Angry at Sexism and Misogyny in Election

I know I speak for many people when I say I am so angry and frustrated with all the sexism and misogyny of this presidential campaign. It is horrible the way a woman candidate running for president is being treated by the media, by Obama supporters, and by Wingnuts. It is ugly and it is unforgivable.

Judith Timson has a good piece on this in the Globe and Mail:

A glaring double standard

For every 'presidential' and 'charismatic' bestowed on Barack Obama, there are 10 adjectives commentators have used to put down the way Hillary Clinton dresses, talks and emotes. Call this what it is - blatant sexism

Here is the link to the complete article:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/s tory/RTGAM.20080226.wltimson26/BNStory/l ifeMain/home

It is time for ACTION!

Tags: Election, Hillary, misogyny, obama, sexism (all tags)

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29 Comments

Re: Angry at Sexism and Misogyny in Election

It really isn't over yet. There is still a week left. However, I feel the same way you do. It is not only horrifying that a woman is being treated this way, it is horrifying that anybody would be treated this way.

by HillaryKnight08 2008-02-26 03:19PM | 0 recs
Re: Angry at Sexism and Misogyny in Election

Oh my! I do declare! It is so unchivalrous how poor little Hillary is being treated! Obliged!

by pastor john 2008-02-26 05:09PM | 0 recs
Re: Angry at Sexism and Misogyny in Election

please...tell me...you're not really a "pastor"...

by jentwisl 2008-02-26 06:54PM | 0 recs
Time for ACTION

Yes it is. There are many women who feel this way. Let's get together.

by foxx 2008-02-26 03:56PM | 0 recs
Re: Time for ACTION

Yes! A pillow fight!

by pastor john 2008-02-26 05:11PM | 0 recs
Re: Time for ACTION
..again...please....
ditto....
by jentwisl 2008-02-26 06:56PM | 0 recs
Re: Angry at Sexism and Misogyny in Election

Read my diary here called "Sexism is the last Acceptable Predjudice"

by ddigioia 2008-02-26 04:04PM | 0 recs
Funny how...
The Obama campaign doesn't need to play the "people are picking on my because I'm black" card.

This faux-victim thing really sets feminism back. You want a female candidate to be taken seriously? Pick one who knows how to run a smart, nimble campaign.

by PhilFR 2008-02-26 04:05PM | 0 recs
Au contraire, mon ami

You can't be serious.  Post a critical diary or comment on Obama, even one raising a perfectly legitimate concern, and see how long it takes for someone to accuse you of racism.

A couple of weeks ago when I drew some less than flattering parallels between Obama and Deval Patrick, I was accused of being a racist and a bad Democrat.  I found this rather remarkable given that I was an enthusiastic supporter of Patrick when he was running and gave serious consideration to supporting Obama a year ago.

by dbrown04 2008-02-26 04:20PM | 0 recs
Re: Au contraire, mon ami
I'm talking about the campaign, not the Clintonista blogosphere.

Although as I think about it, I guess the Clinton campaign hasn't played the gender card too much. It's just the rabid Clinton bloggers who are going there.

by PhilFR 2008-02-26 04:26PM | 0 recs
Re: Au contraire, mon ami

At the South Carolina Republican debate, John McCain was asked, "How are you going to beat the bitch?"  John McCain's answer?  "That's an excellent question."

So I have two questions for you:

1.  Do you have to be a rabid Clinton supporter to find that interchange sexist and offensive?

2.  If the question had been, "How are we going to beat that N__?"  Would you have to be a rapid Obama supporter to find such a question racist and offensive?

by dbrown04 2008-02-26 04:57PM | 0 recs
Re: Au contraire, mon ami
Q1: no, that's over the top offensive. Q2: equally offensive. Now, if Obama gets the nomination, we can fully expect that subtle race politics will be played. I'm just glad that neither Clinton nor Obama has been crying victimhood. That would be ultimately counterproductive, not just to them. but to their identity politics.
by PhilFR 2008-02-26 05:49PM | 0 recs
Re: Au contraire, mon ami
Small correction: it wasn't the SC debate, but a stump speech and Q&A.
by PhilFR 2008-02-26 05:50PM | 0 recs
Pat Shroeder and Geraline Ferraro on On Point

Attention to complaints about the sexism in this campaign are picking up.  Pat Schroeder and Geraldine Ferraro were on WBUR's On Point with Tom Ashbrook this a.m.  It was a terrific show.  Ashbrook just let the two of them unload on all of the sexism and double standard applied to Hillary for an entire hour.  I highly recommend it.  It will make you feel better.

