My Apologies to Terry O’Neill, President of NOW, Who Actually Has Been Doing What She Said She Would Do

~~By  InsightAnalytical-GRL

In my previous post, Surprise, Surprise: Obama Advisor (Female) Thinks Sharia Law is “Misunderstood”, I made this caustic comment:

What’s up with this willingness by “liberal” women to sell out women?  We saw it with Ms. Magazine and all many female Democrats during the primaries.  Supposedly NOW chose a woman to head the organization who is ready for a fight, but I haven’t heard a peep out of her, have you?

I still feel the same way about Ms. Magazine and other so-called “progressive/liberal” women’s publications and Obama supporters who have managed to excuse the misogynistic vein which runs through the Obama crew.

However, I must update some of what’s going on with NOW and offer a bit of an apology to Terry O’Neill of NOW.  Today I saw in the a story in the Albuquerque Journal that piqued my interest in revisiting NOW.

This story was an AP piece, which means I can’t quote it nor link to it under penalty of legal action.

The gist of the story is that NOW’s new President , Terry O’Neill (elected in June 2009), has been working on trying to assess what health care “reform” will mean to women. (More on this further down)

But, the old story of creepy men has become a top concern due to the Roman Polanski arrest and David Letterman’s revelations about his dalliances with women employees.  O’Neill has been quick to respond to those who try to makes excuses for these louses. See below for links to O’Neill’s statements on both of these clods.

Amazingly the AP article reports that while O’Neill has recieved a surge of emails to NOW about the latest Letterman revelations, many of them criticize HER, calling her a “man-hater.”


O’Neill has been on Letterman’s case since June, when he spewed this, as described in the Atlantic:

Jun 12 2009, 9:50 am by Chris Good

NOW Condemns Letterman

After this week’s flap between Sarah Palin and David Letterman, which started when Letterman cracked a joke about Palin’s “slutty flight attendant look” and another about her daughter getting “knocked up” by New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez, the National Organization for Women has condemned Letterman’s jokes and is asking its supporters to write to CBS and voice criticism.

Letterman was added to NOW’s Media Hall of Shame after this incident (see page 5). (You might be interested to see the latest additions to the list…Glenn Beck is currently the most recent addition, but lo and behold, there’s a dig at the Huffington Post for their games with women’s chests right underneath…)

On the subject of these crappy “reform” plans, I heard a two-second blurb on the radio “news” a few weeks ago about the restoration of funding for “abstinence only” education, which has been called a complete failure.  The Senate Finance Committee actually restored funding to this crap at the behest of Sen. Orrin Hatch with the help of two Democrats, Senators Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) and Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) joining with all the Republicans on the Committee. JERKS!!

Read more about it at NOW’s call to action so that this garbage will be out of the final bill when reaches the Senate floor: Abstinence-Only Education Shouldn’t Make the Cut and also check out the Center for Public Integrity on who’s behind Sen. Hatch’s move for restoration and the kinds of money wasted on the lie-laden program.

Another Action Alert includes a broader discussion of  the “reform” plans and their impact on women: Bad Health Care Bill Penalizes Women: More Amendments Limiting Reproductive Health Care and Excessive Premium Rates for Older Women .

NOW is also supporting a single-payer system.

After the debacle of the 2009 Democratic primaries and NOW’s support of Obama, it’s good to see that Terry O’Neill seems to be more on target with a message that really is pro-women. This older “war horse” is doing exactly what she said she would do.

Of course, you may not see or hear much of her unless you look at the paper for a story buried under a piece about bears favoring minivans when they go out steal food at the national parks (yes, on page D4 of the Albuquerque Journal).

