Saturday, May 20, 2006
Mother's Day & Liberalism
Calling her on last Sunday evening we had a pleasant conversation for 30-45 minutes. We discussed my father who has been having medical problems, my siblings, my children, etc. At one point she mentioned that my sister and her husband had gone to see Charlie Daniels in concert. She related how, apparently, early in the concert Mr. Daniels made a reference to a song that was patriotic or supportive of the efforts in Iraq. My mother related that the crowd did not react and it ended up that Mr. Daniels didn't play the song. In reading the newspaper article I find no reference to this and all of this is my mother's understanding according to what she thinks my sister told her. But I found it curious that the highlight of the concert for my liberal mother, and maybe for my liberal sister, was the song not played.
(DISCLAIMER FIRST: While this sister is a liberal Democrat, I find her to be open minded and quite accepting of opposing opinions. She is one liberal with whom I actually enjoy discussing politics because we can actually explore issues. I highly respect her as a mother. She is generally as sympathetic to the cause of men and that of women. PLUS, she simply forwarded this to me in an email that she had received from someone else. Some parts of the email not quoted here were quite cute.)
One of my other sisters emailed me this story:
THE MOMMY TEST I was out walking with my 4 year old daughter. She picked up something off the ground and started to put it in her mouth. I took the item away from her and I asked her not to do that. "Why?" my daughter asked.Why is it so frequent that the "uplifting" of women involves the putting down of men? Is this what we want to teach our children?
"Because it's been laying outside, you don't know where it's been, it's dirty and probably has germs" I replied.
At this point, my daughter looked at me with total admiration and asked, "Wow! How do you know all this stuff?"
"Uh," ...I was thinking quickly,"All moms know this stuff. It's on the Mommy Test. You have to know it, or they don't let you be a Mommy." We walked along in silence for 2 or 3 minutes, but she was evidently pondering this new information.
"OH...I get it!" she beamed, "So if you don't pass the test you have to be the daddy" "Exactly" I replied back with a big smile on my face and joy in my heart. When you're finished laughing, send this to a Mom.
The irony of this attitude is that is perpetuates attitudes that feminists supposedly don't want perpetuated. Women are judged in comparison to men. The standard for women is based upon men.
Also, misandry is to most women what looking at pretty women is to most men; something to make the inner self feel good.
Let 'em have all the quirky little "Mommy Test" jokes they want, I have plenty quirky little jokes of my own - and a garan-damn-tee you 75% of women couldn't pass the "Daddy Test" where cooking a steak medium rare is question number 3. We won't even get into the section on stereo set up - all true or false.
It ain't the jokes that bother me - it's the interruption during the last 4 minutes of USC-Notre Dame. At least bring me a beer when ya do that!
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