Sonia, Sarah and Why I'm Sick of Gender Bashing

Monday, June 15, 2009 @ 1:23 PM

When will we stop passively accepting -- and laughing at -- stereotypical gender bashing?  As I listen to the most recent round of pathetic, personal attacks on Governor Palin and Judge Sotomayor, I'm thinking, Here We Go Again!

 Talk show host David Letterman derides a U.S. Governor for what he called her, "slutty airline stewardess look." And radio host G. Gordon Liddy, talking about Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor, tells his listeners, "Let's hope that the key conferences aren't when she's menstruating or something, or just before she's going to menstruate.  That would really be bad.  Lord knows what we would get then."

I've never been a fan of Palin's politics.  And I only know Sotomayor from reading her sterling resume.   Questioning their credentials and personal biases are all fair game.  But a drumbeat of relentless, character smears based on gender are unacceptable.  Just as unacceptable as racial attacks.  Over the years I watched African Americans do a much better job of recgonizing racism, in all its forms, than women do of calling out insidious sexism. 

Years ago, trailblazing women who were elbowing their way into professional arenas and economic independence were often accused of "having no sense of humor" about the never-ending diet of snide remarks and alleged "jokes" they were force fed.  Now, here we go again.  This time, it's women who dare to aspire to the highest levels of leadership who are the butt of the jokes. 

I'm not laughing.  Hope you're not either.



Tue, Jun 16, 2009 - 1:17 AM
Posted By Padberg, Eileen
Again, you and I are on the same wave length. I stopped laughing at jokes that offend me as a woman long ago. My male friends and my female friends are very conscience of this when it comes to passing things on to me.

In addition, I agree with you about Palin. Although I did not feel that she was the best that could have been brought forward, I refused to indulge in any of the negatives. I feel that women should support each other and when we can't we can be quiet. Men have been following this practice for years.

I am encouraged on the Judge Sotomayer appointment -- what difference does it make that she may or may not think that Latinas are more sensitive than most men -- you can't hide the truth. Men have been guilty of this behavior for years -- what are they worried about!

We are now have 17% representative in Congress - we have an awful long way to go. 2 women on the Supreme Court is not going to change the course of equality -- what are these men worried about?

And, I don't even want to start on the way the media treated Hillary -- even women journalists.

How's your race for city council going?

Go for it.