And for sure, you won’t see Terry O’Neill on TEE VEE very often, either.  After all, she’s OLD and her chest probably not up to snuff…


O’Neill Statements:

The Latest Letterman Controversy Raises Workplace Issues for Women (October 6, 2009)

NOW President Terry O’Neill Calls Polanski Furor “Dangerous Talk” That Could Set Back Women’s Rights/”Celebrity Culture Gone Haywire” Blurs Case, O’Neill Says (October 2, 2009)

11 Responses

  1. While I am pleased to read that the new NOW President is speaking out, I believe it is a testament to the inefficacy of the group that you (and I) have heard nothing about O’Neill’s efforts prior to this little blurb in the Albuquerque newspaper.

    NOW is a dead-in-the-water organization after their deafening silence during last year’s elections. Their failure to condemn the misogyny during the race for the most powerful position in the world is inexcusable and it will take a massive amount of Terry O’Neill’s efforts to get either the MSM or me to take notice of them.

  2. Ditto Grail!

  3. May I trouble you for the date on which the article appeared?

  4. It was in Friday’s paper,10/16, I believe. Or Saturday, 10/17 on the weather page either day, at the bottom right under the bear/minivan story!

    On the subject of O’Neill…remember, there was a struggle for the post and she prevailed because many of the old guard did not like the love of Obama shown by Ellie Smeal, et al.

    It seems that O’Neill is trying to restore the independence of the organization, which is very important. She’s on those types like Lincoln and Conrad and she’s for single payer.
    It seems that, at least for now, there’ no more swooning over Obama by NOW and I will take that small victory.

  5. I’m with you Grl. A cessation of Obama swooning is a victory. Unless they want to change the name of the organization to NOOGTN. (National Organization of Giddy Teenage Nincompoops, Pronounced Noogiten FYI, LOL 😉 )

  6. A tale of two marches on Washington….

    One took place in the late summer of 1963, the other in the late summer of 2009. One was promoted by a preacher from Georgia named Martin Luther King, the other by a former “shock jock” from the state of Washington named Glenn Beck. Ouch! Even mentioning the two of them in the same paragraph is somehow disconcerting.

    In 1963, the the people were singing, We Shall Overcome.

    Forty-six years later, the chant was, We Shall Undermine.

    In 1963, a vast and varied demographic of the American people – all races and religions – descended on the nation’s capitol to peaceably and nonviolently protest an injustice that was occurring in certain areas of the country to people of a certain skin pigmentation.

    Forty-six years later, a Convention of Pissed-Off White People – united only by the fact that they were all habitual viewers of a single cable news channel – rolled into Washington to hurl invective at an African American president for creating a mess that he had absolutely nothing to do with creating.

    In 1963, the signs people held up were optimistic: “With Liberty and Justice for All.”

    Forty-six years later, the signs were ominous: “We Came Unarmed – THIS TIME!”

    On August 28, 1963, the hearts of people who marched on the city of Washington DC were filled with love and hope.

    On September 12, 2009 they were just full of shit.

    Let us boil the comparisons down to their juicy essentials, shall we? Martin Luther King had a dream. Glenn Beck has a scheme.

    Tom Degan
    Goshen, NY

  7. I read somewhere on a pro-Hillary blog that O’Neil was actually interviewed on CNN. I no longer watch CNN, MSNBC, CBS, etc. so I can’t confirm. I give her great credit for trying to revitalize a once vibrant organization. I wish her success. We need someone to call out these clown; we certainly can’t count on the Maria Shrivers of the world now can we.

  8. Not unless you call it counting on Maria Shriver and Mika to sit quietly like good little girls on Morning Joe while the menfolk discuss women’s issues. I thought I had seen everything. But I was wrong again.

  9. I’ve been sick the last few days…so the good little girls are sitting there like idiots???

    Just the thing to make me toss my cookies, although why should I be surprised?

  10. Before anyone gets too excited, I got an e-mail from NOW about a week ago offering a free subscription to Ms. Magazine with membership.

    I deleted without reading.

  11. I guess they have to try to bolster the membership rolls somehow! LOL!

    Seriously, it wouldn’t surprise me that they wouldn’t be burning bridges wtih MS. the only other outfit with any reasaonably high profile at all in women’s world.
    However, let’s see if O’Neill keeps on the right track…

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