Friday, October 26, 2007



That proverb could be amended today to state – more than half. Metaphors aside, right now Peggy Whitson is in command of the International Space Station. Pamela Melroy commands the shuttle Discovery.

Melroy’s co-pilot, George Samka, who has never served with or for a woman said, “I understand it’s a wonderful thing for a young woman to see Pam flying but in terms of her, I look at her as an individual with some tremendous skills.”

As the evidence of women’s ability increases exponentially, it follows that the foaming at the mouth misogynists among us are actually helping Senator Hillary Clinton’s campaign by the sheer nastiness of their remarks.

Several times a week, Tucker Carlson goes ballistic over what he says he cannot understand ie why would women vote for a candidate just because she is a woman? “Gee,” he whines, “I never vote for a candidate just because, like me, he has a penis!” See? He thinks he is only his genitals. Earth to Tucker: “Be all that you can be.”

Mostly, he has males on as guests who are willing to pummel both Hillary and the women who admire her and would vote for her. Claiming that Barack never tries to get votes because he is an African-American, guest Cliff May asserted that Hillary is a Vaginal-American and seeks votes from women based on gender.

The all male panel laughed uproariously at that and protest mail came into MSNBC in truckloads, many comparing Carlson to Don Imus at his worst. But Carlson is only one of many sophomoric, sophmoronic, towel snappers who never mentally progressed beyond the high school locker room.

The report of an Imus comeback has the boyz thrilled to death. They could always depend on Imus to pillory Hillary and women in general with film and quotes they could embellish and play over and over.

They tumble all over each other to insist that Imus really did nothing wrong and anyway he apologized and has been punished long enough. These were the same ones that tut-tutted his blatantly sexist and racist labeling of a woman’s’ basketball team – at the time.

“POLITICO” reeks of misogynists of both genders as do many other so-called news sources. The M.O. is the same. They take a sentence out of some quote about Hillary and portray it as fact to their audience. It’s the old, “if you ain’t got the facts, make them up” game.

Wolff Blitzer and CNN spent most of the time reporting on the Republican debate by showing what they said about Hillary. Then parley this with advice to Barack that this was the kind of nasty stuff he should be saying about Hillary.

It is customary to go after the front runner but the media failed to do this in 2000. Bush skated while Kerry got berated. It is a mistake for anyone to think that our media reports the news when it is so obvious that they are actively engaged on creating and misrepresenting it.

Holding up more than their share of the sky has made women stronger and smarter. So the boyz shenanigans are backfiring on them. What they don’t seem to realize is that women internalize those hurtful remarks against Hillary. They feel the misogyny as surely as if it were directed at them – because it is.
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Friday, October 19, 2007


GenderGappers 2007 – 043


Absolutely everything.

In the early years of life there was the boogey man, bicycle helmets and seatbelts. For the adult, there is the constant drumbeat of screening for this or that disease - adverts for pills and potions that will help one’s survival at least until next week.

Fear can be a good thing when it protects us; it can be irrational as in fear of the number 13 or black cats but it is catastrophic when we allow government propaganda to make us mindless.

What is hard to understand is the all consuming fear of much of the country concerning terrorists and the Towers in NYC that makes hardened Conservatives believe Giuliani is the second coming.

Most New Yorkers don’t see him this way. He did his job those days but just as important was his record and overall conduct as mayor. To them the real heroes were the fire, rescue and police officers.

The Midwest bible-belters, despite their formerly stanch stand for values [their values] in a president, apparently have dropped their insistence on values. Giuliani’s multiple marriages, unfaithfulness, cross dressing, connections with the mob, support for abortion and flip flopping pale in importance because they see a strong man who will protect them.

Yeah, the guy who put the disaster response team in the WTC even after it had already been attacked; the guy who failed to properly outfit the city’s fire and police. What are these Repugs thinking?

But many Dems are no different. They live in fear. Despite having a great group of smart, informed and competent presidential candidates, some, scared out of their wits, are clamoring for Al Gore to run.

Let him alone to continue to do the great environmental work he has started. Our candidate must be free to address the massive amount of crap left by the Bushies, not hampered by one all consuming interest.

To win the presidency, our candidate has to be stronger, meaner, smarter and tougher than Giuliani. S/he must not be saddled with a country full of crybabies who need a daddy-pacifier.

No matter who wins in the Repug Primary, most every Repug will hold their nose and vote for him. Many Dems, on the other hand, will only vote if their own person is nominated. That’s why they lose so many elections – self imposed fear fueled by their hatred.

