Just Call Her Uppity And Be Done With It

Remember last year, when during a Congressional hearing, Sen. Barbara Boxer got a bit annoyed at an Army brigadier general calling her "ma'am" and directed him to refer to her as "Senator" the same way he was referring to her (male) colleagues?  Much like Hillary Clinton's "outburst" at being asked about her husband's opinion during an appearance as the US Secretary of State, most people flipped out about those angry women and their habit of demanding respect rather than meekly requesting it, while feminists defended the women in question and their stances as totally reasonable.  Listen, if I had gotten as high and powerful as those two women, I, too, would be pissed at some guy referring to me differently than my male equals or asking me for my husband's opinion.

Now, Boxer's seat is facing challenge from Tom Campbell, a Republican.  And he has just released an attack ad against Boxer, featuring the clip from the hearing.  (Sadly, I couldn't find it on YouTube; if someone knows where it's posted online, please let me know in comments and I'll add it.)  The fun part, though...is how he frames her request.
"There's an arrogance that I see right now in the federal government," Campbell says, before the ad cuts to the Boxer footage.
So...it's "arrogant" for a woman in political office to request that she be referred to by the title of that office, just like her male colleagues are?   That's quite the misogyny dogwhistle.  Damn uppity woman, thinking she has the right to be called by her title.  You don't want to be represented by a woman who thinks she's entitled to respect, now do you? 

If you've got some cash burning a hole in your pocket, or some funds earmarked for political donations yet unassigned to a political candidate, might I suggest donating to help Boxer keep her seat against this douchenozzle?


BrianWS said...

Aaaaaand I can't believe I stopped by here for the first time just now. And this post alone is worth a bookmark in my browser. And ps, I think the fact that you're blogging, seemingly independent of a man, is incredibly arrogant as well. :)

Jadelyn said...

Well, welcome to the blog, hope you enjoy and I look forward to seeing you in comments if you choose. :-)

Also, lol, I may add "uppity" to my header now. Scandalous, this independent-of-man blogging! What would Benjamin H Grumbles think?

Digger said...

Good for Barbara, and pfffthhht for whatshisname (I forgot already, and he's not worth my time to even scroll up to see).

It doesn't take a whole lot for women to be arrogant and uppity, does it?

BrianWS said...

I'll definitely jump in -- with plenty of contempt and bad jokes about the worst offenders :)

Jadelyn said...

As far as I can tell, all it takes is sticking your nose out of the kitchen. >.<


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