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(written for and Crossposted at DailyKos)

what in the fuck is going on here?

I am so angry and disappointed i can't see straight. I came to my favorite web site today to be greeted by one of the great pieces of misogyny in liberal political history. I am currently in shock after reading a diary from DHinMi.
http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2008/4 /19/04313/0323

It is just too vile for words. and the worst part is that some people LIKED the post. they should be as ashamed as he is.

The Diarest should, IMO, be banned from the site, or at least suspended. he certainly should be removed from the front pages, if he appears there. this human jerk off is HURTING the Obama campaign, he's hurting this website, and he's hurting the reputation of progressive men everywhere.

If this gets me banned, this site is not worth staying.

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Theme Song for Feminist Strikers Everywhere

Well, i thought this song was an effective theme song for any feminists anywhere on strike against misogyny, exploitation, and sexist bullshit anywhere.

This is possibly the greatest song ever recorded, the Pretenders "Pack It Up." It is an ode to leaving scungy male environments where women are treated as objects only to be seen and not heard.

While i am an Obama who seriously distrusts Hillary Clinton, i agree that some of the attacks on her and her supporters have gone FAR past any reasonable differences or political attacks, and over the edge into straight-out woman-hate.

And that ain't good for anybody. So whenever you find yourself in a situation where you aren't being respected (male or female), it is time to Pack It Up.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZYWwQQhD k0&feature=related

Lyrics beneath the fold...

(for the first time on any website, i am going to beg for Recs, so as many people will hear these awesome empowering lyrics as possible.)

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Misogyny from a Daily Kos front-pager

Cross-posted from Hatewatch from the Left.

Why do so many on Daily Kos hate Hillary?  Apparently, it has far less to do with her policies than with their sexual fantasies.  DHinMI is a front-pager at Daily Kos, but even he knew THIS DIARY was such an astounding piece of filth it did not belong there.  Instead, he snuck it into the regular diaries.  And what did he receive in response?  Mostly, applause.  So, you might ask, what's the problem?  I'll tell you, but you have to jump first.

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Clinton Must Disavow "Jamaica Jerk-Off"

Because Elton John is well known for songs that denigrate Black people based on their skin-color, I call upon Hillary Clinton to apologize for inviting him to sing at a concert for her and to disavow and disassociate herself from Elton John and his color aroused antagonistic and filthy lyrics.  Although there has been some debate over whether Clinton violated election laws by having Elton John, a foreigner, host a concert for her to raise funds for her nomination campaign, no one has addressed the fact that Elton John lyrics have been antagonistically color-aroused, misogynistic, base and vulgar.

Elton John's song entitled "Jamaica Jerk-Off" asserts that the only thing Jamaicans (like Colin Powell, Bob Marley and Jimmy Cliff) do is sit around and "jerk-off" all day.  Here are the lyrics:

When she gets up in the morning
It's enough to wake the dead
Oh she turning on the radio
And dancing on my head

It's no good living in the sun
Playing guitar all day
Boogalooing with my friends
In that erotic way

Come on Jamaica
In Jamaica all day
Dancing with your darling
Do Jamaica jerk-off that way

Come on Jamaica
Everybody say
We're all happy in Jamaica
Do Jamaica Jerk-off that way

Let the ladies and the gentlemen
Be as rude as they like
On the beaches, oh in the jungle
Where the people feel alright

So do it Jamaica
Got plenty for you and me
Honky tonking with my baby
In that deep blue sea

And then consider the lyrics to the song, "Island Girl".  Not only does Elton John characterize Jamaicans as all perpetual "jerk-offs", but his other stigmatizing song about Jamaicans, "Island Girl", stereotypes Black Jamaican island women as prostitutes.  Rolling Stone says, "And whoever bothers to listen to the lyrics of "Island Girl" might well find them racist   and sexist  . . ." Here are the lyrics to "Island Girl":


I see your teeth flash, Jamaican honey so sweet
Down where Lexington cross 47th Street
She's a big girl, she's standing six foot three
Turning tricks for the dudes in the big city

Island girl
What you wanting with the white man's world
Island girl
Black boy want you in his island world
He want to take you from the racket boss
He want to save you but the cause is lost
Island girl, island girl, island girl
Tell me what you wanting with the white man's world

She's black as coal but she burn like a fire
And she wrap herself around you like a well worn tire
You feel her nail scratch your back just like a rake
He one more gone, he one more John who make the mistake

Never were there two clearer examples of lyrics that intentionally subject Blacks to ridicule based on skin-color.   One music aficionado says, "Island Girl's reasonable melody is ruined by racist lyrics."

