Kathleen Parker: “Say, Obama Is Kinda Feminine, Isn’t He?”
I generally avoid mentioning Chatty Kathy Parker, as I do most of the other fake Conservatives (see John Hawkins’ latest article on David Frum for more on these types of weenies). Yet, this article is fasinating in her opinion of PeBO, starting with the headline Obama: Our first female president
If Bill Clinton was our first black president, as Toni Morrison once proclaimed, then Barack Obama may be our first woman president.
Well, he does wear “mom jeans.”
No, I’m not calling Obama a girlie president. But . . . he may be suffering a rhetorical-testosterone deficit when it comes to dealing with crises, with which he has been richly endowed.
It isn’t that he isn’t “cowboy” enough, as others have suggested. Aren’t we done with that? It is that his approach is feminine in a normative sense. That is, we perceive and appraise him according to cultural expectations, and he’s not exactly causing anxiety in Alpha-maledom.
There’s one word I am thinking about, but, I’ll keep the post family friendly, and just go with “emasculated.”
If we accept that premise, even if unseriously proffered, then we could say that Obama displays many tropes of femaleness. I say this in the nicest possible way. I don’t think that doing things a woman’s way is evidence of deficiency but, rather, suggests an evolutionary achievement.
In other words, he is a typical liberal, and far left liberals have been trying to emasculate (that word comes to mind again) men for a long time. Just look at the way the feminists on their side attack men just being men (Cassy Fiano has a wonderful (woops, I need to use a more manly word/phrase) frickin’ awesome post on the latest from the lefty fascist feminists.)
Generally speaking, men and women communicate differently. Women tend to be coalition builders rather than mavericks (with the occasional rogue exception). While men seek ways to measure themselves against others, for reasons requiring no elaboration, women form circles and talk it out.
Sigh. A typical shot at Palin. Go figure.
Obama is a chatterbox who makes Alan Alda look like Genghis Khan.
So……he’s a girly-man?
Indeed, negative reaction to Obama’s speech suggests the opposite. Obama may prove to be our first male president who pays a political price for acting too much like a woman.
I’m going to have to disagree with you on that, Kathleen. Women are more than capable at being tough, decisive, and decision makers while remaining feminine. Margaret Thatcher comes to mind. Sarah Palin was able to make the hard choices. Jan Brewer. Michelle Bachmann. Golda Meir. Elizabeth the 1st. Heck, Benazir Bhutto and Indira Ghandi showed that women could compete with men at being corrupt and overbearing while still remaining women.
Come to think of it, Obama does share quite a few traits with those last two women.