Female empowerment cuts both ways

I’ve been wanting to post, but every time i start, I just get overwhelmed. There has been a lot of things happening in terms of current events. I feel like I have a lot of catching up to do to figure it out.

That’s especially true because EVERYONE doesn’t know what’s going on–at least with the ecomony.

I turned on the radio to listen to Fresh Air, which I hadn’t been listening to in a while. I thought it would be soothing to hear about something cultural. But I fogot how very very very political Terry Gross is.

She was interviewing a woman who wrote a book about the incomprehensible idea of women organizing as conservatives. Here is part of what she had to say:

Although feminists have long dominated the political landscape in terms of numbers and visibility, they are increasingly being challenged by other national organizations—those that are antifeminist and also claim to represent women’s interests. These conservative women’s groups present a substantial threat to the feminist movement. They are well organized, politically active, and have access to government institutions, political parties, and national media. As these organizations vie with feminists over what women need and desire, they publicly contest definitions of women’s interests and influence political debates and policy outcomes.

The group she is complaining about is the Independent Women’s Forum. And she seems very concerned about their activity in politics and access to speaking to the media. What is this? Would she have it that only her ‘pure feminism’ are allowed to speak?

I was appalled to hear the tone that Terry and her guest took. They were talking about Sarah Palin as a person who was “co-opting” feminist ideals.

How is behaving according to feminist ideals co-opting? Must she agree with every “feminist” ideology to be an empowered woman?

Politics is all about taking the parts that make sense and which work for you and implementing them.

I’m not happy that my promoting my femininity seems to have a long trail of amendments, like a bloated bill in Congress.

I am a Feminist. And I am a conservative.

Listen, Terry. You can’t tell me that since I, as a women, do not meet your preconcieved expectations I must be silent. Female empowerment works both ways.

At least I can thank this broadcast for letting me know about IWF. I’ll be checking it out.