A “Shrill, Shrieking, Shrew”

This morning, a 70-year-old visually impaired African American woman called in to C-Span’s “Washington Journal” to express her support for Obama and her opposition to Clinton. She spoke for a moment about the discrimination she had experienced as a black woman and about the hope Obama gives her. Then she spoke about how disappointed she is in Hillary and Bill Clinton and about the negative aspect of Clinton’s campaign. Then she went into a higher gear and called Clinton a “shrill, shrieking, shrew.” Here is a person who has been discriminated against four ways:  In the U.S.,  you are the target of oppression if you are African American, if you are a woman, if you are older, and if you … Continue reading

Why Is It?

…That John Kerry sniped mercilessly at Howard Dean during the 2004 primary, but no one ever accused him of being a traitor to the Democratic Party? …That when feminists complain of massive sexism and misogyny during the campaign, they are called “whiners,” but when Obama supporters complain of racism, they are called “victims of injustice”? …That when Obama invokes Reagan, he is a “uniter,” but when Clinton’s years of working with both parties is mentioned, she is called a “Republican”? …That when Obama’s supporters in states like Texas and Washington shout down and bully caucus attendees into submission, they are called “passionate,” but when Clinton’s supporters cheer for her, they are called “delusional”? …That when Obama is interviewed on the … Continue reading

NBC Expands Misogyny To Include Airport Shops

Not content to make money just by calling Hillary Clinton every type of sexist name and making every type of sexist or misogynistic reference to her and to other women, NBC has now begun selling the infamous Hillary nutcracker in its airport shops. Here is a report from Mike Caulfield at Blue Hampshire, after he saw one of these “funny” products at a CNBC store in Washington, DC: “Did you get it? Did you get the joke? Because strong women hate penises. Strong women want to ‘bust men’s balls’ because let’s face it, they’re envious of our balls. They are all, you know, menopausal and uptight. And we dudes, we’re just hanging out, being cool, when they come around cracking … Continue reading

Nora Ephron speaks out

“After all this time, after all these stupid articles about how powerless white men are and how they can’t even get into college because of overachieving women and affirmative action and mean lady teachers who expected them to sit still in the third grade even though they were all suffering from terminal attention deficit disorder–after all this, they turn out (surprise!) to have all the power.” Read the whole thing here.

Confidential To Obama: Sorry, There Is No “Gay Agenda”

In a recent interview with The Advocate, this is what Barack Obama had to say about a former professor of his: “He was a wonderful guy. He was the first openly gay professor that I had ever come in contact with, or openly gay person of authority that I had come in contact with. And he was just a terrific guy. He wasn’t proselytizing all the time, but just his comfort in his own skin and the friendship we developed helped to educate me on a number of these issues.” Right. Because that’s what gay people do–they “proselytize all the time,” hoping to get that toaster oven like Laura Dern did on the final episode of Ellen. It always amazes … Continue reading

The Rhetorical Fallacies In This Campaign Are Breathtaking

So tonight, Elton John gave his concert for Hillary Clinton. “I’m still standing,” she quipped, and he said “I never cease to be amazed at the misogynist(ic) attitude of some of the people in this country. I say to hell with them.” And bloggers and those who comment on blogs have already begun screaming that not wanting to vote for Hillary does not equal misogyny. Whoever said it did? One does not have to be a supporter of Sen. Clinton to realize that the misogynistic attacks against her constitute some of the ugliest bigotry this country has seen. No one–not Sen. Clinton, not her campaign, not her supporters–ever said that women should vote for Clinton because she is a woman, … Continue reading

Who Said This?

“I don’t think anybody predicted 9/11.” If you guessed Condoleezza Rice, you would be correct. But you would also be correct if you guessed Barack Obama. That’s what he said a few days ago on MSNBC’s Hardball. How quickly some of us forget the August 2001 memos ignored by George W. Bush. Is Obama protecting the Bush administration? Of course not. The obvious answer is that he “misspoke,” though he has, of course, been given a pass on his statement. Nevertheless, knowing everything we know–and knowing what a joke the 9/11 (not my words–I am appalled that we gave this day a nickname) Commission was, it is interesting that Obama would say this, even as a slip.

Steve & Cokie Roberts: Race Trumps Gender, Yet Again

In their latest column, “Let superdelegates decide race? Not this year,” Steve and Cokie Roberts argue that 2008 is absolutely the wrong year to let superdelegates decide who is the Democratic presidential nominee. Why? They are the superdelegates, the elected officials and representatives of Democratic Party constituencies who this year are expected to make the difference – to add enough delegates into the column of one candidate or the other to put him or her over the top. But this is exactly the wrong year for them to play that role for one important reason: race. Not only is it entirely within the rules for the superdelegates to vote their independent choice, rather than simply echo the voters of their … Continue reading