Thursday, April 16, 2009

Tea Parties & Feminism

DISCLAIMER: This post will likely have the ability to anger, provoke snide remarks, and incite back-biting. And that is all part of the fun.

I understand that you have a right to protest. I really do. I understand that Obama's stimulus plan and budget are frustrating to most people (and even to myself, at times). I also understand how clever you think yourselves for calling these protests 'tea parties'. Really. How cute.

However, what I don't understand is... why now? Why weren't you protesting outside the White House and outside your capitol buildings any time during the past six years? An estimated $850 billion has been spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan -not to mention the loss of life (an estimated 99,000 Iraqis have lost their lives -and that's just the documented ones, as well as approximately 5,000 military personnel). Saddam was captured within a year of the invasion and the last sighting of a high-ranking Taliban leader (last month) was of the man heading out of the city on a moped. A moped, people! Why haven't they caught these guys?

And Weapons of Mass Destruction. Who in their right mind goes and has a public meeting with world leaders at the UN, bringing a satellite map, pinpointing the location where they think the WMDS are. And then they wait a month or two to even invade? Were you just trying to give them the opportunity to whisk away your best excuse for invasion?

We have progressed from our 'War on Terror' to a 'War on Terrorism' to 'Operation: Iraqi Freedom'. Whatever happened to sovereignty? Anyone who's taken even a 100-level political science course should see the problems associated with just invading like this.

And on to Feminism and the Feminist Movement. Ladies, this is mostly for you, but Men, you are more than welcome to listen up as well.

Stop bashing the Feminist Movement. I mean it. Please. Stop it. Stop sneering; stop rolling your eyes, stop giving superior glances to those that can say the word 'feminist' without flinching. If you are a woman and have ever held a job (and gotten paid for it), puchased property, attended an institute of higher education, or even voted, you are a feminist (or at least you damn well should be). Seriously, if you don't want to be a feminist, stop taking advantage of the rights won you by the feminist movement. The reason you all are so worked up about this is that you are letting a radical minority speak for and be seen as the majority. The feminist movement is not some new phenomenon (no indeed, think hundreds of years, people). It is not the god-forsaken school of thought conceived in the sexual revolution that you seem to think it is.

Neither does feminism translate into anti-feminine. You can wear your frills and pink and be a feminist. You can be shy and retiring and be a feminist. Hell, you can dress like Barbie, be a mute, have three dozen children and still be a feminist. Just stop denying the hard work that women have put forth over the past centuries to get you where you are today.
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