Posted at 8:30 AM Feb 18, 2010By Andrea Grimes
This singling out of Pelosi for punching (figuratively, kinda, not really) is one I expect most high-profile female politicians are familiar with, whether we're talking Pelosi, Palin or Clinton. Critics seem to prefer the personal attack, the demeaning mockery or dismissive eye-roll attitude when it comes to women in office--and I'm not saying this doesn't happen to men, because it does, but there's something a little more insidious, often sexual, often infantilizing when its done to women. It's as if there's just no chance of taking anything women say seriously if you disagree with them politically. (I mean, a whole lot of people don't take anything women say seriously, period.)
But this punching bag thing. It's a whole new level. A new level, I'd argue, that's a lot lower than that whole Pelosi-in-effigy business. Per The Hill:
Three famous D.C. residents will be taking a turn as guest "whackers" at the pinata during the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, which starts on Thursday. The guest "whackers" will be at the party, to be held at George in Georgetown. Mary Christopher, outreach coordinator for CivicForumPAC, said the Pelosi piñata will be filled with favorite Pelosi sayings, bills and candy. The party hopes to invite the well-known D.C. residents to smash the piñata first, before others in attendance will be invited to try to take the Speaker down.Oh, well, if only the women are hitting pinatas of women, I guess that makes it okay. Symbolically, I don't appreciate Pelosi being a pinata--something you can totally decimate--and Reid being a punching bag--something that kind of presents a challenge. Then again, per Tim Tebow's Super Bowl commercial, it appears that conservatives think smacking a lady around, even if she agrees with them, is a pretty good laugh. However, though, the pinata also speaks to another theme that is seemingly never going to die: the idea that women hate the success of other women, and that they would love to knock any other woman down a few notches. Just give those angry little ladies a corner where they can catfight, and let the men do the real boxing, right?
"We're hoping to have the females whack the piñata and males try their hand at a Harry Reid punching bag," Christopher said.
And with regard to that supposedly satirical letter, well, if any of you Dolls can make sense of it, let me know in the comments. All I can think of is, "WTF?"