Thursday, January 10, 2008
Is Hillary "anti-masculine"?
It is not every day I read an article on Salon.com's website. But this article caught my eye and really made me think. Kudos to Camille Paglia for discussing this Politically Incorrect subject without worry of “attack”. This is an issue that Feminist/Moderate Conservative/Lesbian Best Selling Author and Radio Talk Show Host Tammy Bruce, that Hillary has a genuine contempt for men and such attitudes are harmful to this nation diplomatically, ethically, and socially. Some have also suggested that a Hillary Clinton Presidency would hurt Feminism and would undermine the foundations of the Women's Liberation Movement.
Here’s an except of what Camille Paglia wrote:
Hillary's feckless, loutish brothers (who are kept at arm's length by her operation) took the brunt of Hugh Rodham's abuse in their genteel but claustrophobic home. Hillary is the barracuda who fought for dominance at their expense. Flashes of that ruthless old family drama have come out repeatedly in this campaign, as when Hillary could barely conceal her sneers at her fellow debaters onstage -- the wimpy, cringing brothers at the dinner table.
Hillary's willingness to tolerate Bill's compulsive philandering is a function of her general contempt for men. She distrusts them and feels morally superior to them. Following the pattern of her long-suffering mother, she thinks it is her mission to endure every insult and personal degradation for a higher cause -- which, unlike her self-sacrificing mother, she identifies with her near-messianic personal ambition.
It's no coincidence that Hillary's staff has always consisted mostly of adoring women, with nerdy or geeky guys forming an adjunct brain trust. Hillary's rumored hostility to uniformed military men and some Secret Service agents early in the first Clinton presidency probably belongs to this pattern. And let's not forget Hillary, the governor's wife, pulling out a book and rudely reading in the bleachers during University of Arkansas football games back in Little Rock.
Hillary's disdain for masculinity fits right into the classic feminazi package, which is why Hillary acts on Gloria Steinem like catnip.... History will judge Steinem and company very severely for their ethically obtuse indifference to the stream of working-class women and female subordinates whom Bill Clinton sexually harassed and abused, enabled by look-the-other-way and trash-the-victims Hillary.
I wanted you to read all of that, written by woman, and to see the arguments by other women about Hillary Clinton, as a foundation for my perspective. I, at heart, am an "Old School Feminist". I follow in the tradition of those such as Susan B. Anthony and others who believed in the "equality of the sexes", that the subordination of women and distain shown toward them publicly and privately should end.
I know, as a male, that people even today treat women with different standards than men. For example, the "Boys will be Boys" mentality has led way to women feeling helpless when their boyfriends or husbands come home drunk and are abusive. Instead of calling the police or getting away from the abuse, women have been socially engineered to say and think things such as "When he is sober, he is wonderful" or "I can't change him, it is something I need to live with because I love him." These excuses are the result of this socially engineered thinking of "He's the man, your the woman, this may be the best you can get". Paglia is right, Hillary reinforces such thinking when she "stuck by her man" like some ignorant woman who is doing it because she doesn't know what else to do. Hillary did it for political reasons.
In society, people consider men who sleep around to be "Pimps" and "Playas". But women are called "sluts" and "whores". There has been for centuries a different standard given to men as compared to women. In turn, this is why a Hillary Clinton Presidency is bad for society and the progression of Feminism. Hillary wants to appear as the "best 'man' for the job". Only recently has she tried to appear "feminine" because she has view her femininity as a "weakness". A real strong woman can be "Femi" and still be strong. Some of the strongest women I know have long hair, dress nice, get their nails done, but still stand up for their rights. Even the Bible says in Genesis 1:27 "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." The terminology in this passage and in Genesis in the Hebrew refers to a collective noun for both man and woman being created in the image of God.
Hillary Clinton has adhered to a set of ideals that a woman upon entering a man's world must conform and prove herself as much, if not more, strong than her male counterparts. This on the surface is all well and good, but the way she has gone about it has become a bad influence upon other women in America. A "Woman in a Man's World" does not mean women should "conform" to look like or act like men. Hillary, by her actions, is giving credibility and validity to Sexist Bias in this nation. Feminist does not have a hero in Hillary Rodham Clinton, it has an enemy.
So please, do yourself and America a favor, do not vote for Hillary Clinton because she is a woman, vote for her because you agree with her positions in comparison to her counter parts. Let a more deserving woman be the first woman President, not one who masquerades as a woman, but is at heart a political virtuoso who will do whatever it takes to attain her goals.