President Obama could invite Chamique Holdsclaw to the private White House basketball court and Billie Jean King to play tennis with him. I still wouldn't believe he's any more comfortable dealing with women or concerned about "women's" issues than the dearly departed former Sen. Jesse Helms. President Obama talks the talk a lot better and a lot louder than Helms. But Jesse Helms was so rooted in his atavist traditions, he chose to remain true to his misogyny rather than pose for cameras with faux female golfing partners. President Obama must hide the side of his personality that is clearly uncomfortable with women because he needs their votes much more than Helms ever did.
Bonnie Erbe called it correctly and the result was some of the nastiest comments you could imagine. We need to value the women who speak up for other women. Which naturally transitions us to . . .
"Sexism And The Stupid Guy (Ava and C.I.)" (Ava and C.I., The Third Estate Sunday Review):
But we don't mean to imply that Hadley and Jo-Ann didn't also help. Many years ago, Wolf was stuck in rewrite hell. Elaine May had been brought in. And around this point, Michelle Pfeiffer suggested the writers stop trying to find a career for her character to dabble in. Sometimes, Michelle knew, the most feminist statement can come from showing the hollow nature of a life lived in repression with your feet and spirit bound. And that's when the script finally started to gell.
By the same token, Hadley and Jo-Ann did as much as Bonnie. Bonnie elected to speak from strength and use her own voice, no doubt inspiring many young girls as well as many grown women. And then there's Hadley and Jo-Ann served up as the cautionary tale, showing young girls and women how silly and embarrassing you look when you rush to defend the patriarchy, when you try to sell sexism as a form of liberation.
Most of all, we suggest you remember the silence from so many when next Title IX is discussed. Grasp that women think equality on the sports field is important . . . up until a woman leaves college then our faux feminists appear to think a woman's got no reason to complain and certainly no right to. Remember that.
Read the entire thing and notice how many were silent about Barack shutting women out of the networking opportunities. It's shameful. Bonnie Erbe called it out, Ava and C.I. called it out. Our 'brave' 'leaders'?
Robin Morgan and Gloria Steinem were apparently too busy getting coffee for the men in their Socialist enclave. Though they weren't able to speak out, they did manage to squeal a few times as Howard Zinn pinched their asses.
It's reallly telling that Barack can get away with utilizing sexism at the White House and our alleged 'leaders' in the feminist movement can't say a damn word. If you never got how weak and co-opted the 'leadership' is, there's your answer.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):