What Randi’s Outburst Means

This is a pretty offensive song, even if I can’t find the original version on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_N3CK-6CHk

I don’t recommend clicking on the link if you don’t like vulgarity. Why bother posting this song? A couple days ago I was meeting with a friend who has recently started working on domestic violence. One of her proposals was to work on educating young people and men on women’s rights/issues. Her point was that it is best to teach young people, particularly men, to respect women. That makes sense to me.

As I’ve mentioned before, it took a while for me to understand the offensiveness of this song. When a woman like Randi Rhodes is using this type of language, what signal does that send to young boys? Randi Rhodes outburst doesn’t help my friend working on reducing domestic violence. That she was publicized on Barack Obama’s website makes it even worse–a presidential candidate promoting such vile hate and misogyny. Combine this with Obama’s “tea time” comments and Samantha Power’s monster comment and you have a very disturbing pattern emanating from the Obama campaign and his supporters. Obama said earlier that this sort of thing comes from the tenor set at the top, and it seems more and more likely that that is true. Is it any wonder that a young woman’s Facebook profile in my “friends” list had the comment “I agree with Samantha Power 110 percent”.

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5 Responses to What Randi’s Outburst Means

  1. Janis says:

    Randi’s outburst means that there’s a disturbing number of women around who know exactly what sexism is to them: a weapon with which to stab the competition in the back and wind up the Queen Bee.

  2. Janis says:

    Another quick comment:

    “Her point was that it is best to teach young people, particularly men, to respect women. That makes sense to me.”

    This can’t be overstated. I understand that women need to feel empowered to vet partners better, but when one group of people is overwhelmingly, like 100% minus a teeny number, beating the hell out of another group, the appropriate solution is not to tell the second group to leave, duck, or bruise less obviously.

    The problem is clearly the first group, and getting them to knock off the beatings is the right way to stamp the problem out for good.

  3. That “song” sucked. Where do things go from here?

    Janis: “Group one and group two”, can you be more specific? “100% minus a teeny number beating the hell out of the other” doesn’t sound like anything I’ve ever run across.

  4. Janis says:

    Darrell, the vast majority of domestic violence cases (100% – a teeny number) are women beaten by men. If the statistics overwhelmingly lean one way, then you have to pay attention to where the problem originates and how to solve it as far upstream as possible.