State of the Union Dressup

I’m seeing a pattern here:

Behind him, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sat in a white suit jacket and blouse. Before him, a block of female lawmakers donned a range of white outfits and visibly unimpressed expressions. Even his daughter Tiffany was pictured in white, with social media speculating that the choice may have been more than a coincidence.
President Trump’s State of the Union address was flooded with the color white.
The bold statement, initiated by the House Democratic Women’s Working Group, saw dozens of lawmakers coordinate their attire as a show of solidarity among women. Democrats taking part included newly-elected Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, who was seen wearing a white cape, and Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, who wore a white vest and trousers paired with a blue hijab and red shirt.

Oh yes:

Women are wearing black to the 2018 Golden Globe Awards to protest sexual harassment and raise awareness for Time’s Up, a new initiative fighting sexual misconduct in Hollywood and beyond. As the stars take the red carpet for tonight’s ceremony, they explain the powerful reasons why they went all-noir for the awards show.

And:

When US vice-president Mike Pence visited Philadelphia on 23 July, he was greeted by a now familiar sight: a wall of women dressed in scarlet cloaks, with oversize white bonnets obscuring their faces.

The outfit worn by Margaret Atwood’s handmaids in her 1985 dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale and its recent TV adaptation has been in evidence from Argentina to the US, the UK and Ireland, and has emerged as one of the most powerful current feminist symbols of protest, in a subversive inversion of its association with the oppression of women.

And:

An estimated 500,000 people gathered for the Women’s March on Washington to advocate for gender equality on President Donald Trump’s first full day in office. Many sported pink knitted beanies with cat ears, called “pussy hats,” as a symbol of solidarity among protestors.

A group called the Pussyhat Project helped make the hat part of marchers’ uniform. Project co-organizer Jayna Zweiman told Business Insider that anyone who planned to march could download a crochet, knit, or sew pattern for the hat on the project’s site. Alternatively, people could make and send them to the organizers to give away at DC’s march.

An awful lot of what passes for women’s politics these days is just a big game of dress-up. Whereas this might be expected from empty-headed actresses and the vinegar-drinking cat-ladies who go on women’s marches, what excuse do female politicians at the State of the Union address have? That America oppresses women so much it behooves the dozens of women who hold high political office to draw attention to it? This is theatre – nay, pantomime – and these women are play-acting. The whole stunt screams:

“Hah! We have forced our way into your institutions and now we’re going to act like a bunch of teenagers and there’s not a damned thing you can do about it. Take that, daddy men!”

Which is strange, because the old misogynistic dinosaurs of yesteryear warned against allowing women into senior positions on the grounds they’d not take them seriously. From accounts I’ve read on Twitter, each woman in white sat through Trump’s address with a face like a bulldog licking piss off a thistle until he said:

No-one has benefited more from a thriving economy than women, who have filled 58% of the newly created jobs last year.

At which point they rose to their feet and delivered a round of applause in congratulation to…themselves.


I can understand why this goes down well with some women. What I don’t understand is why normal, intelligent, self-assured women would take them seriously. Even more baffling is that men vote for them as well. As others have said, modern feminism is little more than a giant sh*t-test which men are failing badly. Men are gonna need to snap out of it soon. So are ordinary women, for that matter.

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22 thoughts on “State of the Union Dressup

  1. Blame the education systems of the western world – which have been irredeemably feminised for way too long. The likes of AOC are a product of this.

  2. A genuine strong woman of which I’m sure we all know many does not rely on dress up they just get up in the morning like the rest of us and get on with life with no attached histrionics. The sour face clowns you mention here are just the trappings of a society chasing its own tail, try finding their equivalent outside of the west.

  3. Read The Last Psychiatrist on this (Section II): https://thelastpsychiatrist.com/2013/01/no_self-respecting_woman_would.html

    Think back to the 1970s and what was the British parliament doing? Running the water, gas, phones, car making. There were proper wars to worry about. Crime was a huge deal.

    Same with the police and military. I remember when being senior in either was a big deal. You were a respected man in your neighbourhood. Because you had a serious job to do. But neither really is today. There isn’t a serious threat of war, so serious people don’t try and become officers. You aren’t going to be looking for armed robbers if you’re a copper. A load of technology stopped anyone but the clinically insane from doing it. So both have been overrun by bureaucrats.

  4. try finding their equivalent outside of the west.

    Indeed, I can’t imagine female Turkish, Thai, or Nigerian politicians engaging in behaviour like this on such an occasion.

