Fuck NOW

by twit

I managed to avoid reading this all day long, but then Slog had to go and make it impossible to miss while scrolling along:

Women have just experienced the ultimate betrayal. Senator Kennedy’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton’s opponent in the Democratic presidential primary campaign has really hit women hard. Women have forgiven Kennedy, stuck up for him, stood by him, hushed the fact that he was late in his support of Title IX, the ERA, the Family Leave and Medical Act to name a few. Women have buried their anger that his support for the compromises in No Child Left Behind and the Medicare bogus drug benefit brought us the passage of these flawed bills. We have thanked him for his ardent support of many civil rights bills, BUT women are always waiting in the wings. And now the greatest betrayal! We are repaid with his abandonment! He’s picked the new guy over us. He’s joined the list of progressive white men who can’t or won’t handle the prospect of a woman president who is Hillary Clinton (they will of course say they support a woman president, just not “this” one).

just going to let this marinate for a second…



That division of NOW once gave me an award a long time ago, back when I was a campus advocate and made it my mission to deny that feminism was a movement of women versus men. I campaigned against the idea that a woman or any person could be judged by their gender instead of their personal character. To see it implied that Hillary must be supported above a male candidate simply because she is a woman, it feels like NOW has committed the worst form of betrayal to the fundamental principles of feminism.

I’m sending the award back. This is not the same organization that recognized my work against sexism and violence. My feminism is about choice. As a feminist, I have a choice in who I support in the election – I do NOT have to pick the woman, ESPECIALLY if I think she is too divisive a figure to ever effectively lead this nation, or that she is a liar and I will never feel sane trusting what she says.

It is a surprise to find myself coming about to challenge those who raised me up. All I want to know is how could they forget? How could they ignore the one thing that matters in all of feminism? Her womanhood is irrelevant. To claim that she should get a vote (or not get a vote) because of her gender is SEXISM. She is a person, entitled to be held to the same standards as everyone else. That she is a woman doesn’t give her a free pass any more than it should hold her back.

Or is it only sexism when a boy says it, ladies?

UPDATE: With thanks to Jezebel, for helping me find that cool rage, the one that makes it okay because now I understand that there is simply a crazy person at the helm of NYS-NOW…

The National Organization for Women’s New York State chapter president Marcia Pappas just went apeshit on Ted Kennedy for endorsing the “new guy,” Barack Obama.

… She also goes off on Kucinich lovers, Alternet, Progressive Democrats of America, democrats.com and Howard Dean for tolerating Obama. Why does she so loathe Barack?

Well, according to a press release she wrote two weeks ago, it’s because he’s guilty of teaming up with John Edwards to “psychologically gang bang” Hillary.

UPDATE: As noted in the comments, the national NOW has distanced itself from the NYS-NOW statement:

Though the National Organization for Women Political Action Committee has proudly endorsed Sen. Hillary Clinton for president, we respect Sen. Kennedy’s endorsement. We continue to encourage women everywhere to express their opinions and exercise their right to vote.


4 Responses to Fuck NOW

  1. humboldtsquid says:

    I feel the same when Black feel the need to vote for Obama JUST because he is black. I was actually quite happy and proud to see some interviews of Black women in South Carolina debating the merits of Obama and Hillary. If anything, maybe having these two people as candidates can stimulate some contructive debates on issues and not race or gender.

    While speaking about debating on merits and not gender or race, I also have a problem with the Republican writing off or “skipping” the debate held at Howard University, Black college. As much as the Democrats take the Black for granted, Republicans feel the Black vote is not worth pursuing.

    Did anyone blinks of Nancy Pelosi during the State of the Union?

  2. reader says:

    Note that national NOW is not in agreement:

    NOW’s Response to Sen. Kennedy’s Endorsement

    Statement of NOW President Kim Gandy

    January 28, 2008

    The National Organization for Women has enormous respect and admiration for Sen. Edward Kennedy (D- Mass.). For decades Sen. Kennedy has been a friend of NOW, and a leader and fighter for women’s civil and reproductive rights, and his record shows that.

    Though the National Organization for Women Political Action Committee has proudly endorsed Sen. Hillary Clinton for president, we respect Sen. Kennedy’s endorsement. We continue to encourage women everywhere to express their opinions and exercise their right to vote.

  3. twitterpaters says:

    thank you very much for the additional information.

  4. k@th says:

    Amen, sister. This presidential campaign is most revealing in terms of how Americans really view gender and race. What the polls say…and what the primaries state. The reasons for, and against, as absurd as– “because she’s a woman,” “because he’s black,” or, and this one kills me–“he’s an anti-semite.” Huh? What about “issues” people?? They’re not just for your therapist. Oh, this is one interesting race. Presidential, and human.

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