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One Obama supporter asks him to speak out against misogyny and sexism

My friend Hannah sent me a copy of the email she sent to someone named Tracy, who's in the field for Obama. Here it is, addressed to tracyinthefielf at gmail dot com:

"Dear Tracy,

I'm a 51 year old white woman, a mom, a grandmother, a lifelong
feminist and Democrat and a strong Obama supporter. I am however,
horrified by the blatant sexism that is expressed (and tolerated) on Obama's website. Most recently, I've been horrified by the Randi Rhodes performance, the fact that Obama supporters were cheering in the audience as she called Hillary and Ferraro "fucking whores" repeatedly.

My best friend of 30 years is a Hillary supporter and I am sure she will never vote for Obama because of the misogyny of so many of his young followers.

I find this distressing because I fully support Barack, have
contributed regularly to his campaign. But I am very opposed to the sexist comments that so many young supporters make with impunity.

I wrote to Obama, asking him to take a stand against sexist rhetoric and Randi Rhodes in particular, just as McCain did when the person introducing him at an event kept stressing Barack's middle name.

If he doesn't condemn it, it's the same as a tacit vote of approval....or worse, indifference.

If one of Hillary's visible supporters got up and did a stand-up
routine where she called Barack a "fucking n-word"(Hannah wrote whole the offensive slur, but I won't) you can believe
there'd be a firestorm.

If we, as Obama supporters, and Obama himself,don't stand up against comparable women-hating talk, how can we ask
Hillary's supporters to rally around our candidate when he wins the nomination?

I would love to see a dialogue on the Field between the camps, and on our side, some self-awareness and self-critique about the tone and tenor of the comments many of our fellow Obama supporters are regularly spouting.

I'd love to see you start a blog dialogue about these excesses. There are tons of us out here who are not comfortable with letting comments like this slide.

Thanks for listening,
Hannah Vrinsky"

I met my oldest friend in 1974 when she was 19 and I was 22 and we were both spiritual seekers and political activists. I'd been to India, she'd lived in ashrams; we both meditated and marched and worked for a better world. We were naïve, not as naïve as some of our peers, however. Hannah had grown up in New Jersey and when she was ten, her father abandoned her family for California in order to become a hippie. I grew up in Texas, along the Louisiana border, and my father suffered the mental and emotional disorders resulting from spending four years in combat in the Pacific theater during WWII and then another two years in some still undisclosed location during the Korean War. In other words, both Hannah and I came from screwed up families and we met at a time and and an age when people bond most closely with their peers.

We both marched against the Viet Nam war, worked for the passage of Roe v Wade, petitioned and demonstrated law enforcement to ensure the use of rape kits in order that more rapists would be convicted. In the 1980s we joined affinity groups to protest nuclear power. We worked together for farm workers' rights and legislation for abused children, and together we facilitated groups for women recovering from domestic abuse.

We have traveled together, helped each other bear children, comforted each other during break ups and divorces, and celebrated births of grandsons, bar mitzvahs and the many ups and downs of life, both big and small, that a long friendship includes.
In the early years Hannah and I lived in the same town, but we've remained committed friends even when our lives have taken us in different directions. When I got married, Hannah made us a beautiful quilt, each stitch hand sewn. And when Hannah came out as a lesbian, I stood by her as some of her immediately family, including her mother, withdrew in disgrace. Hannah met my parents before they died, and I went with her to visit her father during his last week of life. She is godmother to my sons and I am auntie to her two children.

Last year, when they removed a benign tumor from my spine, Hannah left her partner and kids behind and flew to my home to care for me after my surgery. This year, Hannah has undergone two surgeries for breast cancer, and beginning last august, she has endured the most intense series of chemotherapy given. She is now halfway through radiation.

Hannah is an ardent supporter of Obama, and I am perhaps an even more ardent supporter of Hillary Clinton. Hannah's oldest son was in the first Marine Expeditionary Unit sent to Iraq; she sees Obama as the most anti-war candidate. On the other hand, I think Obama is clueless about war--and about leading the country in general. In the beginning it was hard on us, each wanting the other to switch sides. We talk on the phone and email daily, and though we live 2000 miles apart, distance is no big thing when people have been so close for so long.

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