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A Few Good Women: Response to "Why Women Still Can't Have It All"

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  [T]he responses heard from my peers and associates prompted me to write this article. Women of my generation have clung to the feminist credo we are raised with, even as our ranks have been steadily thinned by irresolvable tensions between family and career, because we are determined not to drop the flag for the next generation.

She does not want to "drop the flag."   The race to the top is not over!   Slaughter feels guilty for lecturing young women, not all women--just those ambitious young women--that "if they cannot manage to rise up the ladder as fast as men," and have families and "be thin and beautiful to boot," then they are to blame! ("Why Women").

If we question what might motivate the highly educated and privileged women to "leadership" positions in government, academia, corporate, banking, and other sphere in which wield the power of the Empire rather than the power of the people, we would have to concluded, given Slaughter's account, these women mean to begin in partnership with the Patriarchy of Empire, an equal lion's share of positions of authority and an equal distribution of wealth. If these women are not successful at reforming the system from within, then begin the movement to bring about the domination of women, predominately white women, bourgeois women, to power.

This drive to be included in the Patriarchal structuring of humanity, to join rather than challenge the injustice experienced in Black, Chicano and Indigenous communities forced Black, Chicano, and Indigenous people to break from "feminism" in the late 60s and early 70s to develop feminist theories that spoke to their particularly heritage, social, political, and cultural issues. Still valid, these theories have since the 1990s been marginalized, if not silenced by what Slaughter offers as the best hope for "women": "to close the leadership gap: to elect a woman president and 50 women senators." Women must be "equally represented in the ranks of corporate executives and judicial leaders."

Only when women wield power in sufficient numbers will we create a society that genuinely works for all women. "That will be a society that works for everyone."

Sounds familiar? This is Slaughter's trickle down "freedoms and opportunities" theory, I suppose. Wait on these highly educated, privileged women, predominantly white women, running the race to the top for us women, for all of society! They will save us just as Richard Holbrooke did! For Slaughter and her cohorts in "leadership," working class Black, Chicano, Asian, Indigenous, Arab women ALL agree with this insane logic--even if we were not asked--and dismissed as subjects (sisters) within Slaughter's article.

We have plenty of this dehumanization and marginalization from Patriarchal Empire as it is now, and the leadership we seek calls for striking down the power of Empire to benefit from the destruction of our lives and the lives of our children. Instead, Slaughter and her cohorts of women "leaders," in marginalizing the true nature of their work within on behalf of the Empire and the work of the Empire itself, marginalizes by omission the history of the masses of women and their struggle against the "leadership" of capitalist and corporate rulers.  

We have yet to experience a feminist movement thanks to these betrayers of feminism!

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Slaughter's article does not purport to prepare for the rise of human beings who contribute to culture, or to history; unfortunately, it urges the indoctrination of a new generation of women, a few good women, highly educated at corporatized colleges and universities, (preferably at the top Corporate Leadership Cloning Factories, the Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and University of Chicago), privileged, predominantly white American women and colored imitators, to lord over the working class Black, Brown, Yellow, Indigenous, Arab young women who do not fit the bill and wait to be saved from your misery.

Follow those who KNOW!


Bourgeois women are nothing if not "co-consumers of the surplus value their men extort from the proletariat," writes Luxemburg ("Women's Suffrage and Class Struggle"). "As long as capitalism and the wage system rule, only that kind of work is considered productive which produces surplus-value, which creates capitalist profit"--capitalist wars.  

But do not expect an anti-capitalist, anti-corporate, anti war campaign from these ambitious women who are more in "love" with Patriarchal power than they are their own children.

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Have all of what?


More of the inhumane and insane! Slaughter is not speaking of "freedom and opportunities" for all, but more patriarchal women engaged in the exploitation and the enslavement of the working class!

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Dr. Lenore J. Daniels, Black Commentator, Editorial Board and Columnist, Doctorate in Modern American Literature/Cultural Theory

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While I am reading Anne-Marie Slaughter's "Why Wo... by Lenore Daniels on Wednesday, Jul 11, 2012 at 8:05:35 AM
A woman can't have it all because she is only half... by Ned Lud on Wednesday, Jul 11, 2012 at 8:58:44 AM
I recommend some of the sources I mentioned here, ... by Amy Fried, Ph.D. on Wednesday, Jul 11, 2012 at 9:47:22 AM
Hi AmyThank you for reading the article. I was res... by Lenore Daniels on Wednesday, Jul 11, 2012 at 1:39:29 PM
It seems to me that the 1% will come up with any e... by Jill Herendeen on Saturday, Jul 14, 2012 at 2:21:17 PM