Monday, October 26, 2015

And the Woman of the Year Award Goes to… a Man?

What’s the most important quality the mainstream media looks for in its “Woman of the Year” candidates?

That’s what it takes to be an admirable female… a fake female.

As political reporter and commentator Nicole Russell put it, this is an endorsement of “the idea that men are better at being women than we are.” And it’s not the first time it’s happened. As she reminds us, it wasn’t that long ago New York Magazine declared transgender Martine Rothblatt “the highest-paid female CEO” in the U.S.

Doesn’t say much for feminism today when a real woman can’t even win a competition meant exclusively for women.

Personally, I don’t see how feminism has made any meaningful strides in decades. Not when young women are taught how to talk the talk, spouting platitudes about female empowerment while doing the very opposite in desperately seeking to meet men’s supposed sexual fantasies in order to feel better about themselves.

I mean, come on. We’re portrayed horrendously in movies, music and other artistic outlets. Even when they’re promoting girl-power, they still make sure it’s dressed up in unrealistically sexy packages. Take Avengers’ heroine Black Widow, who can take just about anyone in a fight… clad in skin-tight black leather that shows off every curve and crevice she has.

In politics, we have women like Nancy Pelosi, who say that having the right to kill your unborn baby is the epitome of feminism. And in the news are a too-often steady stream of women who lie about getting raped to punish the guys they willingly slept with.

I suppose with so many public profile women – from Beyoncé to Hillary Clinton – acting so utterly uninspiring these days, it’s no wonder the always screwed-up mainstream media has to go outside the actual gender pool to tout feminism.

It’s that pathetic. And apparently, ladies, so are we.

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