Friday, October 29, 2010
The Problem With Christine O'Donnell
Christine O'Donnell. Mini-Palin. Xine O'Donald Duck. That lady from that weird state that we always forget about, unless we're driving from Philadelphia or New York to Washington, D.C., on I-95. Delawhere? as the old joke goes.
What do we do about her? She's a woman in politics, which is a thing that we support. Unfortunately, she is the wrong type of woman in politics. One that disagrees with us and is "setting us back" by believing and standing for the things she does, which (witch! AHAH) is bad. But then our brother site (because they're definitely not our sisters!) posts something bad and sexist about her, because she is a woman, and that's bad. But not bad for her. Bad for women. It becomes a teachable moment, in which we can reflect on sexism in our society and media. But that's bad, because it means we have to defend Christine O'Donnell. And that is definitely bad. Because so do people like NOW, which really confuses us.
Oh, remember those good days, when O'Donnell was a crazy lady and not such an ambiguous icon in contemporary gender politics? And she goes about calling the bad, mean, sexist post against her bad and sexist. She gets it! Which is awful! Augh! This whole mess is going to turn us into a Cathy cartoon.