As a feminist, it burns my ass to see women willingly make fools out of themselves, and it burns my ass to see women go after the “other women” instead of the man who has pledged to love, honor, cherish, dot dot dot. Here’s the thing: Adult women should know a couple of things (my personal favorite being how to make a good exit, preferably with a slammed door, and never – I mean never – coming back into the room two or three more times to drive the point home). Another thing we should know, early on, is how to handle women who flirt with our partner/spouse/whatever. There’s a personal rule I live by with respect to handling all that: I don’t. If he can’t handle it, or – more accurately – if he won’t handle it, we’ve got a wholly different problem.
And that “wholly different problem” appears to be besetting Alabama state Senator Shadrack McGill’s wife, Heather, who felt it was incumbent upon her to protect her apparently infantile and defenseless hubby against all female enemies, foreign and domestic, by going on his Facebook account and warning women off. First time I heard it, I thought, man, what a nitwit (and not just because of the bad grammar). And my second thought was, bet she goes through his phone, too. (But let me just say, as an aside, this Shadrack is one kooky dude, himself.)
“Attention Facebook: This is Heather McGill (senator McGills wife) for anyone that does not know that. This may go viral and if so my prayer is that it strengthens marriages and families across this district, our state, and our country! I am very blessed to be the wife of a God fearing, hard working, ministry minded, loving father and husband and it is not just my right but my duty to lovingly serve him by protecting him! I have been silent for long enough!! NO MORE! Multiple times since being in office he has gotten emails from women (who may not even be real) inviting him to explore, also sending pictures of themselves. NO MORE!!! It is a shame that people are so heartless that they would try to split up families. We have children that look at our face books from time to time! Shame on you! You know who you are. Next time everyone will know who you are!! For I will publicly share your name before we “unfriend” you. I love my husband and my children too much to sit here and allow this to go on and will not give the enemy anymore foothold into my family! This is the “behind the scenes” garbage that political life brings. I will not turn a blind eye to it any longer! I remember years ago my Pastors wife standing before the congregation preaching to the young women about their dress which had gotten out of hand and she boldly stood before them and spoke the truth. I boldly stand before you today and declare that I will stand beside my husband, support him, love him, and protect him at ALL cost!!!! Those of you who know who you are consider yourself warned! Those of you who understand my heart, thank you for listening and may God bless your families!” (Emphasis mine)
Serving and protecting? Sounds more like the Mrs. is about to hurt someone.
And, can I make a little comment here? First of all, McGill’s hubby Shadrack told Alcam.com that strippers showed up at his house at 1:00 in the morning, randomly. Look, the guy’s not butt ugly, but being stalked by strippers? Really? His wife really bought that? And how about the stripper showing up in the parking lot of Shadrack’s place of business, and giving his staff a business card to give to him? Randomly – again. She bought that?
Okay, okay, even if we buy all that – the random stripper thing – why on earth would people support the kind of behavior Heather McGill displayed on her husband’s Facebook page? Men aren’t infants and they’re certainly not so frail they can’t tell a woman (without their wives’ help) to back the hell off (yes, even on his Facebook page). To hear Mrs. McGill tell it, these women are the anti-christ, while her poor, beleagured husband just had no choice but to keep his Facebook page open despite previous “hacks” and scantily clad women.
No, this anti-feminist attitude among women like this McGill and Ann Romney and Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann and all the other nitwit women out there who believe their men need “protecting”, these “mama grizzlies” whose husbands are, apparently, their little cubs, would, if I weren’t an opinionated writer, leave me speechless.
Just a suggestion, and call me crazy, but Shadrack McGill is a state senator, a politician; it would seem that he could find voice enough to tell these women, all by himself, to back off. Instead, he props up his wife when she unsheathes the knife, when she sharpens the claws, and when she lays bare her insecurity for all the world to see, as she worries openly about “giving the enemy a foothold.” McGill is worried about her daughters, she says, and it was for them she spoke out. What’s more worrisome, to me, is having daughters who grow up believing that it’s their job to protect men from themselves.
Sad, sickening, and about what we’d expect from a right-wingnut, “christian” wife of a “ministry minded” Alabama politician.