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!!!!