Category Archives: Feminism

Empowering Myself

I stopped identifying as a feminist years ago because I was tired of having my lived experiences dismissed by other feminists when said experiences didn’t fit their narrative or ideology.

I was tired of having other women presume to know my mind better than I do, by accusing me of having “internalized misogyny” and setting feminism back “by decades” because I chose to stay home and raise my son.

I was tired of being called an “MRA type”, among other things, for pointing out that letting them dictate how other women should think, speak, act, and live their lives, is not an improvement over men doing it; that feminism is supposed to be, at least in part, about empowering women to choose our own paths in life — not just switching from being controlled by men to being controlled by other feminists.

I was tired of having it made clear to me, in no uncertain terms, that I am not ‘one of them’ and will never be represented by them because, ironically, they could never seem to find the perfect sized box to keep me in.

And I’ve been better off and much happier since I stopped trying to live like a feminist, and just started living. I empowered myself by understanding that, despite what feminists would have me believe, I am not utterly helpless without them.


Sarah Palin: A Victory For Women?

I’ve come across quite a few people lately, mostly self-proclaimed feminists, who say that even if we don’t agree with Sarah Palin’s politics, women should be proud to see another woman running for Vice President because this is a victory for women.

Is it really, though ?

Sarah Palin has been used and exploited by the McCain campaign. She is embarrassingly unqualified for the position of VP, but we won’t let that stand in our way; let’s just dress her up like a $150,000 Barbie doll and get her to smile and wink for the camera. Oh, and make sure she keeps her mouth shut unless she’s being told exactly what to say or can divert it to hockey and mooses.

In other words, “You don’t have to know anything, Sugar, just be a good girl and smile for the camera like you’re told.”

Can someone please explain to me how that is a victory for women? Because it looks to me like the exact same kind of degrading treatment that women, and especially feminists, have been trying to overcome for generations. I would think that feminists, of all people, would be outraged by this, rather than supporting it.

If we settle for this and call it a victory, we haven’t come nearly as far as I thought we had.

Posted by Lottie — Copyright © 2008 Rambling On


Sharon Osbourne on Sarah Palin

Sharon Osbourne, on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, gave the most brilliant assessment of the Sarah Palin soap opera that I have seen to date. Sharon doesn’t pull and punches, she’s spot on and hilarious at the same time! This will be the most worthwhile two minutes and thirty-eight seconds you will ever spend listening to anyone talk about Sarah Palin.

Watch now!


Sarah Palin: Out Of Her League

Kathleen Parker, who once supported Sarah Palin, now says that Palin is “clearly out of her league”:

Palin’s recent interviews with Charles Gibson, Sean Hannity and now Katie Couric have all revealed an attractive, earnest, confident candidate. Who Is Clearly Out Of Her League.

Townhall.com

I had a feeling we would start hearing that kind of thing from Palin supporters when the Republicans could now longer hide her from the media. I watched her interviews with Charlie Gibson and I actually felt a little sorry for her. As Kathleen Parker says, “she repeats words, filling space with deadwood. Cut the verbiage and there’s not much content there”.

For example, she made the following statement to Sean Hannity:

Well, there is a danger in allowing some obsessive partisanship to get into the issue that we’re talking about today. And that’s something that John McCain, too, his track record, proving that he can work both sides of the aisle, he can surpass the partisanship that must be surpassed to deal with an issue like this.

What? I’ve made more coherent statements in my sleep after passing out drunk.

When Couric pointed to polls showing that the financial crisis had boosted Obama’s numbers, Palin blustered wordily: “I’m not looking at poll numbers. What I think Americans at the end of the day are going to be able to go back and look at track records and see who’s more apt to be talking about solutions and wishing for and hoping for solutions for some opportunity to change, and who’s actually done it?”

Um, did someone say something or do I hear flies buzzing? It may very well be flies, because we all know what flies are attracted to:

If BS were currency, Palin could bail out Wall Street herself.

Indeed!

But while some McCain supporters are calling for Sarah Palin to step down for the good of her party and the United States, I’m saying, keep her! Please!

And, by all means, let her keep tossing her word salad at the press.

Posted by Lottie — Copyright © 2008 Rambling On


The Obligatory Sarah Palin Post

I wish people would stop making me defend McCain and company; it makes me feel like I need to scrub myself. All the mud-slinging in reference to Sarah Palin’s daughter is the kind of bottom-feeding, slimy tactics I would expect from the McCain campaign.

First, I would like to respond to claims that none of this would have happened if only Sarah Palin had stayed home and raised her kids. While some feminists have abused the term “misogynist” to the point of rendering it virtually meaningless, I can’t think of another word to describe this line of thinking. Well, “stupid” comes to mind, but that’s rather obvious.

Bristol Palin has a mother and a father! Why aren’t people outraged by the fact that he didn’t stay home and raise his children? It’s classic misogynistic thinking.

Then there’s the finger-wagging of “See what happens when you leave children unattended?”

Bristol Palin will be eighteen-years old next month! She is not a child. It’s not rational to think that someone her age should be “attended” around the clock. She’s perfectly capable of consenting to sex and of legal age to do so. The results of her consensual sexual activity are her responsibility and do not reflect on her mother, father or anyone else.
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Saturday Cartoons

One for the feminists ::whistles innocently::

Pix Plz – courtesy of xkcd – A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math and language


Bill O’Reilly On Erectile Dysfunction

Sometimes when I’m having trouble falling asleep, I lie in bed and flip through the television channels. Reading doesn’t work for me because I become engrossed in whatever I’m reading and end up staying awake much later than I should.

Since I find most television relatively boring, I usually start to doze off after about half an hour of channel surfing. During this short time period, I inevitably come across Bill O’Reilly yakking about something or another. He seems to spend a lot of time bashing Planned Parenthood, from what I’ve seen.

Last time I stumbled across his show, he was saying that PP should have its Federal funding pulled because he doesn’t like some of the ads they run on their own websites. Apparently O’Reilly is offended by discussion of genital warts. Honestly, he seems offended to the point of hostility by any discussion relating to sex, although he seems quite… sensitive about the topic of erectile dysfunction:

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