Monday, June 30, 2008

Sexism Is Alive and Well in Unityland

Sexism is so ingrained in our culture, that even with the sharp focus drawn to it because of the misogynistic treatment Senator Clinton received, it is STILL happening. I watched some of the "Unite for Change" coverage on CNN and it didn't take long to rear its patronizing head.

If John Edwards was the one meeting Obama on the tarmac for the flight to New Hampshire, would Obama have kissed him on the cheek? I don't think so.

When John Edwards finished addressing the crowd, would Obama kiss him on the cheek? No.

And what about this little sexist chestnut from the presumptive nominee himself. He started out well, then patronized her, then trivialized her.

"Because of the campaign that Hillary Clinton waged, my daughters and all of your daughters will forever know that there is no barrier to who they are and what they can be in the United States of America. They can take for granted that women can do anything that the boys can -- and do it better, and do it in heels."

I suspect the last two phrases were off the script, and truly reflect that he thinks it is complimentary to throw a bone (do it better - in which case he'd be standing while she spoke at a Unity event she organized as the presumptive nominee!) and then bring up heels, I guess to "prove" how tough we women are! He stopped short at calling her Sweetie, at least in front of a microphone.

And CNN''s coverage team kept using the term "first date" to describe this joint appearance by Clinton and Obama. If Edwards was the one doing this joint appearance, would it be called a "first date"? No.

The L.A. Times called it "tying he political knot". Would... well let's skip that because the answer is NO.

It would be something like "two warriors, fresh from the field of battle, meet to shake hands and unite their followers" yada yada yada...

Women in the U.S. are asleep at the equality wheel. What kind of crash will it take to wake them out of their patriarchal-supporting stupor? How can women keep supporting such a sexist candidate? I sure as hell won't.

Erma Bombeck, who died 12 years ago, said the following and it is just as true today.

We've got a generation now who were born with semi equality. They don't know how it was before, so they think, this isn't too bad. We're working. We have our attache cases and our three piece suits. I get very disgusted with the younger generation of women. We had a torch to pass, and they are just sitting there. They don't realize it can be taken away. Things are going to have to get worse before they join in fighting the battle. - Erma Bombeck

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