*groan* so I have a cold again and am having difficulty writing more than a couple of sentences here and there but I’ve been wanting to rant about how shittily Obama actually treats acts of sexism. I mean, he’s all nice with the pretty words, but when push comes to shove he throws women and my fellow LGTBQ crowd under the bus. But I’m having such a hard time articulating my anger I’m going to start by linking to someone who’s taken it on.
Firstly, Heart over at Women’s Space has two excellent articles (well, more than that but I’m focusing on two) on that sexist ass Jon Favreau and his Facebook picture of himself and another Obama staffer feigning sexual assault on Hillary Clinton. This first link is a couple of weeks old but there’s such good discussions going on and it really speaks to a lot of my feelings on the subject. That so many people don’t see what he did as problematic is sickening and depressing. A woman being taken down a peg via feigned groping is irrelevant, just a joke, get over it and stop being so sensitive. It’s just your regular jokey competitive thing. It’s not real anyways, what he did! He just pretended to grope her breast (and that other fucker just pretended to pull back her hair and pour beer down her throat). It doesn’t mean anything, just look away. /snark
Heart also has another post about how this jerk is not only still employed by Obama but is writing his inaugural speech, and how we need to keep our outrage front and centre and never let them forget it or sweep it away. NOTHING changes for marginalized peoples of all stripes unless we are continually loud and showing our outrage. I am simply furious that this asshole is going to write the inaugural speech. While there is a lot that I respect about Obama, and a lot that I’m hopeful for (reliably so I think), his misogyny is also so apparent to me right now: professor publicly says that women are inherently less intellectually capable? Hire him! One of his writers fakes a groping of his opponent during the primaries, now the fucking Secretary of State? Pick him to write the inaugural speech! Want to reach across the political divide? Get a known homophobe bigot sexist creep to give a speech at your inauguration! [edited to add the previous link and the following] I am so angry at the inclusion of Warren I don’t even know what to say. I had meant to include the link to him (and there’s several at Shakesville) but … I’m even having difficulties saying how angry I am! Surely there must. be. some other. conservative Christians who are less horribly homophobic and sexist? Yes? *sigh* maybe not.
Oh! And then the Boston Globe goes and names Favreau one of the 6 Bostonians of the year.
I’m so fucking angry I don’t even know what to say, so I link to the outrage of other feminists because about all I can muster right now is spit.