Time’s Person of the Year is often marred by bad choices (e.g. Barack Obama), but we, the American public, do get to vote – at least for showing Time what they think. (The votes do not actually influence whose visage is on the cover.)
Unfortunately, Sandra “I can’t afford $9/month in birth control, even though I go to a law school that costs $65,000 per year” Fluke is a nominee. Click to open the link and vote against her – feminist lawyers shouldn’t be crying to Daddy Government to pay for their basic bills. The lack of independence, self-control, and personal responsibility is appalling and a source of shame to all women who make their own way in the world.
Fortunately, we have alternatives: we can vote for Gabby Douglas, Olympic gold medalist. A young woman of actual achievement, of actual independence, with strong family values.
These two young women (Flukie is my age, so maybe ‘young’ is a misnomer) could not stand in more sharp contrast to each other. Fluke’s ‘achievements’ appear to be entirely within the sack and in getting admitted to top-level schools; despite an outstanding, half-million-dollar education, she apparently can’t figure out how to buy condoms from CVS.
Douglas has fought against long odds, trained daily for years, and is a world champion in a hyper-competitive sport. Every day, she had to demonstrate true merit in athletics and an art to get where she is – not just good grades or a really super-duper admissions essay. Douglas perfected her technique, mastered almost impossible flips and turns, and learned to excel. She is a role model; Sandra Fluke is a warning of what to not become.