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23 January 2010

In Defense of Specter

Even liberal commentators are aghast at Arlen Specter's chiding of conservative firebrand Michelle Bachmann to "act like a lady." Specter was annoyed that Bachmann kept interrupting him. I listened to the tape and didn't think Bachmann was out of line, but why is what Specter said wrong? Suppose it were the other way around and Bachmann were annoyed that Specter was interrupting her. Would it have been out of line for her to admonish him to "act like a gentleman"? Would that be out of line? Is the politically correct term for him to have used "gentlelady"? I guess there's no recourse for a man in that situation. Again, the asymmetry of modern group interaction.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Steve Johnson said...

I listened to the tape and didn't think Bachmann was out of line, but why is what Specter said wrong?

Holding a woman to any standard at all is wrong.

January 24, 2010 3:35 PM  
Blogger C. Van Carter said...

It reminded me of this:

Ferraro even handled a brush with Southern chauvinism with an aplomb worthy of Scarlett O'Hara. As the candidates dryly discussed farm issues near a soybean field north of Jackson, the state's venerable agriculture commissioner, Jim Buck Ross, asked Ferraro if she had ever eaten catfish. "No," she replied. "Then you haven't lived, young lady," he said. The talk turned to blueberries, and the 66-year-old commissioner inquired, "Can you bake a blueberry muffin?" Ferraro smiled tightly. "Sure can." Slight pause. "Can you?" Another pause. "Down here," drawled Ross, "the men don't cook."

January 25, 2010 6:13 PM  
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January 25, 2010 10:01 PM  
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