Lady-like politics
Posted by aogWednesday, 08 October 2008 at 10:06 TrackBack Ping URL

I saw reference to this article from Time magazine in several places. It starts off with

Ah, women, the consistently, tragically underestimated constituency. What the Democrats learned during the primaries and the Republicans might now be finding out the hard way, I learned at my very academic, well-regarded all-girls high school: that is never to discount the ability of women to open a robust, committed, well-thought-out vat of hatred for another girl.

Women are weapons-grade haters. Hillary Clinton knows it. Palin knows it too. When women get their hate on, they don’t just dislike, or find disfavor with, or sort of not really appreciate. They loathe - deeply, richly, sustainingly. I do not say this to disparage my gender; women also love in more or less the same way.

When men disagree, the steps to resolution are reasonably clear and unsophisticated. Acts of physical violence are visited upon one another’s person or property, and the whole thing blows over. Women? Nu-unh. We savor the discord.

Leaving aside whether this is an accurate statement, my first thought was that this would make the USA a “guy” nation and Europe a gaggle of gal nations. After all, when the American Street gets upset with some other nation, we beat them up but afterwards, if they don’t make more trouble, we let it all blow over. Europe, on the other hand (or at least the EUlite), seems to enjoy stewing in long standing historical grievances with each other and the USA.

And if the USA is a “guy” nation, and the GOP is the “daddy” party, who is the natural governing party …? I wonder if this author ever thought about that.

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Ali Choudhury Wednesday, 08 October 2008 at 14:18

A few thousand more years of history and the US won’t be much different.

Bret Wednesday, 08 October 2008 at 14:26

Fortunately I’ll be dead in a few thousand more years.

cjm Wednesday, 08 October 2008 at 17:26

not only is europe a collection of female nations, they are barren as well.

Annoying Old Guy Thursday, 09 October 2008 at 10:24

Mr Choudhury;

Actually, in a few thousand more years I expect things to be radically different everywhere. Maybe, we’ll just have the same pattern but with the guys in space and the gals on the ground.

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