Friday, June 22, 2007


GenderGappers 2007 – 026


We continue to be disappointed in the offerings of Air America Radio – there are so few Liberal outlets that many of us depend on it, perhaps too much. Tune your radio dial to AM or FM and you’ll find plenty of Conservative Talk but now in many areas one can only get AAR by paying extra for XM or on line.

Since its inception, we have come to expect a certain quality of Liberal Talk on AAR and instead find someone like Lionel who if he doesn’t throw you off by his topics and self love, his whiney voice will surely cause you to wonder why you even listen to him. Thankfully there is still Laura Flanders, Thom Hartman and Rachel Maddow left of the formerly excellent team!

But our biggest disappointment is the way Randi Rhodes, who has risen to stardom with a large following, deprecates her own gender. Her talent is undeniable but over and over again she criticizes someone in the media for something and then does the same thing herself.

She claims she is not taking sides in the primary yet never wastes an opportunity to show that she is not only anti-female but decidedly anti-Clinton. Commenting on what most others have reported to be stellar debate performances by Senator Clinton, Randy agrees and apropos of nothing tells us what kind of undergarment Clinton wears.

She never hides her lust for Senator Obama and lately she has transferred some of it to Al Gore as she touts a Gore/Obama ticket which she salivates over and avows is “hot, hot, hot!”. And in the next breath she is castigating Chris Matthews for asking his panel if Fred Thompson is sexy enough to attract women.

Avidly against discrimination for race, sexual preference or religion, she none the less never notices the discrimination against women, even contributing to it herself. She is steeped and erudite in political history but has never lived or sensed women’s struggles for equality and seemingly has no idea how her comments reflect on other women.

In a recent Doonsbury cartoon a young girl asks her mother, “Were you ever a feminazi?” It eloquently points up the fact that the past and more recent women’s history demands further action from all of us. We must accept and support fully qualified women who dare to further expand the horizons of our daughters. No Liberal woman should be lending her widespread, vocal support to the vicious "anyone but Hillary" campaign.

We would never tell Randi who to vote for but she is a woman of considerable influence over a large audience and should not be hurting other women with her sexist agenda. We do ask that while she is chastising FOX for not being fair and balanced, she apply the same standards to herself. And, when she has a minute or two, to read some biogs of women whose sacrifice and bravery contributed to the position she now holds in broadcasting.

I Am Woman-Words and Music by Helen Reddy and Ray Burton

I am woman, hear me roarIn numbers too big to ignore
And I know too much to go back an' pretend'c
ause I've heard it all before
And I've been down there on the floor
No one's ever gonna keep me down again
Oh yes I am wiseBut it's wisdom born of pain
Yes, I've paid the price
But look how much I gained
If I have to, I can do anything
I am strong (strong)
I am invincible (invincible)
I am woman

You can bend but never break me'
cause it only serves to make me
More determined to achieve my final goal
And I come back even stronger
Not a novice any longer
'cause you've deepened the conviction in my soul
I am woman watch me grow
See me standing toe to toe
As I spread my lovin' arms across the land
But I'm still an embryo
With a long long way to go
Until I make my brother understand
Oh yes I am wiseBut it's wisdom born of pain
Yes, I've paid the priceBut look how much I gained
If I have to I can face anything
I am strong (strong)
I am invincible (invincible)
I am woman
Oh, I am womanI am invincibleI am strong
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