By Anna Nelson • February 08, 2008•Women and Law in the Media
Feministe, the blog of law student (and sometime Ms. JD blogger) Jill Filipovic, has a spot-on summary of recent Hillary-related events. Declaring that "A Bad Day for Sexism is a Good Day for Women," Feministe recaps:
David Shuster at MSNBC asked if Chelsea Clinton was being "pimped out" because she’s making calls on behalf of her mother’s campaign, something that adult children of politicians do to support their fathers’ campaigns with regularity. The Clinton campaign told him how inappropriate his remark was in a private email, but Shuster stood his ground. So Clinton’s communication director, Howard Wolfson, called Shuster out for it publicly and said that Senator Clinton would pull out of the MSNBC debate scheduled for February 26.
Ann at Feministing argues that Shuster's underlying judgment was "bad working mother." Whether vague or specific, sexist remarks are neither novel nor isolated. But something else is novel about this situation--something good. Feministe explains...
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Schuster’s remark is sadly not an isolated incident. ... But what is new is that Senator Clinton is in the position so many women wish they were in, to call out sexist remarks and to get results. [Readers] probably know that Chris Matthews has a history of making nasty remarks about women ... his coverage of Clinton was so eye-popping and so roundly criticized that he finally had to apologize (sort of) on national TV. That’s two apologies from two political reporters ... in under a month. At this rate, political reporters might get the impression that there’s something wrong with saying sexist things ....
Feministe goes on to explain why media treatment of Clinton--and her responses to it--matter for women of all political stripes, whether they support or oppose her candidacy. Drawing historical comparisons between Shirley Chisolm and Geraldine Ferraro's candidacies, Feministe sums up everything I'd want to say, and more. Read it, and forward it to your not-so-Internet-savvy mom. She will remember back to when men in the media didn't have to apologize for outrageous remarks about outstanding women. And you will make her day.
- A Bad Day For Sexism Is A Good Day For Women [Feministe]
- "Doesn’t it seem as if Chelsea is sort of being pimped out in some weird sort of way?" [Feminist Law Profs]
- Hillary Sexism Watch (Chelsea edition) [Feministing]