Thursday, July 21, 2005

A Little Hiatus

Since I recently started a new job and have a couple shows coming up, I'm going to have to take a break from blogging. I haven't been able to post much anyway, nor have I had the chance to read and comment on others' blog that I enjoy. My return is scheduled for August 4, 2005.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Is The WISH List just wishful thinking?

It may or may not surprise some people that I used to be a Republican. But I no longer identify myself as one (although I'm not a Democrat either). But the thing is, I don't think my own values have changed much. I think it's the values of the Republican party that have changed.

For example, there used to be room for feminists in the Republican party. Does anyone think an over-achieving, capitalist, career-focused woman could be a true Democrat? You could bring up Hillary Clinton, but even she professes support for free markets. And politicians don't count anyway, since it's usually unclear what they really think. I'm talking more about the business woman feminist, who stands in stark contrast to the pacifist/hippie/socialist/granola feminist who thinks it's politically incorrect to make too much money.

Yet the business woman also stands in stark contrast to the social conservative who thinks it's 'unnatural' or 'ungodly' for her to have a career. You know, the traditionalist who blames all of society's ills on the fact that women have entered the workforce. So what's a career bitch to do?

Well, she could be a Republican -- if only they'd get back to their core principles as outlined by The WISH List:
  • Individual freedoms and responsibilities;
  • A sound economy;
  • Limited government;
  • Healthy communities;
  • An educated citizenry; and
  • A strong and secure nation.

  • Unfortunately, the GOP has figured out that it's completely okay to sell out the principles of individual freedom and limited government as long as they're the ones in charge. I'll name just a few offenses: The Patriot Act, Conscience Clauses, the FCC crackdown on speech, and the even more overreaching FDA. If that wasn't bad enough, there's even a female Republican Senator who is opposed to a woman's right to vote. And I'm not even going to mention the debt, the deficit, or Bush's spending. Oops...

    I understand that Christians have their values and want to live by them. But why do they need the government involved? If they're pissed off about immoral television, then I support their right to protest, boycott, or write letters to a network. If Christian pharmacists are opposed to birth control, then I support their right to find employment with like-minded businesses. And if Christian women are against voting and working, then I support their right to not vote or work. None of this is rocket science, is it?

    Republicans don't need my advice. They are doing quite well catering to the fundies. But I think this success will be short-lived. Eventually, they'll be begging all those limited government advocates -- and perhaps even the career bitches -- to come back to the GOP.

    Thursday, July 07, 2005

    A Moment of Silence

    I'm sure everyone has heard about the attacks on London today. I'm not sure what to think yet; I just feel very sad for the people of London.

    From MSN:
    A group calling itself “The Secret Organization of al-Qaida in Europe” posted a claim of responsibility, saying the blasts were in retaliation for Britain’s involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    The statement also threatened attacks in Italy and Denmark, both of which have troops in Iraq. It was published on a Web site popular with Islamic militants, and the text was republished on Elaph, a secular Arabic-language news Web site, and Berlin’s Der Spiegel magazine.
    I'm sure that conservatives will blame liberals, liberals will blame conservatives, and fundies will blame feminists for this. But I'd rather not deal with that yet. The only people who truly are to blame are the ones who carried out this horrible attack.

    Friday, July 01, 2005

    Flabby Chins are Sexy

    The beautiful Charlotte Allen asks, "Why does feminism have to mean the triumph of the ugly and the surly?"

    Sometimes... a picture is worth a thousand words.

    UPDATE: Charlotte Allen is now claiming that I doctored her photo. This is not true, and I can prove it. If you follow this link, you'll see the original photo from How, exactly, did I doctor a photo on their website?

    Sadly, this is the real Charlotte Allen in all her gorgeous glory. You know, the kind of uppity lady who thinks flight attendants should cater to her every whim because, duh, they're just lowly service people.

    I'd like to take this moment to thank all the flight attendants for the job they do and for helping to keep our airways safe.

    UPDATE II: Allen graciously conceded that I didn't alter her photo. But she's got my point all wrong. I do think she has the right to harp about flight attendants. It's called the first amendment. But I also think she has the right to fall under the same criticism herself. Showing me pictures of Ann Coulter (who is 43 and looks like John Kerry's long faced lost sister) isn't going to change that.

    My real point is that feminism does not "have to mean the triumph of the ugly and the surly". If that were true, then Ms. Allen would be Top Dog.

    Links to this entry: Louise's Blog, Feministe, Monica Jackson, Tiny Cat Pants
    Related links: Next week IWF blames feminism for global warming and The plot thickens... via PandaAmanda and Blowing Down the Backroads Headin' South via Jedmunds

    There Goes Roe

    This just in: Sandra Day O'Connor is stepping down from the U.S. Supreme Court.

    O'Connor has long been my favorite justice. She's a moderate Republican who has some strong libertarian leanings. I'd also consider her a feminist, in that libertarian sort of way. Appointed by Reagan, she was the first female justice on the High Court.

    Some have attributed O'Connors libertarian views to her growing up in rural Arizona. She certainly has defended property rights against government taking. In a recent case questioning whether the government can seize private property and give it to another private party for economic development, O'Connor sided with property owners. "Nothing is to prevent the state from replacing any Motel 6 with a Ritz Carlton, any home with a shopping mall or any farm with a factory,” she said in her dissent.

    O'Connor received her B.A. in economics from Stanford. She also received her law degree from Stanford, where she ranked third in her class. However, she was unable to find work as a lawyer because she was a woman. She was offered only secretarial jobs. In order to get a job as an actual lawyer, she had to work for free. Yeah, that means she didn't get paid! But it got her foot in the door and allowed her to prove herself as a competent lawyer.

    I am sorry to see O'Connor go. She has been a positive role model for me and many others.

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