On Bill Moyer’s program on December 7th,** Kathleen Hall Jamieson gave a damning portrait of much in US public discourse about Clinton’s candidacy for the democratic nomination. Both the content and the causes of the attacks on HC should not surprise readers of this blog, or feminists more generally.
– She is reduced to her sex.
– She is portrayed as castrating, emasculating men.
(And, of course, sleazy, slimy, deceitful, harmful, hateful, etc.)
– Women in power are seen as “unnatural” and must really be men.
– Women pay heavy penalties for appearing as powerful in public.
One particularly nice observation concerned the queston asked of McCann, “How can we stop the bitch?” As Jamieson noted, “kite” and “n****r” provide interesting comparisons, presumably because their use would have been roundly condemned.
**Available as podcast through the linked-to site.