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    When he made the mistake of looking at his watch and she caught him at it.  By that time, the smirk had disappeared and the furrowed brow had taken its place.

    I agree that U.S. politicians have to be more confrontational toward their sexist collegues.  Thirty pounds and forty years ago, I had a job in an imitation of a Playboy club that required a sexually suggestive uniform.  When I complained about what is now termed sexual harrassment, I heard from the other women, "Oh, he doesn't mean anything by it."  

    Like hell.  If he didn't mean it, he wouldn't say it.  I had the luxury of being able to confront them in a way that most of my co-workers didn't.  They were the sole support of their families and felt they would be risking their livelihood with a confrontation, so they went and cried in the locker room instead.

    Right now, especially on the issue of reproductive rights, Republican politicians can freely insult and humiliate women without consequences.  When I mention this, I get the same rationale as before.  I heard it with the GWB candidacy also,  "Oh, his wife will rein him in."  

    Like hell.  His wife is his wife, nothing else.  She is not part of the government and what she says carries no weight with her husband or his collegues.

    Don't look back, something may be gaining on you. - L. "Satchel" Paige

    by arlene on Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 06:08:16 AM PDT

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