Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Male Dominated Democracy

In a piece provocatively titled, Don't just swallow it, Linda Hirshman expresses frustration about the disempowered status of American women. From Hyde to Stupak -- women 'swallow' whatever Democrats and Republicans shove down our throats, argues Hirshman.

It's the tradition.

Hirshman does not go far enough. If women refused to put up with Hyde and Stupak, we also wouldn't permit a nation that is almost exclusively ruled by men to get away with calling itself a democracy. Male dominated countries are a lot of things, but they are not democracies.