Of course, C.I. also took it on in yesterday's "Iraq snapshot." I enjoyed reading all of them but agree with C.I. that Betty had the best title: "For Crackers Who've Considered Whining When Everything Wasn't Enough." Betty can always make me laugh like no one else. I love how her mind works.
It's funny how people such as E.J. Graffe tried to walk their lavish praise back the next day.
But the women above and Mike called it when it mattered.
Anne-Marie Slaughter is a War Hawk and it's really telling to see who rushed to praise to begin with. She has blood on her hands and then some.
Her awful piece of writing was everything the women above called it.
Outside the community, I think Lindsay Beyerstein has an article worth reading at In These Times on Slaughter's nonsense.
But, as always, I think C.I. did everything perfectly. Here's a section:
Feminism lied and betrayed Slaughter because you can't have it all!!!!
Okay, even the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution don't promise that you can have it all. I'm confused as to which 'feminist' Slaughter heard say, "You can have it all!" I've never said that and I've never heard any other feminist say that. I remember a bad commercial from the 70s for Enjoli perfume with a song that promised that while a woman shook her ass for the camera. Is Slaughter so stupid she thought Enjoli was the voice of feminism? It was a corporate product voiced by Madison Avenue. Grow the hell up.
Second-wave feminism was about the politics of homework, it was about very real issues. I'm not remembering the Ms. magazine cover story proclaiming, "Gals, it's all been solved! Now we get to have it all!" Because that cover doesn't exist. Gloria Steinem, Flo Kennedy, Maxine Hong Kingston, Robin Morgan, Madonna Thunder Hawk, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Gloria Anzaldua, Jo Freeman, Dolores Huerta, May Chen, Martha P. Cotera, Lorelei DeCora, Toni Cade Bambara, and assorted other second-wavers never said, "You can have it all!" They didn't make that promise in word and they didn't make that promise in action. Feminism wouldn't be an ongoing struggle for equality if we could have it all currently. And I believe it was Marlo Thomas who rightly pointed out in those early second-wave days that she needed a wife. The point she was making at that time was that with all she had to do, she could sure use someone to do all the things that married women were expected to do for their husbands at that time. Marlo's entire point refutes Anne-Marie's lie that feminism promised her she could have it all. I've never read a more stupid article.
And I'm going to go there. Having outed your son as troubled child two years ago, I hope to hell that's not still true because I had to groan when I read this sentence, "I have not exactly left the ranks of full-time career woman; I teach a full course load; write regular print and online columns on foreign policy; give 40 to 50 speeches a year; appear regularly on TV and radio; and am working on a new academic book." Again, Anne-Marie, I hope to hell that your child is still not troubled because clearly your plate is full.
Feminists, please note, don't go around writing things like "full-time career woman." I've never once -- and I've known her for years -- heard Gloria Steinem identify herself as "a career woman." That's the sort of phrase that's used in bad backlash TV programs (read Susan Faludi's still wonderful and still pertinent Backlash: The Undeclared War On American Women as well her equally brilliant but less well received by 'critics' The Terror Dream. The same is true of "high potential women" -- an phrase that's meant to imply "professionals" (professional murderers?) like Anne-Marie but's really just another elitist phrase by a Queen Bee who wants to be bitchy and pretend she's so much better than the average woman. (Of course she wants to pretend that, a Queen Bee doesn't value womanhood, that's why she wants to be told she 'thinks like a man' and other exception-to-the-rule phrases.)
Anne-Marie Slaughter wanted to have a 'buzz' article to gear up for a bad book and the best way to do that is to blame feminism. The media loves to distort feminism and they love the writers that do that work for them.
From the perfume to the inclusion, it's perfect. She'll go in to work Laura Nyro into it. I love it.
But my favorite part is this:
Feminism didn't mislead Anne-Marie.
Anne-Marie lied to herself. Her problem has nothing to do with feminism. It doesn't even have to do with work, actually. She's one of those people that's going to try to ride life like a wild stallion, break it in and it's going to do just what she says.
That's not life, that's a control freak's wet dream. Life is messy, life is hard, life is fun, life is glorious. It changes like the weather. It is chaos, it is calm. You learn to take life for what it offers as opposed to trying to push it up a hill and you can be a lot happier. Anne-Marie's biggest problem is her plan in her head didn't match what she now sees before her eyes. That is life, get used to it. She's such a patriarch, thinking she's going to dominate the wild nature of life, dominate nature itself. What a sad, sad, wanna-be-man of a woman.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):