August 05, 2005

A Word for LaShawn

I'm a bit late to this virtual party, what can I say - I have a job that pays me the big bucks and I can't spend all day on my blog - like LaShawn.

But, I am a bit aggravated, no wait - incensed that LaShawn Barber would actually say, wait for it . . . "I don’t think women generally have the sensibilities to run the country".

Ok, well, I am not going to repeat the very small, and in no way complete list that the talented Janette at Common Sense Runs Wild has already compiled. Nor am I going to repeat the sentiments of the beautiful Jody at Steal the Bandwagon or the lovely Kathy at Cake Eaters Chronicles because they, and others, even Phin, have said it much better than I. What I will say is this:

I am a woman. I am an accomplished woman. I raise a child, support my family and my extended family and I have the sensibilities to do all of those things and more. In fact, you could say I am the President of my home. The sensibilities needed to run the country are much like those needed to run a home, albeit a bigger home - here are my examples

When someone threatens my home, I have the intelligence and strength of character, not to mention a ready arsenal, to defend my home.

When someone offers me a business opportunity, I have the intelligence and mannerisms to negotiate with that person and follow through with an agreement.

When an argument erupts in my home, I have the savvy to broker a fair and equitable resolution to the problem keeping both sides happy.

When people from different backgrounds and cultures come to my home, they are welcomed with open arms and a sympathetic ear

In my home, I am the zsar of right and wrong. I am the moral compass.

In my home, we have a set of rules, a Constitution if you will, which must be followed as the law of the land.

In my home, I have the power to smite the insignificants, but I use that power sparingly and wisely.

In my home, uninvited visiters--illegal immigrants if you will, are quickly removed and the door to their reentry sealed.

I am the figurehead-the picture that visiters get when they visit my home.

I take the blame for my home even when I am not to blame and I get none of the recognition when something wonderful happens in my home.

I am the sympathetic ear, the voice of reason, and the commander in chief in my home.

Now, LaShawn, what am I missing? What sensibilities help me to run my home and family, indeed my law practice, and my clients very pocketbooks, but not the country? Oh, that's right, a penis.

Well, honey, I will run right out and buy a strap-on if it'll make you feel better. In fact, I'll even let it all hang out like Clinton if it'll make you happier.

For the record: I got high marks at my Ivy League college unlike the following men:

Bill Clinton -- got C's
George W. Bush -- got C's
John Kerry -- got C's and D's

Me, a lowly woman, got A's and B's and at an Ivy League just like those big powerful men. Hmmm. I even went to lawschool and got Dean's list, unlike the previous men and unlike Al Gore who failed out of the seminary of all things.

Now that I have given you proof of both my sensibilities for the job, and my intelligence for the job, let me add one more thing. As a lawyer, a litigator, a mother, a wife, a woman and a minority, I have learned to be no-nonsense in my approach to life. I would not hesitate to use force when necessary. I would not hesitate to leave the negotiating table when my country isn't getting the favorable end of the deal. Oh, and no, I would not hesitate to use my charm, of which I have in spades, to charm world leaders into crossing the aisle to my side.

LaShawn, you may not have the sensibilities to be President. Actually, you do not, as President of the U.S. has to be more humble than you apparently are! However, I certainly do, as do my fellow female bloggers, friends, countrywomen and future daughters.

I have a pricey pair of heels, a gun and a brain, the fact that I have boobs shouldn't lull you into a sense of security about me as I am not afraid to use any of my assets for gain!

Oh, and lest you think you are getting blog traffic from me LaShawn, think again. I have used the brilliant basil's instructions for link directing. basil, not you, will get my traffic, since that is clearly all you think about.

Posted by Oddybobo at August 5, 2005 09:03 AM | TrackBack

In a perfect world, LaShawn would be on board the space shuttle right now and Eileen Collins, mission commander, would explain that the only reason LaShawn isn't going out for the fourth space walk without a space suit is that women do, in fact, have the necessary sensibilities.

But that won't happen, because LaShawn lacks the necessary sensibilities and intelligence it would take to be on the space shuttle in the first place.

This ranks right up there with the Soviet engineers who thought that female urine would disolve the space toilet, and therefore were against women being on Mir.

Posted by: Rob at August 5, 2005 10:18 AM

On the other hand, not one single one of the women I used to work with at the bank had the sensibilities to be trusted with even the lowest elected office because they were a bunch of socialistic gun-haters.

If LaShawn would've said "most women" instead of "women generally", would that be accurate, or still irritating?

He should've just stuck with criticizing Rice for being moderate.

Posted by: Harvey at August 5, 2005 11:25 AM

While everyone is welcome to their opinion, I don't necessarily appreciate the "just cuz" view. She's moderate, she is pro-choice, okay, but the emotional "she's female" simply casts aspersions on the rest of the sex.

I'm not touching the race reference. ;)

I usually agree with LaShawn, but this time I don't. Big deal. It's okay, though, as she's "loving the hate". LOL!

Posted by: pam at August 5, 2005 11:51 AM

I'll give you that Harvey. There are many men though too who do not have the sensibilities to hold elected office, let alone procreate, but she isn't generalizing them. I agree, she should have stuck with Rice being moderate, but then again, she doesn't care what I think.

Posted by: Oddybobo at August 5, 2005 12:06 PM

I cna understand if she has a problem with Rice, I admit I'm not sold on her either. My reservations are based on Rice's positions not on her sex. The generalization was just over the top and probably meant to generate the traffic and buzz that it did.

