Tuesday, February 05, 2008

100 CCs of Feminism, Stat!

What's the matter with Washington State? I don't know much about the state, other than it's capital is Olympia, and it rains a lot there. But sadly, there's a 13 year old girl who doesn't believe in Santa Claus women. This letter to the editor of the Tri-State Herald is heartbreaking:

Men presidents only

I think that having a woman president would be a bad idea for our country. Women are not meant to rule countries and be in charge. They are meant to make decisions but not confirm them.

Our president deals with some countries that don't respect or allow women in leadership positions. I wonder if the United States would have more terrorist attacks because we would be seen as weak with a woman leader. I agree that women can do many things, but leave the ruling of the countries to the men.

BRITTANY BAYLES, 13, Kennewick

Brittany, dear, please tell me that you're actually a middle-aged white man posing as a 13 year old girl who is afraid of the rightfully rising status of women in American society.

Women are not weak, they are able to think just as well as men. They can rule countries, and have been doing so for a long time. Please visit a history book and examine the reigns of Elizabeth I of England and Catherine the Great of Russia. Then you can look at the careers of Margaret Thatcher, Indira Ghandi, and Angela Merkel. Women are fine and great rulers, elected, appointed, or inherited.

Words fail me in how to describe my feelings about this letter. This is something that I would expect from Pat Robertson or Mike Huckabee. To know that someone is teaching the rising generation of youth to become the next Ann Coulter or Beverly LaHaye makes me ill.

[Found via Feministing]

5 responses:

Kevin M. Keating said...

Oh, that is Awful with a capital A. I'm always astonished to hear things like this coming from children, who, no doubt, have a pretty unfortunate situation at home (or school, or somewhere! they don't come up with this stuff by themselves!).

Also pretty awful is the fact that any respectable newspaper would print such a letter, and that this, sadly, reflects a real bias that too many still hold in our society.

A woman can rule every bit as well as a man. She is not the "gentler sex," as the history of sexism would have us believe, nor is she "meant to make decisions but not confirm them," whatever the heck that means.

P.S. Ann Coulter said she'd campaign for Hillary if McCain is the nominee...OK, so maybe that's not a good thing. :)

KEHutchinson said...

Maybe we should all write letters to the Tri-State Herald to tell them we don't approve of them spreading such sexist tripe? It's essentially encouraging people to follow this deluded child's lead.

And now I have to look up this Ann Coulter endorsing Clinton business. Even though reading anything to do with Ann Coulter also makes me ill.

Vanessa said...

That's shocking.

Please, Brittany, also see Benazir Bhutto. I know that her legacy is tainted by allegations of corruption. But I believe she was the fist woman leader of a Muslim country.

Anonymous said...

The problem is that none of those people are good role models for young Brittany.

Elizabeth I of England: genocidal tyrant
Catherine the Great of Russia: insane, nepotistic, murderous despot
Indira Ghandi: corrupt dictator
Margaret Thatcher: I'm not even going to begin on what's wrong with the milk-snatcher!

I'll give you Merkel though. But how about some women who weren't world leaders but are significant political figures - such as Rosa Luxemburg?

KEHutchinson said...

Vanessa-- thanks for adding to the list!

Chris-- yes these women leaders had their faults, but the point is that they were leaders and did fairly good things for their countries. They were competent leaders. Think about the disastrous way that Bush is currently running America; no one is saying he's doing a bad job because he's a man. Women are judged as leaders far more harshly than men. Andrew Jackson was a fairly genocidal tyrant, and yet he is revered in the presidential canon despite his aggressions towards Native Americans, etc. Obviously with his taste for consolidating executive power, Bush has chosen him as a role model.

No one is perfect. What I am saying is that there are competent capable women leaders. There's a reason Elizabeth I's reign is known as the Golden Age of England.

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