Mrs. America

I enjoy watching this show but its main character, Phyllis Schlafly, is the only character you are consistently manipulated to loathe.

Comments at Steve Sailer:

* Steve: Cate Blanchett is playing conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly who defeated the Equal Rights Amendment in a miniseries entitled “Mrs. America” on Hulu, with Tracey Ullman as Betty Friedan, who courageously tried to resist the lesbian takeover of feminism until finally capitulating to what she had long presciently denounced as the “lavender menace” in 1977. (Of course, the poor lesbians are now largely defeated by autogynephilic he-men claiming to be women, so what goes around comes around.)

* I wonder if the decline in real-world social interaction is increasing the number of people who can’t tell the difference between fantasy and reality?

There may always have been people who confuse actors with the roles that they play, what is new about the last 60 or so years is the amount of acting that people watch compared to the amount of real life that they see or history that they hear about. Common tropes that are used over and over again in tv and film may seem more real than common patterns in everyday life or history.

* News item from 1985:

“Jessica Lange, Sissy Spacek and Jane Fonda are scheduled to testify Monday before the Democratic Party’s House farm task force on the emotional toll of the financial stress experienced by farm families, something akin to their roles in the movies ″Country,″ ″The River″ and ″The Dollmaker,″ respectively.”

So it’s not just morons who conflate roll with reality; semi-morons (Congressmen) do it too. And, at Harvards everywhere, faculty and supervisors pretend that playing the roll of proficient students and workers is the same as actually being one…or at least tolerably close.

* It is a well-known fact that women are far less capable of separating television/films from reality than men are. Hence, most of the people who think actors are really the characters are women.

This is because women tend to let emotion control what they see as reality or not. This is also why women are unreliable witnesses to a crime, since what their emotions want to believe to be true is what they will truly believe is true (i.e. in their mind, they have erased the facts with the new version of fact).

This is also why most women who make false accusations of rape or sexual assault have truly convinced themselves it has happened, and don’t think they are lying. Their memory has been overwritten by emotion.

* There is a rape scene between Cate and the On-Screen husband that is disparaging to Phyllis on a deeply insulting level…

Cate, as most white liberals, has made her bed with the wrong side and all the ill that comes to her is well-deserved.

* Watch the trailer. Blanchett plays Schlafly as sinister, smarmy, manipulative and privileged. The “antagonist” (actually protagonist) characters are all salt-of-the-earth women-of-the-people (and women of color of the people of color), vibrant and likable, coalescing in a rainbow coalition of the fringes to oppose Schlafly’s evil white oppression.

Anyhow, with creator Dahvi Waller and executive producer Stacey Sher, where did you think this thing was going? C’mon man, were ya born yesterday?

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