Thursday, May 3, 2007
Personal Aside: In the Silliest Analysis of the Season, Marin Blasts Dems Testosterone Level for Inaction on Illinois Financial Emergency
It takes a good deal of neurosis to link Illinois financial emergency to male genitalia, but the Sun-Times Carol Marin, a Gloria Steinem vestigial feminist of the `60s who has never moved beyond the era, used the epithet Testosterone Triangle in a gender war to explain why the legislatures Democrats havent found new money to meet the pension deficit, new schools, new roads and solve Medicaid and other public welfare needs. Marin, a prematurely orange-haired 50-something feminist with the mien of a secularist, dominatrix Mother Superior would be the first to howl bloody murder if someone used a reference to menopause or female troubles in criticizing the first woman U. S. House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi. But twice in one story, Marin used the word testosterone as a near curse word to describe the leadership of the state which happens to be all male as it has since its 1818 founding: with men as governor, house speaker and Senate president. Then she used the word impotent which, of course, also has male sexual overtones to curl her lips in disgust at the stalled process. The only thing she didnt do was demand from the state government a seminal performance.
What Marinso angry she could spit--meant to say, I suppose, was that the male leadership of the state is flaccid and victimized by erectile dysfunction. The imagery was probably influenced in Marins mind by the recent visit to the Sun-Times editorial board by two overage female vestiges of the past neither of whom have husbands at presentSteinem and Jane Fonda. It was a favorite insult issued by 1960s feminists to ridicule the presence of testosterone which is produced in the testes of men as reason why the world is always at chaos or war. Sigmund Freud has written extensively about such women who, unable to castrate men to purportedly make them equal to females, jab repetitively at males by ridiculing their virilizing effects including formation of the penis and scrotum, deepening of the voice, growth of beard and auxiliary hair. Freud calls this penis envy.
Let us acknowledge that Marin stopped short of asking the leaders of state government to undergo a vasectomy reversalbut her bad-tempered analysis in addition to being insulting sexism was also ill-considered and impromptulet us say to continue the metaphors she enjoys, a case of premature ejaculation.
The bizarre anti-male, sexist Marin characterization of Illinois governmental leaders could only be duplicated by a male reporter criticizing Hillary Clintons tensed-up and frozen demeanor in debate by linking it to possible postmenopausal temperament which may have caused Clintons robotic tendencies through hot flashes, urinary stress incontinence, chilly sensations, dizziness, irritability and sweating. What would feminist Marin say then? Incidentally, isnt she supposed to have an editor reviewing her stuff for the editorial page? Perhaps if someone is not up to the challenge of dealing with her, its him.
Lynn Sweet, where are you? On vacation? Cant you take over the entire political beat? God, just to have someone with maturity to write this stuff would be such an improvement.