NOW New York just released this press release, calling Ted Kennedy’s endorsement of Obama “the ultimate betrayal,” with a bunch of other rhetoric that can only be called unhinged.
ALBANY, NY – January 28 – Women have just experienced the ultimate betrayal. Senator Kennedy’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton’s opponent in the Democratic presidential primary campaign has really hit women hard. 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 to name a few. Women have buried their anger that his support for the compromises in No Child Left Behind and the Medicare bogus drug benefit brought us the passage of these flawed bills. We have thanked him for his ardent support of many civil rights bills, BUT women are always waiting in the wings.
And now the greatest betrayal! We are repaid with his abandonment! He’s picked the new guy over us. He’s joined the list of progressive white men who can’t or won’t handle the prospect of a woman president who is Hillary Clinton (they will of course say they support a woman president, just not “this” one).
It should be pointed out that this is just the NY chapter of NOW, which the central organisation has no control over, to avoid any confusion. The central organisation has a pretty standard statement:
Meanwhile, feminist bloggers say “whuh?”
Wow. This is completely unhinged, and frankly, mind-boggling. (Apparently the press release’s authenticity has been confirmed by NOW-NY president Marcia Pappas.)
All I can say is, NOW-NY does not speak for me. And it does not speak for all feminists.
In case you didn’t get that, women have been betrayed by voting on the issues instead of according to what’s in their pants. It’s like the Lifetime Movie version of a shitty-to-begin-with press release.
Not only am I not a die-hard Clinton supporter,* but I work for Alternet, which is apparently on the release-writer’s Organizations to Kill list. I suppose I must have been psychologically gang-banged into whoring for the patriarchy — it’s the only possible explanation.
Ted Kennedy has abandoned us? I can kinda see an argument that, say, endorsing anyone other than Hillary suggests that women’s issues are taking a backseat, and that this has historically been the case, but “his abandonment” has overtones that I’d rather not put under the feminist microscope; it’s too embarrassing.
Ayiyi. I get that some people–including, apparently, the president of NOW-NY–are really adamant Clinton supporters. And hey, great.
But you know, she is a candidate. Not the feminist messiah. It’s not inconceivable that some people–good feminists, even–might endorse or vote for someone else. And yes, she’s gotten some sexist bullshit thrown at her, and it sucks, but dealing with sexist bullshit is not gang rape.
The things about gang rape is from an earlier press release: