Sunday, April 08, 2007

Fighting Words

I found the below on the Pandagon blog [here]. The writer could piss just about every group imaginable with the below. I think their is interesting debate issues from the below.


Kathleen is afraid! Give the sexist terrorists what they want! (Picture via.)

A number of people have sent me this op-ed by Kathleen Parker that the WaPo ran for no discernible reason. For those who don’t know who Parker is, she’s a class A Uncle Tom, a woman who figured out long ago that putting a female face on blatant misogyny is a lucrative career indeed. And, just like her forerunner Phyllis Schafly, she certainly doesn’t pull her punches when advocating brightly that violence is an appropriate response from men towards women who get out of line by having opinions, holding jobs, or whatever the man says she did that was wrong. She writes about rape a lot, and from what I can tell, she both never thinks it happens and the bitch had it coming. But I’ll get back to that.

This article in the WaPo makes me concerned that I’m going to see it pop up on some dipshit MRA site as evidence that American feminists both hate fathers and love fundamentalist Muslims. By the measure of the men like that, Parker could seem like a feminist, in that she is female and knows how to write and earns her own paycheck and quite possibly leaves the house wearing shoes. They can rest assured, however, that Parker is no feminist, and in fact, her fundie-loving, father-hating ways come strictly out of an urge to smack down feminists. Parker makes it clear that she has common cause with Muslim godbags, so long as the topic is Bitches: Why Don’t They Shut Up And Get Back To The Kitchen?*

On any given day, one isn’t likely to find common cause with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He’s a dangerous, lying, Holocaust- denying, Jew-hating cutthroat thug — not to put too fine a point on it.

But he was dead-on when he wondered why a once-great power such as Britain sends mothers of toddlers to fight its battles.

I have to wonder if, after publishing that beaut of a quote, the WaPo will run an article by someone saying, “The KKK is way off-base with their hating on black people, but they’re totally right about those Jews.” Maybe if the Wall Street Journal starts showing them up, maybe. Pardon me for being crass, but I suspect that Ahmadinejad’s deep concern about the well-being of mothers of toddlers comes across as coming from a place of bad faith opportunism, because if he really gave two shits about this woman and her toddler, he wouldn’t have held her prisoner. As his comrade on this subject, therefore, I suspect that Parker also doesn’t give a shit about this woman or her toddler, but just wants to use her false maudlin concern to remind us that Parker is firmly convinced that women poison the military with our stinky female essence, and that we probably attract bears, too. That said, the outright statement that mothers of toddlers shouldn’t be in danger calls into question the idea that Parker is promoting the notion that we can just kill off fathers willy-nilly and that’s not a problem.

Parker does realize that blatant father-hating is implied in her remarks. She ends up copping to it.

It is not fashionable these days to suggest that women don’t belong in or near combat — or that children need their mothers. Yes, they need their fathers, too, but children in their tender years are dependent on their mothers in unique ways.

There’s not enough space here to go into all the ways that this is true, but children (and good parents) know the difference even if some adults are too dim, brainwashed or ideologically driven to see what’s obvious.

I guess fathers are important in Parker’s world because they get off and get to name the kid, but after that, they’re irrelevant. But her man-hating ways are not limited to this sore disregard for the importance of fathers, as is evidenced last week by some more of the classic Parker writing about how raping is just part of men’s nature and women who say otherwise are fooling themselves. This time, it’s the military edition, where male soldiers just need to rape the hell out of female soldiers and anyone who says otherwise is just stupid.

What’s fascinating about this article is that Parker signs onto the feminist theory that rape is a tool of the patriarchy, that it is about power more than sex and about randomly punishing women for existing to create an aura of terror that affects all women and upholds male dominance. The only difference between her take on rape and the radical feminist one is whether or not that’s a good thing.

But more overt sexual aggression may be the product of something few will acknowledge, at least on the record: resentment.

Off the record, in dozens of interviews over a period of years, male soldiers and officers have confided that many men resent women because they’ve been forced to pretend that women are equals, and men know they’re not.

The lie breeds contempt, which leads to a simmering rage that sometimes finds expression in aggression toward those deemed responsible.

Targeting women isn’t excusable, obviously. It’s also not the women’s fault that they’ve been put in this untenable situation — exposed both to combat and to the repressed fury of sexually charged young men.

In sum, rape exists as a way for male dominance to assert itself. On this, Parker and the feminists agree. Where we differ is whether or not women should capitulate to terrorism. Parker is all for it, but then again, she makes her living supporting the patriarchy, so of course she’s going to be the first to demand that women give into the demands of rapist-terrorists. Understandably, those of us who find injustice a little less lucrative remain unconvinced.

