From sports, to horse racing, to movies, to politics….sexism abounds

I’m going to jump contexts for this blog as I can see a trend unfolding. That trend would be overt and covert sexism against women in positions of power. It was present when Hillary Clinton ran for President (read here, here and here), it was present when Pat Summitt got her 1,000th win this winter, it occurred when Rachel Alexandra won the Preakness, it is present in the new Star Trek blockbuster movie, and it is starting up with President Obama’s Supreme Court nomination of Sonia Sotomayor. For example, today in the New York Times, in an article titled Sotomayor’s Sharp Tongue Raises Issue of Temperament the reporter wrote “Ms. Sotomayer’s sharp-tongued and occasionally combative manner — some lawyers describe her as “difficult” and “nasty” — raises questions about her judicial temperament and willingness to listen.” Would a reporter write the same verbiage to describe a male Justice? I have never heard a man have “a sharp tongue”, this is sexist language at its finest. I know I’m not the only one who has noticed this emerging trend (read here, here, and here). Keep an eye out for continued sexism surrounding Sotomayor’s nomination and confirmation hearings….all the way through the summer!

3 Replies to “From sports, to horse racing, to movies, to politics….sexism abounds”

  1. I definitely agree with you. If it was a man no one will be calling him ‘difficult’ or ‘nasty’ for a man it’s a given for him to be this way but it’s sure double standard for a woman. But the guards are changing and women are becoming more powerful and holding more lucrative offices throughout the world, and we must continue to do so boldly and aggressively. Sonia Sotomayor is a champion and a great role model to all women. She is the woman of the 21st century.

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  2. Exactly! A man would never be called nasty. If he is assertive then he is exhibiting leadership qualities but when a woman is assertive she is a bitch.

    I agree with Jewell, women are getting more chances at leadership positions and often when they lead, MEN and women enjoy their leadership styles. See sociology research.

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