Between red stop-signs on Facebook reading “Stop the Republican War on Women,” the latest activist video characterizing Republicans as he-man, woman-haters, and Gloria Allred, Gloria Steinem and Jane Fonda doing just about anything (Monster-in-Law, anyone?) someone has to just come out and (insert expletive in the progressive tense here) say it. The government is not your daddy.
Gloria, Gloria and Jane were up in arms, (again), calling on the Federal Communications Commission to pull the plug on Rush Limbaugh’s show:
If Clear Channel won’t clean up its airways, then surely it’s time for the public to ask the FCC a basic question: Are the stations carrying Limbaugh’s show in fact using their licenses “in the public interest?”
Well, gee, I didn’t realize you could abuse the 1st Amendment, but apparently censorship is OK as long as you have a workout video.
This is astonishing to me. When did feminists agree it was alright to treat the government like their daddy? Why is it the government’s responsibility to censor people on your behalf? Pay for things on your behalf? Dictate the definitions of your most intimate concerns on your behalf? I thought the point of 3rd-wave feminism was to be treated like an adult in civil society (I say 3rd-wave, because we’re so far removed from Wollstonecraft’s “Vindications of the Rights of Women” it’s insane).
I feel like I’m a feminist, and you want to know why? Because I’m enabled to do things for myself. If I don’t like what someone says, I argue with them. If I’m in the mood for a cocktail, I pay for it myself. If I’m in the market for some sexy-times, then I hit up Rite-Aid on the way home. You want to know why? Because it’s my life, and I can do that, and I don’t have to ask Daddy’s permission first or hit up his wallet.
Women who want to turn insurance mandates into a given? Grow up. You want to see some real public policy concerns for women, check out the latest “Arab Spring.”
CBS News/New York Times pollfrom March 7-11: Biggest problem facing the country today? Definitely not institutionalized sexism. (I’ll give you a hint: it affects everybody and it pays for the now inflated insurance policy).