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Saturday, January 21, 2017

The Women's March on Washington

An article in this morning's NY Post described today's scheduled Women's March on Washington:

Organizers of Saturday’s Women’s March on Washington expect more than 200,000 people to attend their gathering, a number that could rival Trump’s swearing-in ceremony. Attendees are “hurting and scared” as the new president takes office and want a greater voice for women in political life, according to the organizers’ mission statement.

“In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore,” the statement says.


Isn't that, technically, plagiarism? The first two lines of Helen Reddy's famous song I Am Woman are, "I am woman, hear me roar, in numbers too big to ignore." Well, perhaps the mission statement was a "tribute" to Reddy.

The vagueness of the mission statement makes it hard to argue with. "In the spirit of democracy?" Who can find fault with that? The United States was founded as a democracy. As a matter of fact, that's how Donald Trump was elected -- by a democratic vote.

If you want to make yourself immune to criticism, it always helps to make your statements not only high-flown, but also vague.

Who wouldn't want to honor "the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice?" Of course, the definitions for such vary between people. Hillary Clinton, whom most of the female marchers presumably voted for, accepted donations from Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and other anti-LGBT countries which aren't exactly champions of human rights. Hillary hardly afforded the Arkansas State troopers, Secret Service men, and State Department Security details much dignity. (Which is why they all ended up hating her.) And was it justice that her husband escaped punishment for his rapes, while Hillary defended him?

Well, those must not be the types of human rights, dignity, and justice the march organizers were referring to.

The mission statement does raise one question, however: how can you "join in diversity" in a march whose very title excludes half the human race?

In any case, once you get past all those qualifying adjectives and adverbs and noble ideals, you get to the real purpose of the march: "to show our presence."

That seems to be the essence of the march: for women to affirm themselves.

There are other ways to affirm yourself. You can participate in a road race. Throw a party. See friends. Travel. Or express your political opinions.

Come to think of it, this march combined all of those. 

These women seem to feel that they will convince people by their numbers that they are right. Their feeling seems to be, the more of us show up, the righter we must be.

Sorry, but the election already took place.

The ironic thing is that Trump, far more than most Republicans, has embraced women's rights. He has come out in favor of government-mandated maternity leave and child tax deductions -- neither of which are mainstream Republican positions.

Given Trump's positions, it would make more sense for Muslims, or advocates for illegal immigrants, or those against law and order, to march. But no, today women wanted the spotlight on them.

Anyway, a lot of women have marched today in a spirit of democracy, and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice, to join in diversity and show their presence.

Undoubtedly they have succeeded in showing their presence.

Whether or not they changed any onlookers' minds is questionable.  

42 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks John for the song, never heard of it, really loved it. Frankly, I am stumped at all these protest by women, what are they really trying to achieve. Can't they let bygones be bygones and give the man a chance. After all Trump has become President in a free and fair election not by a military coup. Did they really want a liar, cheater, enabler(I believe it's the worse thing a woman can do to another woman) be President just because she is a woman. Instead of protesting why don't they come to some consensus on a woman worthy of being the next President of USA. A woman really worthy, by her own accomplishments of being in that office not by just being someone's daughter, wife, sister, mother,
grandmother, etc. I am sure there are many such woman, only hitch is the women must agree on two - one Republican and one Democrat.

Sherie

Anonymous said...

BOYCOTT AMERICAN WOMEN!

www.BoycottBitches.com

I am an American man, and I have decided to boycott American women. In a nutshell, American women are the most likely to cheat on you, to divorce you, to get fat, to steal half of your money in the divorce courts, don't know how to cook or clean, don't want to have children, etc. Therefore, what intelligent man would want to get involved with American women?

American women are generally immature, selfish, extremely arrogant and self-centered, mentally unstable, irresponsible, and highly unchaste. The behavior of most American women is utterly disgusting, to say the least.

This blog is my attempt to explain why I feel American women are inferior to foreign women (non-American women), and why American men should boycott American women, and date/marry only foreign (non-American) women.

John Craig said...

Sherie --
Amen. The idea of Hillary Clinton as the apotheosis of female achievement has been a joke from start to finish. She's basically a glorified Lurleen Wallace, as I wrote about here:

http://justnotsaid.blogspot.com/2015/11/what-would-hillary-have-been-without.html

Some day we'll get a woman President, thank goodness that woman will not be Hillary.