One thing is sure, when the next election approaches, Bush and the Repugs will come up with some really scary propaganda hoping to drive the voters, which will include some scared Dems and Indys, for the third time - to a safe Republican, white, Christian Daddy.

And how scary is 8 more years of strong man “Bring them on” Giuliani-bush? Why can’t Democrats grow the hell up?
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Friday, October 12, 2007


JmpjsGenderGappers 2007 – 042


It’s OK, we’re hep to your game; after all we have been hearing the words for eons. We may pretend to ignore them but you’ve not fooled us, not for a minute. We know you by your words, misogynists.

You know, the code words, the ones used most often as adjectives: what is called passionate in a male is called “emotional” in a female; forceful becomes “shrill”. We’ve heard these and more during this campaign season.

This week brought two more, endlessly repeated. Whereas the male candidates “engaged in a heated discussion” with someone in the crowd; the female in the same situation was, “snippy” and “fishwife-y”.

Another oldie but nasty one is how a “hearty laugh” describing what the male sounded like becoming a “cackle” when a female laughed. Yes, bring it on. We still don’t like it but we are building immunity to the hurt of being constantly compared to barnyard animals.

And this we know. Whenever most women hear those code words pronounced with the accompanying shit-eating grin, there is born another vote for Senator Clinton. So keep it up, pinheads. Your ignorance is our bliss.

Interestingly, when a male laughs it is usually ignored completely or he is called good humored. Yet when the female laughs, each laugh is dissected with a mixture of backroom politics of the 1900’s and psycobabble of the 21st century.

Feminism has been made a nasty word by the media so most women do not speak of it. Some even dis the whole idea preferring to be seen as getting where they are without help from federal laws.

But all women know the words that are used to demean them in the marketplace and in business, and there are many women out there in the electorate of both Parties who have not yet decided who they will vote for.

Who are these misogynists [woman haters] that use these sexist words? Men? Not so much – the Repugs mostly send in women to do the dirty work. But their strategy does not work because American women have already experienced the fembots and queen bees that the white male establishment hides behind.

So bring on the code-speak; women are thinking for themselves and they vote.
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Friday, October 05, 2007


GenderGappers 2007 – 041


Yangon, Myanmar – A growing number of Myanmar’s largest city are shutting off the government-run nightly newscast to send the message that they are tired of listening to their propaganda. –AP

America’s royalty has to be the so-called journalists/pundits that we support and cosset. They form a group that can harass us at will for our sins and foibles yet seldom if ever have to face the same exposure of their own lives, number of marriages, bad acts of children or private peccadilloes.

With too few exceptions they share their power and temporary loyalty only with the highest bidder and give little thought to their own paucity of patriotism. To them money is right and might in every sense of the words.

Currently most of them major in causing fights between the presidential candidates. To do this they misquote, take out of context and outright lie about one candidate hoping to force an angry response from the opposing candidate that they can embellish into a counterattack.

With apologies to the animal, fantasy and slug kingdoms, the current crop reminds us of other creatures. Here are a few that come to mind; everyone can add your own to the zoo.

Who does not see a huge grinning toad when Tim Russet holds forth, stabbing an interviewee with malice from his long, probing tongue; and benignly tossing softballs to a privileged few?

Far from looking or being wolfish, Wolf Blitzer is the Cheshire Cat, whiskers and all. VP Cheney turned him into a purring blob of jello.

David Gregory is the wicked queen in Snow White. “Mirror, mirror on the wall who is the fairest of them all”, as he dances with wolves.

Chris Matthews resembles a slug infested weather vane that swings to favor the one with power and money, then changes quickly in response to shifting of news events. One minute he wants to impeach Bush; the next marry him.

Howard Fineman resembles a know-it-all, supercilious, holier-than-thou French Poodle. Always injecting his opinions as if they came from God but never recanting when he is frequently proven wrong.

Tucker Carlson is hardly worth the effort to tune in to. He is that annoying buzzing fly, attracted to sweets and putrefied cadavers alike.

At Fox News, there is no standout as they all read from the same script. We have to borrow and revise from Dr. Doolittle – specifically the Push Me Pull Me - for a description. Picture one giant rectum, the mouth they all speak out of, in the forefront connected to the tiny heads of all the pundits and news readers.

All of the above and many others are paid plenty from the profits of what we buy from their advertisers. They exist as gods, never admitting or apologizing for their mistakes or learning from them. They moved this country into war and kept it there until the stink of their complicity woke people up.

They lull us into complacency and acceptance of the status quo; they affect our daily lives, influence our very thoughts and critique everyone in the country but are never made to undergo any scrutiny or lose their jobs for their mistakes. And we stupidly continue to support them because they claim to be our watchdog over the government.
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