Amanda Marcotte of Pandagon wrote, today, about my post over at Feministe last night. The post and the ensuing conversation in the comments are well worth the visit over there (as are most of Amanda's posts, which are what has made Pandagon bearable since Ezra Klein left).
When commenting on our customer (who, in the comments, became known as "the asshole" - a moniker I'm quite happy to continue giving him here) and his comment that women have no political opinions, Amanda has this to say:
Fuck me. I mean, I know people believe this shit (during every "women bloggers" debate, someone will say that women don't care about politics "as much" within 15 comments), but I can't believe, even in Dallas, that someone had the nerve just to say it like that. That is really over-the-top--can someone honestly think that women just don't formulate their own political opinions? How the hell do they explain the existence of feminism to themselves? The suffrage movement? The hand-wringing over the soccer mom vote the past two elections? Even during the suffrage movement, one argument against women's suffrage was that our vote could dramatically change political outcomes.
She brings up something that doesn't get discussed enough: Women flat out get things done. Certainly this is a stereotype, and certainly there are men who are productive, but something that gets overlooked in all of those "women bloggers" discussions is this: Women are far better at taking their passions, the same passions that many male bloggers point out as a female deficiency, internalizing it, and then using that to create an energy by which they accomplish greater goals.
Men, on the other hand, seem to think that disconnecting their passions and intellectualize EVERYTHING, not because they are inherently more intellectual than women, but because they believe that, by disconnecting and indicating themselves as more cerebral, they can appear superior in some fashion and be taken more seriously.
We constantly rattle on about the Republicans and their consistency of message, and how it unites their party. We liberal male bloggers tend to be all over the place, dissecting every issue until it dies, and no one cares, thus rendering it useless in national discussion.
But tell me, can you reader female bloggers like Amanda, Lauren, Roxanne, Robin, Jeanne D'Arc, and the hosts of others that I don't know and tell me that you don't know exactly what they are all about? These are women who feel slighted by the societal indemnification of women and the dismissal of those feelings by men who call them whiny and reactionary. But instead of screeching, as they are accused of doing, they simply boot up their computers and day after day after day proceed to point out to us all the everyday troubles of women in this society hoping that, at some point all of us filled with testosterone will have to concede that, yes, the state of women's rights in this country leaves a lot to be desired.
I'm not intending this as a suck-up post, but merely to say that, my post of last night was written because, every day I'm more and more aware that people like "the asshole" exist, they are often in power, and they often use that power to try to diminish the roles of the women in their midst.
And I'm more aware of it because of the women bloggers in my life.