Hillary Sexism Watch: If a woman is president, who will iron the shirts?

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The last few days have really brought out some sexist assholery concerning Sen. Hillary Clinton. In the past, we’ve ran a post series called Hillary Sexism Watch, but given just how many different sexist things have happened recently, one post isn’t enough. So therefore tomorrow we’re launching a 24-Hour Hillary Sexism Watch: all day I’ll be posting different instances of nasty misogyny leveled against Clinton. (If you have any you think I should post, please email me.)
But just so you have something to look forward to (as much as one can look forward to hearing about sexism), I’ll put up one today.
This I’m a little late on–it seems several young men at a campaign event in New Hampshire yesterday started yelling out “Iron my shirt!”

Mrs. Clinton asked for the lights to be turned on, and the shirt man was removed along with another man who had stood up too.
“Oh, the remnants of sexism are alive and well,� Mrs. Clinton said.
When everyone had settled down a bit, she said, “As I think has just been abundantly demonstrated, I am also running to break through the highest and hardest glass ceiling.�

Indeed. Also, for the dude with the sign–I’ll iron something for you, but it won’t be your shirt.

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53 Comments

  1. sky
    Posted January 13, 2008 at 11:34 pm | Permalink

    Jessica wrote,
    “Also, for the dude with the sign–I’ll iron something for you, but it won’t be your shirtâ€?
    Jessica, I think it is horrendously inappropriate to joke about putting a hot iron onto a man’s skin, even when he has put-up a hugely offensive & disgusting sign. Humor about torturing someone is not something you should put on your website. And, if it was a momentary slip on your part, once you’ve realized the glaring cruelty of the joke you’ve made, you should remove it. I noticed that someone else posted about how wrong your post was, yet you still have that cruel, inhumane quote on the blog main page.
    Burning someone’s skin with a hot metal. Seriously? You haven’t been move to remove that? You’re okay with that still being on the blog, right now as we speak.
    Jessica wrote,
    “Seriously though, I hear you. That line was definitely written in anger and perhaps not the best response.�
    “Perhaps�
    Are you seriously not willing to outright acknowledge how cruel and wrong that line of yours is? That was an opportunity for you to condemn it, and instead you call it “perhaps not the best�. I’m glad you’re not directing the CIA interrogators on torture policy.
    Unbelievable. Joking about burning the skin of a man is jsut not appropriate. And you should say so, directly, without using “perhaps� as a modifier. And you should not allow it to remain on your blog. It’s disgusting. We should never joke about burning the skin of a man. or of a woman, or of anybody. we ahve to be sensitive even of groups outside ourselves.
    (Jessica, I’m sorry for the forcefulness of this post; it’s just that I’m a strong opponent of images of violence and torture against all people, even people we do not like. And it makes me uncomfortable saying this whole thing to you, Jessica, because you’re such a force of good in this world. The work you’ve done and are doing for our rights is priceless.)

  2. kiuku
    Posted January 14, 2008 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

    I think you’re blowing the comment WAAAYYY out of proportion. I don’t have a problem with it.

  3. sky
    Posted January 15, 2008 at 1:22 am | Permalink

    jessica\kiuku,
    i think joking about putting a hot iron on a person’s skin is just plain horrible. and i can’t understand why jessica has failed to retract that statement (especially now that it’s been brought to her attention)!?! we should abhor cruelty and violence! that’s the best way to use our speech. otherwise we approach the culture of the sexists and bigots we are are fighting against. yuck :-(

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