Feminist Bullshit

On Tuesday, the New York Times ran a story which clearly was written deliberately to freeze Tulsi Gabbard out, but that’s not the theme of this blog.  It had, right there on the front page, large pictures of Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, and Kirsten Gillibrand, none of whom has as much chance of being the next president as Tulsi Gabbard.  But, that’s not the theme of this blog.
The headline was: “Voters prefer ‘Likable’ Women, Reinforcing Gender Biases.”
Sorry, ladies, but this crosses the line.  This is where ‘feminism’ becomes ‘feminist bullshit.’  Of course voters prefer likable women.  Are we supposed to prefer unlikable women?  It’s right there in the adjective.  Likable women are likable.  Unlikable women are unlikable.  Sometimes there’s a reason.  Elizabeth Warren talks a good game but is nowhere to be found when the chips are down, so that’s kind of unlikable.  Kamala Harris has made a career out of supporting private prisons.  I find that downright despicable.  Amy Klobuchar, reportedly, tends to throw things at her staff.  I don’t know much about Gillibrand.  She’s certainly no Tulsi Gabbard, but maybe she’s likable.
But, it’s not just women.  Voters prefer likable men, too.  It’s why Beto O’Rourke is so popular, despite the fact that he’s an oil industry loving tool.  Hey, he can ride a skateboard and eats hamburgers.  Very likable.  George W. Bush, one of the great war criminals of the 21st century, was elected because he was the kind of guy ‘people would like to have a beer with.’  People who are idiots, anyway.
So, you don’t get to cry sexism because voters (women included) prefer likable women over unlikable women.  That’s the way it works.

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