The Passive-Aggressive Pie War Between Martha Stewart And Gwyneth Paltrow
As feminists complain about the ‘gendered expectations of Christmas,’ Martha Stewart blows them all out of the water in terms of being a woman and gracious hostess.
Today’s feminist is fighting for something: The right to never grow up.
Resident feminist Jessica Valenti has squinted so hard she has found sexism in a rather rudimentary task. In “No, I will NOT wrap all the presents,” Valenti decries the gendered responsibility for “holiday joy.” The holidays aren’t the most wonderful time of the year, they’re just another way the patriarchy reinforces gendered expectations.
Every single issue Valenti brings up stems from her expectations, not those of “the patriarchy.” As a certain Federalistcontributor said, “Buy a gift bag.” The solution is really that easy. If you don’t have the temerity to shake off a glance at your store-bought cookies, that’s on you, not the entire male sex. Further, are any men judging your Christmas card arrival date? No, that is other women. The answer to sexism was evident this entire time. It’s women who are sexist.
This shouldn’t surprise anyone who’s seen mature reactions like this from the feminist smart set to a thoughtful piece by Emily Yoffe on civil rights challenges that have arisen from universities attempting to replace or supersede the criminal justice system.
Most feminist talking points center around dissolving responsibility. Whether it’s the idea that it’s verboten to advise women to look out for themselves, consider that men may have civil rights, or mention that getting completely drunk might lead to some poor decisions, feminism isn’t fighting for women. It’s fighting to keep girls from becoming women.
Gwyneth Paltrow, the Modern Face of Feminism
Now, this isn’t all feminism’s fault. Our larger culture has embraced the pursuit of perpetual youth. For women this means that life’s order of progressing from young woman to mother to family matriarch has fallen off the rails. With divorce, we’ve seen the rise of the cougar, a woman basically out doing what she was doing in her twenties instead now in her forties. In many ways, taking care of ourselves and looking better than previous generations is a blessing.
In other ways, having our outer visage remain youthful longer has led in some cases to a matching inside. Take Gwyneth Paltrow, with her customized Tracy Anderson workouts and passion for healthy eating. She looks wonderful for a woman her age, but she doesn’t show the mental maturity of a woman her age. From claiming she has it harder than other moms because, horrors, sometimes she has to spend two weeks in Wisconsin filming, to pretending she invented the breakup, or dreaming of a dictatorship, Paltrow might be a perfect example of today’s feminist.
Instead of taking a serious look into our country’s challenges, she says, when referring to President Obama, “It would be wonderful if we were able to give this man all of the power that he needs to pass the things that he needs to pass.” That’s the flight of fancy of a child, not someone who understands the reality of a dictatorship. Instead of accepting responsibility for a failed marriage, she invents “conscious uncoupling.”
There are some women who call BS on all this nonsense and remind us what mature women used to be like. Martha Stewart, a woman who owns family matriarch, likely isn’t the first person to wish that Paltrow would “just be quiet.” “She just needs to be quiet. She’s a movie star. If she were confident in her acting, she wouldn’t be trying to be Martha Stewart,” Stewart told a fashion magazine.
Don’t Try to Out-Host Martha Stewart
This feud escalated to some holiday food shots, which may have resulted in the most epic pie recipe magazine spread troll one will ever see.
OG lifestyle diva Martha Stewart is now taking stabs at Vegenaise lover Gwyneth Paltrow in a way that only she can: In a stunning six-page spread loaded with dairy-filled, decidedly un-macrobiotic pies in the November issue of her magazine, Martha Stewart Living. Sure it may be about pie, but the spread’s title, ‘Conscious Coupling,’ written in bold capital letters, is an obvious and direct jab at Paltrow. The juice-loving actress’s divorce from musician Chris Martin made headlines when she referred to it as ‘consciously uncoupling.’
The digs don’t stop there. Stewart continues to poke at Paltrow’s divorce: ‘Every Thanksgiving table should be blessed with the presence of a long-married pair who bring out the best in each other, are completely enamored despite their differences, and leave ever other guests thinking, I’ll have what they’re having.’
