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

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

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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.  

Today, brains and breasts are thought to give women the same gravitas that penises gave men in the past.  With the ubiquitousness of the Blackberry personal organizer and laptop computers as symbols of power and social status, these electronic instruments have supplanted the penis, both in ordering the thinking of our individual leaders and creating that international connectedness that in the past a penis alone was thought to provide.  

Now, when the cell-phones ring in the bathrooms of the United Nations, they serve to bring leaders together wherever they are, regardless of their gender.

Because old habits die hard, the question is still asked, "Can a leader govern without a penis?" With the prominence of women Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senator Debbie Stabenow in this country, as well as women heads of state in Chile, Ireland, Latvia, Finland, Liberia, the Philippines, Israel and Germany, the answer is coming back loudly and clearly that, yes, a leader can govern and govern well, even without a penis.

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Tags: men, sexism, Update, Women (all tags)



Holding the US Presidency?

If it's a requirement, Hillary's eligible.


by Vox Populi 2007-02-06 06:39AM | 0 recs
Hi Francis,

the only person I know who likes Hillary says "she has the biggest balls of the whole group"..

 so I think people like that about hillary - that she won't take any guff.

by TarHeel 2007-02-06 07:20AM | 0 recs
Nancy Pelosi isn't a senator

by Quinton 2007-02-06 07:01AM | 0 recs
Nancy Pelosi is not a Senator.

You're right!  Fixed it.  

by francislholland 2007-02-06 10:55AM | 0 recs
Re: Should Having a Penis be a

Seriously... I don't know what is worse... the fact you wrote this or the fact I clicked on it and read it.  

You like Hillary... that's cool.  Most of us here don't like her.  The vast majority of us support having a non-white male president... which is why many of us like Richardson and Obama.  Even those who support Edwards often have either Richardson or Obama in their top 3 or 4 candidates.

In other words,  the reason we don't like hillary has nothing to do with her gender.  Her actions don't really support the values many of us hold on here.  Yes, they are closer than most, if not all the GOP politicians... But not as close as other Democrats, White, Black, Latino, male, female, gay, straight, etc.  She does not really adhere to progressive values.  

by yitbos96bb 2007-02-06 12:15PM | 0 recs
Re: Should Having a Penis be a Requirement for Hol

See, Francis, you do have something important to contribute on the issues.  And they haven't banned you either.

by Shaun Appleby 2007-02-06 01:02PM | 0 recs


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