Roomie and I were watching Fox News over the weekend for the entertainment (not information) value. We figure you need a little bad TV in your life every once in while...And what semi-fictional account of world events could be better?
My jaw dropped when a special report on the Hillary Clinton nutcracker aired. Roomie had quick and witty comments analyzing the gender bias underlying the situation, but all I could muster was, "Uncool." I guess I had my feminist hat on a little too tight, because I failed to see the humor the commentators were so thoroughly enjoying.
Tracy Flory-Clark over at Broadsheet provided excellent analysis of this 2008 election paraphenilia. Indeed, it is an
awesomely vivid manifestation of extreme cultural anxiety over a woman becoming commander in chief!Like those over at Broadsheet, I do hope that this gadget will provide the "catharsis" for those who are anxiety-ridden over women coming into position's of power.
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