It’s not every day Ms. puts a man on its cover.
In choosing the cover for this special Inaugural issue, Ms. wanted to capture both the national and feminist mood of high expectations and hope as the 44th President of the United States takes the oath of office.
Expectations have only grown since the election, with President-Elect Obama now enjoying over 80% of the public’s support. Most people wish him well, and indeed hope he does “save” us from economic disasters, unending war and occupation, global warming, the decline in our international reputation, and relentless attacks on women’s rights, civil rights, human rights, science, privacy…the list goes on.
When the chair of the Feminist Majority Foundation board, Peg Yorkin, and I met Barack Obama, he immediately offered “I am a feminist.” And better yet, he ran on the strongest platform for women’s rights of any major party in American history. Feminist Karen Kornbluh, the platform’s principle author, ensured women’s rights, opportunities, advancement, and issues were addressed throughout the historic document.
Never has it been easy fighting for equality and social justice. The politics of Washington, our nation, and our world are tough. We have spent far too many years fighting to hold the ground we had already gained. Now is the time to move forward. We are in one of those rare transformational times in history.
and there was this:
That was then, this is now:
Because I’m still just so fucking furious.
Egalia has an excellent round-up of the reactions, very much worth reviewing: Round-Up: Obama Betrays Women & Science Over Plan B Birth Control.
Meanwhile, the handful of Obama apologists still left in the tubes are making their faint squeaking noises. I’m not going to link to any of it, because, bullshit. In addition to the chess people (“Obama will overturn this as soon as he’s re-elected!”) and the Wingnut Appeasement Squad (“The Republicans forced this move on Obama!”) and the President Who? team (“Goddamn that Sebelius!”), there are the usual attempts to blame “us” rather than Obama — “us” being feminists and liberals. One clown says this is “our fault” for not turning out in sufficient numbers to vote Democrat in the 2010 mid-terms. Another clown says this is “our fault” for not making a strong public case for the joys of teenage sex. Then there’s the clown who says this is “our fault” for not adequately lobbying for Plan B, which is fucking hilarious considering the history.
Even worse are the Obama apologists—Democrats, presumably—who are nodding along with the President’s “wisdom.” Good move, they say; makes sense. The Overton Window is now somewhere in the Andromeda Galaxy.
One minor quibble with Egalia and Violet – I’m not sure that it’s fair to call anything Obama does a “betrayal,” especially at this point. To betray implies a violation of trust, and anyone who is still trusting Obama is too stupid to be walking around without a keeper.
I never trusted him and expected the worst. He has exceeded my expectations.