Magazine article The Nation

Call Me Madam

Magazine article The Nation

Call Me Madam

Article excerpt

It was a busy week. First I slipped into tweed skirt, cashmere twinset and sensible brogues and headed for our local U.S. Marine Corps Recruiting Office to see if the Commander in Chief's interim injunction against questions about sexual preference was being obeyed. The woman behind the desk, on the hefty side with close-cropped hair, studied my application dispassionately and said they would be getting back to me. She made no reference to my attire.

At the federally funded clinic where I sought advice about my unwanted embryo the health care workers forthrightly outlined the benefits of an immediate abortion, or "procedure" as they called it.

My only regret was that Super Bowl Sunday was still two days away, so I couldn't stop by the big TV screen at the Loggers' Bar & Grill to test the theory that domestic Violence against women peaks at that time.

That week my niece Laura Flanders, representing Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting, had appeared on Good Morning America to say that anecdotal evidence--reports from battered women's refuges and so forth--suggested that the Super Bowl turned men into even greater beasts than normal. The "normal" in this case consists of F.B.I. figures cited by Laura indicating that somewhere in America a woman is being beaten up every fifteen to eighteen seconds. There are 31.536 million seconds in a year. Divide by a conservative eighteen, and the EB.I. figure indicates 1.75 million incidents. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.