Sexism Is Ok As Long As It Is The Right Sort Of Sexism
Diane Sawyer gathered all of the Senate’s women together (all but one, North Dakota Senator-elect Heidi Heitkamp was at home attending the funeral of a National Guardsman) so they could talk about how much better thing would be if women ran the entirety of the Senate.
Because women are so much more practical than those stupid, pig-headed men. And that’s not at all sexist.
Republican Senator Susan Collins is the worst offender here, suggesting that the fiscal cliff negotiations would be a breeze if handled by women. Because compromising for the sake of compromising is inherently virtuous, apparently, while standing firm on principle is just something dumb men do. Like refusing to stop and ask for directions.
What I would have loved to hear these women talk about is the accusations of sexism which flew after UN Ambassador Susan Rice became (rightly) the subject of criticism over the Benghazi catastrophe. Women in the House said Republicans were only targeting rice because she’s a woman. Which sets up a nifty double standard. Women are to be treated equally, I guess, except when it comes to criticism at which point you’re supposed to hold off or you’re attacking a woman.
Everyone is equal, to paraphrase Orwell, but some are more equal than others.Tags: Heidi Heitkamp, sexism, susan collins