Some of us with memories that still function may recall that Bush & Co. used women’s rights to drum up liberal backing for the bombing of Afghanistan—and many liberals bought it.
That seemed to be the height of cynicism—Bush/Cheney making a strong feminist appeal. But that was nothing in comparison with this; and Oprah’s a real tool for helping out. (Come to think of it, she also helped Bush/Cheney sell their invasion of Iraq, because of that vast store of A-bombs, anthrax spores and sarin buried underneath Saddam Hussein’s jacuzzi.)
Letter to Oprah Winfrey on ‘Ethical Oil’ ads
By Emma Pullman
| September 7, 2011
I just don’t know where to begin.
I can’t find my words because I respect you so much. You’re a woman pioneer who has done much to advance the status of women globally. You’ve donated millions of dollars to various organizations, and have used your talk show to raise the profile of women’s issues. Your philanthopy has funded projects like The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa, and Women for Women International. You’ve also used your celebrity to raise awareness of environmental causes, notably the efforts to rebuild the Gulf.
That’s why I’m so stumped right now by your choice to feature ads from EthicalOil.org on your television network.
I’m all about the work that you do, but the logic of promoting tar sands oil by appealing to our desire for women’s liberation, our desire to help protect women in despotic regimes like Saudi Arabia, is deeply flawed and misguided.