In a popular essay this weekend, Maureen Dowd blasted the feisty faux-feminists of the Republican party, calling them grown-up models of high school’s “mean girls” . She’s not wrong. They’re mean, dishonest and seeking power with all the cutthroat passion of a race for prom queen. It’s politics Heathers style.
What these women need is a Mommy. Just like the school bully needs her parents to ground her, take away her cell phone and teach her some solid values, these new political Mean Girls could use a firm reminder of what feminism, and family values, really looks like.
As Dowd says, she left a debate where one of these new Republican darlings spoke, worrying that the woman would spray paint her locker and take away her health insurance.
The comparison to school bullies is sadly apt. What our whole political spectrum needs is more maturity, and attention the needs of the most vulnerable members of our society. A mother figure, or a whole lot of moms, like Momsrising.org, to get everyone sharing their toys, playing nice and solving problems together.
In other words: grow up, ladies.
Photo: David Shankbone