Anonymous said...

Just loved how these marches were scheduled for the day after Trump's inauguration. Give me a break. It sounded like mass hysteria. Ashley Judd and Madonna were crude, vulgar, and just plain shameful in their speeches. The hollywood "stars" and women like them do not speak for all women, especially women who are pro-life. To me, the marches were ridiculous.

- Susan

John Craig said...

Susan --
Mass hysteria is exactly what it was. Trump hadn't even been in office for a day yet. Imagine the reaction from the media if either of Obama's elections had been protests like this.

There's been some publicity recently about how Madonna's own son (with Guy Ritchie) doesn't want to spend any time with her, and how she's trying to use the legal system to force him to spend time in the US with her. That's pretty much all you have to know about her. And, given he personality, it stands to reason she'd be a Hillary supporter.

Mark Caplan said...

Boycott American women? (Don't you mean "girlcott"?) I'm heartened by the fact that 53% of white American women voted for Trump, so the situation may not be so bleak as boycottbitches imagines.

John Craig said...

Mark --
I wasn't sure whether to post that comment, the blog is pretty extreme, and paints a one-sided picture. But my rule is to post all comments that are relevant to the post, so I posted it. He has a point, about the obesity and political correctness of American women, and how they've been brainwashed into political correctness. But putting up pictures of some particularly fat A/merican women and some attractive foreign women and implying that they are the norm isn't quite convincing.

Anonymous said...

I spoke with a woman at the gym who talked about the protests against Trump. She mentioned that another woman at the gym was going to DC to participate. The woman I spoke with was clearly supportive / proud of the protests - and the pink hats with ears the women were wearing.

Apparently the same women who are SO offended by Trump's 'p*ssy' comment - taken from a recording made unbeknownst to him, in a private jocular conversation - that they should protest via F-bomb laden tirades, and wishes of death to the president, made in public for everyone - including kids, to soak up.

Another plank of the women's protest is the threat to de-fund Planned Parenthood, and transfer funding for all non-abortion related services that PP provides to other clinics that don't provide abortions. In these women's minds - the government MUST fund abortions. Anything less is a violation of women's rights.

(BTW - where was FEMEN? seems like it would have be a great venue for them; and I miss them.... )

On a slightly different angle.... Did right-leaning people disagree with Obama's policies and world view any less strongly than left-leaning people disagree with Trump? Personally, I don't think so. Yet there was no violence against Obama supporters, no vandalism, fires, smashed windows, F-bomb laden protest speeches.

Yet, the left-leaning people - those of violent protest, vile and vulgar protest speeches - are the fragile flowers sooooo offended by Trump.

- Ed

John Craig said...

Ed --
You're right, part of Hillary's campaign was, "The children are listening." I guess they weren't listening to Madonna or Ashley Judd or looking at the various placards the women were holding up.

FEMEN have been quiet recently, or, at least, concentrating their activities in Europe, where they're based. I can't wait for the tell all book which describes how the man who runs the group would hold topless tryouts for these ardent "feminists." My guess is that he used them as his personal harem as well, at least some of them.

And yes, there were no equivalent protests after Obama was elected. The basic mindset and personality of the Left and Right are completely different. One is hysterical, the other isn't. One throws temper tantrums, the other doesn't.

Anonymous said...

PS - remember the violent anti-WTO protests, and anti-G20 protests?

Trump, the anti-globalist, should be their hero.

but somehow I bet that those same people are out protesting against Trump these days.

- Ed

John Craig said...

Ed --
Good point.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for publishing my blog. Even the moderates are beginning to agree that feminism is out of control, as you have mentioned.

John Craig said...

Anon --
I agree with your general stance on radical feminism. And obesity is definitely a problem in the US (for men as well as for women). But posting pictures of fat American women and beautiful foreign women isn't really that convincing, and having a post titled "Heil Trump" isn't going to win over any undecideds.

Anonymous said...

In case any readers might be interested, I've enjoyed a number of videos by Paul Joseph Watson. Topics include feminism, politics, culture etc. Watson has a knack for zeroing in on hypocrisy. Expect harsh treatment, lampooning and mockery of opponents. Can be satisfying for people fed up with the patronizing, condescending, unfair treatment the right receives from the MSM.

