Saturday, April 21, 2012

He-Man Woman Haters Club Report: A Female Prescription, Nuisances, and "Anchorettes"

With classism, racism, and homophobia already in the mix, why wouldn't the GOP add in some sexism too:
  • Some of you may remember Dr. Keith Ablow as the guy who said that Newt Gingrich being married three times would make him a better President.  Well even if you don't remember him for that, you're probably going to remember him for saying that Hilary Rosen's comments prove that feminists are self-loathing: "They despise the parts of themselves that may be drawn to such roles, as well. That’s why women like Hilary Rosen make such outlandish statements, to begin with. They’re essentially talking to themselves -- albeit, with the rest of the world forced to listen -- trying to reassure themselves that their own choices in life weren’t only equally as good as those of other women, but better."
  • I actually had the privilege of meeting Lilly Ledbetter and getting to hear her explain the Fair Pay Act that bears her name.  Literally all it does is shift the statute of limitations to bring a lawsuit against a discriminatory employer from beginning when the discrimination started to when the discrimination is uncovered.  That way if your boss is good at hiding the fact that he's illegally discriminating against you, he doesn't automatically get away with it.  Really basic right?  The discrimination is already illegal, this just makes sure they can actually be punished for it.  So what do Republicans think of the law?
  • Last week I closed out the He-Man Woman Haters Club Report with Rush Limbaugh calling a sitting Senator a Senatorette, and so it feels appropriate to end this week with him calling CNN's Kyra Phillips an "anchorette."  Maybe it's a tiny thing, but the reason as a society we've been moving away from gender-izing occupational names is because it reenforces the belief that it makes a difference if the practitioner is a man or a woman.  It doesn't matter if a doctor is a man or a woman, it matters that they're a good doctor.  It doesn't matter if a plumber is a man or a woman, it matters that they're a good plumber.  Except to Rush Limbaugh and conservatives like him, they do care.  And that's why they're creating new gendered job titles that have never existed before.

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