GenderGappers 2007 – 036
BEHIND CLOSED DOORS
There is a prevailing myth that tells a boy that he should not hit a girl and that warning ostensibly continues into adulthood. The problem is that with most myths, the whole implication is not exposed. The myth should add the important words, “in public”.
So behind closed doors, out of sight and with little compunction, men regularly beat up on women with little or no public knowledge or censure unless his unloving touch sends her to a hospital or the morgue.
Interestingly this myth has been advanced recently as the reason the wives of Hillary Clinton’s presidential primary opponents joined in the fray with their separate attacks.
Elizabeth Edwards, always admirable, took the course of directness. She contended that her husband would do more for women than Hillary would. She was up front and named names.
On the other hand, Michelle Obama took a rather sneaky, indirect approach and pretended that she was not talking about Hillary at all. She declared that anyone who could not keep their own house in order would not keep the White House in order.
Of course, the Obama campaign quickly said that she was only talking of how her husband kept his own house in order. But as the campaign that approved her remarks knew, her words would be taken up by the media and reverberate for many news cycles as an attack against Hillary. Also, it provided just one more opportunity for media exposure for Barack to deny what was obvious.
Then there is Hillary-basher-in-chief, Arianna Huffington who apparently started her blog for the sole purpose of tearing down and ripping apart every thing about Hillary that she can. The site is so heavily moderated that it seldom will print a reply post that disagrees.
Meanwhile John and Barack are presenting themselves as pure and prescient, claiming to be Washington outsiders uncontaminated with corporate funding. Their claims do not all hold water as investigation has shown that they get corporate monies indirectly or laundered.
If there’s mud to sling, the wives and honorary wife, Arianna, step forward in the time tested belief that it’s OK for a woman to beat up another woman in public. But mainly, the boys are sticking to the issues and following Hillary’s lead to attack the real problem for America – George Bush. But we all know they are doing plenty of beating up of Hillary using surrogates behind closed doors.
Recently, a great cartoon vividly reflected our country’s attitude. It showed a dog with numerous scars, welts and a broken paw sitting on a bench with a woman with numerous scars, welts and a broken arm.
The dog says, “MY ABUSER IS GOING TO JAIL TONIGHT!”
The woman replies, “THAT’S NICE. MINE’S GOING TO PITCH A MAJOR LEAGUE GAME.”
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