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Two-faced Feminism Is Dead (Good Riddance)

Sunday, 21 Jun 2009 07:50 PM

By S.E. Cupp

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Thank you, Barbara Boxer, for hammering the final nail in the coffin of angry and irrelevant pseudo-feminism. If any life were left in its wheezing and flailing body, her latest experiment in the utterly ridiculous effectively pulled the plug.

The venomous brand of feminism that cuts men off at the knees to make women arbitrarily taller is no longer credible. When Boxer had the audacity — and some would argue, questionable mental clarity — to scold a U.S. Army general publicly for calling her “ma’am” instead of “senator,” it telegraphed to the rest of the world the sheer inanity of today’s modern feminism, a rusting relic of the '60s that’s been pushed so far to the extreme borders of relevance that it actually has Boxer hearing things. Yes, in today’s feminism, calling a woman “ma'am” is a mark of disrespect.

But calling another woman a “slutty flight attendant” is apparently hilarious. Never mind that the woman is a governor, the first woman to hold that post in her state, and the youngest. Never mind that she’s an accomplished and hard-working, self-made woman and mother of five. Because she’s a Republican, she’s fair game for those on the lunatic left who, when it comes to Sarah Palin, seem to have forgotten their Feminism for Dummies handbook at their beach houses.

Letterman’s disgusting attack on Palin and her children is just the latest in a long line of reprehensible moments for limousine liberals, who, these days, eventually end up embarrassing whatever cause they seem to be promoting.

Margaret Cho called Palin “the worst thing to happen to America since 9/11.” Bill Maher said she was “hot and dumb.” Roseanne Barr called her “Bad Mother Palin,” and Randi Rhodes joked that she’s “friends with all the teenage boys. You have to say no when your kids say ‘can we sleep over at the Palins'?' No! NO!” Sandra Bernhard warned she’d be gang raped in New York City, and in a stroke of absolute genius, Hollywood’s favorite little recluse, Lindsay Lohan, called her “media obsessed.”

Yet, where was the outcry from Boxer, Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, and other perceived protectors of women’s rights? Where was the National Organization for Women when Perez Hilton called Palin a pig or Carrie Prejean a “c” word? Where was Gloria Steinem? All we heard were crickets.

Feminism of this ilk was on its last legs back in the early '90s, when Kay Bailey Hutchison ran for Senate. Steinem slammed her conservative politics by calling her a “female impersonator.” Molly Ivins called her a “Breck girl” for the way she tossed her hair. And actress Annie Potts said “she’s just the same old thing in a skirt.”

It was a classy moment for sure, but in spite of the reverse-feminism attacks against her, Hutchison won, and became the first woman to represent Texas in the Senate.

Flash forward 15 years and it’s clear that liberal feminism is still up to the same old tricks, wearing the same empty pantsuit and pretending to fight for women — but really it’s fighting for political gain. The credibility it once held as an agent for change and proponent of equal rights is long gone thanks to its anti-woman rhetoric, its blatant hypocrisy and the new levels of lunacy it’s reached just in the past few years. Its messengers have ruined its message.

It’s not the first time Boxer has been criticized for helping drive feminism into the ground to make a bizarre political statement. When she suggested that then-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice wasn’t qualified to do her job because she was childless and single, Tony Snow rightly called it “a great leap backward for feminism.”

Telling a decorated general that he can’t call her “ma’am,” when she’s been both a silent and vocal enemy to women like Rice, Palin, Prejean, and others with whom she philosophically disagrees is a fairly presumptuous demand for the very respect she hasn’t afforded others in her position.

With Pelosi irrationally attacking the integrity of the CIA, and Boxer publicly criticizing an Army general for a totally imagined slight, it’s a wonder women are taken seriously at all anymore. And as one, I admit I’m more than a little embarrassed by their behavior. They do not speak for me.

So I’d like to go on record and say that soldiers everywhere are free to call me “ma’am,” with no fear of retribution. But I do have an admittedly bizarre request in return: Please don’t call me “slutty” or some similar derivative. It sounds crazy and counter-intuitive, I know — but I guess I’m just an old-fashioned gal.

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