Lesson one, do not get into a land war in Asia. Lesson two: don’t try to out-host Martha Stewart. After all, Martha Stewart is the one who recreated Downtown Abbey out of gingerbread.
Much more to read, with live links, found at the Federalist.
Cop beats black guy in New York City….
BREAKING: ThinkProgress Uncovers Catholic Group Acting Catholic
Those evil Knights of Columbus actually believe that Catholic stuff!
Those intrepid newshounds at ThinkProgress have uncovered nefarious doings in the dark, secretive world of … the Knights of Columbus. You thought the Catholic fraternal organization was all funny hats, ceremonial swords and Special Olympics donations.
If only! It turns out the Knights “Bankroll America’s Social Conservative Movement,” according to ThinkProgress’s headline.
Besides casting a sleazy aspersion about the compensation of the “Supreme Knight,” the nearly 1,900-word article is utterly, well, stupid. Can liberals reading ThinkProgress be so cut off from religious culture that they’re shocked a Catholic organization believes Church teaching? Perhaps they can.
Among the revelations: The Knights of Columbus oppose same-sex marriage, and put their money where their mouths are, donating to efforts to block gay marriage in various states. They oppose ObamaCare’s contraception mandate. Since 2010 they’ve given $250,000 to Morality in Media, “likely the nation’s loudest voice against adult pornography, and its efforts to curb “the ravages of the pornography pandemic in America,” according to ThinkProgress. (Scary stuff, that!)
Most importantl, ThinkProgress exposed the Knights pro-life beliefs! They work to overturn Roe V. Wade. “Between local chapters and the national organization, the Knights’ ‘Ultrasound Initiative’ have provided more than $14 million worth of ultrasound machines to local ‘pro-life pregnancy care centers,’ based on the belief that ‘a free ultrasound exam often helps an abortion minded woman to decide to choose life for herself and her child.’”
Each year, the Knights “reaffirm their ‘long-standing policies of not inviting to any Knights of Columbus event, persons, especially public officials or candidates for public office, who do not support the legal protection of unborn children, or who advocate the legalization of assisted suicide or euthanasia.’”
To ThinkProgress, this is “divisive language.”
Intrepid readers who plod on to the end of the article are rewarded by something resembling a point. The article quotes “Peter Montgomery, a senior fellow at People For the American Way” (seriously), saying : “‘Many Catholic parishioners who support the Knights of Columbus might be surprised and dismayed to know that the money they gave at the pancake breakfast is being used to deny equality to their LGBT friends and family.’
You know what Catholic parishioners are called who are shocked at Catholics acting on their faith? Anything but “Catholic.”
CBO warns lawmakers that Social Security is still going broke
The Congressional Budget Office issued another dire warning last week on the ominous state of the Social Security, the social retirement and disability programs created by Congress in 1935 as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “New Deal.”
Though the financial state of the “trust funds” — divided into two parts, the Old-Age Survivors Insurance (OASI) and Disability Insurance (DI) — has long been a concern for policy wonks and some lawmakers (though not nearly enough of them), the report released on Thursday notes that Social Security, which, in 2010, began paying out more in benefits than taxes collected, isn’t too far off from running out of money, owing more in benefits than it can legally pay out.
“CBO projects that under current law, the DI trust fund will be exhausted in fiscal year 2017, and the OASI trust fund will be exhausted in 2032,” the report explains. “If a trust fund’s balance fell to zero and current revenues were insufficient to cover the benefits specified in law, the Social Security Administration would no longer have legal authority to pay full benefits when they were due.”
“In 1994, legislation redirected revenues from the OASI trust fund to prevent the imminent exhaustion of the DI trust fund. In part because of that experience, it is a common analytical convention to consider the DI and OASI trust funds as combined. Thus, CBO projects, if some future legislation shifted resources from the OASI trust fund to the DI trust fund, the combined OASDI trust funds would be exhausted in 2030,” the report added.
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