These are very hard words for me to write, but write them I must. Sarah Palin’s mama grizzly imagery took me aback by its exclusion of men from a process that I am hoping will turn into an American renaissance. Female grizzlies do, after all, raise their cubs alone, and they will fight off the male to keep the cubs safe.
I find this image terribly offensive and divisive, the more so because, for a generation now, human relationships in America have been devastated by a flood of feminist vitriol aimed squarely at men. The intensity of feminist propaganda has been such that American men are now routinely portrayed as violent, angry, dangerous, woefully incomplete and quite incidental to family life or; at best, bumbling, immature and ever in need of female correction and guidance.
This meme is so prevalent nowadays that we scarcely notice it any more. In other words, the pathology of feminism has became normalized. And, regrettably, the grizzly mama message takes full advantage of this.
My objections are many, but two stand out in particular:
- A grizzly male is not hard-wired for relationships of equals or for joint child rearing. I as a human man, am.
- A grizzly male preys on the young. I, as a human man, do not.
I admire Sarah Palin for the energy and sense of purpose that she had infused into the American people just as their spirits had begun to flag under the Obama programs of purposeful de-development of this country. But conservative victory will not come without a reintegration of men and women into a harmonious whole. If conservative women are serious about family, parenting, faith, individual responsibility and other such conservative values, then, in my view, they must say good-bye to feminist stereotypes. And that means abandoning grizzly mama-like imagery (and behavior) that indicates that men must remain in the role of dangerous outsiders assigned to them a generation ago by “holy feminist dogma.”
I would propose that Mrs. Palin and her ilk choose, say, the emperor penguin as a metaphor, since both sexes work equally hard (and suffer equally) to protect and rear their offspring. (Image from wikipedia)
Yes, I know, it’ll never happen; the sexy, adrenalin-producing image of a rearing grizzly female, with the young cowering at her feet, is more important than reality. And let’s face it: can you see Tennessee Tuxedo as an instrument of national inspiration?
Still, a small part of me dares to hope that the message will get through.