Saturday, March 01, 2008

It's like being in school again

After several of the Democratic debates, I was left with a familiar, yet hard to finger, feeling--but today it hit me! Have you noticed how the moderators (and I use the term loosely, since they're all VERY obviously using different standards for Clinton and Obama) are asking Clinton the tough questions FIRST, and then letting Mr "All Hype, No Substance" Obama answer LAST? Why are they doing that? Well, that's what hit me today. By choosing Clinton to respond first, they're letting her do all the hard work--like the smarter girl in class--and then letting Obama basically echo whatever she said--like the not-as-smart boy in class. This is like being back in school...elementary school.

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It's remarkable that such blatant sexism can rear its ugly little head in such an important arena as a presidential debate, but it's definitely there. Over and over again. (As I was typing this, Saturday Night Live came on and the opening skit was a parody of the most recent debate--and they nailed it! They nailed exactly what I was thinking, i.e., that Clinton gets the tough questions while Obama gets praised as if he's God for saying the most basic things. Unbelievable.)

At some point before this presidential contest ends, I'd REALLY like to see some equity in the treatment of the candidates by the media. I've never seen anything as outrageous as the disparity in treatment that Clinton and Obama are receiving--and if Clinton even dares point anything out, no matter how accurate her observations may be, she gets blasted for whining. If the shoe was on the other foot, and Obama was being treated EXTREMELY unfairly in the press and had the balls to point it out, he'd probably be praised for standing up for himself. There it is again, the sexist double standard. When a woman stands up for herself she's whining and/or she's a bitch, but when a man does it, he's just doing what he needs to do. This really sucks...

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