Sherry A. Phillips

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There really is a war on women!

In this politicized climate of left versus right, both sides are claiming the other has declared a War on Women!

I believe there really is a war on women; however, I don’t think it’s coming from the left or the right, but each other.

First, I will go down the political road for just a moment. Four years ago, when Sarah Palin was named as the Vice Presidential pick for the GOP, conservatives everywhere rejoiced. She was the sitting governor of Alaska and was the most popular governor in America. She was known to not only take on the left, but the people of her own party when she didn’t think they were on the straight and narrow.

No matter what side you are on politically, anyone who watched what happened to her, should be appalled. Could John McCain have picked a more suitable candidate? Did he choose her to gain Hillary supporters by selecting a woman? Probably. However, I don’t believe any Vice Presidential candidate ever has had to go through what that woman did.

Most of us remember the Katie Couric interview and the question, “What newspapers do you read?” Really? What newspapers do you read? Was President Obama or Joe Biden ever asked that question? Anyone want to bet Paul Ryan or Mitt Romney will never be asked that question as anything but a joke?

For all of the Democrats’ narrative about Governor Palin, you don’t get to where she is politically and be governor of a state by being dumb. She was sexualized in photoshopped images and millions today still believe she said she could see Russia from her house.

That’s just one example of how women are turning on other women. Let’s talk pregnancy and babies for a moment. This week, personal trainer to the stars, Tracy Anderson, criticized moms who weren’t back in size 0 jeans six weeks after giving birth. This is the same woman who told Jennifer Aniston to eat baby food to lose weight and advocates a restrictive 800 calorie diet while doing cardio for 2 hours a day. She also doesn’t believe a woman should be lifting weights any heavier than 3 pounds. Because, I don’t know, it might make them strong or something.

We’re apparently supposed to be waif-like creatures that a strong wind can blow away.

Look at how everyone has laughed and made fun of Jessica Simpson for her 70 pound pregnancy weight gain or how Bryce Dallas Howard was ridiculed not only in media outlets, but the comment sections in the stories were absolutely brutal. And most of the comments were from other women.

Now we have the Republican Party adopting a platform that says all abortion should be illegal, even in the case of rape or incest, or if the mother’s health is in danger. This comes on the heels of Republican candidate Todd Akin claiming we women have a magic uterus that will prevent pregnancy if we are raped. And if we get pregnant when we’re raped? Well, obviously, it wasn’t a legitimate rape, and we must have wanted it on some level.

Yesterday, I ran across a story of BIC’s new pens “for women.” They’re all soft and pretty. Here are a few of the funnier comments left for BIC about their new product:

Butch McCassidy wrote:
Oh. My. God. I’ve been doing it all wrong. There was me thinking I didn’t need to worry about whether my writing implement sufficiently reflected my gender. Thank you so much Bic for showing me the error of my ways. Perhaps Bic will also bring out a new range of pink (or purple) feminine spanners, screwdrivers, electric drills and angle grinders so that I can carry out my job as a bicycle mechanic without further embarrassing myself? Luckily my male colleagues have managed to keep their disapproval of my use of their masculine tools to themselves. I’m so ashamed. And re-educated as to my place in society. Thanks again Bic!

kitchenwench:

I was recently given a box of these as a gift from my husband, but I have no idea what to do with them! They’re too thin to make a good rolling pin. I can’t ladle out my soups with them. And the tiny point doesn’t even make a dent when I try to use one to chop veggies! I don’t get it. If I can’t use it in the kitchen, what the hell am I supposed to do with one???

And this gentleman:

We’re all joking about this, naturally (a woman using a pen – ridiculous!), but this could have serious implications. What’s next, ladies attending universities? Pens to encourage literacy in the lower orders? The modern world is a mad place indeed.

Amazon, I do hope you’re scrupulous in only selling these to married men to give to their wives. To be used under strict supervision and with a doctor’s note of consent.

Seriously, what decade is this, because it’s feeling an awful lot like the 1950’s lately.

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