There are some fabulous women word warriors on the internet. They are usually courageous public speakers as well. I don’t know that it’s ultimately the woman’s place to do physical combat, or even to compete with men for leadership in the war of words. But, regardless, women are in the fray, and they can be ferocious.
Xena, the classic warrior woman.
Ann Coulter has to be at the top of the list, but, she’s careful enough so that she’s still alive, after seven New York Times best sellers. Michelle Malkin brings an “ethnic” (Filipino) touch to female conservatism. There’s Laura Ingraham, Monica Crowley, and Tammy Bruce. And we add Cao and Kirkland (America’sWarChick.com) to the list of the relentless. All-American gals there.
And then there are the Jewish women. Given the stakes, I’d say these women are the bravest. They’re more likely to be physically attacked (though Ann Coulter is the one who gets the pies thrown at her on stage). The Jewish female conservative finds herself doing hand-to-hand combat with Jihadists, and the hordes of murderous Muslims. This is not fun, nor plesant, nor entertaining.
Pamela Geller is the commander of this group, and in the trenches as well, along with Debbie Schlussel (“Deadly Deb”), and the latest street fighter, The Mad Jewess (–whom we suspect uses brass knuckles in close contact). These three bloggers are such fast movers it is difficult to keep pace with their campaigns. It is a remarkable array of explosives they present–several times a day. One has to look at their blogs requently. And not to forget Ilana Mercer, with the more intellectual flavor to savor. She is a truly a world commentator (having been there).
Fighting women are certainly not a new thing in the world. Women have been warriors from ancient times, and even commanders of ships. (A must read on this kind is Jan Druett’s She Captains, Simon & Schuster, 2000.) My personal favorite, among many, is, of course, Joan of Arc. Too, there were American Indian woman who did what they had to do, like the Apache, Lozen (Victorio’s sister). There have been numerous Indian women in modern times who have fought relentlessly for various and worthy Indian causes. (The bravest kind are like the Sioux woman, Betty Ann Gross, who fight alone.)
Interestingly, we don’t find liberal woman known for heroism, generally speaking. There have been numerous activists over the decades of modernity who have accomplished great changes in society. But, certainly, in terms of women in modern politics, there is not the same status of heroism and bravery for liberal women. It is simply not required of them.
The Palin effect: political attack hair.
Conservative women like Sarah Palin, for example, and now Jan Brewer (Governor of Arizona–who apparently modified her hair style after enjoying the support of Palin), are considered the vortext of liberal hate. We could include Michele Bachmann in that center as well. A conservative woman, married, with children, in the political war against liberalism, represents the antithesis of everything liberal. Therefore, she is the focus of supreme loathing and piquant animosity.
For the warrior woman to be conservative simply destroys the liberal take on feminism. The conservative warrior woman robs the liberal feminists of their claim to strength, aggression, and all the other masculine traits they have sought to take from men. Leftist women fervently espouse female homosexuality because of the imitative masculine behavior so often associated with Lesbianism. The stereotype of the woman warrior is a Lesbian, or at least a bi-sexual. The once intensely popular show Xena: Warrior Princess (1995-2001) demonstrated all that ever so gradually, artfully, and finally.
The feminist liberals have tried to claim for themselves the credit or association of every thing a woman does that is physical, or in any way associated with a man’s behavior. The feminist liberals even tried to claim softball as a lesbian specialty, and were proud that the stereotype apparently subsumed the identity of Elena Kagan, Supreme Court nominee of suspected bi-sexual Barry Soetoro.
Personally, I just see woman as people who like doing different kinds of things. Some women are extremely athletic. Others are soft as warm, wet noodles. Being physically aggressive is generally associated with masculinity, but, that’s only a cultural gender tradition. There are women who are physically aggressive who are simply not homosexuals, and not transvestites or confused about who they are. And, yes, there are homosexual women who love to act and look like a man. There are a variety of behaviors within each category.
We know that, in modern times, as early as 1977, the Israeli Defense Forces determined that it would be better not to have women in actual combat. Women just aren’t wired the same as men, and this creates unnecessary hazards on the battlefield. BadEagle.com has addressed this issue before, in “Women Warriors” (2002):
Why didn’t anyone listen to the Israeli Defense Forces back in 1977? A senior female officer said, “From the very nature of the army, you can’t have quality of the sexes in it. A woman’s just not built for fighting, physically or mentally.” Psychologist Tamar Breznitz-Svidovsky reported that nearly 90% of Israeli women surveyed did not want to see women in combat. “Women scare too easily” and “Women are too weak” were the most common reasons. These quotes, and many others, were presented by Lesley Hazleton in Israeli Women: The Reality Behind the Myths (Simon & Schuster, 1977).
Fighting Israeli women of the 1948 era earned the reputation of being unfeminine, as well as insignificant soldiers, according to Carol Clapsaddle (“Flight From Femminism,” in Response: A Contemporary Jewish Review, 18 Summer 1973). They couldn’t do much about their limited soldiering, but the unfeminine image was rigorously attacked in the 1970s with the advent of “beauty” contests in Israel.
This issue seems always the same. The woman wants equal privileges as the man, including that of acting like a man. Most women, however, like being feminine, because that gives them power over men–which otherwise they could not wield. This is understood. (And, I suspect, it’s a lot easier, in most cases.)
Ah, but too much attention to the women is not good, not for the men. I think of the words of Yosi ben Yohanan of Jerusalem (pre-Mishnah father, BCE):
“Do not talk much with a woman.” They said this of a man’s own wife: how much more of his fellow’s wife! Hence the Sages have said, “He that talks much with women brings evil upon himself, and neglects the study of the Law…”
See, Jacob Neusner, The Rabbinic Traditions About the Pharisees Before 70 (Brill, 1971), Vol. 1, p.16.
Well, no wonder I suffer so! What’s a modern man to do? In the end, we can’t blame the woman. At Judgment Day, the fault lies with the man, and his abuse of the woman, regardless of her tempting powers. Check it out: Revelation 21:8 and 22:22:15. “Whoremonger” means dealer, one who deals women. I presume that means anyone who makes a nickel off the woman, from her hairstyle to her toe nails. But, who really knows?