Punchinello’s Chronicles

October 31, 2008

Only Some Women Should be Equal

Filed under: View from the Bottom — Punchinello @ 2:43 pm
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I remember the 1960s and the national debate over the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). I remember the burning bras, books about “wifey,” and the rapidly growing demographic of working moms and housewives, as well as female corporate executives. I remember the introduction of the term “glass ceiling,” referring to the unstated limit women face in the male-dominated workplace.

I also remember how the National Organization of Women (NOW) and the feminist movement grew and associated with the Democratic party on a common ground of equal rights in general. There was another common ground, according to national public awareness, between the Democrats and the Civil Rights movement.

Oddly enough, many of the changes that came about in civil rights were accomplished by the Republican party, but few people remember all that. And oddly enough, the most outspoken attacks on successful women seems to be coming from the Democratic party.

One would think that someone like Sarah Palin would be held up by everyone in the nation as an example and role model of a strong, successful woman. That doesn’t seem to be the case. Nor does the Democratic party seem to feel that having a woman on the ticket would be worth anything.

Another role model might be Dr. Condoleezza Rice, the Bush administration’s Secretary of State. But instead, it seems the DNC feels that Ms. Rice is “just another secretary.”

Watching the way the liberals have written and spoken about successful black Americans such as Justice Clarence Thomas, we’ve learned that although some black people should be equal, not all of “them” should be equal.

Actions often speak louder than words, don’t they.



  1. Success doesn’t necessarily equal admiration and respect. Boss Tweed was one of New York City’s wealthiest men. The man was worth millions and millions of dollars, and that’s 1870’s money. Successful, yes. Admired? Not hardly because the man was corrupt.

    Do I have admiration for successful women? Absolutely. ALL the women in my family work. Some have had prominent positions. One being a Great Grandmother who was dean at a Souther college way back in the 1890’s at a time when it was generally frowned upon for women to work period.

    Mrs Palin is successful. But she does not earn my respect, nor that of many others except for Mccain’s stubbornly right wing base. I won’t go into the details again because you obviously don’t think such things as inciting racism at rallies or abusing government powers on multiple occasions is “that big a deal”. Additionally, she is likely one of the main reasons Mccain is losing the race.

    So again- I really have a hard time understanding why you have such “respect” for the woman other then that she just conveniently happens to be running on the Republican ticket. I would wager that if she was on Obama’s campaign, you’d be spitting fire and calling her another one of those awful “liberals”.

    Comment by bob — October 31, 2008 @ 4:51 pm | Reply

  2. I respect Ms. Palin because conservatives hear sounds in a different phase from liberals. What I’m hearing has little-to-no bearing at all on what I read being reported. The arguments against her, claiming the reasons for withholding respect make no sense.

    Comment by Punchinello — October 31, 2008 @ 10:07 pm | Reply

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