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Thursday, October 18, 2012

"Binder Derangement Syndrome" and Other Inanities

Cynthia Ruccia



Whew---the idiotic statements on women today are on overdrive!! Google "binders full of women" and you will get 462 million links. I am certain that that phrase would have yielded little to nothing several days ago. Why, I have had to search for awhile to find my graphic because I just kept getting one of those stupid 460 million links (ok---I am a graphic arts moron to be sure).

ALL of the talk without exception is about a sophomoric attempt to make Mitt Romney look stupid because he used the phrase "binders full of women" as he was explaining how he implemented a gender neutral cabinet when elected governor of Massachusetts. I wrote yesterday about how women are too busy being smirkily divided and feeling like disempowered victims to make use of a golden opportunity to make a huge difference. There is a great you tube video there with an explanation of what really happened. It must be an article that really resonates across the blogosphere because so far it is one of the most read pieces I have ever written. I really didn't think it was such a hot piece, but then, I feel I am repeating myself all of the time. Maybe some of the ideas here which many share are starting to break through even more.

I am so very disgusted about how women are so brainwashed by their political party that in order to remain part of the crowd they will sabotage any possible effort to help themselves. It's not news here at this blog that we women have not only lost our way, but that we are our own worst enemies. I keep having discussions with lots of men and some women about why we women can't get our act together and just use our superior numbers and just take charge. Why indeed!!


I'm putting a link to a piece here entitled "Binder Derangement Syndrome" that comes to that same conclusion. While I don't agree with Mr. Simon that women will reach the top because it will just happen (I have written extensively about that idea), I certainly don't have a good answer for him about why we women don't just gang up on everyone and take over since there are more of us than "them." And it might be one of the first times that I have seen a really cogent explanation from a Republican about how the left exploits the women in its thrall, a topic I have also written about. (But don't worry, I've been just as hard on the right.)

I'm so sick of being told that Mitt Romney "doesn't get it" about women. Puhleeeeeeze. The left doesn't
 get it either. And if I have to listen one more time to the smirks from the likes of Dee Dee Myers, a woman who has written a pretty darned good book about sexism I'm going to pass out. It is the left AND the right who both don't get it. I actually think Mitt Romney gets it pretty well. But first you have to see the hypocrisy and ridiculousness of Dee Dee Myers and the rest (her part starts at minute 7:43):




The facts of this election are that women are snoozing on autopilot. While trying to be part of the crowd and going along with any possible inanity INCLUDING trying to put down someone who actually appointed the only gender neutral cabinet is ludicrously myopic, we keep hearing the titters and childish jokes necessary marking membership in the tribe. Ladies, what in the world are you thinking?

It seems to me that a gender neutral cabinet is something we women on all sides of the political spectrum should be lobbying heavily for, not making fun of. And if anyone wants to make the argument that well Romney started off gender neutral but he didn't end up that way, the fault probably lies with the women's groups who stopped holding his feet to the fire. When are we women going to stop outsourcing the work needed to get to the top? When are we going to take matters into our own hands and demand at the very least a gender neutral cabinet to begin to complete the work of women's power parity?

We hold 16.8% of the seats in the U.S. Congress, 12% of governorships, 8% of the mayoralties of the 100 largest cities, 3.4% of Fortune 1000 CEO positions, make 77 cents on the man's dollar, we've never had a female VP or president, 5 states have never sent a woman to Congress. For sure we will never arrive at where we need to be by having "binder derangement syndrome." Stop smirking ladies and start being smart about how to get to the top. It won't be by letting others talk us into sophomoric stunts the equivalent of toilet papering someone's house.

What's holding you back? As my friend Kenoshamarge says, it must be that person looking at you in the mirror. Do we keep lying to the future generations of women that they can be anything they want to be when clearly that is little more than a fantasy as this point? Let's find a way to get together and finish the job!!!!








29 comments:

  1. Romney saw gender disparity and he acted to correct it. This is a feminist action.

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  2. cynthia, this has nothing to do with the binders. two things, romney lied about what he did regarding this matter. he did not take the initiative to find women to hire. he was forced to pre campaign by a womans advocacy group. if romney lies about such a little issue my god he's pathetic and pathological. secondly, i am more concerned about ALL women having equal pay and good jobs, not just the women he hired in his cabinet who may or may not have been paid fairly. i'm routinely confused by your positions and perceptions of the issues so often. either you really care about womens issues and that takes precedence over who the choice is for president and you vote for the person who advocates for women legislatively or you are being dishonest in your position and are more concerned with your dislike of OBAMA/Democrats. i dislike him as well but i put those feelings aside and am voting for the person in my opinion that has been stronger on women's national issues, positions and interest. i will never forget how he stole the election from hilliary but even she understands that what's at stake is more important than the past.

