Sunday, July 12, 2009

The Sexist Media Rage Against Sotomayor (Video)

A woman, Hispanic at that, is nominated to the Supreme Court and white men proceed to go nuts. In the video clip below, The Women's Media Center and Media Matters present a glimpse of media men raging against the horror of sharing power with women.

Yet it looks mild compared to the misogyny experienced by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Sarah Palin. Perhaps the neanderthals just need more time.

Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation hearings begin tomorrow (Monday, 7/13). Will the sexism proceed to full throttle? Or will race/ethnicity act as a protective shield for Sonia Sotomayor? Other than women, Hispanics are the largest minority group in the nation. And unlike women, racial and ethnic minorities are known to vote as a bloc. Presuming an iota of intelligence, this knowledge should persuade some of the worst sexists to hold their tongues in check.

“Let’s hope that the key conferences aren’t when she’s menstruating or something, or just before she’s going to menstruate. That would really be bad. Lord knows what we would get then." -- G. Gordon Liddy

Send the media a piece of your mind.

“[Being a woman on the Supreme Court is] almost like being back in law school in 1956, when there were 9 of us [women] in a class of over 500, so that meant most sections had just 2 women, and you felt that every eye was on you. Every time you went to answer a question, you were answering for your entire sex. It may not have been true, but certainly you felt that way. You were different and the object of curiosity.” -- Ruth Bader Ginsberg