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. "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," and also blah, blah, No Child Left Behind, Medicare something. "And now the greatest betrayal! We are repaid with his abandonment! He's picked the new guy over us." Did I mention she also called it the "ultimate betrayal"? 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.
We've all witnessed scenarios where, on the playground little girls are being taunted by little boys while both girls and boys stand idle, afraid to speak up or even cheering. Or, in the workplace males tease young and older female co-workers; make obscene gestures, inappropriate comments, laughing and expecting (often correctly) that everyone will join in. Then there was that movie where Jodie Foster portrayed the true story of woman who was ganged raped in a bar while others looked on and encouraged the realization. Still others pretended the rape didn't happen. In short, gang raping of women is commonplace in our culture both physically and metaphorically.
So Marcia, I get it. You're clearly a little rage-happy, and this is an emotional campaign — I feel you. But since you decided to bring up not only the concept of Ted Kennedy as a feminist, but society's willingness to stand idly/denial-blinded by as all this anecdotal degradation of women goes down — and seriously, when the fuck did John Edwards and Barack Obama snicker at Hillary's tears? — why didn't you bring up that one time in the Vineyard? Because it reminds you too much of that other time in that Arkansas hotel room? What of, after all this abuse and betrayal, just finally learning your lesson and, I dunno, taking up with the new guy?