THE POLITICS OF BODY PARTS
First, in Megyn Kelly, a fellow Albany Law School alum, for her
overt and ostentatious attempt to hitch her already rising star to that
of the much more accomplished attention hog - note, I did not say whore -
Donald Trump. The body language, the facial expressions, the gotcha
gender question. The reality TV ratings eyeballs. Apparently
having an eponymous show wasn't enough. Perfectly positioned center
stage, the only non-male in the "arena," she gave a purposeful
performance calculated to make her the new face of Fox News. Can an
audition to headline The Apprentice be far behind? Birds of a feather
flock together. You're hired!
Which brings me to The Donald and his walking back of his "blood pouring" comment. That
made me see red. Nose, ears ... give me a break. As someone who has
experienced them both, sans medical intervention, the hormonal ups and
downs that come with a menstrual cycle and perimenopause can easily make
you feel like your mind and body are "possessed" - and cause what
outsiders might perceive as temporary insanity and/or borderline demonic
behavior. He wasn't that far "off base." Ask my ex-husband.
My beef - if the Republican candidate sincerely cares about women's
health issues as he professes, he would have remained true to his
original spontaneous blurt and not retroactively labeled others'
interpretation of it as "deviant." Such consistent and continued candor
could have propelled another taboo topic - the societal denial of
biological differences which began with the liberation of Baby Boomer
females - into the broader discourse, a la his inartful words on illegal
immigration when he announced his run for the nomination. I personally
would have breathed a not so silent sigh of relief. At age 60, what my
mother...grandmother...aunts...all freely discussed, we now
pharmaceuticalize in a misguided effort to "be more like a man." The
multi billionaire motor mouth missed a wide open opportunity to raise
his hand and connect with more than half of the electorate with the
simple explanation of "I understand."
Instead, after being characterized as a Neanderthal misogynist for a
little over a day, the seemingly shameless self promoter caved - period
- and chose to use his free speech right not to elevate and embrace
"the natural" - that would have been "phenomenal" - but to escalate and
emphasize the negative and render doubtful, dubious, and disingenuous
the politically incorrect aspect of his "pissed off" brand. For that, he should be fired.
Karen Ann DeLuca