Should Having a Penis be a Requirement for Holding the US Presidency?

A leader can govern and govern well, even without a penis.

Cross-posted at http://francislholland.blogspot.com/2007/02/should-having-penis-be-requirement-for.html

Much has been written about the ways in which a penis contributes to the functions of the Presidency.  That barely perceptible bulge in the woolen trousers, some believed, made a man look more "presidential".   It offered hours of entertainment for those interminable cross-country and international flights that have come to characterize the US Presidency.  

Before the modern gender-diversity era, holding a penis created a sense of mutual comfort among heads of state in the washrooms of the United Nations.

But, because of recent advances in technology and culture, the penis has become less and less necessary as a tool of national governance and international diplomacy.  

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12 Q & A on the 1st Woman President

(Cross-posted at DailyKos and http://francislholland.blogspot.com/)

Sat Nov 18, 2006 at 05:50:31 AM PST

Some commentators have suggested that electing a liberal Democratic woman President might improve the United States of America in fundamental ways.  This idea is preposterous on its face, but seems nonetheless to have gained adherents in recent years.  Here we address the reasons why electing a liberal Democratic woman President would not improve the United States in any way whatsoever and would actually make matters worse:

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O'Reilly: Rape, murder victim was "wearing a miniskirt and a halter top.

Saw this on DailyKos

We live in a culture that condones rape as nothing more than men letting out their sexual desires, because it's part of our evolutionary psychology or something like that, you know man is the hunter and is a natural rapist. Last time that argument was brought forth to justify rape, it was rightfully attacked as nothing more than an excuse for rapists. But my friends, this is lower than low.

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Exposing South Carolina's sexism

The State, Columbia's newspaper, recently updated its online database of state employee salaries. After the initial fun of looking up Spurrier's and Bowden's paychecks (Spurrier makes more by the way), I turned my attention to a state agency I used to work for, and where many of my friends still do. There, in excrutiating clarity, was a listing of every employee making more than $50,000 a year.

I was shocked and dismayed. I had left after I was given a former co-worker's job, and was expected to keep doing my own. I asked for her old title. Denied. Asked for an early annual review (aka raise). Denied. Fed up, I left for the private sector with a 43% raise of my own making.

Now, here in black and white, is a very glaring picture of exactly how bad the discrepancy is between the women and the men at the South Carolina Research Authority. There are two female VPs. They don't crack 6 figures. Maybe that's not such a big deal, but men with lesser titles make more than them. A lot more. The Accounting Manager (male) makes more than his boss (female). A project manager (female) makes $16,000 less than another project manager (male). To put that into perspective, she has more responsibility, more experience, and more tenure. And he was removed from the program and placed into another for general incompetancy.

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Sexism in the workplace

Today is Blog Against Sexism Day and I would like to take the time to discuss a problem that I have noticed ever since I've entered the working world, sexism in the workplace.

Having now worked in both the public and private sector, I've been exposed to office settings of varying type and size. What I've found is that no matter where I've been, sexism has been a pervasive problem. And while the nature of sexism has evolved over time, not only does it still exist, but it's also as dangerous as ever.

As big a problem, to me, as the sexism itself is the lax attitude men have displayed toward policing bad behavior among themselves. Sexism that discriminates against women isn't solely a "women's problem." It's everyone's problem.

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