Perhaps it needs to be pointed out to Ashley Judd and Nina Donovan that being a “Nasty Woman” is not aspirational. I’ve seen nasty women at all levels of government and business, I’ve worked with them, and seen children suffer at the hands of some. And because of this, I cannot remain silent about Nina’s poem, or turn a blind eye to Ashley’s recitation of it during the Women’s March in DC.
Nasty Woman was written and recited in an alleged tone of feminine indignation. But this wasn’t indignation; in fact, nowhere near it. Nasty Woman has all the markings of adolescent angst, of blind rage using a sawed-off shotgun, with shot flying everywhere, hitting everyone and everything and being fired from the hip, no less, with little attempt to focus on a target.
Ashley and Nina, you should be embarrassed.
You should be embarrassed by considering these two questions: First, where were you – and all your fellow protesters – when Bush W was banging the drums of war for Iraq? Next, what poems did you write or recite when the Obama Administration was practicing its insidious nation building, quietly inserting itself into Libya and Syria? These actions sent thousands to their deaths and overturned the lives of millions more due, in part, to nasty women.
So where were all those pink pussy hats raising their voices when they were needed most?