Chicks Are Stupid
The Never-Ending Primary Season Rages On….
As you probably know by now, Tuesday was an exciting day for the Clinton campaign. Once again, she managed to come from behind and win primaries in Texas, Ohio, and Rhode Island, leaving Senator Obama with only the state of Vermont to claim. John McCain surprised no one at all by winning all four primaries and Mike Huckabee has finally decided to drop out of the race. When Huckabee made his announcement I felt a surge of unexpected sadness. Everyone has known since Super Tuesday that McCain would get the nomination, but with Huckabee still hanging around the Republican primary season was, well…entertaining. But with no Huckster, we’re just left with Gramps McCain, who seems to be more creepy than funny. Sad.
Now that the primary coverage is out of the way, let’s move along to other things….
Don’t Project Your Own Inadequacies on Your Entire Gender, K, Char?
Last Sunday, the Washington Post made a stellar lapse in judgment by running an editorial called “We Scream, We Swoon, How Dumb Can We Get?” by a woman named Charlotte Allen who has been infuriating members of the non-rich-white-male population for years. I mean, this is a woman who once claimed Katrina was the best thing to happen to New Orleans because all those lazy welfare-dependent schlubs had to leave town and learn to support themselves. I used to read her work back in the days when I loved being whipped into a frenzy by the anti-feminist rhetoric spewed by writers at the Independent Women’s Forum, but I generally don’t subject myself to that sort of nonsense anymore. Until, of course, the Post decided to print Allen’s recent article about how women are stupid. Her basis for thinking women are stupid? Women are bad drivers. Women have smaller brains. Women read stupid books. Women watch Grey’s Anatomy. Women buy Celine Dion CDs. And last, but not least, women are dumb because Charlotte Allen is bad at math and owns a lot of shoes. And what exactly is her solution to this rampant female stupidity? “…relax, enjoy the innate abilities most of us possess (as well as the ones fewer of us possess) and revel in the things most important to life at which nearly all of us excel: tenderness toward children and men and the weak and the ability to make a house a home…Then we could shriek and swoon and gossip and read chick lit to our hearts’ content and not mind the fact that way down deep, we are . . . kind of dim.”
Now, I’m not the only one who was a little miffed by this article. In fact, enough people complained about it that the WaPo editor responsible for printing the article had to release a statement saying it was all just a joke. Charlotte Allen didn’t mean that women are actually stupid.
I have a tip for you, WaPo, if you’re going to go to all the trouble to tell people that an article was tongue-in-cheek, don’t give the writer an open forum to answer questions about the article in which she insists that she was totally serious. I don’t think the online Q & A proved that women are stupid, but it does appear that Charlotte Allen is more than “kind of dim”.
It’s Never too Late to Re-wrap That Precious Gift
I stumbled upon this article on MSNBC about born-again virgins, and although I’m sure we’ve all heard about this, I thought I would bring it up here because…well…because it’s kind of funny. The article begins with the story of Victoria Watts of Canton, Ohio. Watts is a 23-year old single mother of two who insists that although she lost her virginity seven years ago, she has now been revirginized. Her basis for taking back her virginity? She wants her future husband to have a “whole person”. Watts opted for spiritual re-flowering, but some women are making the choice to have their hymens surgically reattached to be more realistically virginal. I first heard about this trend as it related to women in foreign countries who risk honor killing or public shaming if someone were to discover they’d gotten it on before getting married. These women undergo the surgery out of a legitimate fear for their physical well-being. It’s sad, but it makes sense in the context of those cultures.
I grew up with all the abstinence till marriage rhetoric, so I know how most of it goes, but the concept of second virginity has never made sense to me–even back when I was honoring my True Love Waits pledge and wearing a chastity ring (which, oddly enough, broke shortly before my hymen did).
What I don’t get is people who just decide to recycle their virginity. I mean, honestly, can you really do that? The answer, of course, is no. Sex is just an experience like any other. You can say you’ve never driven a car before, but you still know what it feels to be behind the wheel. And aside from dependence on the completely unreliable hymen, there’s no way to tell if a woman is a virgin or not. There’s certainly no way to tell if a man is. Yet there are people who insist on telling themselves they’ve been revirginated despite the fact that it’s…well…impossible.
And on that note, I recommend you check out the ladies of Broad Comedy performing “I’m Saving My Hymen for Jesus”.
My New Favorite Condom Ads
This has absolutely nothing to do with anything, but the virginity talk got me thinking about doing the nasty, which reminded me of these fantastic new ads for Durex condoms. Personally, I’m in love with this campaign.