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    1. anonymous----This blog really isn't about Romney and Obama, really. This piece and the blog are about how we women are working at cross purposes with each other. All politicians lie-----Obama lies Romney lies. I write about it all of the time. The frame I'm talking about is how we women have stopped being proactive and allow ourselves to be manipulated to fight each other and thus get nothing done. We have been pathetic at holding anyone's feet to the fire. And although I love Hillary, I am not a sychophant to what she says. 2008 exposed many many holes in women's progress. None of these candidates are going to address any of it if we aren't clear on what we want. And we are not clear in any way. And I think it is absolutely wrong to dismiss other women in our fight. We women have so much more that unites us than that which divides us. Vote for whomever you want. For me it isn't about that. You clearly weren't paying attention to the writing. And it would be nice if you identified yourself.

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    2. Are you kidding me, Anonymous? 50% parity for women in a cabinet is unprecedented in this country. And, I have a feminist friend in Mass. who helped contribute to the lists for the Romney choices. She is proud of the "binder" word.

      But let's probe a little deeper here, my niece said "binders" are a Mormon reference to elegible girl to marry. So who is being bigoted? The Dems and lefties?

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    3. Interestingly, note that Romney had the only gender-neutral cabinet of any state, yet "anonymous" believes he only did it because he was forced to.

      Why weren't all the other governors "forced to" do it? Are we to believe that women's advocacy groups only forced one governor to put together a gender-neutral cabinet?

      He deserves the credit for accomplishing the feat. Period.

      I built a 3.5K employee company with facilities in the U.S., Europe and Asia. We were gender-neutral to the degree possible.

      What could I mean? There were far too few women interested in masters and doctorates degrees in physics/chemistry/electronics design to make the company gender-neutral.

      Where I could, I did. But, as a demonized capitalist, I suppose that doesn't account for much.

      Really getting tired of the arguments from people who seem to have never done anything of consequence, but who have undeveloped opinions on everything.

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    4. Anonymous, this is anonymous! :-)

      I politely disagree. Romney's action to correct gender disparity is what the democratic party needs to do more of. Dem women are outnumbered by republican women in governorships. Governors become presidents. Gender disparity, due to omission (lack of awareness that diversity is important) or discrimination is something feminists have fought for since the 1800s in US. Romney had it right. Additionally Romney's mother ran for elected office and his father supported her every step of the way. Not only that, the NY Times did a piece on how Romney dealt with women in Law School

      http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/24/us/politics/political-lessons-from-a-mothers-losing-run.html

      "Female classmates from Harvard Business School say that in that male-dominated environment, Mr. Romney stood out as willing to seek their opinions.

      “Mitt is not sexist,” said Ann Hagan, a classmate and Democrat."

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    5. I wrote this incorrectly. It should be

      "Correcting gender disparity, due to omission (lack of awareness that diversity is important) or discrimination is something feminists have fought for since the 1800s in US."

      :-)

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    6. Then of course Anonymous should also be worried that Obama pays the women who work for him much less than the men who work for him. Also at the liberal cable "news" station MSNBC the male workers earn far more than the women. It seems to me liberals everywhere have some problem with paying women fairly.

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    7. You mean ovomit, that pays his women staffers LESS?
      You want to bleat about a war on women, go to religion of piece.com and bare naked islam. com and see the real results of a horrendous war on women.

      ovomit doesn't like women. ovomit only cares about himself. If this late in the game, with all the info that a few clicks away, you can't recognize you were had and are about to be conned again, well all I can say is you are too stupid to be entrusted with a ballot.

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    8. Richard----I can see you are one of the very good guys. We are all seeing that more women are jumping on the bandwagon in the sciences, but they are far too few. My husband is an engineer, and his company would pay top dollar for more female engineers. Congratulations on your successes!!

      You know, the men who support our cause are almost better than the women because when they come to help, they have less baggage. The only good thing about the number of single mothers out there is that their sons have real sympathy for what some of their mothers did to bring them up.

      I am just frustrated that many of the women are stuck in a place that is so unhelpful to women getting ahead. They think that they aren't, but it isn't so.

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  3. I don't think Romney saw gender disparity at all. I think his campaign dug around until they found something from 2003 that could be made into what they wanted. Pretty amazing that they had to go back nine years until they found something.

    I also think that anyone who believes there were NO (as in zero) qualified female candidates applying for that position, is living in an alternate universe.

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    1. Mare---I'm not sure what you're trying to say here.....

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    2. Open your eyes Mare. Obama pays women who work for him 18% less than men who work for him http://freebeacon.com/hostile-workplace/

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  4. Absolutely agree with you, Anonymous. Excellent post, Cynthia. The hypocrisy of the Obama campaign about a "war on women" is stunning (and sickening). Who can forget the way that Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin were treated in 2008 by these very same operatives. One of the many deplorable, demeaning images I can recall is the cardboard cutout of Hillary being groped by Plouffe and Favreau.

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    1. addendum - I'm agreeing with Anonymous #1 - first one on this comment thread.

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    2. Thanks anonymous!! I just can't understand the blindness on the left. I was one of them for a long time, 40 years in fact. But 2008 opened my eyes to the fact that we are stuck in one place because we are divided----and for no good reason.

