One thing that has bothered me throughout this election has been anti-Hillary people referring to Hillary Clinton as “Mrs. Bill”. It was clearly meant to demean her accomplishments and very reminiscent of the Matthews-esque nonsense that Hillary only got where she did because of Monica. (That particularly bothers me because I think Hillary will be much better than Bill was and has done a lot on her own.) When I see commenters on pro-Hillary blogs refer to Andrea Mitchell as “Mrs. Alan Greenspan” or “Mrs. Greenspan”, I get annoyed as well. Not because I like or agree with her, but because I think she has done enough on her own to at least warrant a little respect. And don’t even get me started on those who spell her last name with a “B”. That’s uncalled for and sexist, no matter how wrong she may be.
What bothers me even more are the comments about the tabloid scandals about Michelle Obama and references to her, much along the lines of the smears against Hillary in the 1990s. I don’t know much about Michelle Obama, but from what I do know, she’s a smart, strong and accomplished woman. I may not agree with her or her husband, but she should not be subjected to similar treatment that Hillary has received.
I guess I’m writing this because it bothers me that some of the people I’ve seen complain about the sexist treatment Hillary has received are now doing it themselves. Sexism is sexism, not matter who the target is.