Bil Browning

When even the wingnuts are tired of the sexism and misogyny

Filed By Bil Browning | July 26, 2007 3:41 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: election 2008, feminism, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Indiana Family Institute, mass media, sexism

Another sexist graphic targeting Hillary ClintonI think by now most of our readers realize I’m not the biggest fan of Hillary Clinton. Do I think she’ll end up the democratic candidate? Yeah. Will I support her if she does? Hell yeah. But am I excited about the possibility of Hillary as Prez? Let’s just say I’m about as excited over the idea as I was over a Kerry presidency – better than what we have but not particularly exciting.

I have to admit, however, that some of the sexism that has been directed Hillary’s way is really starting to piss me off. You don’t have to look very far to find blatant examples - check just about any mass media story. In fact, you know things are going a little too far when even the wingnuts are starting to tire of the same sexist drivel.

As an example, check out what the Indiana Family Institute's blog has to say on the subject. The far-right organization, known for their parent's orgs sexism, homophobia and racism (the Southern Poverty Law Center has classified the American Family Association Focus on the Family a "hate group" similar to the KKK or other "white power" groups), is hardly a bastion of liberal thought and yet while they work in the obligatory pokes at the left, you can read for yourself that they're quickly wearying of the FOX "News" talking points.

Personally, I am a little tired of discussing Hillary Clinton's femininity. It's unfair to her and it's the least important topic of the Presidential campaign. It's time we stop discussing:

  • Pantsuits: What else is she going to wear? If I were a woman, I wouldn't want to be campaigning in high heels and a tight dress.
  • Women's Issues: Just because Hillary is a woman doesn't mean she needs to talk endlessly about "women's issues." She's running for President of the United States, not of the women's auxiliary to the country club.
  • Her husband: I don't agree with her much, but she's intelligent enough on her own. I've always thought that she actually may be MORE intelligent than former President Clinton.

Again, I don't agree with Sen. Clinton much, but she's likely to be a major contender for leader of the free world. Isn't it about time we stop acting like the only thing that defines her is that she is a woman?

So when will we see the articles on what brand of suit Mitt Romney is wearing or what type of shoes Bill Richardson favors? So far, the closest contender is John "Do these sweaters make me look gay?" McCain and the media didn't raise that issue - the candidate did!

So let's enjoy a moment to imagine... *cue the dreamy music* Let's critique the men for a second - hair, makeup, clothes, it's all up for grabs. Let's try and make our comments look like how the media is currently describing Hillary's every move, shall we? Any takers?


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It's interesting to me that much has been made in this campaign about pantsuits, haircuts, gay sweaters etc etc. These people are running for president. The "Paris Hilton/Perez Hilton" attitude that is pervading the media right now is sick. It will be interesting to watch how the campaign progresses and if we even get to any real issues.

Jen Jorczak | July 26, 2007 6:43 PM

my favorite comment (to date) on Hillary's gender: souvenir magnet I bought for my mom last week in DC that reads "Bill Clinton for First Lady in 2008."

I agree, Bil, it is getting more than annoying. It's interesting because I've always assumed that conservatives say things like this because they can't respond to substance. But there are real reasons to oppose a Clinton presidency, but I guess that they just go above their heads.

On a related note, I notice an almost naked woman to the right in the google ad. What's that supposed to mean?

On a related note, I notice an almost naked woman to the right in the google ad. What's that supposed to mean?

Oooooh! Really? You got an almost naked woman? I'll tell you what it means - it means RealJock finally ran out of money for their ad buy! Yes!

I've seen a movie trailer and a travel ad for Africa today though.

I'm still seeing Real Jock ads. LOL.

REAL JOCKS DON'T RUN OUT OF MONEY FOR THEIR AD BUYS!!!!!

Well, there's also the buss about Fred's Trophy wife, Rudy's collection of ex's, Edward's haircut/ his wife's statements and cancer, Romney's Mormonism and 1st wife-trophy wife combined statement, Huckabee's weight loss whenever Michael Moore's 'Sicko' comes up, etc etc etc.

I hate to say it, but I'm not sure if it's the Paris Hilton-ing of the media or the fact that in some cases, this stuff is the only thing that makes the candidates noteworthy.

Bil,

Just wanted to correct your information. You wrote: "As an example, check out what the Indiana Family Institute's blog has to say on the subject. The far-right organization, known for their parent's orgs sexism, homophobia and racism (the Southern Poverty Law Center has classified the American Family Association a "hate group" similar to the KKK or other "white power" groups)"

The American Family Association is NOT the parent org for the Indiana Family Institute. Focus on the Family is the parent org.

Thanks Kristen! That was a silly mistake on my part that I should have caught automatically. I guess that's what happens when your fingers start flying, eh? I've corrected it in the entry as well. Apparently I was on a roll with the [insert name here] family organizations.