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Fairies, wishes, and cowboys

By Amanda Marcotte
Sunday, July 6, 2008 21:59 EDT
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I’m increasingly convinced all the time that Kathryn Jean Lopez is on the staff of the National Review because she affirms the owners and editors that they’re right to believe that women are mental children. Her ability to mix up politics with reading Teen Beat magazine is legendary, but this time out, she may have set a record in silliness. (Hat tip.)

A totally crazy Saturday-morning thought: Wouldn’t George W. Bush make an awesome high-school government teacher? Wouldn’t it be something if his post-presidential life would up being that kind of post-service service? How’s that for a model? Who needs Harvard visiting chairs and high-end lectures? How about Crawford High? (Or wherever?) Reach out and touch the young before they are jaded, or break them of the cynicism pop culture and possibly their parents have passed down to them. Whatever you think of President Bush, he’s a likable guy in love with his country with some history and experience to share.

It’s touching how stupid she is. What does she think the point of being a Republican is, if not to throw the finger to civic duty and grab the cash while you can? To parade around in cowboy hats or good hair and stand in for all the erotic fantasies she can’t let her good Christian self have?

I mean, I know that the ideal conservative world is one where men and women get to have vastly different worldviews, where men are allowed to know certain truths that women are kept in the dark about. And one of these is the fact that all the public piety and gestures towards citizenship exhibited by conservative men are mostly for show, and that behind closed doors they’re plotting everything from lying about WMDs to get us into imperialist wars to the Watergate break-in. That hypocrisy is considered the only real way to live. You put on a show of belief in sexual restraint, but fuck guys in airport bathrooms. You make a big fuss over chivalry as “respect” for women, but express your true feelings about women when women (at least of your social class) aren’t around. And women, at least most women (exceptions are made for the Margaret Thatchers of the world), are kept out of the loop, housing the moral goodness and lack of hypocrisy for their families by the power of ignorance.

But as a rule, I tend to think the women play along with the ruse more than they’re truly fucking stupid. They know about the dirty dealing and sexual hypocrisies, but they pretend not to because they’re resigned to the world as it is. Some hope to get a seat at the table. But I had a naivete of my own. It rarely occurs to me that some women just really do live the sheltered life of adult childhood that other women just play at. And then Lopez says something this silly and I’m floored. She really does live the role of the naive, sheltered child woman. She actually thinks what pretty much no one thinks, which is that George Bush is a good person with any real loyalty to his country or sense of civic duty. It must be nice to be her. I bet she believes in fairies, too, and wishes.

Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte is a freelance journalist born and bred in Texas, but now living in the writer reserve of Brooklyn. She focuses on feminism, national politics, and pop culture, with the order shifting depending on her mood and the state of the nation.
 
 
 
 
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