Tuesday, August 9, 2011

August 9th

First off, welcome to my blog. The goal is to simple educate people on things happening in the government. I will try INCREDIBLY hard to not be biased, and for that matter I will not be disclosing my political tendencies. I want to expose both sides of every story which our media tends to not do.

Women in America. We have come a long way! In 2008, we saw a woman on the Presidential ticket (Hillary Clinton) and we also saw a woman on the Vice Presidential ticket (Sarah Palin).  2012 is coming up faster than most people think, and while the Democratic Party will not have a male on their Presidential ticket, we have already seen Congressman Michelle Bachman fighting for the Republican Party Presidential Ticket!

Regardless of your political preference, I think women should be aware of the struggles we face in politics. Some of these struggles, have been created by women themselves. For instance, in 2008 we saw Tina Brown the editor of Newsweek throw Sarah Palin on the front cover in her running shorts.

"How can you solve a problem like Sarah?" The article inside mentioned nothing about the hard work or dedication Sarah had to her country, nor did it mention how she could have helped our country. Instead, the article was bash-bash-bash. Nothing constructive, and yet the more I read it, the more I felt like I was reading an article straight out of Mean Girls. Its one thing to dislike someone (and there are enough Palin haters to go around) but to not mention anything good about a fellow hard-working woman is disgraceful. But Tina doesn't stop there. She continues to attack the Republican Women by releasing the cover of Newsweek this week.
This is a photo of Michelle Bachman, GOP Presidential Candidate. Not in this photo, is the caption below Congresswoman Bachman. The caption read "The Queen of Rage". Mean and spiteful? Yes. Without reason? Absolutely. Sexist? That point I have not yet proven. Lets take a look at how Tina portrays Republican men
Mike Huckabee:
John McCain:

Even Rush Limbaugh:
And lets be honest,when it comes to Republicans, Rush Limbaugh just might be one of the most disliked of them all. But Tina portrays him and the other Republican men as powerful, admired, respectable, intelligent. Why is it that Tina must portray the women of this party like animals without brains?  She doesn't portray Democratic women in a bad light, for example, lets look at a cover of Hillary Clinton:
clinton newsweek
Did you read the caption? "150 Women Who Shake the World" Thats a well deserved caption. "The Queen of Rage" is not. The GOP has released press statements of how Tina Brown's critical view of Republican Women is sexist...but I don't think it is. Clearly, Tina Brown is doing her best to minimize the sincerity with which we look at Michelle Bachman. She doesn't want the world to look at Bachman as a legitimate candidate and she tries very hard.
So I came to the conclusion that Tina Brown is not sexist, but biased towards Republican Women.
Its a shame to be biased towards a woman of any political party. Women have taken great measures to protect the future of women's role in the world. I think women from both parties understand that in a man's world, if they take one step back, they could potentially ruin any future generations chances of laying hands on the Presidential seat. Tina Brown is forcing women to sit back down, instead of encouraging them to stand up. By diminishing Michelle Bachman's campaign, Tina could potentially be ruining how the world views women and their capacity to hold office.

So all in all, I reccomend that Tina Brown give Michelle Bachman a fair and fighting chance. Stop criticizing her looks, and instead, evaluate her values and ideas. When I say evaluate them, I mean to look at the idea proposed and instead of saying "its stupid" tell the world WHY you disagree. Women are just as smart as men, that is evident, and now we need to put our minds where our mouth is.

Do you agree? Do you think Tina Brown is sexist or biased or neither? Do you think Tina Brown portrays Republican Women and Republican Men fairly? Let me know what you think, comments are appreciated.

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