- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 20, 2004

What is feminism?

“There are a lot of people in the [music] industry right now that try to come off as, in a way, feminine, and that they’re standing up for their rights as women by giving men exactly what they want. And that just doesn’t make any sense to me. Like, ‘I’m a woman, so I can do whatever I want and take off all my clothes, which just happens to conveniently sell the most records.’

“So, I don’t think that’s feminism at all. Feminism is being able to be yourself and not try to please everyone and not try to be what everybody wants you to [be]. And not try to gear everything you are toward turning guys on so they buy your album. Not that sexuality is wrong, it’s great. It’s human. We’re supposed to be that way. But there’s a lot more to the human brain and the human body than just sex.”

Amy Lee, lead singer of Evanescence, interviewed May 13 in the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times

Arguing with God

“For the first time in America’s great history, same-sex marriage is legal within our borders. It’s time we ask ourselves: ‘Was God wrong?’ For far too many, this basic question has been missing from the debate over the redefinition of marriage. …

“God’s definition of marriage is clearly defined … in Genesis 2: 22-24:

“‘And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, “This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”’

“Was God wrong in creating woman and man for each other? Was he wrong when he established marriage as the institution in which children are to be born?

“God’s design for marriage is the only one that matters.”

Rebecca Hagelin, writing on “Was God wrong?” Tuesday in WorldNetDaily at www.worldnetdaily.com

The last straw

“[Feminist author Camille] Paglia dared to subject Hillary Clinton to one of her psychosexual analyses in a March 4, 1996, New Republic cover story titled, ‘Ice Queen, Drag Queen: A Psychological Portrait of Hillary.’

“‘Hillary had to learn to be a woman; it did not come easily or naturally,’ wrote Paglia. …

“Paglia suggested that Hillary’s ‘butch’ soul expressed itself through idiosyncratic political decisions. She noted, for instance, a certain ‘hostility to conventional masculinity’ in the Clintons’ hiring practices. ‘The most masculine Clinton appointee was Janet Reno,’ Paglia quipped. …

“[Editor] Andrew Sullivan had allowed Paglia to broadcast this opinion from the cover of the New Republic, veritably shouting it from every newsstand in Washington. Such insolence could not go unpunished.

“Sullivan resigned abruptly about a month later, on April 12, 1996. …

“Several press accounts imply that the ‘Ice Queen/Drag Queen’ story was the last straw leading to Sullivan’s ouster.”

Richard Poe, from his new book, “Hillary’s Secret War: The Clinton Conspiracy to Muzzle Internet Journalists”

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