Sexism Is Ok As Long As It Is The Right Sort Of Sexism

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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.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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