Amanda Marcotte writes for TPM that As Women Get More Power, Right Wing Pundits Get More Sexist. Sure feels that way. I’ll add that as society gets less racist, the racists team up and actually get bolder. That, I feel is the dynamic going on around the country with police forces and in right wing politics.
Sexism used to be conveyed, even in conservative media, with much more subtlety, but in the past couple of years, there’s been a shift towards hitting the audience over the head with it. Maybe the trend started with Rush Limbaugh calling Sandra Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute” for using birth control in 2012. Or maybe it started in 2013, when Erick Erickson, Lou Dobbs, and Juan Williams went on Fox News to denounce women who make higher salaries than their husbands, saying that doing so signals the “disintegration of marriage” and that “the natural world” is one where “the male is typically dominant” and the female is meant for a “complimentary” role, which is a lovely euphemism for “subservient.”
And to connect this with my “conquer vs. negotiate” doctrine –
On Wednesday’s episode of Your World with Neil Cavuto on Fox News, Charles Payne, while ostensibly praising Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen for not hand-holding Wall Street, still undermined her by saying, “She did it like a typical mommy would,” and suggesting that Yellen’s “mommy” personality made her a weak leader.
Of course a woman can’t be a conqueror, and that’s bad. No matter how badasssss she is and Janet Yellen is pretty badassssss to get to the head of the Fed, she’s still a “mommy” (I don’t even know if that’s literally true and I doubt Payne does either) and mommy’s are weak. Daddy’s are strong. This is so wrongheaded on so many levels. 1. it’s just a stupid way to look at the world and 2. mere possesion of a vagina doesn’t make you a mommy or weak. It’s just all wrong.
To quote the “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” theme song “females are strong as hell”!