I was randomly roaming around the HuffPo recently and I stumbled on the video of a heckler back in 2008 yelling at Hillary Clinton to “iron his shirt” at a rally for the one-time Presidential candidate. At the time, Clinton made a quick crack about sexism being alive and well, and buried the incident with class. She did not go on a nationwide weepfest talking about how terribly, horribly opressed she felt. God bless the Conservative candidates, but I almost feel that their constant squalling protests of “sexism” is a backward way of portraying themselves as these vulnerable little girls who need to be protected — even as they’re busting out their best Rosie-the-Riveter-esque quotes about ladypower and equality …
… and whatnot.
Well, add Christine O’Donnell back to the long-running list of complaints from the annoying trifecta of O’Donnell, Palin and Bachmann — three women constantly in need of the nice big strong men at Fox News to defend their ladyhonors cuz gosh darnit, they have a voice (if Bill O’Reilly says it’s okay).
Apparently O’Donnell went on Piers Morgan Tonight (a show that I’m shocked to learn is still on the air) and Morgan played a clip of O’Donnell’s now-famous statement denouncing masturbation. Morgan asked the pundit and politician if she still felt the same way. O’Donnell walked out of the interview, and then laid charges of sexism against Morgan, saying:
“If he was sitting there talking to Barack Obama or Joe Biden or any other male Senate candidates, talking about masturbation and all of this stuff, it would’ve been creepy.”
But Christine, isn’t the point that Barack Obama or Joe Biden haven’t made comments about masturbation? If Morgan had simply asked O’Donnell how she felt about self-pleasure for no reason, it might have been sexist. It definitely would have been weird. But O’Donnell’s stance on solo love is one of the first things most people associate with her. She is linked to this issue, and frankly I think Morgan would have been remiss not to bring up one of her most famous statements.
In any event, here is my advice for conservative female politicians who are convinced that they are being oppressed: if you stop saying insane things on TV, people will probably stop making fun of you — regardless of gender.