American Woman, Mama, Let Me Be

17 Sep

Since I’ve been in this country, I’ve taken a fair amount of ribbing about being American. Fair enough. There are many things that America has been responsible for, especially in recent times, that anyone with half a brain would recognise as shameful.

That’s why I was so proud of Americans when they voted in Barack Obama as their first African-American president.  So often, being the first of a certain race or gender to get into a position of power is only possible if one is extremely conservative; well, I say conservative but of course what I mean is pure evil. They break barriers, but the legacies they leave behind them are disastrous. So when, in November 2008, Americans voted in a black man who is intelligent, thoughtful, liberal and not pure evil, I was well-impressed.

Now it’s time for American women to step up to the plate and say, Yes, we can, too. Sarah Palin will always bear the honours of being the first female Alaskan governor and GOP candidate for the vice-presidency—we can’t change her Wikipedia entry now. But what I was hoping to see was sensible American women getting themselves together and making their voices heard. Alas, this has not occurred.

In fact the very opposite has happened and it’s getting my goat something proper. Have a scan of the US political news and the women you will see they are even scarier than Mrs Thatcher because, in addition to being evil, they are also ignorant as all get out (a combination even more dangerous than Pop Rocks and 7-Up ).

American women, as one of your own, I beg of you, do not let the Brewers, the Palins, the O’Donnells and the Bachmanns speak for you. What are you waiting for—things to get worse? When people in other countries picture an American woman’s face, don’t let it be one wearing those ridiculous spectacles. Put an intelligent American woman into office.

Do it for Susan B Anthony. Do it for Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Do it for your children. Do it for yourselves.

And for Christ’s sake, do it for me. Do you know how hard it is for an American woman to get laid around here these days?

2 Responses to “American Woman, Mama, Let Me Be”

  1. Michael Tuesday, 21 September 2010 at 12:07 #

    But on the other hand, the people get what the people want. Frightening eh?

  2. Emily Wednesday, 22 September 2010 at 00:22 #

    A very wise post, as always, Agatha!

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