Skip to comments.Imagine a pro-vagina world
Posted on 05/01/2008 8:33:17 PM PDT by rface
What happened to the nicey-nice? Usually when I listen to Rush Limbaugh (for research, people), my heart sings when I hear a candidate like Obama labeled a tax and spend liberal. Why did I feel so disappointed by his success?.....when Gloria Steinem wrote a widely read opinion piece in the New York Times, you better believe my heart sang. But many women writers in the blogosphere whom I respect and admire called the essay sexist. And racist. And they said very hateful things about women like me who support Hillary Clinton, including that they are sexist and racist. One blogger on Feministing.com called it pro-vagina selfishness........
When I first started thinking about a Democratic presidential nominee for 2008 (sometime after the weeping stopped in November 2004), my criterion was simple: not another white guy.
I have nothing against individual white guys, mind you. My charming husband happens to be one, and before long my 8-year-old son will be one too. But white guys are way too entrenched. Theyve been running things since the dawn of humanity, despite a handful of anthropological studies that show matriarchies did exist, before patriarchies squashed them like bugs (lady bugs).
So imagine my thrill when Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama looked like my partys choices for 2008. Joy! Rapture! Why, back in the old days of ought-seven, discussing the candidates was sheer pleasure. No one argued. Everyone gasped, oh my gosh, arent we lucky?
Then the calendar flipped to 2008. I wore my Hillary pin at the new Richfield SuperTarget and got looks as dirty as Ive seen in any campaign season. I attributed this to suburban conservatism. Imagine my surprise when at my precinct caucus, deep in the heart of the Peoples Republic of South Minneapolis, I felt the sting of being in the political minority. I havent had that experience since I wore my homemade Dump Reagan pin to my classes at Edinas South View Junior High. Suddenly, political discussions were making my stomach ache.
Why? Was it so hard to have people not agree with me? What happened to the nicey-nice? Usually when I listen to Rush Limbaugh (for research, people), my heart sings when I hear a candidate like Obama labeled a tax and spend liberal. Why did I feel so disappointed by his success?
I realized that I wanted a woman to be the nominee much more than I thought. I wasnt satisfied with Obama, who is not white. Hes still a guy, and I am sick of guys.
Yet when I announce this, I am accused of being not only sexist but racist. No, I dont mean me personally, mostly because I am too mousy to stand up in the public square and talk about how sick I am of men in power (though my supportive husband encourages this). I should defer to the royal we here, because when Gloria Steinem wrote about the subject in a widely read opinion piece in the New York Times, you better believe my heart sang.
But many women writers in the blogosphere whom I respect and admire called the essay sexist. And racist. And they said very hateful things about women like me who support Hillary Clinton, including that they are sexist and racist. One blogger on Feministing.com called it pro-vagina selfishness.
Oh, dear. No more nicey-nice.
My daughter Miriam will be 3 years old in May. Lets imagine, shall we? Say Hillary Clinton is elected in 2008 (my best case), proves utterly ineffectual in office (worst case) and is defeated in 2012 by George P. Bush (whose mother is a native of Mexico). My daughter grows until adulthood with a woman president as historical fact, not a figment of her imagination. Any jerk messing with her self-esteem will get a sassy retort about President Hillary from my tough little girl, who is already known in her neighborhood for not playing princess. When my daughter puts on a tiara, she knows to be queen.
By all accounts, Barack Obama is almost as cool a guy as my husband and son. If hes the Democratic Party nominee, I will happily support him. But these days when I see him on camera, Im always peeking over his shoulder, thinking: Hmm, that Michelle Obama is one smart and accomplished woman. Why didnt she run? Damn.
Is wanting a woman to run the show selfish? Yes. I acknowledge that it is. So is wanting 50 percent of the members of Congress and at least three more Supreme Court justices to be women. I also want 50 percent of the parents watching their kids at the park to be men. I want what any parent wants. I want a pro-vagina world for both of my children.
Perhaps the most important lesson of the campaign is that untangling gender, race, class and so many other of the big -isms is far more difficult than anyone thought. The shouters on both sides exhort us to vote blind to them all, to cast our ballots on issues alone. OK. I took one of those candidate surveys on the Internet and was given my perfect match: Dennis Kucinich.
Shannon Drury is a self-described radical housewife. She lives in Minneapolis with her family.
This far-left tripe is what passes for ‘journalism’? And it gets published in a city paper?
But can she cook?
Yes, the barf alert is missing. Although i will never read an article with ‘vagina’ in the headline. I am sorry. Nor ‘anus’, for that matter.
Careful, asking a question like that might make her vagina angry.
The thing about identity politics is that all issues are reduced to their lowest common denominator. Everything is dumbed down to the primal muck of human relations: "You're a ______, therefore a poopyhead!"
In identity politics, there are no more ideas, only the most dehumanizing labels. This is why Orwell set Animal Farm in a world of pigs, cows, and sheep.
Most people stop laughing when they hear the world “vagina” around the ninth grade. I guess this woman never matured past that stage.
The author is evidently unaware that when a man says that another man “thinks with his penis” it isn’t a compliment.
The thing that’s interesting to me is how oblivious this woman is to her being a hate-filled person.
2. Does it go with chocolate?
BLAH...BLAH...BLAH....another vagina monologue that I refuse to read....
They must be very proud.
Even THINKING of Osama lables you a racist. Though in this case it's fine. Maybe this Drury chick will get caught in an affirmative action/feminist loop and start a never-ending period.
Not long ago a critical article of Barry circulated the extended family emails. Didn't take long before a more left-wing member whined, "Somebody break out the white hoods". Losers all.
Some Demagogues dream of a “pro-vagina world” and some dream of a “pro-anus world” and other dream of a “pro-penis world” and most Demagogues simply worship all of the orifices and body parts..........
But the question remains, what kind of (so-called) rational adults would define themselves, each other, or their “world” by their body parts and sexual organs...... as opposed to thinking of people for their intellect, souls, character, decency, and devotion to morality and civilization?????
Dr. Freud responds "she is repressing a deep seated penis envy, cloaking it in misandrist vitriol".
It might be useful to remind ourselves just who are implied to be the villians by all these wicked "isms."
This white man is pretty sick and tired of it.
Yes. What I can’t understand is how this woman was punished with two babies.
“Shannon Drury is a self-described radical housewife.
Homemaking is a tough job.
But most radical feminist housewives I am aware of have nannies for their kids, cleaning women for their homes, gardeners for their yards, and gourmet caterers for their tables.”
I think in light of this woman’s screed here, Shannon should go to work instead. A nanny would probably do a better job at raising her kids. In fact, the more time she spends away from them, the better.