It looks like both the Armenian community and the Russian community are concerned about my perpetual single status. Every so often, my mom tells me about so-and-so who thinks I would be a great match for the single-eligible bachelor — who in many cases doesn’t even live in the US — that’s her friend’s neighbor’s brother’s cousin, who’s really smart and educated and comes from a good family. For some strange reason, I seem to make a great impression on Armenian mothers who have eligible sons. And they all want me to get married while my eggs are still viable. (more…)
Archive for June, 2008
Political spouses typically fall under two categories… Jackie* or Abigail**. The housewife or the career wife. Throughout history, there have been quite a few extraordinary first ladies… but the ones that seem to come under most scrutiny are the ones that defy traditional gender roles.
Our country is most comfortable with the “Jackie” image of a first lady. Someone who views their role in a marriage as a homemaker, entertainer, and a decorator. Someone who can put aside her ambitions and wholeheartedly support those of her husband’s. Someone who doesn’t threaten the status quo. We are less comfortable with the Abigail prototype. The ambitious wife who wants to be involved outside the kitchen. The one that wants to shape policy. The one who has brains and wants to put them to good use.
Cindy McCain doesn’t threaten the status quo. Michelle Obama does. Barbara Bush didn’t threaten the status quo. Hillary Clinton did. Laura Bush didn’t. Teresa Heinz (Kerry) did. When it comes to political wives, outspoken is out. Soft-spoken is in. Making policy is out. Baking cookies is in. Ambition is definitely out. (more…)
Posted in Current Events, Dating, Life, tagged Beverly Hills Red Light Cameras, east of La Brea, French Tuesday Los Angeles, French Tuesday White Party, French Tuesdays, Hollywood, Los Feliz, Red Light Cameras Wilshire and Whittier, Ugg Boots are Ugly, west of La Brea on June 12, 2008 | 1 Comment »
Tuesday night I ventured past my territory, which encompasses everything east of La Brea* and traveled west. In LA, west of La Brea is not just a location, it’s a different world. The people are blonder, tanner, and even skinnier than the East side. Which is why I stick to my parts of the city but on Tuesday night I made an exception, missed my spinning class, and traveled west. Couple of weeks ago I had told my Brother Tito that I wanted to go to a French Tuesday event, because A) Brother Tito doesn’t have any more friends left for me, B) I really hate the online dating experience, and C) I figured I could check out the scenery and find some potential victims. (more…)
Posted in Current Events, Feminism, Media, Media Bias, Sexism, tagged Chris Matthews, Hillary Clinton and media bias, Hillary Clinton Sexism in the Media, Media Bias, Sexism on June 5, 2008 | 1 Comment »
Sexism Sells — But We’re Not Buying It
When was the last time a male candidate was the victim of such vicious name-calling? When was the last time we accepted blatant racism in the media? Remember the national outrage over Don Imus? Where is the outrage now?
Posted in Current Events, Democrats, Election 2008, Feminism, Politics, tagged Barack Obama, blatant sexism in media, Chris Matthews, Clinton ends campaign, Hillary Clinton, institutionalized sexism, mark rudov, media and sexism, media bias Clinton, sexism and Clinton campaign, sexism in media, sexism mainstream media on June 4, 2008 | Leave a Comment »
Looks like she’s going to concede, end her run and endorse Senator Obama. I’m sad. Really sad. As a good democrat, I will vote for Obama. This whole process has made me very disheartened. And I know that the process has been very different for Obama supporters. He ran a good campaign, but he also received a very different treatment from the media. I hate how the media treated Hillary Clinton. The vicious name calling — monster, she-devil and bitch among many — left me sick in my stomach. (more…)