Sunday, September 14, 2008

SNL: Tina Fey & Amy Poehler Play Sarah Palin & Hillary Clinton (Video)

As Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler do the women of America a favor and tell the media to knock it off with the sexism. It's true I would have preferred for them to name names and specify targets, msm and bloggers too, but it's a start.

Fey and Poehler performed the skit signifying a milestone in women's history on last night's season premier of Saturday Night Live. When has this ever happened? An SNL opening skit featuring two women who are portraying two major pols who are two women?

Amy Poehler portrays a Hillary who selfishly yearns to be the only woman to break the highest glass ceiling. Of course in real life Hillary Rodham Clinton is a lot smarter than that. As the existence of the remarkable all-women opening SNL skit makes clear, when women break through barriers constructed by male-led cultures entrenched in misogyny, it is good for all women. Obviously Republican policies are bad for women and bad for women's families, but so is this culture's practice of designating leaders as persons who have penises.

We are all kinds of women and we deserve, and democracy demands, all kinds of representation. What US women currently have is so little representation that we are a pathetic joke in the more advanced nations. Until we have as many women as we have men in positions of power and leadership, the shameful disrespect -- made so painfully evident during the Democratic primary -- for the women and girls of this country will continue to thrive.

"I scratched and clawed through mud and barbed wire and you just glided in on a dog sled wearing your pageant sash and your Tina Fey glasses."