*Extra credit discussion question: Do you think that Parker exempts herself on a technicality by writing barefoot in the kitchen? If so, that means that I’m a traditional woman myself, since the vast majority of my writing is done right here:

And no, I don’t generally put on sneakers just to write.

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  1. 1 Vikingkingq

    On a similar note, Phyllis Shafly’s latest missive from the op-ed page of the LA Times is equally repulsive. On a totally different note, what is with the op-ed page of the LA Times lately? First Gingrich on why immigrants must speak English and now this?

  2. 2 Caja

    Do you think that Parker exempts herself on a technicality by writing barefoot in the kitchen?

    Only if she’s writing while waiting for dinner to finish cooking.

  3. 3 thebewilderness

    Submit or die, not just a ‘foreign’ policy anymore.

  4. 4 diane

    Think about it. What happens if the Religious right takes over and makes this a “Christian nation” to all these power hungry corrupt men like Delay, Gingrich etc who have committed adultry?
    They will ask for forgiveness from Jesus, but somebody will still have to be “punished”.
    My bet is that it will then become the women that tempted them.
    All taken care of. And the Kathleen Parkers of the world will agree!!!

  5. 5 Mnemosyne

    I know I should still be all indignant over this, but I’ve already said various things at other places about the same article, so I’ll just say …

    Kitty!

  6. 6 mythago

    Parker once wrote a column about how, as a divorced mother of a small child (don’t remember if the kid was a toddler or not), she got a nice old widow to watch her son for her and that kind of daycare is A-OK. She’s just another exceptionlist desperate for a book deal like Ann Coulter’s.

  7. 7 Kyso K

    Parker once wrote a column about how, as a divorced mother of a small child (don’t remember if the kid was a toddler or not), she got a nice old widow to watch her son for her and that kind of daycare is A-OK.

    Well that explains why she’s OK with sending guys off to get killed while women stay home - how are we going to get the widow/working mom ratio we need if all the menfolk stay home being all alive and shit?

  8. 8 Richard

    Since when did the ComPost need a discernible reason to run gibberish? They’re making more and more of a habit of it. Why else to have Fred Hiatt, Charles Krauthammer, The Novakula, Dean Broder, Richard Cohen, et al? About the only credible writer they have is Froomkin.

  9. 9 dc

    Amanda, what happened to your desk? won’t the computer get splashed there on the counter next to the sink? and finally, do you blog standing up? is that a new exercise regime?

  10. 10 Joy

    Parker One: By letting women serve, we’re letting our servicemen get desensitized to rape! Rape is unacceptable, so obviously these women need to go back home and start on dinner.

    Parker Two: By letting women serve, we’re forcing our servicemen to resent women, which means they have no choice but to rape. Rape is unacceptable, so obviously these women need to go back home and start on dinner.

    The “Boggles the Mind” category was made for this shit.

  11. 11 mythago

    Well that explains why she’s OK with sending guys off to get killed while women stay home - how are we going to get the widow/working mom ratio we need if all the menfolk stay home being all alive and shit?

    Besides, if we have all those women showing they can shoot guns and fly helicopters just like men, we’ll be continuing to “geld” American men and the manly-man Parker jacks off thinking about won’t be quite so plentiful.

  12. 12 Dr. Free-Ride

    do you blog standing up?

    You know, Donald Rumsfeld had a standing desk. And I’ve never seen footage of Rumsfeld and Amanda in the same room …

    Seriously, if cognitive dissonance was hard currency, Kathleen Parker could support herself without having to sell her confusion to the syndicates.

  13. 13 history_mom

    Parker’s comments remind me of a book called Colonial Citizens in which one of the main themes was that the French and Syrians used women, particularly their uncovered bodies and public presence, to play out their colonial power struggles. Each side claimed to be protecting women by restricting their dress, movements, and employment. The dynamic in the current situation seems quite similar.

    Parker and Ahmadinejad are doing the same thing. It’s not concern for actual women, it’s about who has control. Ahmadinejad will probably use recent events to argue about the immorality of the West and more tightly control the behavior of Iranians. Parker will agree it represents the West’s immorality and advocate a similar control of American’s behavior.

    It’s frightening how much the American far right has in common with the Iranian president

  14. 14 Allison

    There’s not enough space here to go into all the ways that this is true, but children (and good parents) know the difference even if some adults are too dim, brainwashed or ideologically driven to see what’s obvious.

    I think this sentence encapsulates the whole column quite nicely. “You’ll agree with me because I say so, bitches!”

  15. 15 RepubAnon

    Parker’s arguments can easily be turned around - if having women in the military shows “weakness” - what does losing to that military say about an all-male army?

