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.

Rob Port is the editor of 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.

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  • JackButler

    Rob you’re right about this it is blatant sexism, but If you got any small group of politicians together they would say they could fix any problem, especially if the opposite side would just compromise.

  • JW-American

    Oh, Diane Sawyer, I can’t listen to her… she has the whiniest liberal voice ever, if only those Tea Party Conservatives could leave the planet, all would be better in her world.

    Every thing to her is smothered with her over dramatic voice.

    She could stand to take speech therapy classes from say… Sam Kinnison (RIP) or maybe Mark Levin when he’s on a roll.

  • WOOF

    Beat down for disrespecting women in the election,
    Republicans continue to shake their erections.
    Can’t help themselves.

    • Rob

      I believe in women being treated equally. But that means women can’t scream “you’re attacking women” every time they’re criticized.

      Or is it sexist to be against double standards?

      • HG

        Yes, yes it is. Just like it’s “bigoted”, “homophobic” and “hateful” to oppose same-sex marriage on principle. Just like it’s “racist” to oppose Obama’s far left political agenda. Just like you’re a “flat-earther” and “anti-science” if your faith conflicts with evolution science, or a “‘climate-denier” if you question the “scientific consensus” on anthropogenic global warming.
        The left are masters of double standards and slandering those who call them on it.

        • ellinas1

          Who managed the house?

          Your mother or your father?

          Who manages your house?
          You or your wife?

          • HG

            What’s your point, E?

      • WOOF

        Oh no, not us say Republicans , we want ,
        we demand equality.
        “Bitch” is the hardly takes a minute to hear it,
        Republican fall back position.

        • mickey_moussaoui

          So Rob, why do you censor me????
          Woof, you libs tossed the “bitch” Hillary under the bus for the unvetted, unAmerican Kenyan.
          Ironic Hypocracy eh

          • Rob

            Stop cursing so much and the comments will go through.

        • mickey_moussaoui

          you tossed hillary under the bus for the kenyan

  • Thresherman

    This is just the “men are stupid” act that feminists engage in when they get together played out on a larger scale. To women such as these, the double standard is the only standard. They oppose sexism, except for when they engage in it. They demand equal treatment but still expect men to hold doors for them. Men are completely useless until they suddenly have a mechanical problem or the garbage needs to be hauled out.

    • ellinas1

      You are by nature subservient to women.
      Everything in life is geared towards women and reproduction.
      You are nothing but a sperm donor.

  • Captornado

    Why would I care about anything Diane Sawyer had to say unless of course if she was asking me what I wanted on my sammich!

    • yy4u2

      Reminded me of a Bobby Slayton bit that goes something like, “guys like to eat and have sex. I told my wife, if you don’t want to see me naked, go make me a sandwich.”

  • Bat One

    I wonder if Susan Collins thinks she could have done a better job compromising than… say, Neville Chamberlain.

    As for poor, dear Susan Rice, a liar of the first order, I wonder how many of Ms. Sawyer”s focus group stood up for Condi Rice when she was being rhetorically brutalized by the Left.

  • Flamejob5

    I’ve always believed for the most part that the women’s movement from it’s onset has never been about striving for equality with men, but rather a movement centered around women believing to be better than men.

    Which of course then makes it a class struggle towards inequality.

    Ultimately, the Laws of Nature determine equality, and what we have today, thanks to government intervention, is far removed from equality.

  • Davo

    There’s literally no way you’re actually this stupid.

    • Rob

      I think you’re dumb and stubborn, Davey, because you’re male.

      And its OK to say that because your male, but don’t say it about a woman because it would be a war on women. Or something.

      • Snarkie

        No one is buying your pretences Port. We all know you and the GOP hate women and blacks and you especially hate black women. Pitching that you are a victim of other’s incorrect judgments is cute, but not plausible.

  • Snarkie

    This post is incoherent. I gather you are still angry at the women. Why do you keep curb-stomping your partys’ future in public like this?

    • Rob

      If thinking people shouldn’t be judged by their gender puts me on the political margins, then that’s where I’ll reside. Better that than the alternative.

      • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

        You didn’t like it when Sarah Palin was treated fairly, as she treated others. You still don’t.

        Sarah Palin was a liar of the first order, and she still couldn’t get things right.

        • Gary

          No one would have objected if Palin was treated fairly. She and her family were crucified by the press and scum bags like you. Everyone can see that you’re still obsessed with her.
          Your addiction to SAB, and being Rob’s little pet troll is also quite evident.

          • realitybasedbob

            The 1/2 term gop quitter hung herself.
            Please send her all your money and make her your 2016 nominee.


          • Gary

            She doesn’t need anyone’s money. Thanks to as*holes like you, and all the attention you gave her, she became a very wealth woman.

          • Snarkie

            She wasn’t crucified for being a woman, she was crucified for being a moron who should never be anywhere near high office. Get a clue Gary.

          • Proof

            I read your comment over on the side bar and wondered at first why you joining the attack on Susan Rice? I thought maybe someone had appropriated your “handle”.

      • Snarkie

        Actually you spent the whole post whining about women based on stereotypes. See for yourself, asshat.

  • spud

    Well a bad economy did not stop Obama from winning reelection with 51% of vote. So how are they going to stop the Hillary. They are not and liberal courts will begin. Remember after her first term Scalia and Kennedy will be in mid 80’s what are odds they are both still on court. Not good. Woman will vote Hill in by landslide proportions. That picture of republicans in charge of committees in congress is a big problem. And the dummies still clamoring for Palin. Her 15 minutes are already up.