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Thanks, But We've Heard Quite Enough About Nancy Pelosi's Womb
By Joshua Holland
Posted on January 15, 2007, Printed on January 15, 2007
During the course of American history, tens of thousands of mostly male politicians have given speeches, accepted nominations and taken part in countless other public events surrounded by their families. Cute, usually white families are as ubiquitous to the political photo-op as are the American flags hanging in the background.
All of them wore clothes, and most of those clothes were, presumably, expensive (and sometimes even fashionable). And among the tens of thousands of fully-clothed politicians who have preceded the new Speaker of the House, the vast majority of them had: A) genitalia, and B) kids and/or grandkids.
In fact, the only difference between Nancy Pelosi's press opportunities and those of her predecessors is her failure to possess one teeny little Y chromosome while holding them.
So let's be clear. Every time you write some nonsense about Pelosi's status as a grandmother, her reproductive organs or what friggin' shawl she's wearing (all amusing links), you are not demonstrating how Democrats pander to women, aren't serious about Iraq, are hypocritical about abortion or any of the other points you might think you're scoring; you're proving only what has long been apparent: at heart, you're a bunch of completely unreformed, misogynistic troglodytes better suited to the 19th century than the 21st.
This is, of course, a roundabout way of informing you that we fully understand that the new Speaker is a woman, and asking you to kindly STFU about her "feminine attributes" already.
Joshua Holland is a staff writer at Alternet and a regular contributor to The Gadflyer.