by Robert Oak, Fri Feb 08, 2008 at 09:49:41 AM EST
Now, I am no fan of either Hillary or Obama for this reason, they are both going to enable global labor arbitrage on steroids. That said, I have to point out a very sexist assumption that is truly offensive against Hillary Clinton.
What is that sexist assumption?
Hillary IS Bill
I've seen policy enacted in the Bill Clinton administration as being assigned to Hillary. Articles and articles written which assume whatever Bill Clinton wants, is endorsing, is pushing as policy agenda, then Hillary must also agree with it.
That is sexism.
Hillary is not Bill
You might be so oblivious to sexism you may not understand why assigning Bill's administration and policy positions to Hillary is an issue.
Robin Morgan ran an essay in RAT back in 1970, called Goodbye To All That. Well Ms. Morgan has just updated that essay, and given the double standard that seems to have taken hold in this campaign, I thought it was worth discussing. In so many ways, Morgan echoes what I've been thinking for a very long time now, but have never quite been able to express as eloquently as this. Here is part of what she had to say in those 8 pages...
Hillary is too ballsy but too womanly, a Snow Maiden who's emotional, and so much a politician as to be unfit for politics.
She's "ambitious" but he shows "fire in the belly." (Ever had labor pains?)
When a sexist idiot screamed "Iron my shirt!" at HRC, it was considered amusing; if a racist idiot shouted "Shine my shoes!" at BO, it would've inspired hours of airtime and pages of newsprint analyzing our national dishonor.
BILL KRISTOL: Look, the only people for Hillary Clinton are the Democratic establishment and white women. The Democratic establishment -- it would be crazy for the Democratic Party to follow an establishment that's led it to defeat year after year. White women are a problem, that's, you know -- we all live with that.
Have you heard any outrage from the media about Kristol's statement about women? Sure, the Washington Post published an essay by Erica Jong today, but are Kristol's extremely sexist and demeaning remarks on page A1, above the fold?
If Kristol had said that about black women, you can bet that the WaPo would have that on A1. The story, with every breathless development, would have remained above the fold for days as his explanations and rationalizations were dissected, and Fox News was pressed to FIRE him for his remarks. And similar coverage would be given by all the elite newspapers and cable news networks. You'd hear about it endlessly all day. For days. And demands for his firing would go on and on and on.
I've noticed something this primary season. Even though we are told that a double standard doesn't exist, it surely does. There were obvious examples of sexism during this heated primary season... like Chris Matthews gaffes that ended with a public apology. But there have been others. Recently, my mother forwarded me an essay by Robin Morgan of the Women's Media Center called Goodbye To All That #2. Robin wrote Goodbye To All That (#1) back in 1970, when she and other feminists took over a counter culture magazine called Rat.
After reading her most recent essay, I'm convinced that sexism is alive and well in this political primary season. It's hard for me not to copy and paste the whole article. Here are a few highlights...