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NOW Needs to Look Up the Word ‘Sexism’

NOW and sexismThis is beyond hilarious from The Hill:

National Organization for Women (NOW) president Terry O’Neill on Wednesday called President Obama’s critique of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sexist.

O’Neill told The Hill she took issue with Obama calling Warren by her first name during an interview with Yahoo News published Saturday.

“Yes, I think it is sexist,” O’Neill said. “I think the president was trying to build up his own trustworthiness on this issue by convincing us that Senator Warren’s concerns are not to be taken seriously. But he did it in a sexist way.”

Obama told Yahoo that Warren was opposing his trade agenda to further her own political brand.

“The truth of the matter is that Elizabeth is, you know, a politician like everybody else. And you know, she’s got a voice that she wants to get out there. And I understand that,” Obama told Yahoo.

O’Neill said Obama’s “clear subtext is that the little lady just doesn’t know what she’s talking about.”

This is absolute madness. And anyone with a sane mind and a proper understanding of the term “sexism” would agree. How in heaven’s name were Obama’s comments prejudicial or discriminatory based on sex?

They weren’t. In the least. And feminists who would toss the word “sexism” his way with regard to this are out of their minds. (I’m sure they’ve already labeled me “sexist” for saying so.)

Memo to O’Neill and NOW: The suggestion that you can’t criticize a woman’s policy because she’s a woman is demeaning. It paints women as weak and unable to handle such criticism. Founding feminists worked really hard to combat the very nonsense you’re suggesting.

Get ready for “feminists” like O’Neill to consistently paint GOP candidates and media criticizing Hillary as sexist. Will the GOP candidate that ultimately hits the debate stage with Hillary be “sexist” just by virtue of disagreeing with her policies?

This interpretation of “feminism” is embarrassing. And should be laughed at, as should any outlook that implies that a woman’s ideas and policies can’t be toughly criticized because of her gender.

Founding feminists would agree with me.

Jedediah Bila is co-host of “Outnumbered” on Fox News at 12pm ET. She is an author, columnist, and Fox News Contributor. Follow Jedediah on Twitter @JedediahBila.

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Wheeler
6 years ago

Harmful to what cause? Your sons? I think it would be helpful for them to understand why the particular women they date feel this way, if they do. (you know, your sons may just be telling you that so you’ll stop telling them they should get married…) The twenties still on young side to be marrying these days, if you want it to last.

Most young women I know do want to get married, have kids, etc. If the ones your sons are dating don’t it may be due to a variety of factors: Are these young women in professions where they have to succeed early, which could preclude a conscientious woman from having children she feels she can’t devote as much time to as she wants. Are they concerned about the division of labor? If your sons don’t keep their apartments clean, or if they allow mom to take up the slack, that could be a red flag to a young woman who rightfully expects a husband to pull his weight in the marriage. But the fact is, the concerns of feminism are that these young women, who are just as important as your sons, get to decide what their lives will be. If you had daughters you would want that for them.

I also wonder if your sons believe they’re entitled to more subservience or subordination in marriage than most of today’s young women feel obligated to provide. If so, I’m on the girls’ side. Any woman is entitled to choose the terms under which she marries, that’s (one of ) the victories of feminism. But again, I have never seen a large-scale disinclination of young women to marry.

Joanne
6 years ago
Reply to  Wheeler

You made some good points but let me assure you they don’t apply to my sons who are 29 and 28. They can find a lot of immoral women who want to have premarital sex without consequences. Most of the young ladies believe in the “hook up” culture and want to live together before marriage. They think contraception should be used all the time and if it fails, well, there is always abortion so I can get rid of it.

My daughters who are 24 and 27 are both married to good men and I am a proud grandmother to two beautiful girls and two handsome boys.

Our culture is sick and radical feminism is PART of the problem. As I said earlier, equal rights under the rule of law is a must but that’s where it should end. We all have a free will and can choose what direction we want our lives to take. However, when the birth rate is so low that you are not even having enough children to replace those who die; your civilization is in trouble. That is what is happening in Europe and the United States.

Joanne
6 years ago

At one time “feminist” wanted equal rights under the rule of law. What has happened to feminism is a disgrace. In our colleges today there are feminist studies departments, LGBT studies, African – American studies, etc.. These departments shouldn’t exist but what is really sad is the propaganda they promote.

I think this might be the only time I agreed with Obama.

Wheeler
6 years ago
Reply to  Joanne

How is referring to men and women in the same jobs by the same titles not equal rights?

PaulO
6 years ago

Women deal with idiotic comments all the time, it’s part of life, just as subtle racism is probably part of being a person of color.

“And so it goes” …. Linda Ellerbee

Diana Erbio
6 years ago

This is the nonsense that gets focused on when everyone is supposed to weigh every word they say. Let’s stop trying to be so PC all the time and just express ourselves honestly.

David
6 years ago

Feminism is to men as the KKK is to blacks. Once you understand that it all makes sense.
David

Wheeler
6 years ago
Reply to  David

Umm…nope, no it’s not. No feminist has ever murdered you, denied you the right to vote, burned down your house, etc.

Re the Obama comment, while I wouldn’t say it’s the worst thing a man ever did to a woman, the fact is there is a standard Washington etiquette where you refer to people by their title. If the President refers to John Boehner as “Congressman Boehner” or “Speaker Boehner,” he should refer to the senior U.S. Senator from Massachusetts as “Senator Warren.”

It may not have been conscious, but in not acknowledging her office he was diminishing her. It’s more of a gaffe than an “offense” but if it had been me, I would have made sure I didn’t do it again, and maybe have asked myself if I were letting my irritation get the better of my manners.

Joanne
6 years ago
Reply to  David

Your statement is harmful to the cause. I have two sons who are in their late twenties and both of them are frustrated because of the beliefs of many of the women they date. Most of them don’t want to get married and if they do marry they don’t want children. This is a sad situation!

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