  5. The good news from this is it makes clear is that, mostly, all the really important questions have been answered. The bad is that the sillier end of this movement will happily tear the roof down with zero understanding of the consequences.

  6. “…why normal, intelligent, self-assured women would take them seriously.”

    Because feminists are not, on the whole, either normal or self-assured?

  7. It occurs to me that women gaining power is rather like the black Zimbabweans taking over the former white owned land – now we’ve got it, what do we do with it?

    I mean Jeremy Corbyn and crew are a bunch of old white men, they know EXACTLY what they want to do when they get into power. And its not ’empowering other men’.

  8. In the future perhaps having participated in this kind of idiocy will become a thought crime in the same way that “blackface” has become.

  9. “As others have said, modern feminism is little more than a giant sh*t-test which men are failing badly. Men are gonna need to snap out of it soon. So are ordinary women, for that matter.”

    There’s an interesting article from the BBC which highlights research pointing out that few women actually claim to be feminists:

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-47006912

    The author, a female academic, seems to think that this is a bit surprising, almost as if there is some steady march of progress towards a point where all women identify as such, and the task is completed.

    My guess is that most women in countries like the UK steer clear of identifying with feminism because it is one of those movements (like Black Lives Matter, most Animal Rights groups, and “Occupy”) which can only survive by means of transparently ridiculous hyperbole. Sane people can see that although past forms of feminism have materially benefitted them, dressing up in the street to claim that women live in a sci-fi dystopia is clearly nothing but attention-seeking.

  10. I think one should never underestimate how much even the most together and with it women still have a sea of seething emotional turmoil going underneath. Just as one should never underestimate the degree to which men are driven by testosterone in just about everything they do.

    The most capable level headed woman I know still has various emotional demons to cope with, I guess the reason she’s so capable and level headed (to anyone looking at her and her life from the outside) is that she’s smart enough to identify those demons and deal with them in ways that don’t impact her day to day existence and the people around her. Which makes her a very abnormal woman indeed – most can’t identify their neuroses to start with, let alone deal with them in ways that don’t impact others.

  11. I guess the reason she’s so capable and level headed (to anyone looking at her and her life from the outside) is that she’s smart enough to identify those demons and deal with them in ways that don’t impact her day-to-day existence and the people around her.

    Funny you should mention this, as I was just having a conversation about my lovely bride’s “secret identity.” By day, she’s a super-competent, driven, experienced corporate manager of the type most of us would love to work for. In the evenings, she’s so strung-out by the day’s exertions that she can barely put on her own socks. The demons are there all the time, and keeping them quiet sometimes exhausts her.

    Don’t get me wrong — I’m far happier that her play-acting involves being a competent corporate drone. For one thing, the compensation is a hell of a lot better than you’ll get as an extra in an amateur production of The Handmaid’s Tale. I’d much rather spend a long weekend on a warm beach with an umbrella drink in my hand, than spend it marching around some Capitol building with a pussy hat and a picket sign printed and distributed by some “grassroots” organization with an eight-figure budget.

  12. Men are waking up to this and like everything else that has been going on a long time and left to fester the backlash will not be pretty.

  13. My guess is that most women in countries like the UK steer clear of identifying with feminism because it is one of those movements (like Black Lives Matter, most Animal Rights groups, and “Occupy”) which can only survive by means of transparently ridiculous hyperbole. Sane people can see that although past forms of feminism have materially benefitted them, dressing up in the street to claim that women live in a sci-fi dystopia is clearly nothing but attention-seeking.

    My observation is that most women have husbands and sons and don’t recognise the men that are the subject of the rants of modern feminists.

  14. Speaking of AOC, she’s really pushing that whole “Eva Peron” persona, huh? Got to respect her commitment at least.

  15. Oddly enough, when I saw this infantile stunt — except infantile isn’t really the right word, it’s more of an overly-Persilled hen party, or collectivist as if they were wearing matching androgynous Mao suits — I did suspect it was the kind of thing that might end up here.

    One particular aspect of it that I find entertaining is that all of these strong, independent, successful congresswomen decided upon a colour traditionally associated with virgin brides and debutantes. The lack of self-reflection is noteworthy.

  16. Female solidarity: Gender is purely a social construct, except when it isn’t.

  17. Someone posted a picture on Instapundit of an old KKK meeting, complete with burning cross, with the caption, “Another time the Democrats dressed in white”.

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