The 5 Most Sexist Moments of the Campaign
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Here’s what she said in response:
“’Wow. Does anybody ever ask that question?’ she said. ‘I’m very lucky to have the support of my family. My husband helps take care of our kids. But, I think more people should ask that of men running for office as well.’”
Truth.The Change.org petition targting the paper notes that the sexist tenor of these questions was critiqued widely, even at other mainstream media outlets like the Washington Post.
5-Most sexist standard for women in politics was awarded to the Hufffington Posts’s obsession with female candidates’ fashion choices, particularly their ongoing coverage of Michele Bachmann’s footwear and Hillary Clinton’s scrunchies. Their advice included the sober conclusion that if Michele Bachmann had let down her necklines, it might have helped her win. Sigh.
“If this same thing wouldn’t be said about a man, it shouldn’t be said about a woman,” Bennett noted. Until we’re publishing similar pieces on the pants hems of male candidates, we need to cool it.
Runners up included congressional candidate Ann Kirkpatrick who was described as a “scold” and of the wrong “temperament” and having “a meltdown” for her assertive debating style; Republican Martha McSally who faced a kitchen-themed advertisement linking her to wall street, Tommy Thompson’s political director attacking Tammy Baldwin on Twitter for celebrating gay pride, and J oe Walsh’s brutal attacks on Tammy Duckworth for having the audacity to choose an outfit for the DNC. Fortunately, many of these candidates fought back and won.
Turing the cheek does not work, but as Duckworth showed, turning the table does:
The audience booed again, very loudly, as Walsh was finishing his statement. For her part, Duckworth accused Walsh of trying to distract from the issues — and she got in a kicker of her own.
“And yes, I do sometimes look at the clothes that I wear,” she said. “But for most of my adult life, I’ve worn one color — it’s called camouflage.”
For Duckworth it was game, set, election.