October 05, 2008
Twiddling with winks
One of Andrew Sullivan's ever-at-the-ready readers is upset by the fact that Sarah Palin winked, and compares her unfavorably to other women:
I just want to ask: can anyone, anyone, imagine Condoleeza Rice or Margaret Thatcher or even Hillary Clinton for God's sake, winking at the nation and/or being coquettish in any national format?Andrew then chimes in himself to the chiming in by his reader. Echoing the view that Palin has "damaged feminism," he sees Palin's "cocktail waitress act" in stark contrast to the great dignity of Hillary Clinton:
...Palin has actually forced me to realize that, however much I despise Hillary Clinton, I have never doubted her professionalism and capacity to fight and win on her own terms in a male-dominated world by meeting and exceeding the standards of any male counterpart. (It was not her fault she ran against the political genius of his generation.) I cannot even imagine her winking and flirting on stage, although the New Hampshire tears were a bit of a stunt.OK, for starters, unless there is some especially horrendous context involved (say, an unrepentant serial killer in court), I have zero problems with winking.
If there is any sexism here, it's the double standard in condemning a woman politician for doing something male politicians do all the time.
Yes, I did see the photo of Sarah Palin winking that Drudge linked the other day:
Forgive me, but that hardly looks like a "cocktail waitress act" (whatever that may be). She looks very self confident, and every inch the powerful woman that she is.
As to the "I cannot even imagine [Hillary] winking" business, well, I can!
But I'll do better than imagine.
Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., winks to the crowd as she makes a campaign stop at Millersville University's Pucillo Gymnasium in Millersville, Pa., Tuesday, March 18, 2008.
Imagine, brother, imagine.
MORE: It's not just Andrew Sullivan who's upset by the winking; similar outrage was expressed at Daily Kos a couple of days ago.)
posted by Eric on 10.05.08 at 12:10 PM
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