Women’s Suffering is so Inconvenient

*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.

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6 Responses to Women’s Suffering is so Inconvenient

  1. twandx says:

    There is plenty to get angry about regarding Zeror and his frat boy groper.

    I still have anger left over for women who call their sisters bitches [just imitating the boys] and worse.

    And although I support women, I cannot support Caroline Kennedy because of the way she dumped on Hillary and did not speak up against the misogyny.

    • Crowfoot says:

      Hi twandx,

      yeah I know what you mean about using those sexist slurs towards women.

      And I know what you mean re: Caroline Kennedy (or any woman who joins with or ignores the misogyny directed towards her sisters). I keep remembering Melissa McEwan’s great Sarah Palin Sexism Watch series where she says that “We defend Sarah Palin against misogynist smears not because we endorse her or her politics, but because that’s how feminism works.” I will defend these women against sexist attacks and sexist behaviours, but that doesn’t mean they won’t be called out for what they do. We’re all accountable, and we’re all either a part of the solution or a part of the problem. I don’t know that much about Caroline Kennedy, but I can imagine a voice at the back of her head saying “better her than me.” I guess Caroline’s got that last name to protect her though. I don’t know if even the Republicans would smear the Kennedy clan anymore, they’ve become such a part of American mythology.

  2. A Supporter says:

    The Boston Globe Magazine has selected Jon Favreau as one of 6 “Bostonians of the Year”. How insulting!

    This is an opportunity to speak out! I encourage everyone who has a moment to do the following.

    1. Send a Letter to the Editor’ to the Boston Globe Magazine and to the Boston Globe newspaper (which publishes the Boston Globe Magazine every Sunday). Here is the contact information:
    • Boston Globe Magazine, Letter to the Editor: magazine@globe.com or by mail at: The Boston Globe Magazine/Letters, PO Box 55819, Boston, MA 02205-5819.
    • The Boston Globe newspaper, Letter to the Editor: letter@globe.com or online at: http://bostonglobe.com/news/opeds/letter.aspx?id=6340

    2. Write a letter or email and send it to the following Boston Globe Magazine contacts. They are the reporters and editors for this piece:
    • Charles P. Pierce is the reporter who wrote the article on Favreau: cpierce@globe.com phone: (617) 929-2724
    • Doug Most, Editor of the Globe magazine: dmost@globe.com phone: (617) 929-3454
    • Susanne Althoff, Senior Assistant Editor: Althoff@globe.com phone: (617) 929-1543

    3. You can comment on the article. Here’s the link: http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/magazine/articles/2008/12/21/the_speechwriter_in_chief/

    Then, send similar Letters to the Editors of the following papers that are spotlighting Favreau. These newspapers have reprinted Eli Saslow’s Washington Post article that spins Favreau as a wonderful guy . . .

    1. Kansas City Star article, “Meet Obama’s Speechwriter”: http://primebuzz.kcstar.com/?q=node/16180
    • Letter to the Editor (up to 150 words): letters@kcstar.com or via paper mail to: The Kansas City Star, Letters, 1729 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64108,
    • Mike Fannin, Editor and Vice President: mfannin@kcstar.com

    2. Minneapolis Star Tribune article, “Word for Word with Obama”: http://www.startribune.com/politics/national/36503444.html?elr=KArks8c7PaP3E77K_3c::D3aDhUMEaPc:E7_ec7PaP3iUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aULPQL7PQLanchO7DiU

    • Letter to the Editor: Dennis McGrath, Editor, StarTribune.com/Politically Connected, djmcgrath@startribune.com
    • Nancy Barnes, Editor and Senior Vice President for News, Star Tribune, nbarnes@startribune.com

    3. The Charlotte Observer article, “Obama’s word man has the world waiting”: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/653/story/427997.html

    • Rick Thames, Editor, The Charlotte Observer, rthames@charlotteobserver.com
    • Ann Caulkins, President and Publisher, acaulkins@charlotteobserver.com
    • Dee-Dee Strickland, Senior Editor, deedeestrickland@charlotteobserver.com
    • Street address for mailed letters: The Charlotte Observer,
600 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28202

  3. Dolly says:

    So f’ng true. Crowfoot’s got me angry, so now I can’t craft intelligible responses. God, I fucking hate Jon Favreau and Rick Warren and whoever the fuck else is just perpetuating this fucking system. Sorry for all the fucks. Tis only teh anger.

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