You know why women shouldn't leave their homes, let alone be politicians? It's not because the patriarchy loses a little more power every time a woman stands up to be counted, it's because women getting shot upsets the poor little mens. Much more so than men getting shot.
We should elect old men to Congress — craggy, musty old men. And if they got shot, it wouldn’t feel so bad. Gabrielle Giffords is a pretty young woman, and no doubt she is capable and intelligent, but I feel protective toward her and it hurts me more to think of her critical wounds than if she was a man.
First of all, if she were a man. WERE! Gah!
Secondly, what kind of fucked up are you that you value attractive women over men? I feel the same about an old man being shot as I do about an attractive younger woman being shot because I actually value human life. You do not. I do feel worse about children being shot, but that's different. Children =/= to . . . oh, fuck, to you children are equal to women, aren't they*? And you're just doing us all a favor by making sure we have no access to power. Because it would hurt your widdle feelings extra if something happened to us.
I’m not sure about old men necessarily, but men are more suited to higher political office, and not because women are incompetent. Leaving aside other more important reasons, there is danger involved. A man’s life is not less valuable than a woman’s, but something in us instinctively feels greater offense at a woman being attacked than a man and that something is a realistic awareness that women are less capable of defending themselves.
Men are more capable of defending themselves from automatic weapons? Last time I checked, men are not made of Kevlar, you misogynist fuck. (Yes, the writer is a woman, and yes, she is a misogynist fuck.) There is an amusing story about the first female Prime Minister of Israel, Golda Meir. Israel was having a problem with rape at the time, so other male leaders suggested that women be subject to a curfew in order to protect them. She replied that it would make more sense to put a curfew on the men, since they were the ones committing the rapes. That ended any talk of curfew.
My point being that the problem isn't that women are politicians. It's that people sometimes shoot politicians, male or female. We don't solve that problem by getting rid of politicians (although that would solve a lot of other problems), we get rid of people who shoot politicians. They are the criminals, after all.
I hate the smell of misogyny in the morning.
*Children you can fuck! It doesn't take long for the patriarchy to get creepy, does it?