Is It Okay to Be a Teensy Bit Sad That Bachmann Called It Quits?

6 Jan

Earlier this week, after the devastating Iowa primary, Michelle Bachmann finally called it quits. I have many qualms about Bachmann: she’s unsupportive of LGBTQ teens in her hometown and blatantly disregards for women’s rights, for starters. Despite Bachmann’s wackiness, I can’t help but have the same feelings towards her that I held for Sarah Palin.

The two both do not align with me ideologically, but the feminist in me wonders: is it better that two wacky women are running for office? Would it be far worse if there were no women running at all? It seems that a lot of a time, feminists and women’s rights-oriented people (myself included) forget that even women who are not ideologically aligned with our politics need someone to represent them. I don’t agree with the politics of Michelle Bachmann or Sarah Palin, but I appreciate that they ran for office and held governmental positions. Why? Even if they do not represent my politics, they’re still women who are running and are still blazing a trail—as faint as I may perceive that trail to be now.

What do y’all think?

4 Responses to “Is It Okay to Be a Teensy Bit Sad That Bachmann Called It Quits?”

  1. Oubli January 7, 2012 at 10:09 am #

    I think it’s worse that only two crazy women are (were) in the campaign race. I think it’s awful that only anti-choicers seem to be able to get the Republic okay to run. There are plenty of pro-choice Republicans but none of them were ‘allowed’ to run.

    We as Americans do not need these kind of women (anti-feminist and anti-choice) blazing any kind of trail. More anti-feminist and anti-choicer girls/teens will only follow in their wake. Do we need help create the next generation of anti-feminist and anti-choicer female politicians? No.

    What are you feeling? Some kind of feminist guilt that we do not rejoice that any kind of women (even those we, ie feminist, pro-choice, fervently disagree with) are running?

    These kinds of women have gotten all of the perks of feminism and choice but want to deny it to other women? Hell no, they need to sit back down.

  2. Klopod January 7, 2012 at 8:00 pm #

    “The two both do not align with me ideologically, but the feminist in me wonders: is it better that two wacky women are running for office?”

    No.

    “It seems that a lot of a time, feminists and women’s rights-oriented people (myself included) forget that even women who are not ideologically aligned with our politics need someone to represent them.”

    I completely disagree. I am a card-carrying feminist and I disagree that someone who is so against any kind of women’s equality is still a representative of women. They are representative of themselves, not me. These women do not and never will represent me. The political is personal- these women would have had the power and WOULD HAVE TAKEN RIGHTS AWAY FROM YOU. We, as womanists or feminists, cannot let them represent us.

    I understand that you think they’re blazing the trail, but all they are really doing is perpetuating the patriarchal agenda. Especially with Bachman’s “being submissive” comments. She is off her fucking rocker.

  3. Dena January 7, 2012 at 8:48 pm #

    I completely agree with both of you. I don’t disagree that Bachmann and Palin are completely off their rockers, but I wonder if we sometimes lose sight of them blazing a trail in general, as crazy as their ideologies are. I know that if they had been elected they would’ve taken their rights away, but I don’t know how to feel about two completely crazy women running versus the notion of no women running at all. That’s simply the point I’m trying to get at. That as a feminist, I completely disagree with their politics and know that they’re crazy and although they don’t represent all women, they represent some women, even though those women and their politics don’t align with ours. I think it’s still important that they’re running, just as important as extremely liberal, feminist-minded candidates are.

  4. Spokalou January 11, 2012 at 2:00 pm #

    I find it embarrassing when wacky, anti-choice women run for office. They oppose everything I hold dear. Merely having a uterus does not qualify one to speak on “women’s issues”. Having a “bad” woman run for office is not better than having no woman run for office. If they win they set back the cause and then we have to undo the damage they’ve done before we can proceed.

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