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Posted by on Jan 29, 2008 in At TMV | 12 comments

Gender Weirdness in Elections 08: “The National Organization of One Woman”

You read the headline right. The following missive at the end of this article is one woman’s set of thoughts, presumed, for now, to be from N.O.W.

I still can barely believe that this is a legitimate communique from NOW.
I am still waiting for The Onion to own up as the writer of this missive.
Either that, or this is an example of get-down dirty agitation
or ?

Here is the missive. One that is so extreme, it beggars belief.
Like I said, I am still waiting for confirmation and re-confirmation that this originated from NOW.

Uneven coverage of all candidates: check.
Women’s concerns about childbearing health and other issues of mothers and daughters, not always as prominently and aggressively pursued: check

But reading and listening for subtext, which is what I do for a living for the past 38 years, the rest of this letter, appears to my analytic eye and ear, to actually to be a diatribe against Kennedy and Kucinich, and against NOW, rather than a sticking up for Hillary.

If the origin of this letter is true, NOW has become The National Organization of One Woman, instead of Women, plural.

If the origin of this letter has not been attributed accurately and is instead a monkey-wrenching by some misguided fool who thinks they are ‘helping’ their non-Hillary candidate–or Hillary– that too will come to the surface.

Stay tuned.

The putative statement from NOW:

Women have just experienced the ultimate betrayal. Senator Kennedy’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton’s opponent in the Democratic presidential primary campaign has really hit women hard. Women have forgiven Kennedy, stuck up for him, stood by him, hushed the fact that he was late in his support of Title IX, the ERA, the Family Leave and Medical Act to name a few. Women have buried their anger that his support for the compromises in No Child Left Behind and the Medicare bogus drug benefit brought us the passage of these flawed bills. We have thanked him for his ardent support of many civil rights bills, BUT women are always waiting in the wings.

And now the greatest betrayal! We are repaid with his abandonment! He’s picked the new guy over us. He’s joined the list of progressive white men who can’t or won’t handle the prospect of a woman president who is Hillary Clinton (they will of course say they support a woman president, just not “this” one). “They” are Howard Dean and Jim Dean (Yup! That’s Howard’s brother) who run DFA (that’s the group and list from the Dean campaign that we women helped start and grow). They are Alternet, Progressive Democrats of America,, Kucinich lovers and all the other groups that take women’s money, say they’ll do feminist and women’s rights issues one of these days, and conveniently forget to mention women and children when they talk about poverty or human needs or America’s future or whatever.

h/t Shaun Mullen

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