- Ed

Anonymous said...

I read the Daily Mail Online website for news. There are a lot of folks who denounced these marches (in the comments section). It was disturbing to see and read about some of what was said by the various feminists. Most commenters claimed that the women are unhinged, crazy, lacking the ability to be rational. There were comments about how these women should take their fight to countries where women actually have no rights, but that doesn't seem to be a concern of theirs. In America, women have it good.

- Susan

John Craig said...

Susan --
Those commenters are exactly right. There's nothing I'd love more than for these women marchers to take their protests to someplace like Saudi Arabia, or the UAE, or Iran. Then they could find out what a real patriarchy is actually like.

Mark Caplan said...

That march connotes militarism if not outright fascism doesn't seem to have occurred to the gals. It should have been called The Million Woman Love-in, since, as they've witlessly shrieked ad nauseam, "Love trumps hate!"

John Craig said...

Mark --
Ha. Have you ever seen such jeering, spiteful faces as they chant, "Love trumps hate?"

gambino dellacroce said...

Ashley Judd, Scarlett Johansson and Madonna were priceless. Completely deranged lunatics (and yes Judd was quoting a poem). Typical of leftist 'argument' every statement is lofty, high minded, emotional and non-specific. Would bet none are aware of Trump's position on policies impacting women. Priceless that Madonna has made a name for herself by being deliberately sexually provocative and Scarlett Johannsson was caught servicing a famous movie star. Ohh and Judd well she hasn't starred in a major movie for 12 years. There seems to be a growing trend of washed up female stars who have no talent resorting to feminism to stay relevant and gather attention.

John Craig said...

Gambino --
Come on, don't hold out on us: who was Scarlett servicing?

Madonna is a look-at-me Leftist, Judd seems to be a little deranged, and Scarlett is still in her prime, but already outspoken; imagine what she'll be like when she gets older. Someone should ask Madonna and Scarlett how all the plastic surgery they've gotten (check out the pictures of Scarlett pre-nose job, she's pretty ordinary-looking) has influenced their views on feminism.

gambino dellacroce said...

A very famous Oscar winner who has starred in two movies about the Mexican drug cartels.

John Craig said...

Gambino --
Sean Penn? Was he in two movies about the drug cartels? I honestly can't even think of an actor who was in two, but he is an Oscar winner and was known to be her boyfriend for a while, and actually interviewed el Chapo a year or two ago.

gambino dellacroce said...

No, he has an ever so slightly Hispanic name and was in a really big one about 15 years ago directed by Steven Soderbergh. Should be enough.

On a macro level, I just found this article which on the surface, excellently encapsulates the leftist panic. Be interested to hear your thoughts.

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2017/01/why_the_left_hates_trump_so_intensely.html

John Craig said...

Gambino --
(I figure we're on a first name basis now.) Okay, "Traffic" had four actors with Hispanic names: Benicia del Toro, Miguel Ferrer, Luis Guzman, and Jacob Vargas. Of those, only del Toro has won an Oscar, so....I'm not even sure why I jumped through these hoops, I don't even care that much who Johanssen serviced.

Just read the article, it's an excellent summation of the quasi-religious nature of the Left's culture wars, and that certainly does have a lot to do with why Hollywood etc. hate him. I disagree slightly, though, I think the real reason Trump is hated so much is because he represents the ever so slight stirring of a white consciousness, the inevitable backlash against the constant anti-white drumbeat of the media. And there's nothing the media, and the people behind the media, fear more than white nationalism.

Rifleman said...

Might be worth a post because we're going to be seeing him grow for the next 4-8 years:

https://twitter.com/0xdeadbabe/status/822960215448391680

Autism much?

gambino dellacroce said...

John

Great we've reached that point! I agree with your overall contention. Great point.

John Craig said...

Rifleman --
Is he? I hadn't heard that. I wouldn't necessarily draw that conclusion just from that short clip, that could just be a young kid fooling around and being playful with his mother.

Runner Katy said...

I find it insulting and also hilarious that they call it the Women's March, when more than half of American Women disagree with their points of view. I feel Trump will do more for me and fellow American women than Hillary ever would! I'd hardly even call her a woman, considering her interests and lack of interests. Also, I somewhat understand the boycott on SOME American Women, but let's just call it what it really is: Lazy Women. Just the same as Lazy American women do not want to take care of themselves or feed their families properly, Lazy Men do not want to take care of themselves or be active in their family's lives. It's an overall American epidemic, not just with women. Thanks for another great post, John!

