Posted on | June 25, 2014 | 25 Comments
#YesAllWomen can become crazy cat ladies!
A Wisconsin woman who was charged with stealing back 15 cats from the Humane Society was arrested for violating the conditions of her bond.
Lee Ann Shore, 46, was arrested last month after she allegedly broke into the Coulee Region Humane Society in Onalaska, Wis. to get cats that were seized from her earlier in May.
Shore’s apartment had been condemned, according to Coulee Region’s executive director Heather Hankins.
“They took out 17 cats, and the reason being that the living conditions were not suitable for people or animals,” she said.
While we don’t have much information on Lee Ann Shore‘s life history or educational background, I’m willing to take a wild guess.
— Robert Stacy McCain (@rsmccain) June 25, 2014
Lest you think the “crazy cat lady” jokes are merely a hateful stereotype of feminists as unloved, lonely and mentally ill, permit me to call your attention to the life of Shulamith Firestone. In 1967, Firestone was a founder of Chicago’s “West Side” group, the first Women’s Liberation group in America. In 1970, she published one of the most influential of early feminist books, The Dialectic of Sex.
Soon after that triumph at age 25, however, Firestone “disentegrated rapidly, losing her emotional equilibrium and her sense of herself in the world,” as feminist historian Susan Brownmiller wrote, a polite way of saying that Firestone had a nervous breakdown and lost her mind.
She had been nearly forgotten by the time she died in 2012:
When Shulamith Firestone’s body was found late last August, in her studio apartment on the fifth floor of a tenement walkup on East Tenth Street, she had been dead for some days. She was sixty-seven, and she had battled schizophrenia for decades, surviving on public assistance. There was no food in the apartment, and one theory is that Firestone starved . . .
You can read the whole thing, but the question is this: If Shulamith Firestone “battled schizophrenia for decades,” exactly when did that battle begin? Is it not possible that the radical feminism which made her famous in the late 1960s and early ’70s was, in fact, simply an early symptom of the madness that ultimately destroyed her?
There are 3 kinds of feminism: 1. Feminism that is wrong. 2. Feminism that is crazy. 3. Feminism that is both wrong and crazy.
— Robert Stacy McCain (@rsmccain) June 23, 2014