Posted by: Janette at August 5, 2005 01:36 PM

Hum. My comment didn't post... I was just reminded of an ancient saying: "Teach a man and you have taught a man...but... Teach a woman and you teach a nation."
I submit, that all we have which is noble and true in this world, would not be if not for the innate wisdom, resourcefulness, beauty and sacrifice of women, doing the best they can with what they've been given. Including serving well - the responsibilities to lead and make the tough choices when necessary!

Posted by: Dorko at August 5, 2005 01:48 PM

I would agree wholeheartedly with Barber's statement if only she had acknowledged that men, generally, don't have the sensibilities to run the country, either.
How many men do we trust as President and how often have we found that we'd misplaced that trust? Out of the 43 human beings, all men, that have held the office have fallen short? How many have distinguished themselves? The first list is much longer than the second.
So, I won't join in the LaShawn bashing, I'll just be mildly disappointed that she didn't carry the thought to it's logical conclusion.

Posted by: Peter at August 5, 2005 02:24 PM

That is precisely the point Peter, she didn't carry the thought to its logical conclusion. In fact, she gives no reasonings at all. I have offered plenty on why women could run the country. She offered not a one. I am not bashing her. In fact, I usually read her. I am bashing the blatant and not well thought out statement, and the apparent ego she displayed in later posts.

Posted by: Oddybobo at August 5, 2005 02:28 PM

Oh, honey, I believed you hit every nail on her coffin.

Well done!

Posted by: Christina at August 5, 2005 02:34 PM

Oddybobo, even though we tend to sit on different sides of the "political fence", based on your argument put forth here, I would certainly consider voting for you. You most certainly demonstrate the "sensibilities" needed to be president. As for LaShawn, I can only stomach her site in small doses... Good Lord. She's one confused and misinformed sistah!

Posted by: imara at August 5, 2005 02:44 PM

Very well said. When I read the aforementioned sentence on LaShawn's blog my thought was, "what an incredibly stupid thing to say! Reason number 4,526 why I do not read her every day." And now I know why I stop by your blog daily -- bravo.

Posted by: Richmond at August 5, 2005 04:59 PM

Hmm. Emotional response, check.
Kneejerk reaction, check.

Maybe she's right (as a general rule).

Posted by: Jeff Blogworthy at August 5, 2005 07:08 PM

Oddybobo -- You've definitely had the most entertaining yet well-directed rebuttal to her self-absorbness.

I rebutted LB's post to, although in my case I focused on the "ungodly" section related to intelligent design. I passed right over the Condi section because, really, some things are just too silly.

For other entertainment, go check out LB's list of "professional" services. Despite the intellectual build-up, she's basically offering typing services as one of the hot shot cornerstones of business. It's good, honest work but quite a large step, or five, down from her high-brow self-advertisements.

Posted by: Roaring Tiger at August 5, 2005 09:21 PM

I've said it before and I'll say it again; her opinion is apparently based on the fact that SHE is not equipped for the job. It requires immense mental and emotional toughness, a very thick skin. That is something she is (obviously) wholly lacking. And if she thinks that's a solely female characteristic, she either needs to get out more often, or quit projecting. I've seen and known plenty of men whom I've wanted to slap and say "toughen up," just as much as women.

Brilliant job, Oddy; I wonder if she'll come by here and tell you to quick picking on her as she did with others. ;-)

Posted by: Beth at August 5, 2005 10:45 PM

To be truthful, no one really has the sensibilities to run this country - so in a way, LaShawn is correct. Not in the way she intended, I suppose.

Where's Calvin Coolidge or a reasonable female counterpart when you need him/her?

I guess the New Deal added a Constitutional Amendment banning sensibility and we missed it.

Posted by: The Babaganoosh at August 6, 2005 12:36 AM

Outstanding post...simply brilliant and well told off if you ask me!

I'm glad bloggers are realizing that in linking a flame you simply send traffic their way.

Hmmm, I think you've inspired some thoughts for a possible post.

Thanks for getting me to move from RSS reading back to the web again.

Posted by: Michele at August 6, 2005 01:09 AM

Wow! Great job. That is the best thing I've seen all day.

Posted by: Sally at August 6, 2005 01:55 PM

I'm sick of the big bloggers thinking they are all that with the elitist crap. If they say something ignorant they should have to live up to it just like us small blogs do.

Posted by: Jay at August 6, 2005 05:36 PM

I left a two-sentence comment on La Shawn's blog about her remarks -- I was totally polite, no swearing or insults -- and she deleted it. Then she banned me!

Is she going off her rocker? That's not sound behavior.

Posted by: Matt at August 7, 2005 02:31 PM

I think there are few, men or women, that have the right stuff to run our country....despite whether they have a penis or boobs. Everyone's made great points, especially pointing out that we have been dissapointed in the past with some of our male presidents.

The problem is, just like in the past where we put color on everyone, we are now putting sex on everyone (and not the kind we want :-) ) We are not looking at the qualifications, characteristics and experience...we are judging by our own pre-conceived notions of a general sex.

I know a couple of women (using the phrase "know" loosely) that could be president. I know plenty that could not. But ya know what? I know a couple of men that could be president...and I know plenty that could not.

Great job girl!

Posted by: Sissy at August 8, 2005 08:44 AM

s m i l e. . .

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