In an election year, we can be sure of two things: First, the incumbent and his opponent are going to pander to groups where their poll numbers need shoring up. Second, we can count on the mainstream media to function as the de facto PR firm for their favored son, further ginning up whatever problem said politician avers we need to solve, coincidentally ensuring his re-election. In this case, that favored son is President Obama.
The current pandering is aimed squarely at the hearts and minds of women. First, we had the contraceptive debate designed to whip us into a frenzy and now, suddenly, and as if it had not occurred to anyone else before him, the President deigns to tell us women we are not cookie cutter people and need to be dealt with as individuals. Will this political pander work? Of course it will. If I’d learned anything in 2008, it is that women have an endless capacity to settle for crumbs rather than standing up to claim the cake. That is the only way we could have witnessed the more qualified female candidate dragged through the mud, only to watch Ms. Magazine offer up a cover photo of Mr. Obama and declare, “This Is What a Feminist Looks Like.”
The real war on women is something entirely different than we are led to believe. It cannot be contained in soundbites and certainly will not be explained in worthy fashion by someone who advantaged himself at every turn by the sexist rhetoric that was used to take down his worthy primary opponent. In the name of changing the narrative and reclaiming the debate, my book Dirty Words On Clean Skin asks us all to examine the daily media and political brainwashing that deliberately shames, marginalizes and abuses women. I am so pleased to launch my website to further this cause…please help it to go viral!
Also on the website is a video that shares more information about the book — and why it advantages all of us to get involved:
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