Friday, July 15, 2005

Ladies vs. Women -- More Dirty Words

So, today's Times editorial calls for an end to the exploitation of women in the military, particularly in Abu Ghraib and Camp Gitmo. As I mentioned briefly in a past post, it is acceptable to make homosexuality a dirty thing, and I've also expressed my disdain at using things associated with the female; i.e. allure, menstrual blood, as instruments of torture, er, coercion.

Now, I wonder to myself, about conservative women who support this kind of crap. Not just the whole "sex is dirty" mess, or even the "women shouldn't serve in the military because they're not cut out for it" foolishness, but the strongly held belief that woman bad, lady good.

In Googling the phrase "lady vs. woman," I came across a bulletin board with a cute joke on it. Eseentially, it's a collection of things a lady would do, and what a woman would do. Here's just one:

Ladies - Stuff a miniature marshmallow in the bottom of a sugar cone to prevent drips.
Real Women - Just suck the ice cream out of the bottom of the cone, for Pete's sake. You are probably lying on the couch, with your feet up, eating it anyway.
So, a lady would never get messy, or make herself comfortable, or behave in an aggressive, caveman-ish way (really, just never be aggressive). A woman would do what a man would, and just eat the damn cone without a care in the world. A lady concerns herself with what others think, a woman doesn't.

I'm being a bit flip, but my point is that just as we use the "homosexual" brand as humiliation, we use "female" in the same way. We stick to Eve's tragically poor judgement in the Garden as reason to think of woman as less-than, as evil. We cling to Eve's creation as an afterthought (made from one of Adam's ribs, in the original act of cloning, by the way, but I digress, as a companion to Adam) to justify and maintain not-quite-equal status in society. And, we even pass on the legend that pain in childbirth and menstrual cramping as punishment for forcing Adam (yeah, right) to eat the famous apple that brought us poor humans into the blight we now live in. In spite of test after test, and living example after example, that in most things, women are not inferior to men, we still use the vagina as a weapon and wedge.

Aack. I could be really weary, and get in bed and never leave. I think I feel better about being a woman after this snippet of the aforementioned lady vs. woman joke:

Ladies - Cure for headaches: Take a lime, cut it in half and rub it on your
forehead. The throbbing will go away.
Real Woman - Take a lime, mix it with tequila, chill and drink. You might
still have the headache, but who cares


Blogger It's Me, Maven... said...

Personally, I think they are trying to villify (sp?) women in the military, especially something as explosively exploitative as the white-devil-she-woman-to-muslim-captive sexual harrassment. It's one more gallon of gas on the flame of hatred that muslim-dominated countries have for us. What better person to hang out to dry than a woman? They even detailed Lyndie's pregnancy--out of wedlock in the news way back when. WHO THE FUCK CARES? They just have to make a case that she's got no morals... and not that long ago, they were even trying to get Condi to take the 'rap regarding knowing 9-11 was going to happen... what with all those briefs etc. Wouldn't it be a hoot somewhere sometime down the line in the future, to find out that all of those photos in the media had been photo shopped, never actually happened? Color me paranoid, but have you ever seen the movie, "Wag the Dog?" Hey... it could happen!

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