surely not

Things I just couldn’t make sense of today and find disturbing:

  • Rent a Dog. Too busy to commit? Just treat an animal like a DVD.
  • Hilary Clinton. Dear Iran: we would totally obliterate you.
  • Behind every great man. Margaret Cook interviews the woman married to the man known as ‘Britain’s worst chauvinist’. A powerful reminder of why Consciousness Raising is still necessary. You need to go at least 5 minutes in before true colours begin to show.

4 thoughts on “surely not”

  1. Kimberly
    I agree with you, especially Hillary – what was she thinking of? To show so little thoughtfulness in the face of such a hypothetical question and then to make things worse by implying the USA would just flatten Iran (like that is so possible without impacting on the rest of the world) just chilled me to the bone. I’d just watched the NBC interview with Barack Obama when I discovered this other interview (links to these on New York Times website). I was left speechless and saddened. If I had a vote I’d find myself now in a position of feeling totally alienated by the female candidate – how awful a proposition is that? (I even went to both Barack and Hillary’s websites to see if she could redeem herself in comparison and am still unconvinced.)
    Hope the travelling is agreeing with you……

  2. As for the Cook interview: there are a number of women who relish that kind of role, IMO. She’s stuck it all these years, so there must be something in it for her – maybe she prefers it to the alternative prospect at their age. You can’t know what makes people tick – I find it best just to observe and concentrate on the young.

  3. I agree that the woman interviewed seems to want things as they are. And I realise too that ‘consciousness raising’ runs the risk of making someone unhappy who has hitherto made the best of things. But I still think consciousness raising is necessary — and it’s why I have very little sympathy for the ‘we don’t need feminism here’ school of thought. Some things are wrong, even if they are ‘perfectly accepted’.

    When I worked in rural Virginia, I taught at a school that spoke the language of equality. But the cultural context was such that ALL of the teaching staff and administration was white, and ALL of the domestic and grounds staff was black.

    There were many lovely, intelligent, dignified people on the domestic and grounds staff. Many of them had been serving the school all their lives, and their parents before them. Before that they were in the great houses in the area, and before that they were slaves.

    I don’t want to take anything at all away from the kindness, decency and good work done by the staff. But I am quite sure that many of them might equally have become teachers or administrators if it wasn’t a deep part of the cultural mindset that ‘this is how things are’.
    Some of them, of course, would have still chosen to work in the grounds — but it should have been a free and open choice, and it wasn’t.

    The only thing stopping them was the lack of belief that it could be any other way.

    And so with the woman in the interview.

  4. I read the Hilary thing earlier, I am shocked to say the least but I read that she was saying it to scare them into not doing anything stupid basically.
    I’m sure it lost her at least a few points.

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