I missed the foofarah this weekend occasioned by Anne Laurie’s post on whether or not it was sexist or just routine competitor slagging for Bernie Sanders’ campaign manager to offer to interview Hillary Clinton to serve as VP. For the record, my initial take is no, it’s not sexist.
However, I thought several folks in that long thread, most notably Suzanne, made some great points about why reasonable people could interpret it that way. I’m still not convinced there was any sexist intent behind the remarks, but I do think angry dismissal of the question is counterproductive (and in many instances in that thread, downright dickish!).
Anyhoo, here’s a new public utterance upon which to test your exquisitely calibrated misogyny detector — remarks made by Donald Trump about blog-favorite Debbie Wasserman Schultz:
Trump on Monday knocked the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee as a “highly neurotic woman.”
Trump criticized the debate process of his own party speaking with Breitbart News on Siriux XM radio, before he leveled personal barbs at the leader of the opposing party, DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
“This is a woman that is a terrible person,” Trump said of Wasserman Schultz after calling her “crazy” and a “highly neurotic woman.”
Yeah, that shit is sexist, IMO. While it’s true that men, or Woody Allen, anyway, are often described as “neurotic,” the term has a long and ugly history of successfully being used to portray women as emotionally unstable and therefore not credible and unfit to lead or make their own decisions.
Trump is an asshole, so of course he went there, and DWS fired back, calling him out for misogyny, which will surely boost esteem for Trump among the “PC has gone too far!” crowd. I’m certain he chose those words for maximum effect, showman that he is.
Discuss! Or talk about something else; open thread!
PS: Please be patient with me while I figure out the new back-end formatting, particularly around images.