Rah rah sis boom bah!

Typically when I read letters to the editor like the one written by Michael Ross (The Forum, May 6, 2012), I do not respond to them.  I figure all the sensible folks who read it will recognize the absurdity of the position taken and chalk the person up to being some sort of loon.  Alas, Ross’ letter, absurd or not, begs for a response – a response other than my initial verbal response to the universe (which I must admit was not the least bit gracious).

According to Ross the world is best led by good ordinary men as opposed to the evil men who have increasingly been gaining ground.  Per Ross, women moving into the workplace into traditionally male-dominated positions and leadership roles plays into the evil men’s diabolical plan to basically emasculate the good men.  These women have become tools per Ross of this evil elitist empire that move in and take over in the absence of good men.

Heavy stuff, I know.  Luckily, Ross has the answer.  He notes that traditional male leadership is a prerequisite of a decent and just society; and, he goes on to offer that ”a truly free and just society will be one that promotes women as homemakers and mothers, nurses, teachers, secretaries and cheerleaders.”

Oh my.  Did Ross just blame the ills of society on women trying to advance and lead in the workplace?  Did he say women who seek or possess positions other than those he listed were the reason evil men succeed in society?  Did he just advise women’s rights in the employment arena to take two giant steps back for the promotion of a free and just society?  I do believe he did.

Well, I have something to say to Mr. Ross:

Dude – you’re whacked. 

I mean seriously – you think you can float that propaganda here?  Have you been smoking something?  Something you rolled yourself?  Did a female boss just demote you?  Have you been watching too much Father Knows Best? Have you been out of your house since 1950? What was it that possessed you to write such a letter to the editor?

I guess it is plausible that you may actually believe what you wrote – I surmise that could be the case.  If so, it sure has to be painful for you to look around society these days at all the incredible women advancing and taking the reins in formerly male-dominated fields.  You have got to really be irritated by the fierce girls in the world who are doing things for themselves as if there never was a glass ceiling.

As I said, I typically don’t bother responding to these types of letters to the editor; but, I thought who better to respond than me?  I would happily push a man aside to lead – and I might even do a little cheer  while doing it (because you know I love the outfit). ;-)

Rah rah sis boom bah Mr. Ross…get used to the new normal…and never fear, society will be just fine.

Day one thousand and thirty-six of the new forty – obla di obla da

Ms. C

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I teach at NDSU...but I remain a student of life with all the enthusiasm that entails. My favorite saying is, "Sometimes you have to take the leap and build your wings on the way down." In the new forty that is what I am doing...building my wings.
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6 Responses to Rah rah sis boom bah!

  1. Brian Hazard says:

    Exactly.

  2. Miki T-B says:

    Tell you what, I was seriously provoked when I read that letter on in-forum the other day! And me, being the female chauvinist that I am, am absolutely confident that in a lot of cases, things could be a lot better if women were in charge, rather than men!

    Rah rah to that!

  3. Michael Ross says:

    Ms C,

    ” he goes on to offer that a truly free and just society will be one that promotes women as homemakers and mothers, nurses, teachers, secretaries and cheerleaders.”

    In my submission to the Forum after teachers, in parentheses “of girls and preadolescent boys” which the editor omitted. When boys are coming of age I believe that their teachers and mentors should be men. Just another little absurdity for you and other fierce girls to hemorrhage over.

    “it sure has to be painful for you to look around society these days at all the incredible women advancing and taking the reins in formerly male-dominated fields.”

    Their are millions of women like yourself that are much more intelligent, competent, and capable than I. I’m just going by the biblical pattern for women found in Titus chapter 2: ” 3Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, 4so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, 5to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored. ”
    And if you would look around society you might see that we are on the brink of total economic and and societal collapse. Any civilization that confuses the roles of men and women has so collapsed. Laugh if you will, but when it happens remember where you heard it.

    I don’t get much feedback on my articles that find their way into they Forum so my thanks to you for taking the time.

    Happy Mothers Day,

    MR

  4. Barbara says:

    I am SOOO confused! :/ When I read the Michael Ross letter to the editor, I assumed it was satire (ala Stephen Colbert or Jon Stewart), and had myself a right good giggle. Are you sure it was actually serious?

  5. Richard L. Sliper says:

    I would hope Ms. C is able to see the problem men have had since the feminist overage of declaring “Women can do it all!” For example, ‘Do I open doors for women?’ ‘Do I even disagree with women in the work station?’ How about, ‘egalitarian roles have brought confusion in the gender identities, and where is the place to find the Truth about such thoughts?’ I know the Bible is such a source, and quoting from it is not proper but since it exists, why not consider his point Biblically? Does the Word of God have anything to say? Can’t wait for Father’s Day! RS

  6. Perhaps it is more of a matter of Micheal’s greater respect for women, not less. One must read between the lines at least a little. All of Jesus disciples were men. That much is true. But nearly all met torturous, awful, brutal deaths as they held their faith to the bitter end. I believe that Jesus’ exemplary respect for the woman at the well, the woman about to be stoned for adultery, and for Mary Magdelene strongly implies this. Jesus also said at one point that both men and women will be more like angels in the after-life when He was confronted about spousal death and remarriage and the potential confusion of who belongs to whom. Christ’s actions and words speak volumes toward equality and the importance of individualism regardless of gender. Indeed, all 12 of Jesus disciples were men. But could his selection be as simple as His passion for women and to avoid their brutal rape, humiliation, and murder as his followers? What would society think then of a leader like Jesus who would haplessly expose any early female follower to such potential brutality?

    The Apostle Paul, the author of the letter to Titus to which Michael refers, also wrote in a different letter that men are to love their wives and give their lives for them. Big order. In my opinion, that means listening, nurturing, and in some cases giving up your own dream for hers. The big question is, “can women be leaders in society based on biblical principles?” In my own opinion, I think it to be quite obvious and reasonable with the cautionary caveats that Christ showed.

    Please do not ridicule Michael for his passion for all human beings, for this nation, and for its survival – for which Michael laid his own life on the line as a United States Marine. He has seen things that most of us have not. Indeed he has come to a partially different conclusion for our societal failures than I have. However, we both agree that each individual human soul and it’s condition is certainly at the root of our greater problems. This Mother’s Day lets think a little more about the ‘Sermon on the Mount’ and the “new commandment” and a little less about politically exploiting and/or demonizing one another.

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