In the fight for girl power, three women have jumped into the ring in the past 24 hours with very different viewpoints. Katie Couric, in Israel covering Obama's world tour made this striking proclamation:
I find myself in the last bastion of male dominance, and realizing what Hillary Clinton might have realized not long ago: that sexism in the American society is more common than racism, and certainly more acceptable or forgivable.
Sexism trumps racism? So what's a girl to do? Oh! I know! We'll ask Brooke Hogan (of the dubiously-named Brooke Knows Best) what the role for women should be! Here's her take:
I think it's kind of crazy that a woman is running because I think that women deal with a lot of emotions and menopause and PMS and stuff. Like, I'm so moody all the time, I know I couldn't be able to run a country, because I would be crying one day and yelling at people the next day, you know?
Surely a gal has to be Wonder Woman to exist in both realms, fighting for a world where woman can and should be allowed to do it all, amid the utterings of a generation of Brooke Hogans who glimpsed the dream of equality and said, "nah." That superhero fighting could be the very element that's undoing feminism. To see how,
This Townhall column, taking on last weekend's NOW National Conference said the leaping-tall-buildings motif is exactly where the so-called fight for women's rights gets it wrong:
The superhero analogy demonstrates the destructive attitude dominating feminism today. It is the attitude that everyone is against women, out to get them. To feminists, women must take on the entire world. They must save everyone, even sometimes from themselves. Like Superwoman, these feminists are constantly fearful that they will find an enemy, like sexism, around every corner.
Are feminists fighting just for the sake of fighting? Katie Couric may be right, studies are still being released showing the prominence of gender discrimination — but how should the battle be fought? If sexism is a foe bigger than racism, comments like Hogan's do nothing to advance the cause. At the same time, perhaps Hogan's comments exist precisely because so much progress has been made. Those who aren't oppressed, don't feel the need to fight against it. And then there's the question of the fight. Is calling attention to inequity, simply creating a self-fulfilling prophecy? Do women now, or will they ever have equal rights? Should they?
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