She's No Kennedy

02/13/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Caroline Kennedy is a woman. Some of the most oppressed people on earth are women named Kennedy. Ergo, appointing Caroline Kennedy to the US Senate is striking a blow for women and humankind. Caroline is not going to make this argument on her own behalf, so let me try.

In the hundred year history of the Kennedy-Fitzgerald family in public life, it's been all about the guys. There isn't a more vivid depiction of women dismissed and marginalized by men, and put in service to them, than the story of the Kennedy men and the Kennedy women. One Kennedy woman (Caroline's Aunt Rosemary) was even lobotomized to make her behave. You can see it in the pictures: The Kennedy boys are expansive and dazzling, the Kennedy girls are introverted and frumpy.

And, if the Kennedy boys treated women in their own family badly, they treated women outside their family -- the women they worked with, or the random women they encountered -- even worse. They used them, they harassed them, they abused them, they raped them, they killed them (Mary Jo Kopechne), and possibly murdered them (Marilyn Monroe).

Caroline Kennedy has undoubtedly been traumatized by many things in her life -- her family's extreme disregard for the intelligence and well-being of women must be one of those things. Kennedy men -- her grandfather, her father, her uncles, her cousins -- shit on women.

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