For my last forty years I have fought for the rights of women. And even more importantly I've fought for the RESPECT of women. This has meant a never ending fight for equal pay, equal treatment, equal opportunity and equal rights. Whether it was a fight for equal and full funding of women's sports in high school or college or a fight for women's right to control their own bodies, each step forward was tough and opposed by a dizzying array of religious zealots and misogynists.
Especially tough has been the on going fight for abortion rights. And even tougher is the continuing fight for gay marriage (which is both a women's issue and a gay rights issue).
And I'm sorry to say that for all the progress we've made here in the United States, the clock has wound backwards in many parts of the world, where rape is now a common part of war, and child prostitution is condoned and even assisted by dictators in the some third world countries.
We are a long way from victory.
Tragically, we are not being helped by many so-called feminists and progressives who have decided that a full frontal assault on Carrie Prejean, Miss California who was attacked unmercifully by the world famous Perez Hilton, is the most important issue of the day.
My problem is that there is only one liberal, liberated woman in the mix and that is Carrie Prejean herself. She had the courage to speak truth to power. And she did so with grace and candor without ever condemning those whose beliefs differ from hers.
That she echoed President Barack Obama's exact position on gay marriage almost word for word simply adds to the irony.
We love Barack. We hate Carrie. It's a tough line of thought to follow. Barack is a hero, a liberator, a voice of reason. Carries is a c---, a bitch, a whore, and much, much worse.
As I listen to the totally pathetic Keith Olbermann and dozens of pseudo liberals and false feminists parade across MSNBC and many other programs, I am sickened.
These people aren't feminists, they are fascists who demand strict adherence to a narrow set of highly specific positions and activities. Dare to cross the line and you will be raped on public television with joy, glee and reckless abandon.
For another, but generally supportive viewpoint, read B. Daniel Blatt's excellent blog post On the “Need” of All Too Many on the Left to Hate at Gay Patriot.