Just go to WBUR.org and click on the On Point link to listen.

by dbrown04 2008-02-26 04:09PM | 0 recs
Thankfully Hillary herself
hasn't seen fit to play the victim card.
by PhilFR 2008-02-26 04:19PM | 0 recs
Re: Pat Shroeder and Geraline Ferraro on On Point

Thank god they supported Hillary. Their support will change the laws of mathematics and give her the election.

by pastor john 2008-02-26 05:13PM | 0 recs
Re: Pat Shroeder and Geraline Ferraro on On Point

..ok..again...ditto...

by jentwisl 2008-02-26 06:57PM | 0 recs
Re: Pat Shroeder and Geraline Ferraro on On Point
Oh yes.. they have SO MUCH of a following.

Sheesh.

by PhilFR 2008-02-26 07:08PM | 0 recs
Re: Pat Shroeder and Geraline Ferraro on On Point
as "pastor john" will tell you..
being right...and just...and honorable...does not depend (thank the gods) on your "following"...
by jentwisl 2008-02-26 07:29PM | 0 recs
Re: Pat Shroeder and Geraline Ferraro on On Point
But if the point is that having these two will somehow tip the balance, than it IS about your "following"... yes?
by PhilFR 2008-02-26 07:43PM | 0 recs
Re: Pat Shroeder and Geraline Ferraro on On Point
only if you are pitting one group of "followers" against another's group of "followers"...
or are you implying that these particular people are so sufficiently devoid of, and in this context known to be devoid of, any credibility that whoever they follow would be, therefore, unworthy in some way...
by jentwisl 2008-02-26 08:41PM | 0 recs
Re: Pat Shroeder and Geraline Ferraro on On Point

Maybe you should change your screen name to pasture john, because you seem to be full of bullcrap.

by georgiapeach 2008-02-27 05:07AM | 0 recs
Re: Angry at Sexism and Misogyny in Election

It's totally true. Anyone who attacks Hillary is sexist.

by pastor john 2008-02-26 05:10PM | 0 recs
Re: Angry at Sexism and Misogyny in Election

...again...please tell me....you're not really a "pastor"...

by jentwisl 2008-02-26 06:55PM | 0 recs
Re: Angry at Sexism and Misogyny in Election
My highly educated and politically active wide would be very surprised to learn she's a sexist.
by PhilFR 2008-02-26 07:06PM | 0 recs
typo correction
"wide" should be "wife." (Don't tell her I made that typo!)
by PhilFR 2008-02-26 07:07PM | 0 recs
yeah
it appears the nation has made great strides in terms of getting racism out of their perceptions and pretty much stuck in 1897 towards women. No doubt about it that there is massive sexism going on and some by a hell of a lot of women.
by Robert Oak 2008-02-26 06:04PM | 0 recs
Re: Angry at Sexism and Misogyny in Election

I am one of those voters that Chris Mathews likes to refer to.  Those rural upstate New Yorkers that felt bad for her.  With what her husband did to her. And thats not a new theme for him.  

I have been voting since 1980, and this has got to be the oddest election season yet.  One is crowned the media darling and one is the media dumping ground.  

by patti 2008-02-26 06:56PM | 0 recs
Do you remember
when Hillary was the 'media darling'? Remember the "inevitability" campaign?

Hillary wasn't undone by sexism. She was undone by a poorly orchestrated campaign that couldn't respond to ground-level realities.

by PhilFR 2008-02-26 07:12PM | 0 recs

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