March 12th, 2008

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The Ferraro Fandango: When Did Traditional Feminism Get Reduced To Whining?

There is so much about this recent flap around Geraldine Ferraro's comment that Obama owes his success to date as a candidate to being a black man that I don't know where to begin. Which is more offensive, Ferraro's statement that if Obama were only white, or if he were a black woman, he'd never be able to compete with Hilary? Or her subsequent defense of her remarks in which she sounds like a bad version of Laura Ingrham?

Mind, this came in the midst of a lengthy whine off about how the sexist media have had the knives out for Hilary, and concluded with the argument that imagining a candidate can get past partisanship is just plain stupid. Or, as Ferraro explains:
"I was reading an article that said young Republicans are out there campaigning for Obama because they believe he's going to be able to put an end to partisanship," Ferraro said, clearly annoyed. "Dear God! Anyone that has worked in the Congress knows that for over 200 years this country has had partisanship - that's the way our country is."

There are a lot of things that come out of this for me. But it also raises a larger meta-point. When did traditional feminism become about whining rather than about doing? And why the Hell can't these geezers get out of the way of the army of strong progressive women who are ripe to take over the struggle, kick ass and take names?

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