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End of November Rant

I maintain a list of blog ideas to write about.  Today I’m going to spend a short time ranting on a few of them, just in time for the Holidays!

#1.  I don’t really give a flying fuck that some General had an affair.  The only reason this is news is because our warped news media has decided it is news.  Many other Generals and politicians cheat on their partners.  It happens ALL THE TIME.  What people do behind closed doors is their business.  Certainly if he is giving out state secrets to his lovers, that is a different story, but I could really care less about the whole drama.  And it is weird that it is the man who is called out for cheating but his mistress isn’t?  She has a spouse too.  As Joe Nocera wrote in his Op-Ed in The New York Times, “the Petraeus scandal could well end up teaching some very different lessons. If the most admired military man in a generation can have his e-mail hacked by F.B.I. agents, then none of us are safe from the post-9/11 surveillance machine. And if an affair is all it takes to force such a man from office, then we truly have lost all sense of proportion” (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/17/opinion/nocera-hacking-general-petraeus.html?_r=0).  To fight this loss of proportion, don’t spend any time watching the news about this stupid story while a war between Israel and Palestine rages–AGAIN.
#2. The fact that stores were allowed to go around Blue Laws and open on Thanksgiving night just represents the sad state of this country.  We are so obsessed with consumerism that we can’t even pause for a DAY to be with friends and family.  I mean, you can take all that crap with you to the grave, right?  Whoever dies with the most toys wins, right?
#3.  Sophia Vergara, of one of my favorite television shows, Modern Family, stars in a horrible commercial for KMart where she  transforms women in a library with their fall 2012 collection called “Smart is Sexy.”  She takes these dowdy “librarian-looking” women and “sexes” them up.  So the message to girls here is that you can spend a lot of time and money on clothes and make-up looking sexy but it doesn’t mean you can’t be smart, too. It saddens me when role models, like her, cave to the themes of modern media.  
#4.  Susan Venker’s article “The War on Men” made me throw up in my mouth.  This writer has run into scores of men who say they don’t want to get married because “women aren’t women anymore.”  She continues by stating that the media and all the books and even television put women front and center and put men and children in the “backseat.”  WHAT?  Clearly Ms Venker has not done any research on the representation of women in the media.  She says that men are tired of being blamed for women’s happiness.  Men are pissed off because they are unable to support their families because it is in their DNA.  WHAT?  Women FINALLY are outnumbering men in college and the workforce and it’s so sad because men want to “love” women, not “compete with them.”  WHAT?  She goes on to say that feminism has allowed men to have sex at “hello” and live with their girlfriends with no responsibilities.  THIS is what feminism has given to men?  Are you fucking kidding me.  But her simple answer to this problem is this:  “women have the power to turn everything around.  All they have to do is surrender to their nature–their femininity–and let men surrender to theirs.”  (Venker article).  Mostly, I wonder what editors even think this writing is worthy of being published and factual in anyway.  I’ll let you read the full article yourself, but make sure it isn’t right after breakfast. 
#5.  I want to end on a positive.  Please shop local.  It’s a movement we can all get behind.  My goal this year is to try to by presents for my friends and family that are locally made and hand made.  
Fortunately, there is good news: women have the power to turn everything around. All they have to do is surrender to their nature – their femininity – and let men surrender to theirs.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/11/24/war-on-men/#ixzz2DWMB7mLt

It has also undermined their ability to become self-sufficient in the hopes of someday supporting a family. Men want to love women, not compete with them. They want to provide for and protect their families – it’s in their DNA. But modern women won’t let them.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/11/24/war-on-men/#ixzz2DWKrtDaf

All the articles and books (and television programs, for that matter) put women front and center, while men and children sit in the back seat. But after decades of browbeating the American male, men are tired. Tired of being told there’s something fundamentally wrong with them. Tired of being told that if women aren’t happy, it’s men’s fault.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/11/24/war-on-men/#ixzz2DWJrufha

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/11/24/war-on-men/#ixzz2DWJrufha

All the articles and books (and television programs, for that matter) put women front and center, while men and children sit in the back seat. But after decades of browbeating the American male, men are tired. Tired of being told there’s something fundamentally wrong with them. Tired of being told that if women aren’t happy, it’s men’s fault.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/11/24/war-on-men/#ixzz2DWJrufha

All the articles and books (and television programs, for that matter) put women front and center, while men and children sit in the back seat. But after decades of browbeating the American male, men are tired. Tired of being told there’s something fundamentally wrong with them. Tired of being told that if women aren’t happy, it’s men’s fault.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/11/24/war-on-men/#ixzz2DWJrufha

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Scandal

The ABC Series, Scandal, now in it’s second season, is a must watch for any feminist supporting television watcher. I will provide you with three reasons you really should watch this show. 

First, Kerry Washington, the lead actor, who plays Olivia Price, is the first female Black lead on a major network since the 1974 show Get Christie Love starring Teresa Graves.  Other shows with leading Black women have included cable’s TNT’s HawthoRNe produced and starring Jada Pinkett Smith and HBOs The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency starring Jill Scott. Both of these drama’s were short-lived, with HawthoRNe pulled after three seasons.  Diahann Carroll was the first African-American woman to star in a sitcom, Julia, which debuted on ABC in 1968 and ran for three years.

Next, Scandal is also the first dramatic network television series written and produced by an African-American woman for an African-American woman in the lead role. Shonda Rhimes, the creator, head writer, and producer of Grey’s Anatomy and it’s spin-off, Private Practice is a role model for other women in television writing and production.  Another first is the show’s inspiration, Judy Smith, Washington, D.C. crisis communications pro, now co-executive producer of the show.  Smith served as Special Assistant and Deputy Press Secretary under the first Bush Administration earning a “reputation for being straightforward, honest and hard working,” along with being “instrumental in . . . controversies surrounding the nomination of Clarence Thomas . . . and the Gulf War.” Smith started a company “Smith & Company,” specializing in crisis management and media relations.  Some of her clients include Monica Lewinski and Michael Vick.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judy_Smith

The third reason you should watch this show is because it is really good.  It is a political thriller with twists and turns that constantly leave you guessing.  I have only watched part of Season two and am counting the hours until the weekend when I can get caught up on the rest of the season as well as finding a way to watch Season one.  

I owe my inspiration for this blog to my friend and colleague, Cynthia Cummings, who encouraged me to watch the show as part of my exploration into women’s miss-representation. 

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