The first step is to call them out on it.
“While introducing Mrs. Clinton at a rally in New Hampshire on Saturday, Ms. Albright, 78, the first female secretary of state, talked about the importance of electing a woman to the country’s highest office. In a dig at the “revolution” that Mr. Sanders, 74, often speaks of, she said the first female commander in chief would be a true revolution. And she scolded any woman who felt otherwise.
“We can tell our story of how we climbed the ladder, and a lot of you younger women think it’s done,” Ms. Albright said of the broader fight for women’s equality. “It’s not done. There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other!”
This is pure bullying, misandry and tribalism, anti-male bigotry and a double standard—not that there’s anything wrong with that.
No male politician, pundit or celebrity would dare argue that a man not only should but must vote for the candidate with testicles, because it would be immediately attacked—correctly—as sexist, bigoted, irresponsible, divisive and as an aside, stupid. How can intelligent people make a physiological feature that is unrelated to ability and competence the defining one in choosing a President?
Unfortunately, there’s an answer to that: this was how Democrats elected and re-elected the first black President, with over 95% of voting blacks using color as the prime reason to chance handing over immense power to an inexperienced, untested amateur at leadership and management. Yet even African-Americans were not so blatant and shameless as to openly state that any black American who didn’t vote based on pigment was deserving of eternal damnation. A former Secretary of State did that to bully women into voting for Hillary Clinton, however, as Clinton beamed.
The disgusting episode, and the fact that feminists themselves did not immediately condemn it, is a smoking gun. The progressive female lobby doesn’t respect equality or fairness, and that is no longer its objective. Now it is endorsing a male-abusing double standard. Women can accuse male students of rape following a consensual sexual liaison on campus and must be believed, while the male student will presumed innocent, punished and vilified without due process or sufficient evidence. Women, unlike men, have only to proclaim their gender to be judged more capable and worthy of leadership than men—the exact duplicate of racist attitudes used to subjugate blacks for centuries.
“In a car crash of an interview to promote their new chick flick, How To Be Single, Dakota Johnson and Leslie Mann flirt shamelessly for a full three minutes with interviewer Chris Van Vliet. First, Mann behaves like the drunken wedding auntie from hell, yelling to Van Vliet, “You’re handsome! Look! Hot guy”! Then Johnson, perhaps still in character from “Fifty Shades of Grey”, orders the interviewer to take off his shirt, adding, “You look like you pump iron. You get swolled up. Swole patrol.”
Van Vliet – Cosmopolitan’s Bachelor of the Year 2011 – appears flattered, and plays along with the duo’s lechery. Hey, he’s hot, buffed, was wearing a tight top, so – to borrow “rape apologist” language we’re painfully familiar with – he was asking for it, right?
I have seen other outrageous examples of this through the years, but the Mann/Johnson routine was the worst, and, of course, the ethically-inert news media pronounced it “hilarious.” I’d love to hear a feminist defense of it, and see if a single legitimate argument could be concocted to defend the sexist mugging. It was a joke? When have feminists ever accepted that argument from men treating women as meat? (To experience the full degree of insane intolerance feminists are demanding from the culture, just review NARAL’s deranged rants yesterday about virtually every Super Bowl Commercial as sexist.) Time for men to get a dose of their own medicine? What did Chris Van Vliet do to justify making him the scapegoat for centuries of male objectifying of women? If he didn’t mind, why should anyone else? That argument has been specifically maligned in relation to male attentions to women. The most popular defense currently seems to be that women can’t be sexist, just as blacks students demanding segregated “safe spaces” on campus and black professors condemning the white race isn’t racist.
And male or white citizen who meekly accepts such a transparent double standards deserves the second class citizen being prepared for them.
Equality, diversity, justice and equity will be impossible if women continue to go down this route, as Hillary Clinton and her democratic supporters encourage and enable it. (There is virtually nothing so wrong that Clinton wouldn’t embrace it if it allows her to prevail, and no, that is not unfair in the least.) This unapologetic promotion of double standards is toxic for everyone and everything—men, women, society, democracy. It must be stopped in its tracks, which unfortunately requires some rare human qualities: guts and integrity, to begin with. Some young woman with principles should have stood up and told Allbright to her face that her “special place in hell” remark was unconscionable. Chris Van Vliet should have shamed the actresses on camera and on the spot. Can you imagine what would happen to a male celebrity who called for, say, HLN’s Robin Meade…
…or Donald Trump’s favorite moderator, Megyn Kelly…
..to take off her blouse?
Neither men nor women, if they are ethical and responsible, should tolerate the imposition of ugly gender double standards on U.S. society. Add this to the myriad other reasons to reject Hillary Clinton. Her supporters aren’t just corrupt, they are bigoted, sexist hypocrites.