Update: Sexism in Our Country

by guestofaguest · January 9, 2008

After our first post today, on why Hillary is a reminder to us of our country being more sexist than racist, we just came across Gloria Steinem's article in yesterday's NY Times titled "Women Are Never Front-Runners".  In it she writes:

"So why is the sex barrier not taken as seriously as the racial one? The reasons are as pervasive as the air we breathe: because sexism is still confused with nature as racism once was; because anything that affects males is seen as more serious than anything that affects “only” the female half of the human race; because children are still raised mostly by women (to put it mildly) so men especially tend to feel they are regressing to childhood when dealing with a powerful woman; because racism stereotyped black men as more “masculine” for so long that some white men find their presence to be masculinity-affirming (as long as there aren’t too many of them); and because there is still no “right” way to be a woman in public power without being considered a you-know-what."

We wish we would have read this before we posted, and would like to add this into our argument if we may.

(We would also like to point out that this article is more popular, according to the Times' "most emailed list", than Maureen Dowd's: "Can Hillary Cry Her Way Back to The White House" which is refreshing).