I’m sure many of you have seen the dust-up within the Feminist Party. Quotes from Madeleine Albright and Gloria Steinem caused the ruckus. I find the Steinem’s view as hilarious. I sympathize with some feminist views but the divide in Feminism makes calling yourself a Feminist — an admission of irrationality. Either get close to the same page or take separate names for the cause. Two groups saying opposite things under the Feminist label is just irrational. Here are the quotes and the one by the former face of the Feminist movement is a doozy:

“We can tell our story of how we climbed the ladder, and a lot of you younger women think it’s done,” Albright said, before pivoting to a scorching rebuke of young women supporting Sanders: “It’s not done. There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other.”

Steinem explained young women’s support of Bernie Sanders over Clinton by chalking it up to sex: “When you’re young, you’re thinking, ‘Where are the boys? The boys are with Bernie.’

Are the boys really with Bernie? No one mentioned this in my non-existent boys club. Guys will also go where girls are but I always see complex social equations.

The Trump versus Sanders match-up interests me more because that’s a Capitalism versus Socialism debate. I see flaws in both systems. Socialism is the more idealistic system, but it seems rather obvious that Capitalism drove invention over the last couple of centuries. If machines are going to eliminate a multitude of jobs—we will have to have a more socialistic system. Are we to that point yet? I’m not in a position to answer the question and would rather hear from leaders in technology sector rather than empty-headed politicians like Bush and Obama.

The Rubio debate disaster was interesting, too. Obama got nailed on his teleprompter use and Rubio’s repetition of a line is similar in nature. Many of us want to see real people; not a cardboard poster with a speaker hiding in the back.

Back to the Feminist issue. Switch around the genders in the Albright quote. If it is wrong for men to behave that way then isn’t it wrong for women to be sexist? Isn’t the Capitalist or Socialist debate more important? If you are a young or old; man or woman—shouldn’t you be thinking best about how our society should move forward. Neither Capitalism or Socialism is evil; they were both created to best advance society. Be open-minded. When I made my Feminist Agent quote, I was pondering how open-minded anyone who calls herself Feminist can be. Shouldn’t you just call yourself a Humanist?

You notice I don’t tell you how to vote; I just want you to think. Albright was without a doubt telling you what to think, in my opinion.

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  1. Not knowing there are a variety of types of feminists is much like not understanding that democratic socialism isn’t what was practiced in Russia. Steinem said that during an interview with Bill Maher (hello…comedy show about news) during which he never stopped trying to flirt with her. She later apologized on Twitter for any misunderstanding, for leaving the unintended impression that young women are all “boy crazy”.

    If you don’t remember or haven’t studied the ’60s period of feminism, which is called “second wave”, you might not know that there were many slogans of the sort Madeline Albright repeated, and that they were intentional variations of similar ones crafted by the Black Power/Pride movement. Now, it comes across as sexist and out of touch, but the context was quite different 45 years ago when I first heard it.

    Madeline Albright is 78, and Steinem 81. I’m not at all surprised they aren’t entirely in tune with Millennials. Mrs. Clinton is experiencing some of that disconnect too.

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    1. I know all about the waves of Feminism, but I know many who call themselves Feminists speak before they learn the issues of division. If a person identifies what type of Feminism they favor; it helps in communication. The present condition of Feminism is in disarray. They see on Wikipedia how many accuse Camille Paglia of anti-Feminism and do not explore her views and accept the anti-Feminist label. Socialism was the goal of Communism and many Capitalists accepted that Capitalism will lead to Socialism; which, may be where we are at. The tech sector is the key.You may find offense at my laugh at the quotes, but it is just my reaction to the quotes. Humanism is without a doubt preferential to being gender oriented and that is what Feminism is. Testosterone ups sex drive and guys will cross the line, some women love the flirtation and others don’t. Some women cross the line in, too.

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