The f-word and femaleness

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The recently released collection of saying by Hillary Clinton titled I've Always Been a Yankees Fan: Hillary Clinton in Her Own Words, quotes the New York Senator as addressing her Arkansas staff thus:

Where is the goddamn f***ing flag?... I want the goddamn f***ing flag up every f***ing morning at f***ing sunrise.

This is not the first time we hear of Mrs. Clinton's penchant for foul language. Several of her close associates have indicated that such niceties figure prominently in her private speech. Completely indecorous and unladylike, it is sharply repulsive to hear any woman speak in this fashion.  It is especially inappropriate from a woman who should know better than to wrap herself in this kind of verbal filth.

What a contrast with another woman in the public spotlight. Whatever one may think of the wisdom of Laura Bush's occasional political comments, one thing is undeniable — she is a real lady. Classy and perceptibly decent, one simply cannot imagine she would ever use language like this.

Neither woman needs to rely on foul language to be successful as a politician. Margaret Thatcher was never known for using the f—word and yet she became phenomenally effective in a men—dominated field. Boldly confronting and ultimately prevailing over some of the most ruthless cutthroats in modern history (the Soviets), she did so without once lowering herself to their brute level or sacrificing one ounce of her female seemliness. The Iron Lady was a Real Lady. Her toughness did not come from a filthy mouth, but from her unwavering dignity and the strength of her convictions.

Mrs. Clinton is apparently lacking in both. Quicksilverishly elusive about her beliefs and intentions, she chips away at whatever female dignity there is still left with every f—word she utters.

Vasko Kohlmayer   4 20 06

The recently released collection of saying by Hillary Clinton titled I've Always Been a Yankees Fan: Hillary Clinton in Her Own Words, quotes the New York Senator as addressing her Arkansas staff thus:

Where is the goddamn f***ing flag?... I want the goddamn f***ing flag up every f***ing morning at f***ing sunrise.

This is not the first time we hear of Mrs. Clinton's penchant for foul language. Several of her close associates have indicated that such niceties figure prominently in her private speech. Completely indecorous and unladylike, it is sharply repulsive to hear any woman speak in this fashion.  It is especially inappropriate from a woman who should know better than to wrap herself in this kind of verbal filth.

What a contrast with another woman in the public spotlight. Whatever one may think of the wisdom of Laura Bush's occasional political comments, one thing is undeniable — she is a real lady. Classy and perceptibly decent, one simply cannot imagine she would ever use language like this.

Neither woman needs to rely on foul language to be successful as a politician. Margaret Thatcher was never known for using the f—word and yet she became phenomenally effective in a men—dominated field. Boldly confronting and ultimately prevailing over some of the most ruthless cutthroats in modern history (the Soviets), she did so without once lowering herself to their brute level or sacrificing one ounce of her female seemliness. The Iron Lady was a Real Lady. Her toughness did not come from a filthy mouth, but from her unwavering dignity and the strength of her convictions.

Mrs. Clinton is apparently lacking in both. Quicksilverishly elusive about her beliefs and intentions, she chips away at whatever female dignity there is still left with every f—word she utters.

Vasko Kohlmayer   4 20 06