U.S. citizens elected a few women in their midterm elections. That has brought forward a lot of inappropriate comments in the media. From feministing.com:
Clearly, American voters are taking women politicians seriously. Too bad everyone can’t do the same. Some men have been coming out to describe their displeasure with women’s wins in what can only be described as a “girls are icky” line of argument (whining).
Echidne points to a report from Media Matters; during MSNBC’s election coverage, Chris Matthews said that that Senator Clinton gave a “barn-burner speech, which is harder to give for a woman; it can grate on some men when they listen to it — fingernails on a blackboard.”
He also said that Pelosi will “have to do the good fight with the president over issues” and asked: “How does she do it without screaming? How does she do it without becoming grating?”
Nothing like the sound of an uppity woman, huh Chris?
Dennis Miller’s appearance on Hannity & Colmes may take the cake though. Miller rambled off a list of reasons why Pelosi would be a terrible Speaker of the House, most of which could have been summed up with, “But she has a vagina!”
“To think that a C-minus, D-plus applicant like this, who no doubt would have been drummed out of the Mary Kay corps after an initial four-week evaluation period, might have a seat at the table of true powers, the speaker of the House, is absolutely insane.””Every time I see Pelosi in her little Chanel suits — a latter day “Wacky O” — regurgitating the Democratic talking points that she had to learn phonetically because the word “grasp” is not even vaguely in her vocabulary, I shake my head so badly you could blend paint colors in my mouth.”
Even President Bush got into it, announcing that, in his conversation with Nancy Pelosi,
“in my first act of bipartisan outreach since the election, I shared with her the names of some Republican interior decorators who can help her pick out the new drapes in her new offices.”
Why this incessant need to belittle women? Does it make these privileged men feel more powerful or what?