I was asked to lose weight by a network for a TV pilot. The conversation happens because you get a job and your agent or manager calls and they say, ‘They are so excited about you. They just think there is no one better for this part and they want you to look and feel your best — they really feel that that could include losing 15 or 20 pounds’. … I feel like it’s the last frontier of feminism — the weight thing with women — even for myself. I identify as a feminist. I have so many feminist beliefs — and then I’m so mean to myself about my body sometimes. Or I can be judgmental about other people for their bodies, and I don’t know how to get over it.
Let me tell you something about Mitt Romney. We were best friends in middle school. I know, right? It’s SO embarrassing. I don’t even… Whatever. So then in 8th grade, I started hanging out with the current president Barack Obama who was totally gorgeous but then he moved to DC, and Mitt was like, weirdly jealous of him. Like, if I would blow him off to listen to Obama speak, he’d be like, “Why didn’t you support my idea?” And I’d be like, “Why are you so ignorant of America’s needs?” So then, for my birthday party, which was an all-Democrats pool party, I was like, “Mitt, I can’t invite you, because I think you’re a Republican.” I mean I couldn’t have a Republican at my party. There were going to be Democrats there with their human rights. I mean, right? He was a REPUBLICAN. So then his mom called my mom and started yelling at her, it was so retarded. And then he dropped out of politics because no one would talk to him, and came back in the fall for the presidential election, all of his hair was cut off and he was totally weird, and now I guess he’s trying to make airplane windows roll down.
Kimbra, “Settle Down”
There’s something inherently not cynical here, though. Perhaps that’s the reason so many people applauded Michelle Obama’s speech with tears in their eyes, or the reason so many women (and men) posted or tweeted “I love Michelle Obama!” after she spoke last night. We can all relate to the power of mom, but we are primed and eager for this burgeoning concept of motherhood. She’s not “just a mom.” She’s a mom-in-chief. Maybe later, she will be something else, go back to her career, surpass Barack in a powerful position. But for now, she’s where she is and owning it.
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I think it’s a good guess that if we come to a new consensus about the status of women — absorbing and digesting the sexual revolution of the 1960s and the feminist revolution of the 1970s into a new dispensation more comfortable with both women’s equality to men and their differences from men — disagreements over abortion will come to matter less. Such disagreements won’t disappear, any more than we’ve seen the end of debates about whether bars should open on Sundays. But the disagreements won’t matter so furiously much as they now seem to do.
In this article he draws an interesting parallel between the abortion and prohibition debates.