saturday, June 7, 2008

Is it sexist of me to demand Megan make up her mind?

Was Hillary hurt by sexism or not, Megan? Usually you join in on the pile-on, even unintentionally. (See the bit about Hillary only being where she is thanks to Bill.) Unless, of course, you feel like once again blaming criticism of your shitty work on the fact that you have a vag, in which case you and Hillary are sisters in fighting the good fight. But the most recent critic Megan decided to call a poopyhead for not knowing as much as she does about everything was Kathy G, who also has a vag, so sexism is not a significant hurdle for Hillary anymore.

Listening to Hillary's speech, and was feeling sorry for her until she complained about sexism. Even if it's true, Obama ran a very strong campaign, and it's churlish to say that he just got it because he was a man, especially when he has his own considerable barrier of prejudice to overcome.
Despite the fact Hillary faced obvious public sexism ("how do we beat the bitch?", Chris Matthews, etc), she's overplaying it, being "churlish" about it. But some asshole in a bar was dismissive of Megan because she's a woman, one time, meaning everyone who disagrees with her is a misogynist, despite Megan's always being wrong about everything, ever.
How can someone so lacking in self-awareness also be such a narcissist?

(I was going to put a [sic] in that blockquote, but the entire first sentence is a mess. I don't know where to put it or how many to use. Megan=English major.)


Here's the portion of Hillary's speech today that focuses on the role her gender played in her campaign;
Now, on a personal note, when I was asked what it means to be a woman running for president, I always gave the same answer, that I was proud to be running as a woman, but I was running because I thought I'd be the best president. But...
But I am a woman and, like millions of women, I know there are still barriers and biases out there, often unconscious, and I want to build an America that respects and embraces the potential of every last one of us.
I ran as a daughter who benefited from opportunities my mother never dreamed of. I ran as a mother who worries about my daughter's future and a mother who wants to leave all children brighter tomorrows.
To build that future I see, we must make sure that women and men alike understand the struggles of their grandmothers and their mothers, and that women enjoy equal opportunities, equal pay, and equal respect.
Let us ... Let us resolve and work toward achieving very simple propositions: There are no acceptable limits, and there are no acceptable prejudices in the 21st century in our country.
You can be so proud that, from now on, it will be unremarkable for a woman to win primary state victories ... unremarkable to have a woman in a close race to be our nominee, unremarkable to think that a woman can be the president of the United States. And that is truly remarkable, my friends.
I've had major issues with some of Hillary's choices and attempted positioning along the way, but what the fuck is Megan talking about? That's not a complaint about sexism, it's a recognition of a hard fought, genuine, and lasting achievement in the face of societal sexism. Megan is just taking one last cheap shot misrepresentation out of habit, I guess. There's also a mention of the glass ceiling, but you have to be pretty dishonest to interpret that as saying Obama's penis won it for him.


NutellaonToast said...

"How can someone so lacking in self-awareness also be such a narcissist?"

That's actually a defining characteristic of narcissism. It's part of the differential.

NutellaonToast said...

Ugh, I just realized that the only reason that I jused the word differential is because of house and I have no idea if it's actually appropriate to use it there or not. Damn you House! The self awareness thing is right, though.