I am going to risk a major bro code violation here by being shamelessly lovey, and perhaps dovey, in view of other bros. If I am grounded from ESPN for a week, so be it.
Let me first say that I mean no slight to the liberal, and other, women I love to love. You weren’t the ones attacked, though, and I think you know who you are already.
I also have to say I’m not sure there will be 10 on this list, as my time is limited, but it went better with the theme.
As a liberal man, and a feminist, I can see both sides of the coin, I think. Feminism is necessarily at odds with conservatism over key issues, so I get legitimate feminist opposition to conservatives, women or men. Conversely, a conservative woman can’t be expected to support a movement that won’t have her, and with whose key issues she disagrees.
One thing everyone should agree on is that women should be treated with respect, and as equals (at least!).
Now, before my liberal pals start googling around for quotes from the women on my list, let me save you the time. First of all, I know most of them mainly through conversation, and not an exhaustive reading of their blogs, TV appearances, etc. Second, and more important, I don’t agree with a lot of what they say. That’s what makes a conversation. If agreement were a prerequisite, I’d be a virgin hermit.
So, in no particular order, here’s my list:
First up is Media Lizzy, and not just because she’s my number 1 (conservative) fan. Lizzy and I go at it quite a bit on her BlogTalkRadio show, and while we agree on plenty, there’s also lots of room for sparks to fly. For a real taste of what Lizzy’s all about, check out her beautifully written piece about Carrie Prejean. Finally, she’s easier on the eyes than a month’s supply of Restasis.
Lori Ziganto, aka Snarkandboobs: Guess which half of her name she proudly displays on her Twitter feed, and which half she keeps mostly to herself? With a sharp wit and a sharp tongue, Lori is a lightning rod on teh Twitter.
Mary Katherine Ham: I met Mary Katherine at CPAC this year, where we sat across from each other and traded jokes. She’s the epitome of what the bro code calls “the cool chick.”
Amanda Carpenter: I don’t know Amanda all that well, but I was impressed at the poise she showed in reacting to the Playboy story. Plus, look!
Elisabeth Hasselbeck: Actually, when I , and the rest of America, fell in love with her, she was Survivor’s Elisabeth Filarski. Beautiful, charming, and sweetly protective of her pal, Roger. The fact that she’s a political lightning rod doesn’t make her a political being.
Skye: Skye and I have a bit of a rocky history, and I’m sure I’m on a very different list for her, but to paraphrase Lou Grant, she’s got spunk, and I like it. She and I probably agree on zero, but she puts her heart into what she does.
Megyn Kelly: Yes, she’s hot, but here’s the real reason she makes my list:
I’m going to stop there, mostly because it’s time to make dinner.
I’ve learned, over the past year or so, that engaging the other side of the aisle is much more rewarding than simply preaching to the choir. Here’s hoping my liberal friends think about achieving a deeper understanding of these great women, and maybe my conservative friends can point me to their favorite liberal honeys. Even if I already have the best one.