Thursday, March 24, 2005

Feminists and "Comfortability"

Catherine Seipp's column is a hoot! and true.

In the run-up to Presidential election 2000, am I the only one who remembers the feminists, doing their "pr" for lunch-time campaigning proposing "comfortable shoes"? I remember at the time, writing about this, saying to myself: "Hmm, this new buzzword will be cute like the others..."

A few links just to make sure y'all get the picture:

The "sisters" at Mt. Holyoke have a dedicated feminist song (2003), and they even have a Constutition!

The "Sisters" at the U of Texas at Austin, SIMPLY outdo themselves with a wonderful John-Cleese (I wish!) delivery of the importance of SHOES!

When asked to describe the image that is created when discussing the results of the feminist movement, an individual would undoubtedly describe a liberated woman. A woman of internal strength, appearing powerful and carefree and resisting silence is a woman they would describe. However, this woman makes a statement not only with her words and ambition but also her energy and attire. What is often overlooked about this woman is another subtle but important element of the feminist movement. This element is a woman and her choice of footwear

Oh my! This thesis is, um, tres of use. Not. Bet she got a very, very good grade. Definitely a Robert Bly classic in feminist writings, no?

Okay.. the synopsis time. Men oppress women through all of time, all of the universe by: Making them wear painful shoes. Not making them wear shoes -- demanding they be barefoot (and pregnant). Why aren't daughters following in the SHOES of their mothers? You need comfortable shoes to campaign. Wear ugly shoes so we can identify each other in and among "society". We'll know you by your "shoes". Feminist Martial Arts: Wear Shoes, you can't enter the Dojo.

And for a really exciting view into the "comfortable mindset" visit a feminist site.

And lookie here -- There's even a feminist website for helping students with their feminist homework.! See! She got an "A"! (sarcasm, off).

And more on the feminist "comfortability" identity politics:
Wears Jump Suit. Sensible Shoes. Uses Husband's Last Name. (originally titled "Marked Women, Unmarked Men") 1993
by Deborah Tannen

I loved the Pippi Longstocking books as a young girl. Pippi had a clear ability to see through right and wrong; she wasn't nasty; she didn't bash whole segments of society.

What would Pippi Longstocking do regards Terri Shiavo? Pippi wouldn't have been silent like the feminists are being. Apparently, she's heralded as a feminist role model.

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