Thursday, October 04, 2007

Take away voting rights from those silly little bitches

Ann Coulter quoted by Think Progress:
Earlier this week, Ann Coulter told The New York Observer that she believes women shouldn’t have the right to vote:

If we took away women’s right to vote, we’d never have to worry about another Democrat president. It’s kind of a pipe dream, it’s a personal fantasy of mine, but I don’t think it’s going to happen. And it is a good way of making the point that women are voting so stupidly, at least single women.

Ann reminds me of the Serena Joy character in The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood: (my bold)
Though Serena had been an advocate for traditional values and the establishment of the Gileadean state, her bitterness at the outcome—being confined to the home and having to see her husband copulating with a Handmaid—suggests that spokeswomen for anti-feminist causes might not enjoy getting their way as much as they believe they would. Serena’s obvious unhappiness means that she teeters on the edge of inspiring our sympathy, but she forfeits that sympathy by taking out her frustration on Offred. She seems to possess no compassion for Offred. She can see the difficulty of her own life, but not that of another woman.

The climactic moment in Serena’s interaction with Offred comes when she arranges for Offred to sleep with Nick. It seems that Serena makes these plans out of a desire to help Offred get pregnant, but Serena gets an equal reward from Offred’s pregnancy: she gets to raise the baby. Furthermore, Serena’s offer to show Offred a picture of her lost daughter if she sleeps with Nick reveals that Serena has always known of Offred’s daughter’s whereabouts. Not only has she cruelly concealed this knowledge, she is willing to exploit Offred’s loss of a child in order to get an infant of her own. Serena’s lack of sympathy makes her the perfect tool for Gilead’s social order, which relies on the willingness of women to oppress other women. She is a cruel, selfish woman, and Atwood implies that such women are the glue that binds Gilead.

4 comments:

Sorghum Crow said...

Shorter Ann Coulter: "Silly girls, votes are for boys."

whig said...

Gilead is also the name of Donald Rumsfeld's old company.

Steve Bates said...

Rumsfeld? really? is the company an arms manufacturer or supplier? I.e., is there no bomb in Gilead? (Yes, you're right. I have no shame.)

Atwood is a genius. Handmaid's Tale is enough to convince me of that, and I've acquired some of her other books to read.

Coulter is... Coulter is self-parody; there's no other reasonable explanation. It is a truism that some people will do anything for attention; I believe she has set out to test the limits of that statement.

ellroon said...

Mustn't worry our fluffy little heads about things of importance. Would put wrinkles into our dainty faces!

I wonder if Ann really would like to live in the world for women that she's advocating. For one thing, it's really hard to give speeches from under a burka....