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Why Feminists Fear Strong Women
American Thinker ^ | September 11, 2008 | James Lewis

Posted on 09/10/2008 11:11:16 PM PDT by neverdem

"I assume John McCain chose Sarah Palin as his vice-presidential partner in a fit of pique because the Republican money men refused to let him have the stuffed male shirt he really wanted. She added nothing to the ticket that the Republicans didn't already have sewn up, the white trash vote, the demographic that sullies America's name ... yet has such a curious appeal for the right." 

That delicious tidbit comes from a Canadian feminist named Heather Mallick, who writes for the tax-funded Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Mallick is a career "journalist" for the CBC and other major Canadian media. She has decided to blame Governor Sarah Palin on "the white trash vote" -- because it's obvious that trash attracts trash.

This just another little tribute from sneering, caterwauling, traditional-woman-hating feminists all over the Western world. (With the wonderful exception of Camille Paglia.)

Aye, 'tis a grand sight to behold.

Governor Sarah Palin is Everywoman -- she is your mother, your sister or your wife; even your grandmothers and great-grandmothers, going back generations. She is a normal strong, healthy woman. Just as in Lake Woebegon, in reality all normal women are strong.

For decades we've been told that half the human population -- the female half -- are somehow weak, oppressed victims, who cannot handle the normal challenges of life.  Those are not the women you or I know. Normal women are incredibly strong; that's how evolution, or if you prefer God, made them; they are hardly pushovers or pitiable weaklings. Weaklings perish over the generations. The strong survive.

All too often modern women have been suckered and bamboozled by a lifetime of Leftist agitprop, which has turned their strengths into weaknesses. But it's 100% hogwash

Hillary Clinton has based her whole political career on the Myth of the Victimized Woman. Feminists who run our schools and colleges are always trying to push that story to naive students, just like the young Hillary of forty years ago, who was indoctrinated at Wellesley College. Even perfectly normal women have come to believe it.

But ask yourself: How many weakling women have you ever known? I've known very few, and I suspect those few learned to behave that way for sympathy. Just put them on a jungle island and soon they'd be swinging through the trees like Jane of the Jungle.

"Weak" women are a figment of the Left, just like "weak" black people or "weak" poor people. Those folks never used to be weaklings, until the media made them think they were. With the unanimous help of mainstream radio and TV you can talk yourself into feeling you're a victim of circumstances, just as under better influences you can talk yourself into feeling strong.

But the media don't celebrate winners in life. (Wonder why?)

Comes along Sarah Palin, a strong, joyous, normal woman, who doesn't mind it if the world knows who she is, and shatters the weakling stereotype just by being herself. What a blast! And the voters, who know from personal experience exactly how strong women really are,  are just recognizing their mothers and sisters and aunts in Governor Palin.

That's not "white trash." It's not "lipstick on a pig," as Obama wittily told his adoring audience a few days ago. It's normal, healthy behavior --- in fact, it's pretty much like Michelle Obama, who is also a strong woman (but bitterly angry, for some unfathomable reason).

So why do Leftist feminists fear Sarah Palin? Because their personal ego-trips and their political power depend upon The Big Lie. Like all Leftists, feminists desperately need to feel superior to the rest of us. That makes them feel good about themselves. For some Lesbian feminists I've known there is another, even more personal feeling: An intense sense of sexual competition with men. If you believe that all men are evil abusers, Lesbians are the logical refuge for women. The edge of manic rage that marks a lot of feminism seems to owe quite a lot to sexual jealousy, one of the most destructive of human emotions.

So there's a lot riding on the Myth of Female Weakness, from ego, to sexual passions, to deliberately cultivated group rage, to money and career ambitions. Without the Myth a rage-driven feminist like Heather Mallick would not have a high-paid career with the government-own broadcaster in socialist Canada. All the feminist professors who were hired to create "gender balance" in our schools and colleges, all the Ms. Magazine writers, all the media ladies, the affirmative action bureaucrats and victimology peddlers would lose the only career they know. A huge amount of money, prestige, snobbery, influence, ego, rage and sexual passion rides on the feminist myth.

Sarah Palin shatters their reasons for being.

Once a majority of normal women decide they are not victims at all, Leftist feminism is a goner. Which would be a good thing, overall, because the important thing is not some "ism" -- particularly not a destructive one -- but human beings, regardless of gender, race and all the other incidentals. Humanity is greater than feminism. It's greater than any race, creed, color, and any of those other cut and paste categories beloved of the Left.

One of my favorite books is Mario Puzo's The Fortunate Pilgrim (1965). (Yes, that Mario Puzo.) It's the story of his Neapolitan mother, and many another woman of her generation. The book's heroine is named Lucia Santa. Mamma Santa's life is incredibly touching because she is not 'fortunate' at all -- not to our way of thinking. But she is a stout pilgrim through life, in so many senses of that word. Lucia Santa was not as well-to-do as we are; she was not well-educated; she was an Italian immigrant along with her husband, who became psychotic and lived rest of his life in an asylum. Her immigrant experience is like that of many first-generation Americans, including today's Hispanics and Asians.

