The question is ridiculous
Say It Again Samm
Friday, April 25, 2014 8:36 PM
If you believe sexism isn’t still a problem in this country, you’re wrong.
Women may have been given the right to vote nearly 95 years ago, but people in this country are still treating us differently than men.
Chelsea Clinton announced last week that she and her husband are expecting their first child, Hillary and Bill Clinton’s first grandchild.
And media analysts across the country began speculating how Hillary’s unborn grandchild may affect her unannounced 2016 presidential campaign.
“Everybody’s wondering what impact it might have on Hillary Clinton’s decision to run for president,” said MSNBC’s Chris Jansing.
I imagine Hillary and Bill assumed Chelsea and her husband would eventually have children, so a grandchild probably wasn’t a complete surprise.
“Could it put a bump in Hillary’s 2016 plans, and is it sexist to ask,” asked an anchor on an ABC News program.
Actually, yes, it is sexist to ask. Why would a grandchild “put a bump” in Hillary’s plans to run for president?
Does this anchor think she won’t be able to juggle being a grandmother and being president?
President Barack Obama had two young daughters when he ran in the 2008 presidential election, and I followed that election very closely. I don’t remember anyone questioning whether his two daughters would “put a bump” in his plans.
In fact, I’m certain other presidents, including George H.W. Bush, had grandchildren when they were sworn into office.
So why are we having this conversation? Why are we asking how a grandchild will affect Hillary Clinton’s potential campaign to be president?
The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart asked a similar question Tuesday night.
Stewart pointed out that Mitt Romney had many grandchildren when he ran for president in 2012, yet the media never asked how Romney’s grandchildren would affect his campaign.
As Stewart said, Romney had “a liter of grandchildren … a grandchild petting zoo.”
If that’s not an obvious example of sexism, I don’t know what is.
Stewart concluded there’s a double standard in politics and proved it with example after example during a segment called, “The Broads Must Be Crazy.”
He pointed to multiple times when the media has looked at female politicians who cry as too emotional and unbalanced. But when a male politician, like House Speaker John Boehner cries, he’s seen as passionate and dedicated to his country.
And if a woman is strong-willed, she’s letting her emotions get the best of her, but a man is considered fierce and strong.
Stewart basically said it’s only OK to be emotional if you are a male.
I’ve often thought about the double standards women face in politics and the work place, and I think Stewart did a fantastic job showing how unfair this double standard can be.
It makes me furious that anyone would question how a woman becoming a grandmother might affect her presidential campaign, especially because I can’t recall a time people asked that of a man.
It excites me that we may finally have a female president because that means this country is making progress.
I hope one day we eliminate these double standards because women are just as capable as men. It’s time we stop putting people down and questioning their abilities based on their gender.
No, Hillary Clinton becoming a grandparent will in no way affect her campaign for president. And we shouldn’t be asking.