Carol Platt Liebau: What NOW Doesn't Get

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

What NOW Doesn't Get

College student Samantha Soller is a living example of the witty, clever women the feminists are repulsing through their outdated and increasingly pathetic efforts at solidary and actvism. After attending NOW's Young Feminist Summit, Miss Soller writes insightfully:

It was painfully apparent that at the Young Feminist Summit, a majority of attendees were at least well into their 50s. I would argue that young women like me, a 19-year-old Bucknell University sophomore, aren’t turned off by the political aspect of feminism. Many college students are actively involved in politics, but we are reluctant to join a movement dedicated to bashing men, degrading our bodies, and obsessing with sex.

The feminists doubtless won't listen -- but they should.


Blogger Marshall Art said...

WOW! Some parents are getting their money's worth. Smart kid.

9:39 PM  
Blogger JillMartin said...

Bucknell is in the middle of no place and no where, a little Victorian town with a population of 5,500. The experience might have been better with a chapter in a major city.

If the fat white old republican males continue to attempt to control women and their bodies, they will need to organize as they've recently done in South Dakota.

10:48 PM  
Blogger wile e coyote said...


Almost all of the article is devoted to the national conference. The author states that part of what she learned from the conference is that her Bucknell experience compared similarly to what experienced at the national level.

What do you intend by your backhand slap at "a little Victorian town with a population of 5,500?" That the author is an unenlightened victim of false conciousness? That her views and experiences are isolated, backward and parochial and therefore not to be credited?

The author basically says that the Empress has no clothes. You might disagree the author's conclusions, but to belittle her is, well, sexist.

7:47 AM  
Blogger COPioneer said...

Michael Medved has an excellent article related to the topic of gender.

I'll add that the people who live in small town America aren't at all like the sheeple that live in the Big City. The Big City people believe they are so much more superior because they are worldly and sophisticated. It's such a veneer of crap.

8:46 AM  
Blogger HouseOfSin said...

Carol -

What NOW doesn't get is the concept of change. Their precepts and indignations probably were valid once upon a time. Offhand, I would say about 1966.

However, things change. Moreover, the rate of change today is higher than it was then.

Republicans seem to have gotten this image of being crusty and old-fashioned, but NOW in particular is the one who seems stuck in the past while NRO is quite edgy.

9:07 AM  
Blogger JillMartin said...


EXCUSE ME!!!!!!! I skimmed the article and thought she had just attended one of their campus recruiting visits from a local chapter. The reason I did this was that by her tone it appeared she had a very bad experience. My city chapter is full of leaders from the comunity as well as highly successful business executives, managers and owners. They do not sit around male bashing or crying in their soup or have spiked hair and tatoos.

However, it now seems that the author is unnusal .....

Samantha Soller’s room is like no ordinary young woman’s. Her walls and ceiling are plastered with conservative propaganda including signs and bumper stickers which read things like “I Love Capitalism” and “Stop Killing Babies,” a full-size American flag, and an enormous poster of her hero, Ronald Reagan.

9:07 AM  
Blogger wile e coyote said...


In the future, please let us know when you are commenting on something you have only just skimmed so we know to skim over your comment.

Wherefore the value-laden and negative terms you use in describing the author's room? Rather than combatting her ideas with ideas, you once again try to belittle her with attacks on her person. (Or are you skimming again?)

Or maybe you now set yourself up as the arbiter of what is "unusual", "ordinary", "propanganda", etc., for young women?

I thought feminism was about creating options for women that would respect diversity and allow women to explore and express their true selves.

Comparing the stated ideals and the actual practice of feminists brings to mind the line from the comic strip Pogo, "We have met the enemy, and [s]he is us!" [Bracketed language added]

9:36 AM  
Blogger JillMartin said...


Complain to the Clare Boothe Lucy Policy Institute, were the discription of the author originates from.

10:08 AM  
Blogger Marshall Art said...

You obviously agree with it or you wouldn't have posted it. What propaganda do you have in YOUR room? And does your mother know it's there?

10:59 PM  
Blogger Marshall Art said...

You obviously agree with it or you wouldn't have posted it. What propaganda do you have in YOUR room? And does your mother know it's there?

11:00 PM  

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