As Wikipedia notes,

"(The Fortunate Pilgrim)  deals with the Angeluzzi-Corbos family, a family of immigrants living an adopted life in New York City. The head of the family is Lucia Santa, a wife, widow and mother of two families. It is her formidable will that steers them through the Great Depression and the early years of World War II. But she cannot prevent the conflict between Italian and American values, or the violence and bloodshed which must surely follow."
...

"The Fortunate Pilgrim is the real birthplace of The Godfather. As Puzo says, the book's hero, Lucia Santa, is based on his own mother:

"Whenever the Godfather opened his mouth, in my own mind I heard the voice of my mother. I heard her wisdom, her ruthlessness, and her unconquerable love for her family and for life itself. ... The Don's courage and loyalty came from her; his humanity came from her...and so, I know now, without Lucia Santa, I could not have written The Godfather."

Lucia Santa lived a life of immense suffering and joy, loss and triumph. Her pilgrimage was to carry on in the new land with her children, to deal with their troubles and triumphs, and to be a tower of strength to her family and neighbors. Her son Mario became a great success as a novelist. But we become who we are from our parents and grandparents, aunts and uncles and brothers and sisters; yes, and our friends and teachers; sometimes we do it consciously, and more often not. 

That's the traditional woman -- who we are told, on great feminist authority -- was always a "weakling" before feminist ideologues came along to rescue her. That is your grandmother and mine, down the generations, just as it is your grandfather and mine.

Nobody told them they were weaklings. So they never knew it.

"We stand on the shoulders of giants," as a more grateful age used to say

Maybe it's time to bring back that old truth.

James Lewis occasionally blogs at dangeroustimes.wordpress.com


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: feminism; feminists; mccainpalin; palin; sarahpalin
Camille Paglia's essay is very good.
1 posted on 09/10/2008 11:11:16 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

ping...


2 posted on 09/10/2008 11:13:01 PM PDT by television is just wrong (The Democrats have lost cabin pressure and the oxygen masks have dropped.)
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To: neverdem
Why Feminists Fear Strong Women

Because they can't discern strong from strident.

or chin from character

3 posted on 09/10/2008 11:14:42 PM PDT by wardaddy (Obama/Pol Pot 2008)
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To: neverdem

Heather Mallick is an American-hating crone. Palin is an American, attractive, successful, erudite and worst of all, Conservative, lady. What would there be for an embittered beldam to like about Sarah Palin?


4 posted on 09/10/2008 11:27:55 PM PDT by WildcatClan (The world is full of fatheads; so I invented Diet Shampoo)
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To: neverdem
All the living governors of Alaska


5 posted on 09/10/2008 11:29:57 PM PDT by Canticle_of_Deborah (Repentance is a contract with God for a second life - St. John Climacus)
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To: Canticle_of_Deborah

6 posted on 09/10/2008 11:33:23 PM PDT by Canticle_of_Deborah (Repentance is a contract with God for a second life - St. John Climacus)
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To: neverdem
My mother, God rest her soul, was a strong woman. She knew what she wanted in life and always did the right thing. We all know women like that and we love and admire them. You can be fulfilled by being a wife, mother and homemaker. Radical feminists have depicted the traditional sources of feminine identity as the bane of women's unhappiness and lack of choices. To the contrary, its their greatest strength and inspiration. We witness that in Sarah Palin.

7 posted on 09/10/2008 11:40:23 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: neverdem

Feminists want strong women. Just of the flannel wearing or limousine liberal variety.


8 posted on 09/10/2008 11:43:28 PM PDT by Proud_USA_Republican (We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good. - Hillary Clinton)
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To: neverdem

“Weak” women are a figment of the Left, just like “weak” black people or “weak” poor people. Those folks never used to be weaklings, until the media made them think they were. “

Excellent analysis. But I’d go further: The left pushes the weakling agenda for votes. It’s the only way they can get elected and why they love diametrically opposite groups like Muslims and feminists.


9 posted on 09/10/2008 11:53:31 PM PDT by TDT
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To: Canticle_of_Deborah

Thanks for the pic!


10 posted on 09/11/2008 12:08:01 AM PDT by neverdem (I'm praying for a Divine Intervention.)
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To: neverdem

Bump for later reading.


11 posted on 09/11/2008 12:29:38 AM PDT by SuziQ
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To: wardaddy
"feminists"

The femi-nazis who oozed up in the sixties were virtually all arch-leftists and well as man haters. All leftists desire to make victims out of their designated support groups with the exception of course of adult white males. Everybody in America to these leftist harpies is a victim of the white, adult male. And this narrative is NEVER!!! supposed to change.

