Hilary Rosen defenders look to 1960s “male chauvinist pigs” for support

I’m seeing a terribly funny new meme on Facebook, aimed at explaining away Hilary Rosen’s statement that Ann Romney, who raised five children, fought breast cancer, and has MS, has never worked a day in her life. Friends are posting things to the effect that, while parenting is “work,” it’s not a “job.” From this I gather that it’s only a job if you get paid for it.

I’m old enough to recall a time when feminists went absolutely ballistic at men who denigrated their housework by saying that it wasn’t really a “job” because they weren’t getting paid for it. In other words, women trying to defend Rosen’s statement have had to fall back upon what the famous “male chauvinist pigs” of the 1960s and 1970s used to say about women. All of which proves, once again, that there’s nothing more regressive than a Progressive.

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  • MacG

    You see Book it is an OK argument to make because the right people are saying it now. 

    Like the feminist argument that ‘men’s’ magazines objectified women in 50’s and 60’s and 70’s but now that women are ‘liberated’ they are no longer objects and free to pose and show all.  Women choose of their own volition to sell their flesh (at least images of it) it is now ok as if men were abducting and forcing the likes of Marylin Monore to pose in Playboy.  What they don’t seem to understand is that they become via excercising their ‘feminist’ choice, enablers of the men who are prone to objectify by willfully providing the objects (photographs) for the objectifying magazines or is that now liberating magazines?  What changed? Women’s perception of women or of men?

  • http://OgBlog.net Earl

    I know that no one ever lost money betting on the stupidity of the American People, but Hillary Rosen did NOT say that Ann Romney had never “held a job”…..she said that Ann Romney had “never worked a day in her life”.
    She owns it, baby…..and all the spinning in the world will only convince those who don’t need any convincing, anyway. The rest of us heard what she said – and we will remember.
    I believe that what’s going on is that when this crowd gets rattled, even in a minor way, the veneer that covers up their true selves — Chicago pols — cracks, and we get a glimpse of the real person.  I suspect that if the race is close, and if the GOP nominee will say things that strike home, the whole country is going to learn some things about the President and his cronies that those turkeys have kept well-hidden up until now. 
    I can hardly wait until they begin to act reflexively – pass the popcorn, please!!


    Oh hell, they look to the 1960’s to justify everything. It speaks volumes about the last fifty years – they haven’t read a single volume of history. What a bunch of Dicks and Janes.   

  • JKB

    I know it is only for my own amusement but I really want to see the video with Obama’s buddy Ayers trampling the flag, Rosen attacking moms and we have this quote from Michelle Obama

    The truth is, in order to get things like universal health care and a revamped education system, then someone is going to have to give up a piece of their pie so that someone else can have more. 

    It is not often a candidate is against the flag, mom and apple pie.  Comedy gold

    Show me the person you honor, for I know better by that the kind of person you are. For you show me what your idea of humanity is. 
    Thomas Carlyle 


    JKB – Quick. Get the comedy gold to the RNC asap.

  • Gringo

    Our “friend” Zachriel has been commenting at Maggie’s Farm, as I previously commented.  The Z-Team has generally been better at making arguments instead of simply supplying links or repeating the argument by authority.  I have not bothered to reply to the Z-Team, but others have. In a thread on Vietnam, the blog shut down comments, as the Z-Team made the fatal mistake of repeating a statement after it had been refuted. And repeating. Repeating something doesn’t make it so.
     “Never worked a day in her life.”  That reminds me of a cartoon in a book of my parents about early 20th century cartoons. The wife is working at the stove when the husband  comes in from work. “Been working all day in a cool sewer while I’ve been slaving over this hot stove all day.”
    Re Hilary Rosen’s insult to Ann Romney and to stay-at-home mothers: It is difficult for libs to NOT insult someone when they express their political views, as their self perception is often that of the enlightened wise person against the ignorant evil yahoos. Under those circumstances, insults will keep pouring out.
    “You’re nice enough, Hillary.” [actually Hillary Rosen, you are not]…bitter clingers to guns and religion…do well in school or you’ll end up in Iraq[from a Vietnam vet, to boot]…..

  • http://bookwormroom.com Bookworm

    MacG: You’re right — it is exactly the same type of thing as the theory that says it’s okay for women to be sex objects if they volunteer for the role in a macho, feminist way.

    Earl:  Excellent point.  As I said in an earlier post, the hardest work I’ve ever done has been parenting.  Everything else is, if you’ll pardon me for saying so, child’s play.

    JKB:  That’s brilliant!  I’m going to send that idea along to some people I know who are capable of putting together videos.

    Sadie:  Oh, Sadie.  “Dicks and Janes?”  Oy.

    Gringo:  Poor Maggie’s Farm.  As for the 60s trope, it shows up everywhere, doesn’t it?


  • Libby

    Hilary Rosen let the mask slip with her initial comment & then made it worse with follow-up comments such as writing that  Ann Romney “seems like a nice lady who has raised nice boys and struggled with illness and handles their long-term effects with grace and dignity.” Condescending, much? Like the race-baiters determining who is authentically “black”, these feminists think that they can declare who is an “authentic” woman. Rosen merely messed up her part of the Obama Admin’s attempt to deligitimize  Ann Romney as a woman. Glad it’s finally biting them in the butt.
    As for what feminism has wrought, exhibit A for me is “The Vag*na Monologues”: feminists have gone from wanting to not be treated differently simply because of their lady parts to declaring loudly (and tediously often) that the center of a woman’s entire identity is derived from this part of their anatomy. Just sad. And you can’t blame men for this.

  • MacG

    Gringo that remindes me of the guy that comes home from work and gets out of his car, steps on a toy and notices that they are strewn all ove the lawn. As he walks up the steps to the open front door he crushes a few Cheerio’s of a trail that continues through house. Inside he finds clothes all over, the kitchen sink is full of dirty dishes with the water runnng out of the faucet, towels on the bathroom foor from his morning shower, the TV is blaring in the living room while the kids are playing video games in the family room, the dog is on the patio chewing up the lounge cushions and there is the tell tale odor of a full cat box. He finds his wife lying in bed eating bon bons watching her favorite show. “What happened here today? You OK?” “You know how you ask what I did I do all day and I just don’t know?” “Yes.” “Today I didn’t do it.”



    Ahh, the “Z” experience reminded of my cousin, who lives in NYC along side an infestation of bedbugs. The exterminator has been unable to rid her apartment, for any length of time, of the nasty little blood suckers. She has contacted the entomologist society to come and investigate with the hope that she will one day live alone again. Too bad she doesn’t have the choice that Bookworm gave us – the option to vote the vermin off the island.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    I don’t vote people off the island.

    I have other things for that kind of issue.

    Somebody send those people a note about the new guy.


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