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Free Martha Stewart

George Foster - July 4th, 2002
Lord have mercy, what a woman. I am in love with Martha Stewart.
None of the divas that most guys gush over can hold a candle to her. Pamela Anderson may strut around in the underbelly of the rock music scene but wouldn‘t know what to say to a corporate CEO. Cameron Dias obviously cannot cook a lick because she is just skin and bones. Britney Spears is just a girl - way, way too young. Martha Stewart, on the other hand, is ALL woman.
The feeding frenzy that has erupted in the media recently over possible charges against Stewart by federal authorities for violations of insider trading laws seems silly. Since the accusations began flying, though, I must admit I have changed my opinion of her - I am endeared to my Martha more than ever.
Why, you ask? Martha Stewart has stolen my heart because she is a bitch - at least that‘s the label many have given her. Unfortunately, becoming a self-made, successful woman in the male-dominated sectors of America is often synonymous with being called a bitch.
Jackie Kennedy was considered the ideal first lady because stood in the background gazing at the president adoringly, while somehow finding time to give tours of the White House for distinguished guests. Hillary Clinton was thought to be a bitch because she was an accomplished attorney, wrote best-seller books, had strong opinions of her own and possessed enough political savvy to eventually win a seat in the U.S. Senate.
In the past, women could usually escape the B-word label if they were accomplished in the kitchen in particular and on the domestic front in general. Martha Stewart drives us crazy, though, because she is just as comfortable giving millions of TV viewers her tips on baking chocolate chip cookies as she is negotiating in the corporate board rooms of her billion dollar enterprise. Martha Stewart may be more dangerous than Nat Turner. What if she leads a rebellion of other women off the plantation?
Give me a bitch anytime. There is nothing sexier than a strong, independent woman. Martha Stewart stands toe to toe with her detractors, mano y mujer, and continues to thrive. As with most successful businesswomen, she has had to be twice as smart, three times as ambitious, and ten times more hard working than her male counterparts - and she is.
Do you think Stewart‘s alleged stock-trading improprieties would have gotten the same attention if Martha had been born Mark? Even if the accused was a rich celebrity like Donald Trump or Michael Jordan - no way would the public care about such dealings among men. Investors benefit from insider trading every day but we rarely hear about it.
Yet, Stewart is now under intense media scrutiny similar to murder cases involving the Smart family and Robert Blake because she may have netted $43,000 on an investment transaction that involved a tip from a friend in the business. Come on, this is a pittance compared to the millions earned by high rollers on Wall Street in shady transactions.
I guarantee you, even if charges are brought against her for these infractions, she will be ruled innocent. However, Martha Stewart is guilty of an offense that will be difficult for many American men to ever accept: the crime of being a highly successful and independent woman.








 
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