    For a bit of historical perspective, the Soviet Red Army during World War 2 included women. The Germans didn’t find fighting on the Eastern Front easier as a result. Consider this:

    Marina Raskova and the Soviet Women Pilots of World War II

    In the summer of 1941, Marina Raskova, a record-breaking aviatrix, organized the 588th night bomber squadron - composed entirely of women, from the mechanics to the navigators, pilot and officers.

    Most of them were around 20 years old. The 588th began training in Engels, a small town north of Stalingrad. In a few months, the women were taught what it takes most people four years to learn.

    From the battle of Stalingrad to the fall of Berlin, the regiment made 24,000 combat flights and dropped 23,000 tons of bombs. It was awarded the Soviet Union’s highest collective military honor. Years after the war, Nadia Popova said, “At night sometimes, I look up into the dark sky, close my eyes and picture myself as a girl at the controls of my bomber and I think, ‘Nadia, how on earth did you do it?”

    But then, I suppose it’s cheating to mention facts and logic to a pundit…

  16. 16 Bitter Scribe

    This column is even more repulsive than the recent one where she tiptoed oh-so-cutely up to the edge of calling John Edwards a faggot. How did this woman get this job?

  17. 17 grendelkhan

    Hey, if anyone has any “Greatest Hits” of Kathleen Parker’s, post ‘em here. I’m starting a Wikiquote page on her, and would be interested in the wackiest stuff she’s ever said. Given how nicely the Phyllis Schlafly page turned out, I hope to continue quoting and sourcing all kinds of weird crap that folks on the right say.

    (If you want to just paste them in yourself and haven’t used Wikiquote before, please do so in the ‘unsourced’ section. I’ll clean them up and use the proper markup to source them.)

  18. 18 ElizabethTX

    What really caught my jaundiced eye in the column was this bit:

    “In the eyes of Iran and other Muslim nations, we’re wimps. While the West puts mothers in boats with rough men, Muslim men “rescue” women and drape them in floral hijabs.”

    That is clearly Parker’s own opinion thinly disguised in a gauze burka. Jebus.

  19. 19 Lisa KS

    “…she both never thinks it happens and the bitch had it coming.”

    My favorite stance on rape. Always gives you a clear idea of just what (lack of) mentality you’re dealing with.

    “…children in their tender years are dependent on their mothers in unique ways.

    There’s not enough space here to go into all the ways that this is true…”

    Translated: Aside from gestation, there is nothing a child in its tender years can’t get from any other human being on earth other than its mother, but hopefully I can weasel out of having to admit that by pretending I am about to run out of column space. Hopefully nobody will notice how I continue to blab on after this for several hundred words after this.”

    moron.

  20. 20 Alara Rogers

    “…children in their tender years are dependent on their mothers in unique ways.

    There’s not enough space here to go into all the ways that this is true…”

    Wingnuts are very, very fond of pointing out how important fathers are to protecting daughters’ virtue. So by this logic, just as we should not send mothers of toddlers to war, we should not send fathers of teen girls.

  21. 21 junk science

    Off the record, in dozens of interviews over a period of years, male soldiers and officers have confided that many men resent women because they’ve been forced to pretend that women are equals, and men know they’re not.

    They’ve been “forced to pretend” women are equals, and they “know they’re not.” Subtle. Also, “men” know this, not just rapists.

    I’ve been having trouble keeping cats out of my sink as well.

  22. 22 Heraclitus (Jeff)

    This is a great post; especially brilliant is how you show that Parker proves the feminist point about rape, though in much more vile and hateful language than most of us needed.

    And now, a series of unserious interjections–

    Mmm…stinky female essence…

    Bombay Sapphire and tonic water–very nice. If you buy the little cans or bottles, though, what you don’t drink of the tonic water won’t go flat. Of course, if you buy a bigger bottle, then you pretty much have to go through it all that night.

    Animals’ delightful lack of irony is illustrated by the cat sitting in the sink, seriously pondering something or other, completely unaware that there’s anything even remotely humorous about a cat perched in the sink like some kind of pillbox.

  23. 23 Moira

    Of course, if you buy a bigger bottle, then you pretty much have to go through it all that night.

    You say that like it’s a bad thing.

    Also off topic, women don’t attract bears, Other bears do.

  24. 24 has_te

    Vikingkingq…

    “….what is with the op-ed page of the LA Times lately?”

    Or like any of the MSMslut-media but….
    Ezra just put an op-ed in that rag on kind of
    ‘the Whole Healthcare Thing - in America’
    which was very good.

    So maybe they’re not all bad?

    [I just know they still kill trees]

  25. 25 micheyd

    do you blog standing up?

    There’s a joke about Baptists in there somewhere…

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