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NY NOW and identity politics - the perfect example of the marginal organization
Posted by: McQ on Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Another example of how the radical feminist movement further marginalizes itself can be found in the statement from the NY chapter of the National Organization of Women (NY NOW) in which it protests the temerity of Sen. Edward Kennedy's decision to endorse Barack Obama's campaign for the presidency:
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, democrats.com, 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.

“This latest move by Kennedy, is so telling about the status of and respect for women’s rights, women’s voices, women’s equality, women’s authority and our ability – indeed, our obligation - to promote and earn and deserve and elect, unabashedly, a President that is the first woman after centuries of men who ‘know what’s best for us.’”
Yeah, it couldn't at be about a simple political preference could it? Of course, none of this sort of outrage was heard when the serial sexual abuser was working his way through women other than his wife, was there?

Presently NOW is only discussed when it does silly things such as issue statements like that above. Most thinking people have already dismissed the organization as a part of the hypocritical fringe whose only useful remaining function is to remind us why it lives there. And it did that in spades yesterday.
 
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Let me get this straight: Ted Kennedy has a woman drown in his car, and NOW thinks they’ve been betrayed because he’s endorsing Obama?
 
Written By: Steverino
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"And now the greatest betrayal! We are repaid with his abandonment!
Mary Jo Kopechne was not available for comment...
 
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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So deep in their own kaka, purveyors of identity politics can not see the irony of wailing that someone supports another differently identified person. If it is legitimate to support Hillary based only on her gender, then Teddy Kennedy has every right to support Barak Obama, perhaps even an obligation (if you follow the logic of NOW to its unavoidable conclusion).
 
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Wow. Nothing about treating women like sex objects, one of the feminist stock complaints. Between Kennedys (plural), Clinton, and a few others, I am beginning to think those harpies actually like to be dominated and abused.
 
Written By: timactual
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Wow. Nothing about treating women like sex objects, one of the feminist stock complaints.


Spoke too soon
 
Written By: Terry
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Spoke too soon
Yep - gang banging women, that’s what we’re doing if we don’t support Hillary.

Quite a reach the lady has in her metaphors.
 
Written By: looker
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Wait, we go right to gnagbanging?

What about simple violent rape? Why don’t we get to go through that step?
 
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