Or even that Obama couldn’t be a feminist? I know I didn’t. Nor would I, in a million years. Nor did anyone else, that I am aware of. What the hell are these women talking about?
Ms. Magazine decided it could get some attention by photoshopping Obama as Superman, wearing a “This is what a feminist looks like” tee shirt and putting it on the cover. It worked. Many issues were sold. Many women feel that declaring Obama a feminist might be somewhat premature, especially since he hasn’t called himself one in public or donned a tee shirt like that in actuality (at least as far as I know) but hey, who cares, we are just a bunch of dumb girls anyway, right?
ETA: Is Obama’s inauguration really “Christmas, Channukah and New Year’s rolled into one” as Naomi Wolf says? Must I buy gifts and send cards? [Note to the humor impaired – that was a joke. Maybe not a good one, but still recognizable as one to most readers, hopefully.]
ETA 2: It seems clearer now that the cover was intentionally designed to provoke controversy and dissent, which really isn’t what the feminism needs right now, nor will that be particularly helpful to Obama. As a result, I’ve lost a lot of respect for Ms. and the people behind it. Do they really think all the people attacking anyone who dared criticized the cover are going to become subscribers?
ETA 3: Jezebel readers, please go here.