is anyone else sort of bothered by the idea that women just want candidates to be nice? everyone this morning is saying that maybe men liked that combative thing, but women would be disturbed bcause it was so impolite. maybe i'm just not hanging out with the extremely polite women who never want to engage in or witness a conflict. maybe that is some sort of norm from the victorian era, but for real? now, even if you had a completely retrograde interpretation of gender - or especially if you did - you could read the whole thing differently. see, women say they are looking for a nice, polite, responsible person. but who do they actually screw, eh? answer me that! oh that nasty delinquent etc. so perhaps if one of these guys goes completely off the rails into hyper-aggression and extreme rudeness and macho posturing, he'd poll extremely poorly among women, and get their votes. of course, i would myself never say such a thing, tantamount to an endorsement of manifest destiny.
can women really have it all? oh i don't know; this question, whatever it means or whyever y'all keep worrying about it, has persisted for decades. it's a sort of jingle; in fact it literally is a michelob lite ad from 1993. possibly, you can't have it all because you can't stop saying the same things in unison over decades, whether they actually have any significance or not. i'd give you it all if i could distinguish amongst you and actually pick one of you out. you need to cultivate some verbal skills or possibly some imagination. or possibly you might want to acknowledge your own finitude, though i realize that that might slightly compromise your elephantine self-esteem. possibly not, however, because your self-esteem - as your therapist recommended - does not vary at all with your actions or any aspect of reality. in the words of ann romney: i love you women! remember, you (and here i'm using your collective 'you' that doesn't actually engage any of your particular features or qualities, of course) are beautiful, or you would be, if 'you' referred to anyone. anyway, if you really need it all, or could really make use of it all, take it all.
speaking of 'the war on women": even after santorum has taken a relentless pummeling on 'women's issues' (=contraception and abortion, at least at the moment), cnn exit polling in illinois shows santorum with 33% of the men, 38% of the women. that is, more republican women than men voted for santorum. your classic more or less second-wave feminism, now fully annexed by the democratic party, understandably wants to portray women as more or less monolithic (um, that's why there was a third wave): they all have the same interests: pro-choice etc. i'll just say: actual women don't necessarily see it that way.
now's the time to whip out false consciousness. awww, don't. been a long day.