Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Hillary Reappears

She’s baaaaaack!

Just when we needed a dose of comedy Hillary Clinton has returned. Now, we can amuse ourselves by making fun of Hillary.

Apparently, Hillary was reinvigorated by the Women’s March. You know, the one that was led by a woman who wants to promote Shariah Law in America. How did it happen that Shariah Law became a feminist wet dream?

In European countries that are ruled by women, Muslim refugees are currently imposing their rules and their standards on the populace, especially on women. When Muslim men are not raping them, that is.

Obviously, the defeat of Hillary Clinton, like Brexit, was a repudiation of woman power… that is, of Angela Merkel.

Kevin Williamson explains why Hillary has become a feminist heroine:

Hillary Rodham Clinton has had an odd career for a feminist icon.

Her main occupation has consisted of being the long-suffering wife of a powerful man, infamous for treating subordinate women as disposable conveniences, who abused her ruthlessly and humiliated her publicly. In exchange for standing by her man, she was given an orphaned Senate seat in New York, where she did not live, and two shots at the presidency, which she lost to an unknown back-bencher from Chicago in 2008 and to a reality-television host in 2016.

Margaret Thatcher she isn’t.

We all favor accomplishment and achievement. We favor it especially in people who have had to jump over hurdles to get to where they are. Thus, we admire Margaret Thatcher and do not respect the no-account Hillary Clinton. HRC collected her titles and job failures because of her sex, not   in spite of it.

What we all want to know is, when Hillary reappeared in public, did she see her shadow?

I leave that for the meteorologists.

But, Hillary did dust off an old feminist-- or, I should say, lesbian separatist-- slogan: “The Future Is Female.” Women around the world were thrilled, and, after all, why not? It’s amusing and entertaining to think that time has a gender. Of course, if women want to fight for dominance with men, good luck with that.

Being a deep thinker, Hillary borrowed the slogan from an old tee shirt.  Don’t say that she isn’t fashion forward. The New York Times has the story:

In October, Cara Delevingne was photographed in Paris wearing a navy sweatshirt that read “The Future Is Female” in clean white text. The same month, Ms. Delevingne’s girlfriend, the musician Annie Clark (a.k.a. St. Vincent), wore the same shirt, paired with a white Chanel bag, to the Chateau Marmont in Hollywood.

The $50 sweatshirt (also available as a $30 T-shirt, baby onesie and enamel pin) has become a sensation on Instagram and Tumblr, inspiring fans to carve the design into pumpkins, render it in needlepoint and dress small children in it. The sweatshirt isn’t the product of some nebulous corporate slogan. Indeed, it has a radical feminist history behind it.

The original “The Future Is Female” T-shirt design was made for Labyris Books, the first women’s bookstore in New York City. The photographer Liza Cowan took a picture of Alix Dobkin, her girlfriend at the time, wearing it in 1975. The photograph was done for a slide show she was working on.

When the design was revived last year Rachel Berks made up a batch of them. They sold out. Berks understood the message:

“It’s thrilling to see people embrace something that came out of the ’70s lesbian separatist moment,” Ms. Berks said. “The shirt is about a reaction to a misogynist and patriarchal culture that affects a lot of people. People are recontextualizing it: trans women, men, moms who have sons.”

More identity politics. It surely sounds as though these people are ready to take over the world.

Happily, Williamson throws some intellectual light on this concept. He notes that the French newspaper Le Figaro embraced Hillary’s idea, though translating it to read: “The future is feminine.” Obviously, no self-respecting American feminist would say such a thing. It would be like pretending that Betty Friedan had never denounced “the feminine mystique.”

But, Williamson continues, the phrase also appeared in French in a novel by enfant terrible, Michel Houllebecq: The Elementary Particles:

Houellebecq, an aging hedonistic intellectual who writes very sad novels about aging hedonistic intellectuals, imagined a future in which sexual rivalry and unhappiness between the sexes both have been abolished with a single master-stroke: the abolition of the human race and its replacement by an engineered successor species that reproduces asexually and is entirely female.

