Women’s Work

Desperate to be housewives: young women yearn for 1950s role as stay-at-home mums,” by Maxine Frith, The Independent, 10 March 2005, http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/this_britain/story.jsp?story=618472.

Why Rce Can’t be President,” by Tom Barnett, Thomas P.M. Barnett :: Weblog, 13 March 2005, http://www.thomaspmbarnett.com/weblog/archives2/001635.html.

In Britain, hostility to the women’s work of today increases

They are the generation of women who grew up expecting to have it all. No longer forced to choose between children and a career, they were set to embrace superwomanhood by doing both – while holding down a perfect relationship and keeping a spotless home in their spare time.

But modern woman has taken a reality check. The average 29-year-old now hankers for a return to the lifestyle of a 1950s housewife. The daughters of the “Cosmo” generation of feminists want nothing more than a happy marriage and domestic bliss in the countryside, according to a survey.

Research into the attitudes of 1,500 women with an average age of 29 found that 61 per cent believe “domestic goddess” role models who juggle top jobs with motherhood and jet-set social lives are “unhelpful” and “irritating”. More than two-thirds agree that the man should be the main provider in a family, while 70 per cent do not want to work as hard as their mother’s generation. On average, the women questioned want to “settle down” with their partner by 30 and have their first child a year later.

Vicki Shotbolt, deputy chief executive of the National Family and Parenting Institute, said: “This is the generation of young women who have seen the ‘have it all’ ethos up close and personal, and they have realised that it doesn’t work.

While Democrat, ACLU member, cultural left-of-centrist Tom Barnett writes

But here’s the biggest reason why [Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice] can’t be elected president: she’s single and she’s never been married. Americans simply won’t elect that person in this day and age, and they’re right not to. Voters want to see that personal connection to spouse and kids. They trust that. It says powerful things about who the person is and how they can be expected to think about the larger world and act within it. It’s not just image, but the soul of the person that’s reflected in family. Rice is as alone as alone can be, and Americans don’t get that, don’t like that, don’t trust that.

Ask yourself: would you really trust someone who’s married to his or her career to be president? Someone who’s never be exposed to any of the things all must learn in marriage and parenthood? Someone that single-minded? That uncompromising? That self-defined?

Personally, I don’t see things I trust in that sort of life, not when I’m considering the presidency. Frankly, I see things I’ve always feared about myself–expressed to the n-th degree. And I think, deep down, so will the vast majority of Americans. They simply won’t recognize themselves in this person, no matter the qualifications on paper.

Yes, Rice is very talented and yes, she’s had an amazing career, and yes, her stint as SECSTATE is going well. But no, she is not a serious candidate for anything in her current incarnation. She is not the anti-Hillary, she is the anti-candidate.

Neither the article nor the post is perfect. The world of the 1950s was an aberration, borne of a world in chaos. “Housewife” in the 1950s-sense was a concept without roots. Women in farms or pre-modern cities “worked,” but in a different way than men.

Likewise, Barnett doesn’t acknowledge that Rice’s fault (singlehood) hits her much more as a women than it would a man. He maintains gender-neutrality and (apparently) assumes Americans view single men and single women the same.

But the large point is: the false ways of the 20th century are crumbling. When cultures or societies leave the old paths it creates misery and alienation. The marvels of the 20th century gave hope to those who would create a New Style Society, a New Style Man, and a New Style Woman because so many new styles were successful (New Style Carriages, New Style Factories, etc). The humans and their cultures are not mechanical processes and they cannot be long changed.

The Berkeley of the Middle East

Roundup: Beirut awash with unprecedented anti-Syrian protests,” Xinhua, 14 March 2005, http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-03/14/content_2697719.htm.

Another day, another huge peaceful protest in Lebanon

Exactly one month after former Lebanese premier Rafik Hariri was assassinated in a massive bombing attack, central Beirut was again awash with unprecedented anti-Syrian emotions.

Hundreds of thousands of people, Sunni, Maronite Christian and Druze alike, gathered in Martyrs Square in the capital center, brandishing red, white, green Lebanese flags and chanting anti-Syrian slogans.

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“Syria Out!” and “Sovereignty, freedom, independence!” were heard echoing above the Mediterranean city and Hariri’s posters seen waving in people’s hands.

Angry Lebanese demanded an international investigation into Hariri’s killing and a complete and swift Syrian pullout of its troops and intelligence forces, after a nearly 30-year military presence in its tiny neighbor.

Apart from the vast sea of opposition protesters in the square, steady flows of people could be seen pouring from all corners of the city, and all kinds of vehicles were bringing in large influx of people from across the country.

Estimates of the number of protesters varied from 1 million to 300,000.

It’s a wonderful ride. The government resigns, hot babes protest, peacefulterrorists” protest, now another peaceful protest.

I love Baghdad Rules.

Update NRO says one million two-hundred thousand

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Photos of the Cedar Revolution

One of the most notable aspects of the Lebanese protests is the expressiveness of Lebanese women. Not only are these women attractive (hence the title of this post), they choose joy over tradition. Now, there is nothing wrong with either modesty nor flirtatiousness. Either is wrong only when it is enforced through the barrel of a gun, as in Saudi Arabia or France.

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Now on Rob’s Desktop
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Muslim and Christian Women, from Cliff May
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OFK’s Joshua found this beauty
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Beloved Michelle Malkin links to this collection
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Marchand Chronicles is on the case
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Publius’s Patriotic Bust
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Just Cute, from Mike Totten’s gallery

As blogged earlier, there’s galleries of these chicks. Not even counting our Dominatrix Secretary of State, Bush is our greatest President, ever.

But would he be foolish enough to make a cop-drama starring Iyad Allawi and Ahmed Chalabi? Only time will tell.