Saturday, March 15, 2008

Conflicting feelings of victimhood

So, this week saw an interesting twist of victim baiting. Ferraro made her comments about Obama:

"If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position."

I don't think you have to be a pundit to realize that this is pretty obvious. Obama's entire candidacy is based on transcending lines: party, class, racial, etc. If Obama were white, then his candidacy wouldn't be noticed, because it would just sound strange hearing a white guy say the stuff that Obama says in this video .

But apparently people don't get it. Like these whiners

"Barack Obama’s appeal has as much to do with being black as Robert F. Kennedy’s appeal had to do with being Roman Catholic, or as César Chávez’s had to do with being Latino, or as Mao’s with being Chinese.

Such personal appeal by another name is charisma."

Give me a break. This Post editorial sets the record straight.

Anyway, this whole sordid affair with Spitzer got the feminists really upset. Complaint after complaint of prostitution and whatnot.

For example, here is Kristof's column on prostitution. I think his most possibly convincing line is this:

I changed my mind after looking at the experiences of other countries. The Netherlands formally adopted the legalization model in 2000, and there were modest public health benefits for the licensed prostitutes. But legalization nurtured a large sex industry and criminal gangs that trafficked underage girls, and so trafficking, violence and child prostitution flourished rather than dying out.

The problem is, however, is that Kristof ignores what is really the problem with Amsterdam: the crime and African/Arab immigrants.

I went there last year. At night, there are basically no cops around and it was pretty scary with all these minorities walking around. My friends almost got mugged.

So, basically what we're looking at is a city that doesn't have a good police system, and so trafficking occurs. But, are you going to blame this on the prostitution, or on the fact that it's just an unsafe city? I'd go with the latter. If a country lets in scum, then trafficking is going to happen.

And this one?

Yet the evidence is overwhelming that, in the United States, prostitution is only very rarely just another career choice. Studies suggest that up to two-thirds of prostitutes have been sexually abused as girls, a majority have drug dependencies or mental illnesses, one-third have been threatened with death by pimps, and almost half have attempted suicide.

Sooo seems like a pretty rough life, right? Until you actually read what Dupre's life was like.

She claims that she's a survivor of drug abuse and homelessness. What really happened?

As written about here

The truth is she's a spoiled little girl from NJ who didn't get a second Porsche and now spreads her legs so she can go on fancy trips and buy fancy purses. Bo-hoo.

Don't we have a war on? Isn't there genocide in Sudan going on right now?

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