NOW Defends Michele Bachmann Against Sexist Newsweek Coverage

 Thisconservative site called NOW's defense of Bachmann "hell freezing over," but it's well known that NOW and other feminist institutions will defend sexism against women regardless of where they sit on the political spectrum. And now, with Newsweek's Bachmann cover—which featuresa deer-in-headlights pic of the politician captioned with the hed "Queen of Rage"—NOW's president Terry O'Neill has spoken up:

“It’s sexist,” NOW president Terry O’Neill told TheDC. “Casting her in that expression and then adding ‘The Queen of Rage’ I think [it is]. Gloria Steinem has a very simple test: If this were done to a man or would it ever be done to a man – has it ever been done to a man? Surely this has never been done to a man.”

 “The main reason why we would stand up for Michele Bachmann and defend her against these kind of misogynistic attacks is we want women to run for office. Of course my job is to defeat Michele Bachmann and I intend to do so. But good women will not run for office if Newsweek magazine can do this to such a prominent politician and get away with it.”

In other Bachmann coverage, the New Yorker has run an extensive piece on her, which discusses her extremist views regarding the Confederacy and slavery.

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at August 9, 2011, 5:14am

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