Thursday, April 05, 2007

Nice Symbol of Male Oppression There, Granny.

"I am very pleased that after 200-plus years in the United States we finally have a (woman) speaker. It took us a long time," Pelosi said when asked how she felt about sitting in a place from which Saudi women are excluded." (source)
Please, please, please, please PLEASE tell me I'm having a nightmare that an American woman - who has been afforded all the bounties the United States has to offer in spades- hasn't just gone to the most repressive country in the entire world and compared their treatment of women to the fact that the US hasn't had a female Speaker of the House until now.
Please tell me this scrappy little feminist who scratched and clawed her way to third-in-line-to-the-Presidency hasn't just implied in a country where it's legal to for men to beat women, force them into arranged marriages, keep them covered from head to toe, shoot them for being accused of committing adultery, and hang them for being raped, that America can relate to the fact that women cannot hold public office.


It's Me, Maven... said...

Here's one for ya... how free is our country afterall?

Pakistan and India, both third world countries not known for being the most-open minded towards the fairer sex, have BOTH had Prime Ministers in charge of their countries, BOTH women; yet here in the open minded U.S. of A., we have yet to do the same.

Zelda said...

But that doesn't have anything to do with freedom, Maven. There is nothing in our laws that prohibits a woman from running for any office. And having a woman lead the country in no way guarantees freedom.