Asexual reproduction, aka parthenogenesis… now that will ensure that the future is female.

Now that Frau Merkel is hard at work Islamizing Europe, Houllebecq offered another dystopian novel, called Submission, in which he imagined what would happen when the female-dominant European governments submit to Islam.

Williamson explains it:

… a near-future France knuckles under to Islam, and aging hedonistic intellectuals, exploiting the fact that professors in France enjoy a much, much higher social status than they do in the United States, go in enthusiastically for polygamy and arranged marriage.

I haven’t read the book so I cannot tell you whether the hedonistic intellectuals also develop a taste for wife beating and honor killings. If you are going to adopt Shariah you should adopt Shariah.

Have a nice day!


Sam L. said...

So, it's a bummer on all counts.

Brookside said...

Women of the left are walking into a wide funnel that narrows gradually until there is no escape.
They scream slogans and carry signs at women's marches but when asked don't know exactly why. Young women are unaware of how tired and rehashed this stuff is.
The totalitarian and Islamist organizers are leading them into the trap, trying to drag the rest of us along with them.
Strong opposition and real life may wake some of them up or at least tire them out. Life goes on.

Trigger Warning said...

Re t-shirt: L'avenir? Feminine? I think not. La victime? Feminine? Always.

And Submission is definitely worth reading. However, typically French, it abandons the field before final resolution of the battle. Sharia is left as an exercise for the reader.

Ignatius Acton Chesterton OCD said...

Hey, when RINO Republicans visit the White House to advicate seriously for a carbon tax as a "free market solution" to the Left's Climate Change dogma, everything is upside down.

The three most loyal Democrat interest groups are the abortionists, environmentalists and teachers unions. The idea that a RINO can appease or give into their demands and gain something -- somehow curry favor or look "respectable, reasonable and intelligent" -- is out of his/her mind. I suspect Williamson is one of them. After all, we know how he feels about us out here in reality.

This is simply more capitulation to the Democrat core argument (Republicans are MEAN!). And government continues to grow, in order to solve all our problems.

Like Brookside says above, these are repackaged old-hat ideas. Whether it's a bunch of women in an ambulatory group catharsis or silly GOPe has-beens advocating a tax on carbon dioxide (in order to combat another fear-mongering globalist sham of Climate Change), it's pure idiocy.

Establishment Republicans look like the Hillary Party, shadows and all. It's Groundhog Day.

Trigger Warning said...

The alliance between abortionists and teachers' unions makes about as much sense as a merger of the Mormon Church with Jack Daniel's. Typical leftist logic.

Anonymous said...

The problem, it seems, is not that these are old rehashed ideas. It's that there is a new generation of 'red meat' for the feminists to get their fangs and claws into. Those of us who are old enough to have "been there, done that, got the t-shirt and threw it in the garbage" fear that young women won't gain wisdom in time to save themselves.

They have been indoctrinated to the point that it is increasingly rare to find a young woman who doesn't beat the drum. It actually fits very nicely with Trigger Warning's alliance of abortionist/teacher. Those who survive are fed the line from kindergarten's safe spaces to Universities' safe spaces.

Anonymous said...

The poet Louis Aragon wrote in 'Le Fou d'Elsa' I believe that" l'avenir de l'homme est la femme, and this phrase was taken up by the singer Jean Ferrat(whose voice I always loved), la femme est l'avenir de l'homme" and even cited Aragon as the source of this song.

Ignatius Acton Chesterton OCD said...

Always remember: the Leftist/liberal' foundational document is "All I Ever Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten" by Robert Fulghum. It is posited as a rational adult application for all society's ills. It summarizes and encapsulates the full Genius of the Madness.

Such people will watch a movie like "Lone Survivor" and are simultaneously inconsolable, babbling, disturbed, exasperated and puzzled. Or, in today's lexicon, triggered. The important question is: Triggered by what?

We live in an age of juvenile, subjective relativism posing as a sophisticated construct for how to build a society. It's simply an impossible proposition. A pity society doesn't operate on stickers and Legos.