Over the week weekend, the UK’s Telegraph‘s blog published a post about Rep. Michele Bachmann and illustrated it with a picture of her chomping down on a corndog at the Iowa State Fair. Bachmann’s eyes are mid-blink, her lipsticked mouth is wide open, and well, she’s shoving a corndog into her face.
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I’m sure Rep. Michele Bachmann, a Tea Party candidate who is running for president, was thrilled when she heard she’d be on the cover of Newsweek. I am also sure her campaign is freaking out right now over this picture. Could the magazine have possibly found a photo that makes her look more nuts? On the other hand, it’s a perfect illustration of the bigoted, sexist and inane things that come out of her mouth. In this case, the power of imagery is not such a bad thing. [The Daily Beast] Keep reading »
Everyone in the media has been scratching their heads on how to write about Rep. Michele Bachmann‘s bigotry towards gays and her husband Marcus Bachmann’s work “treating” gays in so-called “ex-gay therapy.” He apparently said gay people are “barbarians” that need to be “educated” and “disciplined.” Do we report this as straight news? Blow a gasket over how cruel and dehumanizing they are? Even Jon Stewart struggled with how to report on Marcus Bachmann on last night’s episode of “The Daily Show.” That’s when Jerry Seinfeld came to the rescue and prescribed a spoonful of “ex-comic therapy.”
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Hells bells. The campaign season has barely started and already sexist comments are being made about the women running for office. Fox News commenter Cal Thomas has made a crack about Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin “Jell-O wrestling.” The roundtable was discussing Bachmann’s comment over the weekend that the media wants to see a catfight between her and Palin, which she called a “mud-wrestling fight.” Then Thomas joked about how “Jell-O wrestling” might be more preferable. Oh, what a card. A woman on the panel noted that when Bachmann mentioned mud-wrestling, “that’s where the mind goes.” True, and that’s where a professional pundit should keep his sexist asshat-ery. I’m no fan of either woman, but female politicians deserve better than this. [Media Matters For America] Keep reading »
“They want to see two girls come together and have a mud-wrestling fight, and I’m not going to give it to them. I’ve got a lot of great respect and admiration for the governor. I appreciate her and I wish her well, and I think that this race is wide open.”
—Rep. Michele Bachmann knows the media loves a good catfight. Alas, she and Sarah Palin are not taking the bait. (Yet.) They’ll leave it to these ladies to do the down ‘n’ dirty fighting, thank you. [Reuters]
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I could not have been more annoyed when Sarah Palin called herself a “feminist.” It wasn’t because I think a hairy-legged, Diva Cup-loving separatist in Berkeley should get to decide what a feminist is. (I am quite sure she would take one look at my mani/pedi and send me back to the gallows for more pubic hair braiding.) No, it pissed me off because, while there are some aspects of Palin’s life that actually are rather feminist—she’s a woman in a traditionally male job, she’s a working mom with a mostly-stay-at-home husband, etc. — she went co-opting the word “feminism” as if its hers and hers alone. As this clip of Palin appearing on “The O’Reilly Factor” illustrates, she uses the term “feminist” to suit her needs while at the same time trashing “women’s rights groups … and those [who] do not empower women.” Oh, so now you’re telling us what feminism is, lady who believes abortion should be illegal, gays and lesbians shouldn’t marry, and youngsters should be taught abstinence instead of comprehensive sexual health?
Thankfully, the feminists of America need not worry our pretty little heads about the next arch-conservative swooping in: Michele Bachmann has already come right out to say she is not a feminist. Keep reading »
Rep. Michele Bachmann formally announced on Monday she is seeking the Republican nomination for President. The feminist within me says, “Yay, someone with a vagina running for president!” Followed by a vehement, “OH HELL NO.” Just because a woman is running for president does not mean all women should support her. Just like Sarah Palin did, Bachmann painfully illustrates this point: She is bigoted against gays and lesbians, opposes legal abortion, and spoke out against a change in the IRS code to make breast pumps for nursing mothers tax deductible. Those are just a few of the policy reasons why Bachmann would make a terrible president. Keep reading »