Tuesday, January 29, 2008

None Dare Call This 'Hysterical.'

Oh, dear. Apparently Marcia Pappas of the New York branch of the National Organization for Women has lost her ever-loving mind because Ted Kennedy endorsed Barack Obama for President. This is the same unhinged spokesmodel who described the Democratic contest as a "psychological gang-bang" because...uhm...because--well, it had something to do with Obama and Edwards and playground taunts and some Jodie Foster movie...Flightplan, maybe? Fuck if I know.

At any rate, Kennedy's endorsement has transformed a "psychological gang-bang" into a full-blown case of psyche-storming ass-nectar bukkake or something, because Pappas is back penning crazy-ass press releases:

Women have just experienced the ultimate betrayal. Senator Kennedy’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton’s opponent in the Democratic presidential primary campaign has really hit women hard. Women have forgiven Kennedy, stuck up for him, stood by him, hushed the fact that he was late in his support of Title IX, the ERA, the Family Leave and Medical Act to name a few. Women have buried their anger that his support for the compromises in No Child Left Behind and the Medicare bogus drug benefit brought us the passage of these flawed bills. We have thanked him for his ardent support of many civil rights bills, BUT women are always waiting in the wings.

And now the greatest betrayal! We are repaid with his abandonment! He’s picked the new guy over us. He’s joined the list of progressive white men who can’t or won’t handle the prospect of a woman president who is Hillary Clinton (they will of course say they support a woman president, just not “this” one). “They” are Howard Dean and Jim Dean (Yup! That’s Howard’s brother) who run DFA (that’s the group and list from the Dean campaign that we women helped start and grow). They are Alternet, Progressive Democrats of America, democrats.com, Kucinich lovers and all the other groups that take women's money, say they’ll do feminist and women’s rights issues one of these days, and conveniently forget to mention women and children when they talk about poverty or human needs or America’s future or whatever.

Wow. Just...wow. "Ultimate betrayal?" Calling out Howard Dean's brother? Ending a paragraph with "or whatever?" And how do Kucinich supporters figure into this? None of this makes a lick of sense.

And some of the blogosphere's smarter feminists have sounded off against Pappas. So this isn't just me and the Patriarchy talking. In fact, Wife Of DCeiver, upon reading Pappas' press release, offered what I think was the best response, which was to snort derisively and say, "Sounds like just another fucking Boomer to me." Now, I don't know if Pappas actually is a member of the Boomer generation, but that's OK, because "Boomer" is a household code word for "complete moron."

Anyway, I think it's safe to say that if you are going to write about receiving the ultimate betrayal at the hands of Ted Kennedy's "abandonment," your name better be Mary Jo Kopechne.


Anonymous said...

Let's see. Marcia Pappas' reasoning is that where a person or organization fails to support for President a candidate of a previously unrepresented group, the obvious conclusion is that that person/individual is a bigot.

Does that mean that Ms. Pappas and NY-NOW are anti-black, racist bigots for their failure to support Obama...?

alyceclover said...

NOW just committed the ultimate betrayal of all women who do not back Senator Clinton because she is a known liar and crook. Some of us are concerned about trying to elect some good role models for children. Michelle is much more acceptable than a former disgraced president who was impeached.

I do not personally support Hillary because she does not give a hoot about our innocent sisters in Iraq suffering, pleas from wives, mothers, daughters, sisters of our troops.

The reason I want a female of head of state is all the qualities Hillary does not possess and several of the male candidates do. Dictatorship type Presidents like Bush need to go and that includes Hillary. To assume that females do not study issues and simply condone females of any quality is fodder for the misogynist males anti-women stuff.

Steinem, Clinton and now NOW has set the feminist movement back decades.