Put Your Big Girl Panties On: Feminism and Politics




I have a deep and metaphysical disdain for politicians.  I didn’t use to.  At one time in my college career, I wanted to be the 2nd female governor of Texas Ann Richards beat me to it!  Now I realize that politicians, both male and female, are parasites on our taxes and culture.  The Presidential Election has become one big Oscar party.  Sound bytes become hot topics.  It’s as if Madonna blazed the way for not only female entertainers, but all politicians in the way of ‘shock tactics’ to get attention.  There’s no sincerity.  There’s no depth.  There’s just a Mean Girls type atmosphere that affects both sexes.  And you know what?  I now believe Politicians should be androgynous in their rhetoric! at least so in doing their jobs. 

I am a former professor of Rhetoric.  One of my jobs was teaching my students how to argue in the most logical, intelligent way.  We analyzed presidential debates, commercials and marketing copy.  We labeled the many rhetorical devices used and why or why they weren’t successful.

Ms. Feinstein?  As a woman, you’ve embarassed me.  A man debates you with logic and intellect and Socratic reasoning, and you cry to Wolf Blitzer that you’re feelings are hurt.  Waahh, Waah, Waah!  Your feelings????  Really?  This isn’t a subjective forum…or wait, maybe for you it is.  Don’t you realize that men throughout the ages have not wanted to “argue” with women because we are so “subjective”?  Your “hurt feelings” remark solidified subjectivity.  You set feminism back 50 years!  You can’t have it both ways without allowing a man to have it both ways as well.  See?  We’re still a democratic country.  What do you want?  For Ted Cruz to stand outside your Congressional window with a boombox playing your favorite tune ala John Cusack in “Say Anything?”



Hillary Clinton did the same thing during the Libyan Embassy debacle.  She cried.  Big, manipulative “I AM WOMAN HEAR ME ROAR” tears.  God! If that isn’t a rhetorical ploy I don’t know one.  The heat was on and instead of taking responsibility, she cried.  Manipulate the male constitituents to “pity” the female politician.  NO NO NO!  We don’t need pity, either from male or female politicians.  We need change. Not the nonexistent change our current administration promised, but real change.  Why hasn’t one…just ONE politician proposed a bill that lowers their terms and salaries.  Why hasn’t one, JUST ONE politician taken a stance on social parties, first class airfare and perks?  Whichever, whomever, whatever party, politician or person comes up with that will be the person I follow.  But for now, as a woman, it would be nice to see another woman take the heat and be strong;  Not whine to the media that they are “persecuted” by the big ugly men of Washington.

I am still in awe of Ted Cruz’s dialogue with Dianne Feinstein.  Dianne, the empress of California and Ted Cruz, the whippersnapper from Texas.  It’s all too funny and too sad at the same time.  I applaud Mr. Cruz for his debate with Ms. Feinstein.  I am no teabagger.  But I do care about our Constitution…..and the misrepresentation of truth.