Bob Herbert And Barbara Ehrenreich: We Are Feeling The Love

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Nickel and Dimed author Barbara Eherenreich and New York Times columnist Bob Herbert both wrote opinion pieces this week about the Hillary-Obama battles that I meant to devote some time to praising. I mean if anything has been sorta productive about this BATSHIT CRAZY EMOTIONAL primary campaign, it's that it's given white women a chance to reflect on how much they love black men, and black men to reciprocate in kind for white women.* Anyway, so Bob wrote about Jamie Lee Jones and the desensitizing of our society to "dark persistence of misogyny in America." Then Barb penned a piece on the historic importance of Martin Luther King and the indisputable imperative of grassroots involvement and a riled-up civil society in fighting for a cause.

Black civil rights weren't won by suited men (or women) sitting at desks. They were won by a mass movement of millions who marched, sat in at lunch counters, endured jailings, and took bullets and beatings for the right to vote and move freely about.

Barbara thinks Hillary is cynical and pragmatic to the point of political futility and basically indicates her skillset would be better-suited to the corner office than the presidency. And Bob is merely troubled by the willingness of America to regularly demean, exploit, belittle, grope, abuse, and throw away the rape kits of one half of its populace. (Also he is so cute!) Go read both of them and read some people with real opinions for a change!

Hillary's Real MLK Problem [Huffington Post]
Politics and Misogyny [NY Times]

*Could you tell that was a joke? That was a joke. Designed to offend you, avoid earnestness, save space, etc.

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Anyway, so Bob wrote about Jamie Lee Jones and the desensitizing of our society to "dark persistence of misogyny in America."

He actually wrote about Maria.

I was grateful when he was one enlightened voice saying, "No one should give a fuck it happened in Amish country, people, THIS WAS A HATE CRIME AGAINST LITTLE GIRL" after those sexual assaults/murders in Boulder and Nickel Mines. And I am grateful now.

The only thing I disagree with is that misogyny is not something we've been recently desensitized to (as he suggests in the column), but that it SHOULD be more and more unacceptable, ESPECIALLY with the military cover-ups of sexual assaults. I guess his point is sexualization and dehumanization of the (female...and girl) form is "mainstream",profitable and targeting a younger and younger customers.