2. SOTU Wasn't Feminist Enough 4 Us but Obama is Still Nice.
Lovers of Barack “O-bae-ma” Obama huddled around TV sets far and wide this week as the 44th President of the United States delivered his final State of the Union (SOTU) address. Many were moved by his speech and by the significance of the entire affair--after all, it was the final SOTU address we weill hear from our historic first black president (though we look forward to more SOTUs from all the black presidents to follow, ja?). There was one tiny, little word that Obama left out of the speech, however, which has some feminists (hi) grumbling. Yup: as Cate from Bustle pointed out, the guy managed to get through his entire spiel without specifically uttering the word “women,” which is particularly wince-worthy at this moment in history, where women’s health and prosperity are increasingly becoming pawns for political power. It’s not as if his speech was devoid of any feminist buzz, though, because he did *briefly* mention equal pay, as well as reference a few, specific breakthrough women in STEM fields. But truly, that kind of lip service is never enough, especially while rates of violence against cis- and transgender women continue to climb; Planned Parenthood’s funding is constantly being threatened; Congress refuses to budge on a bill for equal pay; rates of sexual assault on college campuses remain at staggering levels; hardworking, poor women can’t afford to feed their children; and women are being stripped of their reproductive freedoms (among other things). Better luck next time, Barack! Oh, wait...too soon?