Tuesday, October 27, 2009

We all do it don't we?

Awhile back I voiced my objection to something that I have always taken issue with. The response I got was nearly as insulting as the word used to describe me and other women. I refuse to accept that gender based expletives are acceptable. Think about names people are called, whether in jest or intentional insult.
Let's start with bitch, since that is the word I found objectionable. What is a bitch? It is a female dog. A fucking bitch would be a female dog in heat. One might argue that men are often called sons of bitches, but think about that. That is an insult to the man's mother. So is bastard, given the definition of that word. I suppose you could call a man a cur, which is another word for male dog, but it just doesn't seem to have the same sting.
If you must be gender exclusive, cunt is a good choice. Few people are aware that Cunt is actually the name of a goddess of sexuality, and therefore should be considered a compliment.
Asshole is probably a good, genderless name to call someone. We all have one and most of us have probably been one a few times in our lives. I prefer to be called by my name. But if you must expel your anger on me by calling m an off color name, call me an asshole or a cunt. It won't hurt my feelings, but I may return the compliment.
If you simply must call me a bitch, kindly capitalize every letter and follow each with a period:
Call me
B. beautiful
I. intelligent
T. talented
H. honest
but please don't refer to me as a female canine.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Reply to a Conservative Woman

Recently, on twitter, I made a comment about Liz Cheney, to which I was taken to task by a Conservative (I believe a woman) who asked if I had a problem with strong women. My reply was that I have no problem with strong women. I have a problem with women who support the conservative culture that holds women down, like Liz. Of course, the person that I was replying to, could not comprehend what I meant by that reply. I tried to explain to the person, which cannot be done in a sole 140 character increment, so I ended up sending four tweets, including a link to an article about Lilly Ledbetter http://bit.ly/2XqsB8, which you can read better than I can explain.

Women conservatives, in their support of conservative candidates, including judges, lower their own standard of life. Ms. Ledbetter, after two decades of working in good faith for a company, found out she was being paid significantly less than men doing the same job. The conservative courts in Alabama added insult to the injury inflicted on her by the company by first reducing the jury award from 3.3 million to $300,000.00, a 90 percent reduction, and then ultimately the United States Supreme Court with its conservative majority did the same by taking away that award and rendering an absurd opinion that because she did not file a complaint with the EEOC within 180 days after receiving the first discriminatory paycheck, she was precluded from recovery. How can you file a complaint on discriminatory practices within 180 days, when you have no idea that these practices are taking place? That is absurd and unfair beyond belief. Ms. Ledbetter will still receive no compensation from the company that mistreated and abused her, but she did get recognition for her fight with the legislation recently signed into law by President Obama, that says that a worker can file a complaint within 180 days from receipt of any discriminatory paycheck. That is an important distinction in that in most cases, discrimination occurs for a long period of time, in Ms. Ledbetter’s case, many years, without being discovered.

I am sure that the significance of this one instance will be completely lost on the conservative woman who questioned me about my comments, but the point is that when you support the conservative dogma, you should look beyond the rhetoric and see what practical applications your support may have on your own life.