Hillary Clinton and Sexism 101

Mon, June 16, 2008


The media is very interested in examining their own role in the demise of the Hillary Clinton campaign, as well as pundits who have gotten their predictions wrong time and time again.

It’s probably safe to say that bad predictions starting almost two years ago, as well as subtle and not-so-subtle sexism in news coverage of the Clinton campaign will be fodder for more news pieces for months to come.

When Al Jazeera English asked if these are topics that PunditMom would like to talk about it, you can guess what my response was!

So will things change as we go forward? That would be nice, but unless more of us call on talking heads to be a bit more careful in their political rushes to judgment and demand a little more gender neutral coverage of women politicians in the future (yeah, I’m talking to you Mike Barnicle), we’re going to get more of the same.

How do I know that? It took less than two seconds to turn from Hillary Clinton to Michelle Obama.

Buckle up, Michelle, and have a talk with your daughters about this. They need to be ready because even if you can keep the TV news turned off in your home, they’re going to hear the nasty things some people are getting ready to say about you.

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5 Responses to “Hillary Clinton and Sexism 101”

  1. Karoli Says:

    AAAAmen. I wrote a post last weekend about the turn from HRC to MO, and how important it was to take the lessons from Hillary and apply them to Michelle, and to speak up when we saw it happen.

    If Michelle Obama is treated the same as HRC (which it seems clear she will be), then HRC’s candidacy stood for nothing.

    I’ve been watching John Adams this weekend. One of the striking themes is the depth of Abigail Adams’involvement in John Adams’ public service, and the weight he gave to her counsel. Strong, intelligent, educated wives of political candidates isn’t a new thing at all and they’re certainly an asset, just as a strong man married to a female candidate should be. Yet, somehow the Republicans keep trying to make that a liability. Time for the media and the populace to push back on that notion.

  2. West Coast Grrlie Blather Says:

    Amen to the amen. I had a feeling this would happen, knew this would happen, was afraid this would happen.

    Next it will be Obama’s little girls. At that point, I get out my rocket launcher.

  3. Daisy Says:

    Despite my envy (M.Obama is gorgeous, intelligent, and younger than I am!), I think she’s a fantastic woman. Yes, let’s keep the gender bias and attacks on strong women OUT of the campaign. Activist women don’t have to stay home, bake cookies, and host teas.

  4. mommapolitico Says:

    You are soooo right on, here, PunditMom. If we don’t call them out for gender-biased reporting, or for the marginalizing of female candidates, nothing will change. Michelle Obama needs to hang on to her hat, because we strong, opinionated women really threaten the status quo. karoli makes a good point, too re: Adams. And we all know he wasn’t the only one who had a strong wife! Keep the faith, girls, and keep calling ‘em likes ya sees ‘em!

  5. Lawyer Mama Says:

    You rocked that, Joanne! And I thought they did a brilliant job of editing news clips into your intelligent comments to illustrate your points.

    World domination is just around the corner.

    (And if they go after the Obamas’ little girls, I’m going to get really nasty.)

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