Just under twenty-four hours remain to vote for your favorite conservative blogress diva. At 6 PM EST (3 PM PST) on New Year’s Eve, I’ll check the vote tally and award the blogress with the highest number of votes (at that time) the title of Grand Conservative Blogress Diva 2006. And since each of the women nominated has now received over 100 votes, all will join the Grand Diva’s court as a conservative (or libertarian) blogress diva in her own right.
And while we thought our list was comprehensive of the conservative blogress divas, we keep discovering new ones. Bear in mind that we define a diva differently than do most gay men. For us, a diva is a strong, confident and talented woman who commands the respect of men. Yet, as the campaign has shown, some of the nominees have shown a quality which defines the more “traditional” diva — a strong woman who loves attention. It seems that some of the top vote-getters delight in promoting themselves. It’s too bad we can’t name them all Grand Conservative Blogress Diva.
As we honor these divas, let me draw you attention to other great blogresses on the right — The Anchoress, Baldilocks and Little Miss Attila. And be sure to check out this year’s nominees: Ann Althouse, Tammy Bruce, Polipundit‘s Lorie Byrd, Jane Galt (Asymmetrical Information), Bridget Johnson (GOP Vixen), Sondra K (Knowledge is Power), Carol Platt Liebau, National Review Online‘s K-Lo (Kathryn Jean Lopez), Michelle Malkin, Betsy Newmark (Betsy’s Page), Pamela of Atlas Shrugs, Debbie Schlussel, Cathy Seipp and Cathy Young.
Because we gay men respect strong women such as these, we should also consider why it is that gay men look up to and often befriend such forceful women. Indeed, I may be writing my Ph. D. dissertation on such a topic, looking at how the Greek goddess Athena serves to bring men together. It is she who effects the reconciliation between Odysseus and his son Telemachus in The Odyssey. And, in perhaps my favorite classical play, Aeschylus‘ The Eumenides, this feminine representation of wisdom says, “but for marriage, I am always for the male.”
Perhaps, we so revere strong women because we, who pursue romantic relationships with other men, need a means to let the feminine into our lives. It often seems that the gay men with the great problems, emotional, sexual and whatnot are those least in touch with the feminine, both in terms of their relationships with others and their understanding of themselves.
As you cast your vote for grand conservative blogress diva, please join me in pondering why it is that so many gay men honor strong and confident women.
-Dan (AKA GayPatriotWest): GayPatriotWest@aol.com