"1. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex."
"2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article."
"3. This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification."
~The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in its entirety.
First off, let me just say that I am always happy to see the bigots get screwed. (Hey KKK! Once you're done digesting SPLC's latest successful lawsuit against you for beating up a child, get a taste of THIS!) I am also happy to see President Obama  shatter yet another barrier of hierarchy around the most powerful job in the world.
And while I am a card-carrying political cynic, in the spirit of the day, I will join the crowd in addressing my blog to the new President: 
Dear President Obama, 
As you savor your inauguration day, and take in the view from above the color ceiling, please don't forget the other half of humanity. Women, of any color, have never reached that place where you are now. Please stretch a hand behind you and help them climb to the heights that you have reached.
And if you think you are high now, you should see the heights at which the American people have placed you. Many a feminist has already placed an astronomical amount of hope in you:
I wish I could share in their optimism, but already I see things that trouble me.
I see the political gains that women made alongside your own being all but erased by your administration. The election of 2008 was a groundbreaking for both African-Americans and women, yet Hillary Rodham Clinton's White House bio ignores her historic run as the first major-party female candidate for President. Despite her massive campaign debt, Hillary has already dedicated herself to your administration as Secretary of State. Your presidency will not be weakened by acknowledging the existence of Hillary's political capabilities. Give Hillary the dignity of acknowledging her historic run, and promote her as a role model to women who wish to engage in public service at a higher level than wife or canvasser.
With the mantra of change surrounding your presidency, I was dismayed to see the same old (mis)treatment of first ladies in your administration. Michelle Obama, the love of your life, spent the day next to you freezing and in heels, while all of her lifetime accomplishments (save the Patriarchally-acceptable ones of wife and mother) were marginalized  on the White House website. Michelle Obama should be allowed shine next to you. You must fight back against the handlers who say that the only place for a first lady is in your shadow. Hillary Rodham Clinton charted a new path for first ladies, and that path should be open to Michelle Obama as well.
Speaking of charting new courses, please call the fashion dogs off of Michelle Obama. The sadistic fashion industry has mandated that women must wear miniskirts and too-small-to-close coats this winter season. You and Michelle Obama must resist this awful fashion 'trend', for the sake of all women and for the sake your daughters. No parent wants to see their children frostbitten , so please stop the rabid fashion designers now before they get to Malia and Sasha in a few years.
Despite all that I see, I hope that Ms. Magazine is right: having just broken through your own oppressive ceiling, perhaps you will remember the glass ceiling that still hangs over women. Fortunately, you are in an excellent position to help women right now. The Equal Rights Amendment lies just three states shy of ratification, and it has not yet been ratified by your own state of Illinois. In 2003, the Illinois House (but not the Senate) ratified the ERA. With your leadership, perhaps women can come one state closer to enjoying the same legal rights that you do.
There was a time when women were ridiculed for wanting to ratify the 19th Amendment which guaranteed them the right to vote. Women were stoned, imprisoned in rat-infested jails, and force-fed for going on hunger strikes. It took decades for women to win the right to vote, and only last year did the White House become an actual possibility for a woman.
So stretch your hand back, and help the rest of humanity climb with you.
 It feels pretty good to say, doesn't it? I wish it was "President Hillary Rhodham Clinton", but "President Obama" is pretty good. And both are orders of magnitude better than, "Mon Feurer Bush".
 Being a cynic, of course, I am only addressing President Obama  rhetorically. No one from any administration of any importance would bother to read the rantings of a small-time radical feminist blogger. Most politicians in our Grand Ol' Patriarchy won't even take the political risk of being seen next to a feminist. For a politician to associate with a radical feminist is tantamount to political suicide.
 Compare Michelle's bio to that of Hillary: Half of Michelle's bio is spent talking about the kids or Michelle's parents. In comparison, Hillary's bio actually talks about Hillary! Her bio spends only one sentence on their fully-grown child, Chelsea. How many sentences in the bios for Bill Clinton or Barak Obama are spent on the kids? One.
 I live in Boston, so believe me when I tell you that women are losing skin to the cold in pursuit of "beauty".
Copyright January 2009 by F*ck M*sculinity