Come on. Some one pinch me and wake me up. This is 2016, isn’t it? But to read this, you’d be expecting Helen Reddy to sashay onto your screen singing “I Am Woman.”
Criticisms of Clinton’s tone of voice have become prominent in recent weeks, stirring strong feelings among Senate Democratic women who say they too have had to battle the stereotype of the shrill female.
“She’s often judged by a double standard,” said Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), the dean of the Senate women.
“Many of we women feel that there’s a double standard. What’s being said about Hillary is what women have heard for centuries. You’re too loud, you’re too aggressive, you’re too pushy. Why do you want the vote?”
I don’t know where anyone would get such an idea:
Female lawmakers were particularly galled by recent statements by Washington Post columnist Bob Woodward, one of the nation’s most respected journalists, characterizing Clinton’s tone as “screaming.”
“She shouts. There’s something unrelaxed about the way she is communicating,” he said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
The comment prompted the show’s host, Joe Scarborough, to interject, ”I was watching her and I said to myself, ‘Has nobody told her how the microphone works?’”
The reason people criticize Hillary Clinton’s speaking style has nothing to do with sexism and everything to do with her shrill, over-the-top, faux-excitement-and-outrage speaking style. Like this
“The whole story has been, ‘Ask these young women why they didn’t support Hillary.’ Well, ask the older men why they didn’t support Bernie. Give me a break. The fundamental premise of that question is sexist,” she said.
“If there was as much scrutiny of Sanders’s record and what he says as there’s been about Hillary and her record, we would see a different view of the race,” Shaheen added.
Actually, there has been scrutiny of Sanders’s record. Unfortunately for Clinton, Sanders hasn’t perjured himself before a Congressional committee, gotten four Americans including an ambassador killed, lied to the American public relentlessly, lied to the families of the Americans whose deaths she facilitated, mishandled classified information and placed it so as to guarantee foreign intelligence services had access, and threatened, intimidated, and coerced the victims of his spouses sexual predations into silence.