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He is seen as unifying by his race while she is seen as divisive by her sex.

Awesome op-ed by Gloria Steinem in the NYT today. A taste:

“So why is the sex barrier not taken as seriously as the racial one? The reasons are as pervasive as the air we breathe: because sexism is still confused with nature as racism once was; because anything that affects males is seen as more serious than anything that affects “only” the female half of the human race; because children are still raised mostly by women (to put it mildly) so men especially tend to feel they are regressing to childhood when dealing with a powerful woman; because racism stereotyped black men as more “masculine” for so long that some white men find their presence to be masculinity-affirming (as long as there aren’t too many of them); and because there is still no “right” way to be a woman in public power without being considered a you-know-what.”

Okay, okay, I’ll get back to talking about music again soon. Here’s something to get you started – call it my best discovery in 2007 of a band that was around about 30 years before 2007:

I never really cared for JoJo

Until I saw this:

“I am so over celebrities behaving atrociously, and the media and the paparazzi following them everywhere, not giving them a moment’s peace, and glamorizing their bad behavior. I am tired of all the celebrities (who will remain nameless) who drink and drive, do drugs, bed hop, and act like people without intelligence, respect for themselves or others, or morals, and all the headlines and tabloid shows, which talk about them endlessly. It is time to stop glamorizing trashy behavior, like we see in many music videos, where the women take off their clothes and act like bubbleheads and strippers. I am so over men demeaning the women and the women allowing it. It is time to stop “dumbing down” the women, and time for celebrities to behave with dignity, intelligence, and respect for themselves and others. After all, many people look up to celebrities, and there are a lot of young people who emulate their behavior.” (my emphasis added)

Wow, my thoughts exactly, expressed by a 17-year-old pop singer. Who woulda thought? Maybe she’s into Feministing (aka the best blog ever) too!

PS – The jist of this article is that the biggest things that people are “so over” this year are:

1. Britney Spears.

2. George Bush.

3. Britney Spears.

4. Hearing about baseball players and steroids.

5. Britney Spears.