John Craig said...

Runner Katy --
Thank you.

Actually, Trump got 53% of white women's votes, but overall he lost with women to Hillary.

And yes, laziness isn't attractive in anyone.

Rifleman said...

Actually, Trump got 53% of white women's votes, but overall he lost with women to Hillary.

The numbers are something like Trump gets -

53% White women

25% Asian women

25-30% hispanic women

3-5% black women. LOL.

Overall 40+% women
-----------------------------
Is he? I hadn't heard that. I wouldn't necessarily draw that conclusion just from that short clip, that could just be a young kid fooling around and being playful with his mother.

From the clip alone? No. But in combination with other behaviors.

There is definitely something cognitively off about him.

Steven said...

What is the point of these protests? At least wait and see what he does and then protest it.

Did you see Ashley Judd's speech? It was quite strange the way she delivered it...I think she was putting on a voice as if she thought she was Martin Luther King or something. At one point she said "we're not here to be debunked". lol

John Craig said...

Steven --
The point is to allow all these people to throw a collective temper tantrum.

I watched about 30 seconds of Judd's speech, it was all I could take. Listening to actors give their political opinions is almost always a waste of time. Plus, given the atmosphere in Hollywood, if actors want to keep working, they have to keep toeing the company line, i.e. remain liberal.

Bennie Sprouse said...

"You could travel, join a club, read a book, or get your butt in the kitchen and make me a sammich!

GT said...

John:

I think you are overreacting. Here is a great example of a claim, cool and collected anti-trumper that you could have spent a flight right next to mutually reviewing climate change facts and figures. The women clearly displays a wiliness to engage in an open dialogue .. you just need to be a little more open minded.. Just kidding

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/video-shows-woman-being-kicked-off-flight-for-yelling-at-trump-supporter/

John Craig said...

GT --
Ha!

I just watched that woman and she actually seems relatively contained compared some of the histrionic women who've been making the rounds on the internet. These women weep, wail, scream, and make that gray-haired lady look like a model of sanity by comparison.

It's funny, but Republicans/Trump supporters rarely seem to feel it's their place to berate complete strangers for their political views the way Democrats often do. A very basic difference in character.

Anonymous said...

The gray haired lady and her husband were kicked off the plane. Supposedly, the woman and her hubby were going to his mother's funeral (which I highly doubt). The hubby seemed embarrassed by his wife's lunacy. I read about this woman in an article posted on the Daily Mail Online website - good comments by various people regarding this incident. LOL.

- Susan

gambino dellacroce said...

I could be just conspiracy theorizing, but i've left pro-trump comments on a number of you tube clips and now I can't watch those videos anymore ("this video is unavailable"). Coincidence?

John Craig said...

Gambino --
I wonder. Google is unquestionably a liberal organization, witness the way they've skewed the algorithms on certain searches, but would they actually shut down Youtube videos because they lean Right? I don't know.

Mike said...

Hey John,

Sorry to hijack the thread, but I saw this on yahoo news (real trusted source..)
and wondered what you might think of it.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/nasty-nice-study-links-personality-brain-shape-000603699.html


I'm sure there's a tie-in here somewhere....

John Craig said...

Mike --
Just read the article, it's interesting, and I suspect it's true. But honestly, I'm the wrong guy to ask about this; I know very little about brain structure. I suspect that the answers to a lot of, if not almost all, personality differences lie in the brain, but I don't know enough to have an intelligent opinion.

I do suspect that 50 years from now, scientists will have mapped out exactly what gets determined where, and may even have a handle on what the average differences are between the races and genders in these regards, though whether or not that gets publicized will have to do with the social/political climate at the time.

Anonymous said...

How much coverage is the 2017 March for Life going to get, vs. the anti-Trump women's march?

I'm guessing the coverage is not going to be proportional to the participation in each event.

From what I've read - historically the media largely ignores the March for Life, despite great participation.

- Ed

John Craig said...

Ed --
I'm sure you're right. As a matter of fact, I'd never even heard of the March for Life before today. I don't support their cause, being pro-choice, but I'm just as disgusted with the one-sided media coverage of the two marches as you are.