Emily's ___ doesn't speak for me.
They can go screw themselves. They're worthless and whores for any centrist Dem. But put that to the side for one moment.
Let's focus on one issue: How is it in feminism's interest to start a cat fight?
That's all this. It's not clever, it's not funny. It's bitchy. BITCHY. That's the only term for it. Emily's List is a joke. But I would have kept my opinion to myself had it not pulled such a BITCHY little stunt to get some cheap headlines.
Feminism can't afford this crap. It's the same reason I no longer promote Ms. magazine. Their connection to the whores of Emily's List.
We don't need it and we can't afford it. We can't afford it as women, we can't afford it as feminists. We can't afford it in terms of the earth.
I'm never voting for Sarah Palin. Never. But does she speak for me?
Yes, she does. When she speaks about special needs children, she speaks for me. I'm sure there are many other times when she does as well.
I don't agree with her politically but I have never, ever demonized her. How very sad (and telling!) that Emily's List would rush foward to stone a woman. Way to whore it for the men, Emily's List.
You're still the ugly chick, E.L., but maybe one of the drunken frat boys you're now hanging with will still cop a feel? Maybe even finger you for a few minutes and you can go write in your diary that you 'almost' lost your virginity.
If you've missed it, various Democratic Party organizations have attempted to demonize Palin and use her to scare up money. Last time I checked, the Dem's governors association was the last one still trying. It's not a fundraiser. Hatred heaped on women is not a fundraiser. But while those organizations -- headed by men -- have suffered a backlash, Emily's List steps up to the plate, saying, "Put me in, Coach! I'll go bitchy!"
We don't need this crap and we can't afford it.
Now for Katha Pollitt. If there's one thing Big Boned and I could agree on, I thought, it was an agreement that there was far too much religion in the public square. I thought we could agree that freedom of religion includes FREEDOM FROM RELIGION.
But here's Katha Pollitt explaining why another religious structure is 'needed' in NYC. I don't live in NYC, I'm not weighing in on the mosque issue. I am noting that Katha Pollitt is a Christ-hater. The woman hates Christ and hates Christians and makes no secret of that constantly mocking both and trashing them. Sometimes she does so in agnostic/atheist publications, sometimes she does it at The Nation.
It doesn't offend me. Freedom of religion includes FREEDOM FROM RELIGION. But what does offend me is when people don't play it fair.
Katha Pollitt wants to attack Christianity. That's her right. But let's not pretend that she attacks other religions as well. Let's not pretend the non-believer looks at (and treats) all religions the same. No, she laps at the crotch of Mohammed.
I'm sick of it. If you're going to tear apart and mock religion, then do so. But do so fairly and evenly.
There was no reason for Katha Pollitt to rush to defend religion except that it allowed her to rub and soothe her own hate.
Emily's List also embraces their hate.
What we need is to embrace something a little more meaningful than "I'm better than you! Nah, nah! nah!"
But notice that both E.L. and K.P. managed to avoid addressing peace, avoid addressing wars, avoid addressing anything that could actually improve the bulk of American lives. But that's what gossipy, catty girls do: Dish.
By contrast, I'll note this from CODEPINK:
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Of course, C.I. never pulls a Katha and gas bags like a Cathy comic. (In fact, Katha Pollitt's sort of a mixture of Cathy and Debbie Downer.)
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):