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    3. You are very welcome, Cynthia. I am right there with you. For as many years as you, I was one of the blind believers. 2008 was a catalyst for so many of us, wasn't it? To replace one blind allegiance for another is certainly not the answer, which is why the women who demean us from the left and blindly accept being used as tools is so disheartening. We just have to keep on teaching our daughters and sons and support those extremely brave women - and men - who step up to the plate.

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  5. We live in very strange times. When most of the second wave Feminists are asleep at the wheel.

    I say "most" because we still do have Phyllis Chesler with her eyes wide open about Obama and the middle east. And then there are the nuns influenced by Vatican II, who are taking great heat from this Nazi pope that the Catholic Church has installed.

    My assessment is this: we are still dealing with the backlash against the second wave. The Democratic party's irrational and self-defeating takedown of Hillary in 2008 was clear evidence of that. As was the Church's selection of such an anti-woman pope.

    While the likes of Dee Dee Myers fantasize about how far they have come, and how much Obama "gets it" those of us with our blinders off are scratching our heads. And wondering exactly what world they live in.

    There can be no Third Wave (ie electoral parity) until the second wave wakes up and realizes what they are doing.



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  6. Oh, and BTW.... I would like to know how to get a resume into one of Romney's binders. He'll have lots of high level jobs to offer soon, I suspect. And I may know a few women that would be interested. ;~)

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  7. Interesting note: when Jerry Brown was elected, several California "women's" groups presented him with the resumes of over 1,000 competent, qualified women for consideration for high level appointments.

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  8. In my opinion it is not for the great patriarch to open up his binder full of women and choose this one or that one, but for the rules of the game to be modernized so that women can be empowered in their own right. For example:



    PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO THE OHIO CONSTITUTION FOR CONGRESSIONAL REDISTRICTING IN OHIO



    The state shall be divided into districts each electing four representatives and four alternates. The two top vote getting male candidates and the two top vote getting female candidates for each district shall be the elected representatives of that district. The third and fourth top vote getter male candidates and the third and fourth top vote getter female candidates shall be the alternate representatives who can serve if the elected representatives are not able or willing to serve out their entire term.



    The number of districts shall be equal to the integer quotient obtained when the number of representatives in the state congressional delegation is divided by four. The remainder representatives and their alternates shall be elected at large in a super-district comprised of the entire state.



    The districts shall be comprised of whole contiguous counties and the population of each district shall be equal to the population of the entire state divided by the number of districts plus or minus 3 percent of the population of the state. The districts shall have compact boundaries. Ohio eligible voter can each submit one proposed district configuration in the prescribed electronic format. The proposed configurations shall be uniquely identified. All configurations meeting the whole county and population requirements shall be ranked by compactness: the length of the boundaries of the districts shall be added up for each eligible configuration and the configurations shall be ranked according to the total length. The configuration with the shortest total shall be ranked first, and so on.


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  9. The Office of the Ohio Secretary of State shall make available on their website easy to access, transparent and validated user friendly software for Ohio voters to use in preparing their submittal of their proposed district configuration. The Office shall accept voter submittals for three months. The Office shall maintain a data base of the voters' electronic submittals open for public viewing and review with the data accessible by submitter and by ranking of submittals. The Secretary of State shall certify the data base of voter submittals to the Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court. The Chief Justice shall select the eligible proposed district configuration that is 1) most compact and 2) has the most equal population distribution. The Chief Justice shall Certify the selected district configuration to the Secretary of State for use the next election cycle. Redistricting will take place initially after this amendment is approved by the Ohio voters and subsequently after each ten year Census.



    Candidates for office can enter the district primaries by submitting 500 petition signatures of voters in the district or can enter the district general elections directly by submitting 10,000 petition signatures of voters in the district. In the primary election voters can select up to four male candidates and up to four female candidates. The top eight male and the top eight female vote getters in the primary election move on to the general election ballot. In the general election the voters shall be eligible to vote for up to three male candidates and up to three female candidates.



    Candidates for office can enter the super-district primary by submitting 2,500 petition signatures of voters in the super-district or can enter the super-district general elections directly by submitting 50,000 petition signatures of voters in the super-district. In the primary election voters can select up to four candidates. The top eight vote getters in the primary election move on to the general election ballot. In the general election the voters shall be eligible to vote for the number of representatives that the super-district will seat plus one. The general election candidates shall be ranked by the number of votes they receive with the biggest vote getter ranked first, and will fill out the available seats by rank. The top vote getter below the available seat cutoff will be considered first alternate to fill seats at large that become vacant for that term. The second and lower ranked alternates will be similarly selected.





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    1. It would be amazing to see something like this happen. Unfortunately, it would probably go the way of the equal rights amendment as politically unviable.

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  10. Cynthia
    Tweeted remarks such as those from our Desperate Housewife friend EVA, do not help the cause of women!

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  11. More on Binders:

    http://www.syd4.blogspot.com/2012/10/why-binders-and-big-bird-dont-matter.html

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    1. interesting---thanks for the link Stray Yellar Dawg?

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