During a July Tea Party town hall and webcast, Representative Bachmann sung the praises of her hero, Phyllis Schlafly. Now the Schlafly’s hold a special place in my heart, because it was her nut job of a son, Andy, and his batshit insane parody of a wiki that introduced me to the “interesting” ideas of the far right. Thanks again for that one, 4chan, for there are some things you can’t unsee and the /rage Conservapedia blessed me with, especially exploits like their blasphemously funny attempt to rewrite the bible, were epic in proportion.
But Andy’s brood mother is about on par with her son for rhe sheer stupidity of the memes she advocates. Such as the conservative ideal of Men being the breadwinner and Women planted firmly in either the kitchen or bedroom and spouting such gems as:
“I would say, don’t be taken in by feminism. Just remember American women are so fortunate. When I got married, all I wanted in the world was a dryer so I didn’t have to hang up my diapers. And now women have paper diapers and all sorts of conveniences in the home. And it is the men and the technology that has made the home such a pleasant place for women to be. So I hope they will use that pleasant place to raise their children.”
“It’s feminism because it is the radical feminists in the education department, first in the Carter administration and then in the Clinton administration, who’ve been dogging the life out of the colleges to cut the men’s sports and do a bean counting operation to make sure just as many women as men are on sports teams, and in fact, they want it to be proportional, so that now we know they’ve chased so many men out of college – colleges are now 60/40 female to male – so they want 60 percent of the sports teams and scholarships to be female and that is absolutely ridiculous and unfair.” [NPR, 3/30/11]
Which makes me giggle because the 60/40 ratio was one of the prime reasons I went to college in the first place. Yet I really feel bad for Roger Schlafly, who has to spend his Thanksgivings explaining very slowly to his family that the Theory of Relativity is real, verifiable, and has nothing to do with Morale Relativity.
Michele Bachmann obviously has no qualms with the ideas of the matriarchal Schlafly and gladly wants to follow Phyllis as she leads the better sex towards ’12…1712 that is.