Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Woman beats man, man marries woman

And because I support female empowerment and whatnot, I give you this anecdote from the WaPo about the new chief of the CIA’s Near East division, Robert Richer:

One well-known story about Richer is that, as a young Marine Corps captain, he marched his company to a course in unarmed self-defense one morning. Perturbed to find that the Marine sergeant teaching the class was a woman, he volunteered to be the first challenger, according to former colleagues who have heard the story.

Within seconds, Richer was flat on his back. Shortly after that, the instructor resigned from the Corps, which does not allow fraternization between enlisted personnel and officers, so she and Richer could marry.

This is the beginning to every female-oriented Disney story ever made. But we see, in the end, the eventual triumph of patriarchal dominance and oppression, as the girl, once an employed, strong-willed firebrand, quits her job for the quiet desperation and anonymity of domestic life. Man triumphs yet again.

Meanwhile, somewhere in NY City, a NOW employee run's crying to her room, flips on some Barbara Streisand, and burns bras late into the night.


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