Every now again, I have a brainstorm, an idea which just comes to me and it seems brilliant at the time. If it comes to me when I’m driving, I try to remember it so I can scribble it down when I stop. Occasionally by the time I stop, I find that the idea has dissipated and left barely a trace, if that. There’s just the faint recollection of having had an idea.
Sometimes, when I do turn such ideas into blog posts, they generate more interest than pieces I have thought out–or otherwise worked on–for some time. Other times, no one pays them much attention.
I had such a thought yesterday as I was leaving San Francisco, an idea which I tacked onto the end of my last post so I could incorporate the notion into the title, but now, with the idea returning again–even though I haven’t scribbled it down, I’m thinking it deserves a post of its own. Maybe I’m onto something. Or maybe not.
Anyone who has spent any time in gay circles has met the man-hating lesbian, a subspecies of lesbian who seem to love women only because they hate men. Most lesbians I’ve met have no problem with men as long as they don’t have to sleep with us. Over the years, I’ve only occasionally met a gay man who didn’t like women. Oh, I’ve heard stories about a few, but off hand, can only think of two. Most of us not only like women, but seem to particularly delight in the company of strong women.
As I left San Francisco, it struck me how certain gay male bloggers who have led the attacks on Sarah Palin were equally shrill in their denunciations of Hillary Clinton when she was still running for the Democratic Presidential nomination. Back then, now over a year ago, I dismissed accusations against Hillary’s foes of misogyny as just sour groups. I mean, I opposed her because she was so far to the left. Couldn’t others also have principled objections to a female politician?
And yet with the intensity of attacks on Sarah Palin, I began to reconsider my past dismissal of the Clinton supporters’ complaint. It wasn’t just Hillary Clinton–or Sarah Palin–they hated, but instead the very idea of a strong successful woman who commands the attention of men.
With the vicious attacks on Sarah Palin continuing (and perhaps even increasing in intensity) after she lost her bid for the Vice Presidency, we see the rhetorical equivalent of sour groups coming from the winning side. In a good number of circles where I’ve traveled since the election, I’ve encountered gay men as nasty about Sarah Palin as Democrats and MSM were during the campaign.
I’m just wondering if those gay men so obsessed with Sarah Palin are like the man-hating lesbians, unhappy women who don’t just like members of the opposite sex, but have to remind us constantly about the object of their animus. Not only do they hate men, but they can’t shut up about it. And since it’s not PC to vent against women in general (as it is PC for feminists to vent against men), they focus their scorn on a particular un-PC woman. She’s like a godsend to their neurosis.
And so we see certain gay men and Sarah Palin–as if they need her to vent whatever it is they have to vent about the female sex.
So, readers, is this just one of those random thougths that strikes me, but lacks substance. Or, is there something more to this notion than just a random thought?