The Gods Must be Crazy

I hardly know what to do with this.  When this is a pressing enough gender issue to demand NOW's attention, perhaps it is time to declare victory and move on to weightier topics.

A couple of weeks ago, President Obama had members of his cabinet, as well as members of congress, including Flake, over to the White House for a game of hoops.

They were all men.

Sounds like the boys had some fun but If you ask the "Debby Downers" from women advocacy groups like the National Organization for Women, the games lack of estrogen is unacceptable.

"Relationships get built in those more informal settings," NOW President Terry O'Neill told ABC News, "and the relationships have a huge impact on the influence an individual has. We know what happens when we segregated whether it by race or whether it by gender -- you end up with 1st class citizens and you end up with 2nd class citizens."

Fortunately we have moved beyond quotas.  Not.

"It's extremely important, now especially, for the president to have as many women as men in his closest circle of advisors. ... If women had been at the heads of the companies on Wall Street instead of these masters of the universe then we might not be in the predicament that we're in today," O'Neill says. "[The ratio of women to men] needs to be 50/50. Women are 52 percent of the voting public so obviously there needs to be 50/50 of any Cabinet."

I will be counting the men at the next baby shower.

  • Highway

    And if women from congress or his cabinet had been at the basketball game, the only relationship they would have formed is that they hate the guys who are way better at basketball than they are. If we posit that Obama at least invited people he thought would enjoy playing some hoops, then that would make it even worse if he invited some random women out of that group and they showed up and basically just took up space on the court.

  • Dr. T

    I have worked in a few places where women held the top positions. They did no better than the men they followed, and two of them did much worse. Why does someone demand gender equality on one hand, and then declare that women are superior to men on the other? It sounds like she wants a society where women run most businesses and most of government. I've long believed that NOW was about female supremacy rather than equality, and this recent statement supports my opinion.

  • Link

    Special interest organizations can never declare victory, fold up the tent and go home. Why is this so?

    My wife did a stint at Planned Parenthood, so I saw this up close. Everyone at PP -- especially top management -- were never happier than when Republicans were in power so they could raise the threat of back alley abortions to keep their money spigot going.

    If you think this is only a phenomenon of the left, why did Bush-Cheney have us invade a secular Middle East country with no connection to 9/11.

  • Bearster

    Women are equal to men. But of course one can blame them for causing the economy to collapse. And of course one cannot have a "National Organization of Men", because that would be sexist.

    The feminist movement should have declared victory and moved on when women got suffrage. At that point, everyone had equality under the law.

    But feminism is not about promoting women, it's about attacking men. Thus the sneer by NOW president O'Neal.

  • Doug

    To be consistent, henceforth all future pregnancies in the White House should be 50/50 between women and men, too.

  • MJ

    Obama should invite NOW to the next pick-up game at the White House. They can play boys vs. girls and find out just how equal the two groups are.

  • PJ

    Three facts:
    Women live longer than men.
    The majority of college students are women.
    Women own more property than men.

    Consequently,if we must follow the Sisterhood into 'Equality', and these quotas, we must:
    - kick women out of college; deny them healthcare so they keel off early; and tax women selectively ...
    all is justified in the name of 'Equality' .... right????
    Wait, where are the NOW nags to back me up on our valiant fight for 'equality'?

    "I’ve long believed that NOW was about female supremacy rather than equality, and this recent statement supports my opinion."
    ---- YUP.

  • Brian

    From the NOW Officers Page:

    Terry O'Neill, President (female)
    Bonnie Grabenhofer, Executive Vice President (female)
    Allendra Letsome, Membership Vice President (female)
    Erin Matson, Action Vice President (female)

    Why are the officers of NOW all women? Shouldn't they have a 50/50 ratio between men and women if they hope to equally represent the voting public?

  • Eric Hammer

    I will believe the NOW type groups are serious when they start calling for the extermination of groups that support female genital mutilation as "a different culture", or when they call for the abolition of sharia law that makes women into chattel.
    Until such time, they are merely socialist agitators who are in it for the money and power.

  • Methinks

    I'm a woman and NOW irritates the crap out of me. I happen to be very successful working in a testosterone soaked section of a male dominated industry. Competence is the great equalizer.

    Of course, we're talking about politics here. Competence has nothing to do with anything and being close to power is all that matters. So, I'm kind of glad that a president so deeply wrapped in this idiotic cloth of "equality" and this and that special interest group's "rights" is being bitten in the ass by his own beliefs. I firmly believe people who support all this garbage should be forced to live in such a world if they think it's so fabulous.

  • BerthaMinerva

    Ditto Methinks - I'm a woman and I find this NOW pc equality-only-when-it-benefits-me stuff annoying as hell.

    But I will point out that the US Ambassador to the UN, Dr Susan Rice, was a hotshot point guard in college and even at her age could probably school a fair number of Obama's boys on the court. I would pay good money to see her fake Obama's ass out and run right over him to the basket.

  • Methinks

    Dr Susan Rice, was a hotshot point guard in college and even at her age could probably school a fair number of Obama’s boys on the court.

    That explains why she wasn't invited!!!

  • http://www.itsaboutmakingbabies.com/ Brad K.

    I could wish that the percentage of thugs, scofflaws, racial bigots, and card-carrying terrorists surrounding the B. Hussein Obama administration were held to a mere representative level.

    I don't see any Iowa corn farmers, rural doctors, or school bus drivers to balance the White House crowd.

    But then, I think a man that swears to use the authority of his office to uphold and defend the Constitution, should feel bound by the restrictions and details of the Constitution.

  • Sam L.

    I suspect Kathy Sibelius can't play the roundball game. Saracuda, now, would likely shame them severely.

  • Ted Rado

    There are certain differences between women and men that cannot be changed. Women have 50-60% of the upper body strength of men. There are thus many jobs and sports in which women simply cannot compete. In recent times, with much fewer strength-related jobs, women have more fields of work available to them. Also, women have babies, thus requiring maternity leave, the inconvenience of pregnancy, nursing, etc. Men are more aggressive than women, and hence frequently do better in a combative or adversarial situation.

    Women also outlive men by several years. This is not reflected in pension payments, for example. If men got a higher pension or bigger social security payment, imagine the outcry.

    Over the centuries, mankind has learned to deal with these differences in a reasonably workable way. I am a great believer in equality, but it must be within rational limits consistent with what mother nature has provided.