Tina Fey on Sarah Palin and sexism

There’s a ridiculous article I just read on AP or Reuters (I don’t know which, and don’t plan to link), talking about how both Hillary and Sarah Palin were both victims of torrid sexism. Puhleez. First off, don’t dare put Sarah Palin in the same camp as Hillary for anything. While I’m still not convinced that Hillary suffered any more sexism than Obama suffered racism, the idea of suggesting that Sarah Palin was somehow treated unfairly is simply ridiculous.

Here’s Tina Fey’s take on sexism and Palin (but I think it applies the same to Hillary):

Around the same time, Fey saw an entertainment reporter on TV say that Palin had been gracious toward Fey, but Fey hadn’t been gracious toward Palin. “What made me super-mad about it,” Fey says later, “was that it seemed very sexist toward me and her. The implication was that she’s so fragile, which she is not. She’s a strong woman. And then, also, it was sexist because, like, who would ever go on the news and say, ‘Well, I thought it was sort of mean to Richard Nixon when Dan Aykroyd played him,’ and ‘That seemed awful mean to George Bush when Will Ferrell did it.’ And it’s like, No, that’s not the thing. This is a comedy sketch on a comedy show.” “Mean,” we agreed, was a word that tends to get used on women who do satirical humor and, as she says, “gay guys.”

“I feel clean about it,” she says. “All these jokes were fair.”

It’s not sexism when you metaphorically beat the crap out of male candidates, so why is it sexism when you go after women in politics just as feistily? Because, I think, there’s still an internalized sexism that makes people defensive of women when they’re attacked politically – it’s still “an attack,” and we’ve all been taught that “you don’t hit a girl.”


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