By Emily Geiger
I am still amazed at the blatant sexism shown to women in politics… particularly conservative women.
Last night, I caught the snippets of the radio interview during which now-Democrat Arlen Spector went off on Rep. Michele Bachmann. Bachmann’s perceived slight? As best I can tell, Bachmann had the audacity to answer the host’s and Spector’s questions when asked.
Here’s a little of how the interview went and Bachmann’s reaction to it after the fact.
“You need to act like a lady?”
Are you freaking kidding me?
Let me tell you this. If some patronizing old fart had said that to me, my response would have gone something like this.
Senator, I really couldn’t care less whether you think I’m a lady. My constituents don’t pay me to be a lady. They pay me to tell the truth and represent their interests. I was asked a question, first by the host of this program, and then by you. If you don’t like my answer, that’s your problem, not mine.
Just because I disagree with you, you attack my femininity? I hope you understand what a patronizing, sexist thing it is you’ve just done, because I can guarantee you that about 51% of your constituents understand it perfectly well.
You can’t defend your position, and so you’ve personally attacked me instead. If telling the truth and speaking out on behalf of my constituents means I’m not a lady, you, sir, are no gentleman.
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