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  1. Rayedish
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    What do I think of the cover? A clever marketing ploy to get a feminist agenda noticed and taken seriously. A bold move that appeals to me, although I don’t think that Obama has earnt his feminist t-shirt yet the lifting of the gag rule is a good start.

  2. tigtog
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    The speech he issued on the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision was also a good start.

  3. Deus Ex Macintosh
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    I’m really staring to feel sorry for Obama, there is simply no way he can possibly live up to all the varying expectations being put on him. The only positive outcome I can see is if he sets out a finite set of priorities where reform will be concentrated (ie. most good for the most people) but that means no special interest group, including feminists, is likely to be pleased.

  4. earlgreyrooibos
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    This is controversial, but in my opinion, controversial in a good way. People are talking. I am sure there are men out there who never realized that they could be considered feminists, and are probably considering what it takes to be a feminist man.

    I’m not entirely sure that Obama has earned his feminist cred yet. But he’s better than most (if not all) of the presidents we’ve had so far, so I can see the interest in naming him feminist. I’m reserving my judgment of whether or not he’s a feminist for awhile. I’m glad he repealed the global gag rule, but now he’s trying to get birth control price regulations removed from the economic stimulus package, which is disappointing. Now, no feminist is perfect. But I am watching him closely anyway.

    I don’t subscribe to Ms., but I did buy a copy of this issue. If for no other reason than it might be a good historical document to keep around.

  5. Rayedish
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    “I’m really staring to feel sorry for Obama, there is simply no way he can possibly live up to all the varying expectations being put on him.”

    I agree Deus and I think that part of what makes the Ms cover so clever, there’s real play on the sense that people have heroic expectations for Obama.

  6. chops
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    Clever marketing and a good way of fostering discussion is my 2 cents.

  7. Donna
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    This is the type of thing that can’t be assessed at this point in time, but will require the passage of more time in office for Obama, and seeing what sortof policies he plans on making during his term in office. Seems a little premature to me.

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  9. orlando
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    I’m going to hurl a kitten into this nest of moderate pigeons and say that I think this cover is an insult to feminists for a whole slew of reasons. Firstly, and most superficially, there is the impression of acceptance that a man’s feminism is going to be something clandestine (a reading that is borne out by Obama’s dumping of the suspension of the global gag rule in the Friday trash, signalling it was something he didn’t want the press to pay attention to). Secondly there is the element that Liss at Shakesville pointed out, that a man is a hero for doing the bare minimum we should expect of a decent human being.

    Thirdly, and by far the most significantly, this guy is not a feminist. I know most people feel the jury is out, but whatever your working definition of feminism I think everyone would agree that a feminist finds misogyny unacceptable. Obama gets his music from Jay-z, his economics from Larry Summers, his religion from the likes of the Revs Warren and Wright, and his speeches from Jon Favreau. Somehow this last galls me more than anything, because Favreau isn’t a powerful political player that lets us excuse Obama by invoking his ‘big tent’ or ‘reach accross the aisle’ policy. He’s a close-to-the-heart-of-the-operation senior aid. Take a minute to think again about the photo Favreau chose to put up on his own Facebook page of himself groping the breast of a cardboard cutout of Clinton. Remember that this is his boss’s Secretary of State. Think about the disrespect – sexualized, female-specific disrespect – that shows and think about Obama going ahead and confirming him as his chief speechwriter, mouthpiece of his administration.

    Sorry for the long.

  10. Hedgepig
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    I’m beginning to suspect that Obama is now rubbing his hands together (possibly maniacally) saying to himself “I’ve managed to con black people into thinking I’m black, white people into thinking I’m white, Muslims into thinking I’m Muslim, Christians into thinking I’m Christian, and even feminists into thinking I’m feminist.”
    He’s probably got a fair amount of cred for claiming all of the above except the last one. Orlando is spot on: he can’t be a feminist if he’s allowed blatant misogyny to flourish in his ranks, and he has.

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