May 09, 2008
Posted by Wayne Uff at May 09, 2008 12:48 AM
What exactly does this picture help or prove? Sorry, but gloating is unattractive, especially at the end of a campaign in which the misogyny against her was the best reason to support the candidate.
Making fun of Hillary is misogynist?
Making fun of Sen. Clinton the way that poster does, at this point in the campaign, is misogynist, yes. I don't like her character or political record myself, but that doesn't mean I enjoy mockery whose real target is a more general one: the aggressive older woman. Shit like that also hurts women who fight for things you believe in.
I read that Faludi column & commented on it over at Echidne (in the thread about small dogs, by way of thinking about weak creatures' kinds of power). I don't see what the column has to do with my comment here, but it's worth reading. Faludi has a point about the way women are resented as rule-enforcers more often than they're respected as tough fighters. It's just she forgets that when girls or women do fight straight ahead without regard for the rules, the boys bring unwritten rules crashing down on their heads. If you're female and you choose to fight outright, you don't get to fight one opponent at a time -- you have to fight the referee and the audience too.
Let's get real here. The poster substitutes the image of a senator from New York for the visage of an actor who is famous for projecting a menacing, testoterone-fueled character onto the silver screen. Said senator has spent the last two years attempting to project a menacing, testoterone-fuled image onto the national screen.
Image reflects that.