Interested in potential female presidential candidates, I looked a little further into who Michele Bachman is. A lot of her politics clash with mine. Many of them hurt women, poor people, and all people having the same rights. That’s definitely not my gig. So, let’s just say she’s not my type, but I support the right of anyone to be able to have their political views and run for president.
I remember growing up believing I could do anything, including become president. I didn’t necessarily want to be president, but when I realized as a teenager, that a woman had never been president and that I might never see that happen, I was really disappointed by the world, our society, and our nation. The Land of the Free had morphed into something else. It was the Land of the Free for some people, but not women. And I’m a white woman. What about women of color? It would be even harder for a Latina woman or an Asian woman or an African American woman to become president. This country is still in the mindset that women take care of the households and men, the world. What a sad set up! It leaves the men out of their children’s lives and out of the art of crafting a living environment to enhance joy and life. It leaves women out of creating something different in the world besides war, and using our skills to mold a world that cooperates and works in a different way to enhance joy and life. We all need each other to balance out this crazy world, but the dynamic as it is won’t allow it.
So, a woman running for president. Hell Yeah! Certainly we have had candidates before and strong women politicians, but no presidential bites yet. We have to support women being in politics and having a voice in the political arena. If the gender makeup of American politics were more even, we would have more voices of women to choose from. Again, women in politics- YAY! Michele Bachmann- not so much. Is she a candidate for me to support? No.
Am I contradicting myself? No. Support women taking a role in leadership of our nation. Don’t support her individually with her politics.
On Tuesday night, Michele Bachmann appeared on the Jimmy Fallon and the show played the song, “Lying Ass Bitch” as she walked out. COMPLETELY INAPPROPRIATE! This action indirectly says that women shouldn’t be in politics.
What I know about Michele Bachman:
1. She’s a Republican
2. She’s an anti-choice rallier who has gone to protest and “counsel” people outside abortion clinics
3. She’s an evangelical Christian
3. She’s a former Lutheran
4. She’s a tea partier
5. She has strongly advocated against same-sex marriage
6. She thinks global warming is a hoax
Need I go on?
(BTW- if you’re reading this and you think the above things are okay- maybe this isn’t the blog for you, but of course, I always welcome your comments and would love to hear different opinions than my own.)
When asked for comment, Questlove, the drummer for The Roots, the band who played the song, released a statement to the Hollywood Reporter saying, “The performance was a tongue-in-cheek and spur of the moment decision. The show was not aware of it and I feel bad if her feelings were hurt. That was not my intention.”
Just to clarify- this is not about her feelings being hurt, it’s about women being ‘put in line’ by men by way of using gender. Bitch is a gendered term. Inappropriate to call her that and Lying Ass Bitch is even more offensive.
This is a tough issue to write about because Michele Bachmann is working against women and trying to take down the progress made by feminism and so many women who have come before her. She is actively working against women having rights to politics and their bodies and voices while she is simultaneously trying to become a candidate for the presidency. BUT, it doesn’t matter if you don’t like her or what she stands for- (I’m talking to myself now)- it’s about not discriminating against her because she’s a woman, which is what the Lying Ass Bitch song did on the Jimmy Fallon show.
Congresswoman Nita Lowey, a Democrat and a representative for New York’s 18th District, said “I do not share Michele Bachmann’s politics, but she deserves to be treated with respect,” the statement read. “No female politician – and no woman – should be subjected to sexist and offensive innuendo like she was last night.”
This hatred of women is deeply ingrained within our culture and it’s things like this that tell women to Sit Down, Shut Up and Go Home
Grrl Code: Even if we don’t like the politics, beliefs, or actions of another woman, she should not be discriminated against because of her gender.