Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Blatant Hypocrisy

Read this post by Little Miss Chatterbox, one of the most right-wing, conservative bloggers around.

She is praising the virtues of the HBO film "Iron Jawed Angels" about the women's suffrage movement.

This just blows me away!!

Does she not realize that the Women's Suffrage Movement of the 19th century was a Liberal, Progressive Movement opposed by the very conservatives that she supports?!?

Does she not realize that if the conservatives had their way, she wouldn't even have a blog, or a vote, or a drivers license, or her own credit card.

She'd be trying to keep her apron pulled down over her unwanted pregnant belly while she struggled to get dinner fixed "on time", change the baby's diaper, light her fat-assed, lazy husband's cheap cigar and keep him supplied with fresh beers and doing it all quietly enough as to not disturb his TV viewing so she wouldn't "get taught a lesson".

It was Liberals, Progressives and so-called "activist judges" who accomplished everything she praises in "Iron Jawed Angels" and in the decades after. The conservatives of the day fought them tooth and nail every inch of the way and still begrudge them that victory. Many of today's conservatives still view giving women the right to vote as "the beginning of the end".

As recently as the 1950's, women were viewed as second-class citizens, subservient to men ("just like God intended") and not capable of intelligent, rational thought. They were too "emotional" and hostage to their "hormones".

It was Liberal and Progressive women in the 1960's who swept all of that crap away, once and for all, and allowed women like Little Miss Chatterbox to have a public voice which she uses to demean and demonize the very Liberals that freed her from servitude.

Few things piss me off more than blatant hypocrisy.


Dan said...

LMC, Bless her heart, is a noise machine. Don't take her any more seriously than she takes herself.

Nightmare said...

I think she is the Devil.

travelingal said...

I'll not comment on LMC, as I don't know her or her blog, but XO, I think I take "some" issue with your labels of conservatives and progressives and liberals within the context of womens rights.

I just ran across an interesting article from Aljazeera. Apparently, Pakistan has changed the rape laws to take them out from under Sharia law to the civil courts. Prior to this, women could only put forth their charges according to Sharia law which mandated that the woman must have 4 male witnesses to her favor among other ridiculous things. The clerics are furious to say the least with this change of law.

My point here is that I'm sure you would agree that conservatives in the west would also agree with liberals that this is progressive.

With respect to voting rights and abolition of slavery, for example, I agree that these were progressive movements, but not to be attributed solely to liberals.

The womans suffrage movement spanned over 50 years, first adopted by a national party, the Republicans under Teddy Roosevelt. In those 50 years, even major christian groups joined with the suffrage movement. It was not liberal v conservative, but it was progressive.

emawkc said...

"Few things piss me off more than blatant hypocrisy"

You must have trouble sleeping with yourself.

Xavier Onassis said...

Are you kidding me emaw?

I don't sleep with myself.

My standards are higher than that!

Xavier Onassis said...

dan - "LMC, Bless her heart, is a noise machine."

Then she and I have more in common than I thought! I shouldn't be taken very seriously either.

travel - "The womans suffrage movement spanned over 50 years, first adopted by a national party, the Republicans under Teddy Roosevelt."

OK. That's fine. But that was before the Republicans were conservative, by today's standards.

Teddy Roosevelt was the biggest "tree-hugger" this country has ever seen. He established the National Park system.

Teddy Roosevelt was a "trust-buster". He didn't approve of huge concentrations of corporate power and used the federal government to break them up.

Abraham Lincoln was a Republican too. He freed the slaves.

These were not your William Buckley, Barry Goldwater, Ronald Reagan, Newt Gingrich, James Dobson, Pat Robertson, Jorge Dubya Bush, Karl Rove Republicans.

Not by any stretch of the imagination.

There may have been a time when the Republicans could claim to be progressive.

But not anymore. They enthusiatically waved goodbye to that ship a long time ago. Don't try to flag it back now.

It's gone.

travelingal said...

I am woman hear me

Ole Blue The Heretic said...

Perhaps, since a lot of conservatives seem to be anti-intellectual, and since she may not be accustomed to free thought, she just might believe that women’s suffrage means that women have to suffer because they are the cause of original sin.

Yes, I know, I need to stop listening to conservatives talk or I may end up sounding like one. But they are funny.

Iwanski said...

Today's liberal "enemies of the state" are tomorrow's heroes.

Always have been.