Let me get this straight: there is a "Republican War on Women"------really???? Rush Limbaugh is a pig. Bill Maher is a pig----so much so that David Axelrod has cancelled his appearance on his show and apparently the Alabama Democratic Party has scrubbed its website of any mention of him highlighting their state dinner. Sarah Palin is still apparently fair game for Democratic misogyny (here, here, and here) . No matter what justifications anyone gives, the visceral need to take her down using any tactic necessary is a reflection of deep deep unwillingness to accept women in any power position. And I just continue to shake my head at the lengths people will go to dump on her. She's become an idol and icon of a sort, a negative one to be sure. No insult is too great, no lie is too dishonest, no assessment of her character is too outrageous. She's become the chosen dumpee, by that I mean that whatever scares people about the political right and also about women, it's an immediate knee jerk reaction to find a new way to dump on Palin to get rid of the dumpers' inner fears. It's such a cheap shot that it has become impossible to give any credibility to any Palin criticisms. Even the ones who hate her the most are developing a little bit of sympathy for her because somewhere in their addled brains this level of vitriol doesn't ring true.
Louis C.K. was run off his gig at the Radio and Television Correpondent's Dinner for his disgusting misogyny. It didn't take much to get rid of him either. Google misogyny March 2012 and you get page after page after page of fresh comments on the subject. Everywhere you look there is discussion from Democratic women about the war on women. And the Republicans aren't really offering up many women to rebut it----only men. I suspect the optics on that may soon change, but the fact that it hasn't happened yet speaks volumes.
As an Independent, I get to look at this whole phenomenon from a different perch, and I'd like to make a few observations:
1) the "war on women" is a trumped up storyline for this election year.
2) the Democrats are shamelessly using this tactic as part of their strategy to win the White House
3) clearly no one really cares about such storyline because if they did, Obama's poll numbers wouldn't be tanking
4) women who don't make up the Democratic left still haven't figured out what they want and thus are abrogating their potential power to others
I'm glad that the subject of both right wing and left wing misogyny has had an airing and continues to be aired. That alone is significant. We have known all along that the Republicans haven't been interested in building a woman's platform of any kind. But it is good to see people on the right demand that the hypocrisy of the left, that they are for women but support the worst misogynists in town, that this double standard be called on the carpet and put to task. That is a terrific piece of progress.
The Democrats lost the women's vote in 2010 and they are working overtime to get it back. Most of the impetus is coming out of the Chicago Obama campaign headquarters. I am happy to see these tactics backfire because once again, women are not using their voices in an effective way and as such are just pawns in the men's game. What do we want?
Where is the conversation about getting these candidates to commit to putting a woman as VP on their ticket? Where is the conversation about insisting that the next president needs to appoint 50% of his next cabinet heads as women? Where is it? I bring this idea up all of the time and if people aren't agreeing enthusiastically with me (and most do) all I get is a blank stare. No one has much of an argument against this idea. Well, sometimes I get that old saw that we can't appoint someone just because they have a uterus, but you can run that argument away by talking about all of the penis's we appoint.
So women's voices CAN be heard right now. Both parties want our votes. If you're not going to be a puppet being used by the left, then why not stand up and stand for something? If not, we will just be defined in a way that makes us mad-----really really mad. And honestly, I'm mad, but I refuse to be anyone's limp puppet to use as they will. How about we start bombarding the presidential candidates with our ideas that REALLY will have an impact-----------first female VP, first cabinet in history that has female parity. I'm sure that adopting those ideas will cause women to flock to that candidate without getting involved in any ridiculous rehashing of cultural issues that regular people just don't really care about right now. Hillary Clinton said recently that women need to shape our own destinies and give an audacious fight. Let's honor her request!!!!!!!