So, is sexism now okay?

Sunday, February 07, 2016

So, is sexism now okay?

This afternoon's report in The New York Times gives me considerable pause:

Gloria Steinem and Madeleine Albright Scold Young Women Backing Bernie Sanders

"Hillary Clinton’s older feminist supporters have a message for young women who are not backing her candidacy: Shame on you.

Women were expected to help power Mrs. Clinton to the Democratic nomination...."

I reject both Sanders and Clinton on a political basis, but I have a personal dislike of the latter, starting with her style which of late seems especially shrill.

(He writes, fully aware that the hard-libbers will interpret "shrill" as sexist code.)

So be it... not that two wrongs cancel one another out, but the Albright-Steinem sortie is so blatant that it demands a direct and unequivocal response.

My late mother-in-law was an authentic "Rosie the Riveter," and while she wasn't hard core about it, my wife long ago said that her mom always hoped to live long enough "to see a vagina in the White House."

She was a bright gal and big on Hillary, but I think even she would find the Albright-Steinem position a significant step back in the fight for gender equality.

Females should support Hillary just because she's a woman?

I don't think so... but then who am I to say, I've been penis-encumbered since birth!


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