May 21, 2008

Now this is where Geraldine Ferraro should direct her anger. I think she was wrong in referring to Obama as a sexist, but if she had directed her anger towards the media then she would have been on to something.

While watching CNN last nigt, I couldn't help but be disgusted. Although I didn't vote for Sen. Clinton, I still admire the woman for her tenacity. So when I heard what came out of GOP consultant Alex Castellanos' mouth I almost hurled my shoe through my television. Is this man serious? It is never appropriate for the media to refer to Hillary Clinton as a 'white bitch' just as it would not be okay for them to call Barack Obama the N-word. Just because they may not like the woman as a person does not give them the right to disrespect her.

Castellanos went on to refer to Clinton as "abrasive, aggressive [and] irritating." Now if she was a man her determination would be admired, but because she is a woman she is a bitch. It's okay for a man to be aggressive or abrasive, but boy, if it's a woman heaven help us. This double standard is not just something you see in the media. It is something that is played out in corporate America everyday and women have had to deal with it. I wished Hillary Clinton would have done more to address this topic. Instead of running away from the topic of sexism, she should have embraced it the way Obama did with racism. We have a long way to go in this country on both issues and until we start discussing it nothing is never going to change.

This topic reminds me of a conversation I had with one of my friends. She told me the reason she wasn't voting for Hillary Clinton was because she was a woman and women are too emotional to be Commander and Chief. I can't recall a time I have ever been so angry at a friend. There are plenty of reasons not to support Clinton, but the fact that she is a woman is not one of them. Sen. Clinton is more than capable of running this country and had she ran her campaign a little better she would be the presumptive nominee of the Democratic party.


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