No matter how much power and money (Oprah Winfrey is a billionaire) women have, they are always and forever to be victims. Until the revolution which fortunately hasn't happened yet. Sarah Palin throws a monkey wrench in their narrative of the woman as eternal victim. That's why she must be destroyed.

12 posted on 09/11/2008 2:46:56 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: neverdem
Camille Paglia's essay is very good.

Camille Paglia reveals the true death-eater mentality in exactly so many words. It's not surprising that such stunning honesty isn't getting much play from the obscurantist media.

13 posted on 09/11/2008 4:07:31 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("McCain and Palin: The Normal People Revolution" ~ rrrod)
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To: Canticle_of_Deborah

Wow, I wonder how many states have eight living governors/ex-governors? Maybe Alaskans are naturally selected for longevity.


14 posted on 09/11/2008 4:08:49 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("McCain and Palin: The Normal People Revolution" ~ rrrod)
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To: neverdem

BTTT.


15 posted on 09/11/2008 4:17:52 AM PDT by JusPasenThru (The only thing Obama's been running for 4 years is his mouth.)
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To: Canticle_of_Deborah

That is a very powerful picture. It says it all.


16 posted on 09/11/2008 4:23:15 AM PDT by dforest
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To: neverdem

Hence my tagline. I love turning their little snide saying back on them.


17 posted on 09/11/2008 4:25:20 AM PDT by TexasNative2000 (Obviously, liberals can't handle a strong, independent woman.)
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To: neverdem
The feminists are the same as the Jesse Jackson/Al Sharpton crowd - they only want strength at the expense of someone else. For them, rising up means crushing or extorting someone else.

Palin is an example of the real meaning of strength - rising up on your own and lifting others with you.

18 posted on 09/11/2008 4:31:23 AM PDT by meowmeow (In Loving Memory of Our Dear Viking Kitty (1987-2006))
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To: neverdem

“So why do Leftist feminists fear Sarah Palin?”

Because she doesn’t need them.


19 posted on 09/11/2008 5:31:38 AM PDT by Noumenon (Time for Atlas to shrug - and to pick up a gun)
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To: wardaddy; Joe Brower; Cannoneer No. 4; Criminal Number 18F; Dan from Michigan; Eaker; Jeff Head; ...
Sarah special - the left's psychotic reaction

The Charismatic Sarah Palin, a Powerful New Feminist: Fresh blood for the vampire Camille Paglia essay's thread, the essay is a MUST READ!

Obama Can't Win Against Palin (Karl Rove)

The Swift-Skirting of Sarah Palin It's a poor title for so many lies about Sarah.

20 posted on 09/11/2008 10:37:20 AM PDT by neverdem (I'm praying for a Divine Intervention.)
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To: wardaddy; firebrand; neverdem

East Hampton is filled with strident women in the summer, but they are FAR from strong. Were it not for their hedge fund managing husbands working 80 hours a week, they would be crying at the nail salon in hopelessness.


21 posted on 09/11/2008 10:52:42 AM PDT by Clemenza (Barack Obama: Black and White and RED all Over)
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To: neverdem
because it's obvious that trash attracts trash.

You spot it, you got it.
22 posted on 09/11/2008 10:57:37 AM PDT by SouthDixie (We are but angels with one wing, it takes two to fly.)
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To: neverdem

ALL of these folks, the feminists, homeless advocates, gay rights groups, etc, they ALL depend on maintaining the “victim mentality” status.

They don’t want winners, they want whiners.


23 posted on 09/11/2008 11:19:14 AM PDT by djf (This ain't no party, this ain't no disco, this ain't no fooling around...)
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To: neverdem

It wasn’t all that long ago we were reading articles about how all of us Neo-Cons were afraid of strong women, which supposedly was why we all opposed the Hildebeest...


24 posted on 09/11/2008 11:28:48 AM PDT by Bean Counter (Stout Hearts.....)
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To: neverdem

Camille Paglia is not a traditiopnal feminist. They hate her.


25 posted on 09/11/2008 2:11:40 PM PDT by dervish (PDS, Palin derangement syndrome, is that covered by national health insurance?)
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To: neverdem
cause the true strong ones are all REPUBLICANS???
26 posted on 09/11/2008 2:57:38 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - McCain/Palin'08 = http://www.johnmccain.com/)
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To: neverdem

Thanks for the ping!


27 posted on 09/11/2008 10:20:44 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: neverdem
Hillary Clinton has based her whole political career on the Myth of the Victimized Woman.

Brain-washed, of course, by the leftie "womyn" at Wellesley. She was fine when she lived in Park Ridge (Goldwater Girl, even), then she went to the "dark side" when she went off to the "womyn" school.

28 posted on 09/11/2008 10:50:43 PM PDT by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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