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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Good Riddance to Bad Rubbish

The world is a slightly better place today.
Phyllis Schlafly died yesterday, succumbing to whatever it is that kills gorgons, which would have been even better news about 40 years ago, but you take what you can get.
A uniquely nasty piece of work, Schlafly was a woman who made a successful career out of telling other women they shouldn't be allowed to have careers. She rose to a position of no small prominence and influence by telling other women they should not be allowed to be prominent or influential.

She may have been best known for being one of the biggest reasons that the Equal Rights Amendment was never ratified, campaigning tirelessly against the idea of women who were not her having equality. I guess that when you make your money from speaking fees and book sales, equal  pay is not a big issue for you.

Schlafly used to begin her speeches by gleefully thanking her husband for allowing her to be there. She would then add that she liked to open this way because it angered the feminists. Basically, she enjoyed giving a big middle finger to her fellow women who were struggling to not be treated as second-class citizens by reveling in her own pathetic subservience. Whether this subservience was real or a convenient fiction I don't know. I'm guessing that when you're the celebrity in the family and the one with the big speaking fees and publishing royalties, you're probably the one calling the shots. Did Schlafly believe her own venomous rhetoric? I have no idea. My guess is that she probably did not, that like most right-wing political figures, she was running a con, but maybe she did. I sure don't care enough to do any research. Either way she was a terrible human being.

When reached for comment, Satan said he welcomed his new bride and was looking forward to testing the limits of her commitment to serving her husband.


D. said...

And of course my copy of The Handmaid's Tale has disappeared, but I'd bet that PS was the model for the major "villainess" wife of the head honcho (I only read the book 8 or so years ago but most of the details are gone).

anne marie in philly said...

buh-bye felicia! I would go piss on your grave, but I know the line would be too damn long. you didn't die soon enough; you are a disgrace to the female gender. thank the dogs and cats we no longer have to look at your ugly h8ful face! BITCH!

Bob Slatten said...

I'm sure she's enjoying Dinner With Hitler in Hell but here's my one question I've always had for Phyllis:
Wasn't she a working women when she went out on her anti-women-working tours? I mean if she was all about women staying home and birthing babies wasn't she breaking that rule?
I imagine her husband was just glad to have her out of the house!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

She was so venomously homophobic and also had a gay son. I often thought of him when she'd be off on one of her diatribes.

Professor Chaos said...

Jeezus, that poor kid.
I think Anita Bryant's son was gay too. Awful for them.

jadedj said...

The gay son information makes me wonder if maybe much of her foulness wasn't just bullshit for monetary gain. Regardless, she was a despicable shithead, that's for sure. Every time she opened her miserable mouth, I just wanted to smack her.