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Ding Dong! Thatcherism and sexism are alive

Margaret Thatcher is part of a system, not an individual deus ex machina, no matter how personally ambitious.
I have a deep ambivalence over the playing of the song "Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead" to commemorate the death of Margaret Thatcher. I can well understand the desire to rebel against orders by the British right-wing establishment that everyone must celebrate the prime minister's "accomplishments," but the exercise in this form is nonetheless deeply sexist.

Surely there are plenty of political epithets to be hurled at her memory that reference the disastrous policies of her reign. Ronald Reagan was just as awful, but he wasn't denounced as a witch at his death, was he? Clearly, few of those who took part in the campaign to have the song played on the BBC's music-chart program stopped to think about the sexism inherent in branding a woman a "witch." Yes, even when we are talking about someone as horrid as Margaret Thatcher.

What does her gender have to do with her policies? And can it truly be said sexism is a thing of the past because a woman became head of the government of one of the world's most powerful countries? No more than it could be said that racism is a thing of the past in the United States because Barack Obama is president.

Prime Minister Thatcher imposed misery on millions of Britons; her defenders' demands that no ill be spoken of her rightly deserves contempt. What mercy did she show to working people? But although the prime minister was powerful and notoriously impervious to opposition, women as a group do not possess privileges.

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Oh, but she deserves it. 25.Apr.2013 09:16

Shaker

Well, I think it would have been interesting to hear what symbolism Maggie used to describe others of her sex who opposed her, or of a woman who could have her same power over her.

It sometimes comes to the point where one takes an arguement too far. Didn't she exhibit the same aspects of shameless power and malevolenence associated with witches in stories? Did anyone say her power stemmed from the fact that she was a woman, and used magic to achieve her ends? It's symbolic, not literal, and of the same example she showed in being unabashedly honest about what she thinks. One may just as easily object to the Grimm brothers. I'm quite comfortable with it myself, just as I'm comfortable with the fact that fairy tales were the output of ideas that have been discredited and relegated (except by some few, I guess) to entertainment, metaphor, or truly disassociated minds. Their use is in the lessons they still contain, which transcend the loss to the connection to the cultures that spawned those stories. It was always the unintelligent and disassociated mind that connected the lessons directly to the characters. Now, if they had burned her at the stake, or dunked her till she drowned, I might have objected. The same applies to Hillary Clinton, another example that you use, and might I add that your opinion might be, in itself, quite condescending to common intelligence. We have associative minds, and, to me, we'd be quite boring if we didn't. It's a single instance of words and not actions describing people's disdain. Get over it and smile, be comfortable they were able to show their disdain in some harmless manner and not let her be held her up as some goddess, and that they know the real difference.

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She kept women down though. I'm all for what many term 'pilitically correct language' or what I term 'not being an asshole," but did she deserve it? If mean would it be politically correct to have singled out her age. I understand your disdain for the language, but gender theory and unbridled anger don't really mesh well. There is a case right now where mysogeny and political angst have been blurred, specific to Australia. Just like racism and political angst have been blurred in the United States. But IF unapologetically call Barack Obama an Gold Coast Uncle Tom. Not because he's well spoken or half white, because the man is such a cowared that in four years civil rights are still diminishing for black folk in the us. Plus he called out activistsduring his last acceptance speech in November. You feel like a cynic? When "hope for a better world" turns is called "cynisism" by a man seeking to embody the ethos of Malcome fucking X, he's an uncle Tom. Jimmy Carter had more soul than this man. And he tries. In his own pitiful way he tries. He almost even cares. He sympathizes with the. Palestinian people. He wants universal health care. But hes too chicken shit to follow through.


Plus the British have an awful track record of upholding politically correct culture. Even within their activist scene it sounds like one big drug induced boys club. Jokes are told with a "put up or shut up" mentality.

oh shut up 27.Apr.2013 20:58

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>>>but the exercise in this form is nonetheless deeply sexist.

this sounds like the same clown that keeps repeating adam weissman's lies about nick cooney. they don't actually do anything for feminists or women generally but complain about a VERY mild insult. why don't you check with real witches and see what they say.

whats really irritating about these kind of "articles" is they enable the idea feminists and radical women have no sense of humor

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is this joke sexist?

question: how many feminists does it take to screw in a light bulb?
answer: THAT'S NOT FUNNY!!!!
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u want people to take you seriously, stop whining about mild, extremely mild insults and focus on shit like EQUAL PAY FOR EQUAL WORK. otherwise you're not a feminist, you're a slackivist.


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your "article" is not compelling enough for me to check where the url really goes before clicking.

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That was a bit much. Especially as seeing that there is some validity to this persons criticism.