Sunday, May 22, 2011
"Nancy Pelosi's Phallic Gavel..and Women's Liberation"
Note the strange ferrying of the huge gavel that she strangely felt she should carry around in transit to and from the White House. At that very moment Pelosi was the most powerful woman in America. What does it say about a woman who would deflate like a balloon if all the Botox was removed, that she had to carry around a huge phallic symbol as evidence of her power?
Maybe it says that perhaps we have not advanced the liberation of women as much as we had hoped. I thought for sure that recent statistics proved beyond all doubt that women have achieved equal footing in our society. National college statistics show more women are completing a college education than men. During the current recession the National Labor Bureau is reporting that women are keeping their jobs even as men are losing theirs. Federal Title 9 mandates that women's collegiate sports teams must be funded, even if the programs don't draw enough spectator revenue and even if the costs involved forces the cessation of men's sports programs. Even the majority of social safety net programs are designed primarily to benefit women.
How is it then that we have the most powerful woman in the United States feeling that she must wield an over-sized, almost phallic, gavel to prove she's "in charge". Was Pelosi so insecure that she felt a need for artificial "power devices" to hold her own?
If the most powerful woman in Congress feels the need for such artifice what does that say about the average female worker in America? Are all women feeling the need to wield the phallic challenge?
The gains made by women in the workplace and in our society over the past forty years has been truly astounding! I personally would like to see a woman conservative elected as President! But, for god's sake, how much is enough? While I'm sure most women have no designs on our "uniqueness", a certain circle of women do indeed seem to want to castrate the men and wield the "results" for all to see. Must we men surrender our penises to women as well?
Then again, perhaps I'm all wrong about this; I saw the Current Speaker of the House, John Boehner, take that huge gavel from Pelosi on the day he was installed....and he seemed to enjoy wielding it as well! Maybe it's just a "power" fetish of which both parties are guilty.
No matter, let's call a truce; we men will allow you to keep what is rightfully yours and you allow us to keep what is ours and "Viva La Difference!". For now anyway...after all...in an earlier blog I admitted "In Fifty Years We'll All Be Chicks".