No matter what you think of my poorly-constructed title, this isn’t political porn. Erica Jong rips into Laura Bush’s recent trip to the Middle East on the campaign for women’s rights at the HuffBlog.
Now that Laura Bush is back from the Middle East and can take off her black scarf, it’s time to ask why she is promoting freedom for women in the Middle East when the rights of American women are being systemically eroded by her husband’s initiatives. Is it the same reason why her husband promotes democracy abroad while the Patriot Act and the suspension of the Geneva Convention dilute democracy at home? Is wearing the headscarf the last refuge of a desperate housewife? Of course women in the Middle East need the vote, an end to domestic violence and free access to contraception. But so do we. Odd that it is always easier to proselytize for feminism abroad while ignoring deteriorating womens’ rights at home.
And one minor criticism for Ms. Jong: if I hear anyone call Laura Bush a “desperate housewife” again, I will scream. Laura Bush is hardly a helpless woman. She is a wealthy, powerful saleswoman for a political agenda.