The Myth of the War on Women Myth

Indulge me for a moment.  With everyone sleeping in this morning, I got to enjoy a magnificent view in serenity and silence, so I decided to do a bit of cleanup — blog post cleanup, that is.  I figured out the difference between categories, tags, and SEOs.  (For all those Internet public bumblers like me, it’s new words for indexing that we get to do for ourselves!)

While coming up with these tags for my post about Ann Coulter, it dawned on me that I loathe her because she is the worst kind of self-loathing woman, one who harms all our daughters, sisters, mothers, and girlfriends to get attention.  She’s turned self-loathing into an art — a snarky, not very well-written “art” — all for attention (and dollars).  She’s the little girl who lifts up her skirt, and were she still a little girl, her mother would come rushing over to save her from her absurd self-humiliation.

But then Google provided me with a much better analogy.  Anne Coulter is just like a “grub.”  A grub is the new term replacing the Log Cabin Republicans of yesteryear.  AsMichael Musto explained in the Village Voice blog, grubs are the “wave of gay Republicans who grovel before the enemy, making lavish excuses for politically repellent candidates — you know, the Romney/Ryan ticket — who would gladly turn us into a subordinate class without any semblance of full equality” and “who rally to the defense of power-crazed bigots, spinning them as champions of decency and fairness who happen to be grossly misunderstood.”

I feel sorry for Ann Coulter, and all the women who rally to the defense of their abhorrent fellow GOP members who call sitting national-government officials “dogs” and “retards.”  The self-hatred, the self-loathing must be hard to live with.

It must be even harder knowing how painfully they fell flat with women in their attempt to repackage the war on women as a myth.  But now there is a new, more virulent strain that is best embodied by Martha McSally in her attempt to capitalize on all of this and win a seat in Congress from Arizona.  So, “sick and tired of the Left pushing its ridiculous ‘War on Women’ myth,” McSally has the gall to call herself a “woman warrior.”

The myth is the myth of the war of women, but that did not fit neatly on any tag or SEO.  I haven’t tested it yet, but I’m afraid my own computer will only throw up and out this notion that women like Coulter and McSally can be equated with warriors.

As my pity re-congeals into anger against these women who resemble World War II collaborators, I realize that McSally is falsely trying to equate her own wartime experience in the Middle East with her party’s equally determined (and equally unsuccessful) attempt to impose its worldview on a hostile population.  And indeed, the GOP gets to say it tootried to save women in the Middle East.

But let me save this for another blog.  As a supporter of the Romney/Ryan ticket, McSally is no woman warrior.  Rather, she is a woman who fights against women and children in her own country.  By supporting the Republicans and their war on women, which reasserts patriarchy in trying to push women and girls into a private sphere that men dominate and control, including depriving us of our right to choose, McSally promotes fundamentalism.

I don’t care if “Billy Graham’s Association Removes Mormonism From List of Cults.” McSally does not just support the religions practiced by Ryan the papist or Romney the Mormon bishop, who are no longer leaders of cults.  McSally, a novice, misrepresents her own military service when she supports the very mullahs she falsely claims to have condemned in their war on women in the Middle East.

Published by *Ruth Frick O'Brien

Professor Ruth Frick O'Brien, City University of New York, Graduate Center, 1st "professorette" nicknamed by Rush Limbaugh nickname. Ruth Frick* O'Brien & Frederic Halper* O'Brien, Dep.M.E. @ National Review *(honoring our mothers)

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