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    Bill W, tardis10

    I just posted an open mindedness comment in my own Progressive Blue Open Thread  

    My iGoogle page is dominated by Michele Bachmann today

    Normally I say "Who the fuck cares?" but since I'm a photography meets politics sort of guy, I liked Bag News take on the situation.

    Last night Gwen Iffil mentioned the sexist side of the photo "Would Newsweek post such a photo of a man?"

    So I should mention that there is no pun intended. Bag News is the name of a blog that examines photos in politics. As a matter of fact, the story is about sexism and makes some very good points.

    Most people believe that we've moved beyond this level of sexism in our political culture, and many liberals are sanguine about the sexist implications of the recent Bachmann depictions, adopting a sort of "if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck . . ." mentality. The problem with this logic is that virtually identical images have been used to indict a long, diverse, multi-partisan list of women, including (most recently) Michelle Obama, Sarah Palin, Nancy Pelosi, and Hillary Clinton. The trend illustrates the tenacious intransigence of this sexist narrative and the ways in which it can be applied to any woman-regardless of age, race, party affiliation, or level of intelligence. Remember that during the 2008 Democratic primary, Clinton's so-called "coronation" was disrupted by characterizations of her as obsessed with the presidency, as Glenn Close's character in Fatal Attraction, as "America's Lady Macbeth."

    I never thought of that and did think "we've moved beyond this level of sexism in our political culture." I'm still learning.

    But here's another thought. Why does the issue make such a splash when it is the "Newsweek" and Michele Bachmann?  

    But then I came here to find out what really matters. Slamming an also ran nobody.

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