Hear that noise this past week? You know, that one from Hilary Rosen and all of the uproar that ensued? Been hearing that kind of noise lately---- such as the Republican War on Women meme that apparently, according to the Dems, was started by the Republicans themselves (to what end one can't even imagine)? The talk of only the Democrats are woman friendly, etc and so on? Heard all of that?
What you are REALLY hearing is the final death of an era. The last days of the left owning women's interests are here. Oh, it's not going to die pretty. It will not be a spiritual, moving, sad death. It's going to be the biggest fight of all. The lefty feminists will not go down silently. They will kick, scream, threaten, insult, and be the biggest bullies you've ever seen. They will throw out every weapon available including letting the male interests who are using them continue to manipulate them all the way to the grave. Oh it's going to be butt ugly.
It's going to resemble the juiciest of operas. Just when the heroine appears to finally be gone, she raises her head and sings the most beautiful, tragic music of all. Just when the last gasp seems to have happened, she wakes up and has a second wind for an entire new act. Oh yes, it is this type of melodrama we are witnessing.
We get to hear over and over and over and over and over and over (you get my drift here) again how OMG----you HAVE to understand that WE are the only ones who care about women, we leftist Democrats, because we support such and such legislation (and then you get a brutally snooze-worthy in-the-weeds dissertation of policy minutiae). And THEY are anti-woman because they don't support it. THEY are bad bad bad-----don't you see that???? They HATE women!!!!! Why are you so dense that you don't see that????
And ad nauseaum we get to hear about all of the reproductive rights nightmares of what the world will be if we don't play by the leftist feminist rules. Threats, name calling, demeaning insults, dehumanizing characterizations of everyone who doesn't see the world their way. Class snobbery-------oh yes, class snobbery as in "you are so stupid because you didn't go to the right school, have the right upper middle class upbringing, your SAT scores were in the basement, you didn't have the means to grow up knowing the only right way to look at things. Oh, and by the way-----you're not even a woman."
This is what the politically dying types do when their philosophies aren't resonating. They get frustrated and then they start throwing bricks at anyone who doesn't see it their way. Happens all the time and on both sides of the aisle. Thing is, this stand off for leftist feminism is becoming and has become something else, and the leftists have been so busy trying to survive their own message that they haven't noticed how the times have moved on while a fresh new wave of feminism is being born.
Let's go back to the "legislation" brick thrown out. The legislation that is called "woman friendly" that is constantly being touted by the left as a litmus test of pro-womanhood is not really that. What it is is legislation that IF PASSED sounds like maybe it could help women. There's the rub. This legislation is NEVER going to be passed. It has been pending most of it for 40 years. And during those 40 years, women's advancement has hit a brick wall (is that where those bricks are coming from---LOL!!!).
There are several reason that the legislation won't pass. First of all, even if women really like this legislation, there aren't enough women in Congress (17%) to force it to be seriously considered. This legislation has served one and only one purpose-----it has given men cover to say that they are prowoman without having to put their money where their mouth is. These pieces of legislation rarely make it out of committee. Even when the Democrats controlled everything, which has been several times over the past 40 years, what kind of progress has been made past the initial Second Wave progress in the early 70's?
Secondly, the Republicans will never pass much of this stuff, and not necessarily because they are anti woman either. A case can be made that they are, but then the mirror image case can also be made that the Democrats aren't woman friendly either. The reality is that in general Republicans are not in synch with the idea that government should legislate these things. We can get into a heated argument about whether THAT is an antiwoman smoke screen. Truth is that is can be, but hey, the argument about what the role of government is is as old as the United States itself. As long as this argument goes on, women's interests will get twisted up in it, and things will get stalled AS THEY HAVE BEEN for 40 years.
Thirdly, countries that HAVE passed quota legislation and other types of "woman friendly" legislation have shown that in practice these laws don't advance women's interests as much as people thought they would. And certainly things that have been mandated in the public sector have NOT trickled down into the private sector.
So why are the lefty feminists, who think they are the be all and end all of prowomanhood, pursuing losing strategies and saying that they are the only thing standing between us and being blasted back into the Stone Age? Their strategies DON'T WORK!!! They have an abysmal success record as of late (like the past 40 years). Why should we put all of our eggs in a losing basket?
I have written ad nauseum about the reproductive rights fights. For more details read the link. I'm only going to say that that argument has advanced as well with the passage of time and with new technologies. And there are good people fighting that one out on both sides. And while they fight it out, we need to pay attention to the other unfinished business facing us.
So expect to be twisted in a knot with anger, frustration, and rage as we watch left wing feminism die a terrible death. But let's celebrate what the rest of us know:
1) we have many, many glass ceilings to break and our tine to make the final push to break them is now
2) we are all in this fight together-----divided, we cannot advance. We can't afford to be "us and them" anymore
3) even if we think differently, we owe it to future generations of girls to tell them the truth. And that truth is that we must stick together and use our collective force to break the glass ceilings so that THEY, our future female leaders, can truly be anything they want to be. That is not the case at the present time.
I know I know-----it's unseemly to suggest that the leftist feminists need to just take us all out of our misery and get it over with. It's not going to work that way. We will all fight death when it faces us and they are no different. But please know that a new day is dawning, a fresh breeze is blowing, and 2012 will be remembered as the election season that got rid of the old to make way for the new. Female economic and power parity, here we come!!!!