Y’all can’t handle the truth -or- NOW doesn’t represent ME now!
January 29, 2008 21 Comments
[a satire in one act; dedicated to mi hermana]
Sen. Ted Kennedy, a man (and maybe he does some other stuff too, IDK), endorsed the black guy over Feminist Vanguard Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. And the New York National Organization for Women called it “the ultimate betrayal,” and I totally don’t blame them.
“Women have just experienced the ultimate betrayal. Senator Kennedy’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton’s opponent in the Democratic presidential primary campaign has really hit women hard. Women have forgiven Kennedy, stuck up for him, stood by him, hushed the fact that he was late in his support of Title IX, the ERA, the Family Leave and Medical Act to name a few. Women have buried their anger that his support for the compromises in No Child Left Behind and the Medicare bogus drug benefit brought us the passage of these flawed bills. We have thanked him for his ardent support of many civil rights bills, BUT women are always waiting in the wings.
“And now the greatest betrayal! We are repaid with his abandonment! He’s picked the new guy over us. He’s joined the list of progressive white men who can’t or won’t handle the prospect of a woman president who is Hillary Clinton (they will of course say they support a woman president, just not “this” one). ‘They’ are Howard Dean and Jim Dean (Yup! That’s Howard’s brother) who run DFA (that’s the group and list from the Dean campaign that we women helped start and grow). They are Alternet, Progressive Democrats of America, democrats.com, Kucinich lovers and all the other groups that take women’s money, say they’ll do feminist and women’s rights issues one of these days, and conveniently forget to mention women and children when they talk about poverty or human needs or America’s future or whatever.
“This latest move by Kennedy, is so telling about the status of and respect for women’s rights, women’s voices, women’s equality, women’s authority and our ability – indeed, our obligation – to promote and earn and deserve and elect, unabashedly, a President that is the first woman after centuries of men who ‘know what’s best for us.’”
I mean, fuck! Who probably carried Mister Kennedy to term instead of exercising her choice to get rid of him? A WOMAN. Look at all the crazy ways he’s never allied with women before, and all of us totally said NOTHING! And now a woman’s running for President, he gets the ultimate chance to redeem himself — and he just recreates the Good Ol’ Boys Procession for the 44th seat in the White House? Fucking abominable.
Any feminist who’s every feminist would totally feel the same way. I can’t see any reason why feminists aren’t all storming the gates to the Senate floor right now, screaming Senator Kennedy down right now. That nomination was totally Clinton’s.
But it’s come to my attention that a certain corner of the blogosphere full of self-proclaimed “feminists” are actually upset with NOW’s statement. Some criticism has been lodged at the level of venom expressed by NOW and the fact that this organization claims to represent Feminism. These other “feminists” keep raising all these objections to the press release, some of them even moving to call the writer “unhinged.” I have no idea how these “feminists” can choose to identify under Feminism when they use such a sexist statement to refer to their own. Obviously, New York NOW never claimed to speak for all women or all feminists; they were clearly speaking for a niche. And Sen. Ted Kennedy’s choice not to endorse Sen. Clinton affects every woman and every feminist. So I don’t know what these “feminists” are even trying to say. In fact, I won’t even go over to try to understand.
They’re probably being some whiny keyboard hacking haters, anyway. I mean, seriously; isn’t it obvious that this press release is only for a small number of feminists who are pretty damned pissed at Sen. Kennedy? Is EVERY feminist a member of NOW? Who said every feminist was? Why the hell is there even a problem? These other “feminists” really need to stop being haters and put a lid on it. Who are they to get outraged on behalf of anybody? I bet most of these women aren’t even real feminists; they just take on the name when they want some attention. Probably only deal with feminism on the internet and some other sites. Not on any full-time basis.
I mean, seriously, don’t these “feminists” read Steinem and Jong? Sometimes, sacrifices have to be made in the message and the dream when someone is vying for power with genitalia that resembles yours. Every true feminist, every true woman, knows that. Sen. Ted Kennedy had a chance to ally with a true Vaginal Femagogue and so he deserves every condemnation true feminists can level for not doing what he was supposed to do. I can’t believe there’s even a question about this. If there’s any problem with the message that NOW sending out on behalf of Feminism, I’m sure we can handle that shit later. Right now, we don’t have time to let injustices like these slide by. And this is a Total Feminist Injustice. Why is speaking out such a problem now for NOW? ‘Cause they’re saying something that their most bilious and demanding critics don’t like? Pshaw. Now is not the time to try to cater to everyone. It doesn’t matter if NOW claims to speak for everyone or not; we have an election to win.
Besides, they’ve fixed it. Any complaints griped over should be in the past; they can get back to speaking for all feminists, right? Do they have your permission? Grow a pair already, ladies.
And I hope no one wanders in here trying to tell me what to say. I know what needs to be said. I’ve said everything that needs to be said: that NOW represents all feminists all of the time except when they’re representing some feminists some of the time because NOW represents all women some of the time and some women all of the time. The rest just doesn’t matter.
So why are y’all shocked, exactly? One day you can make your own national organization for women and do whatever the hell you want, and everything will be fine for you, okay? But right now? Shut up; grown folks with good Feminist reputations are talking for ya.