Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Marc Rudov's sexist problem

Maybe Rembrandt didn't have this in mind

On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the highest, how sexist is Marc Rudov? With emphasis in bold:

During the March 10 edition of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor, Bill O'Reilly hosted Marc Rudov, author of Under the Clitoral Hood: How to Crank Her Engine Without Cash, Booze, or Jumper Cables, to discuss "What is the downside of having a woman become the president of the United States?" Rudov's initial response to the question was, "You mean besides the PMS and the mood swings, right?" O'Reilly responded: "But guys have mood swings, Marc. And you know they have other control issues, as we just heard with [New York] Governor [Eliot] Spitzer and we saw with various presidents. So come on now, let's be fair." Rudov then asserted: "Well, you know, I'm joking. Of course, the main problem I have is if a woman has a female agenda. If she doesn't have a female agenda, if she just wants to be an executive for all the people, then all I care about is if she's qualified. And I have no qualms about having a female president. But if we take [Sen.] Hillary Clinton, she specifically does have a female agenda." Rudov later added: "But Hillary embodies the female agenda. She wants to be the feminist in chief. She represents women. It says so on her website. And a lot of women are voting for her because she's a woman." O'Reilly hosted Rudov and Republican strategist Margaret Hoover as part of a new segment called "He Said, She Said," in which O'Reilly and his guests will "deal with issues from a gender-based point of view."

Also during the segment, O'Reilly asked Hoover: "So it would be OK with you if a woman was elected president and then tilted her policies toward women? It would be all right with you?" Hoover replied, "Absolutely not, because you're gonna be president of the United States. You're president of women and men, African-Americans, Hispanics, everybody. So you don't run with identity politics. You don't run as a woman only representing a -- women." O'Reilly then stated, "But she -- but Hillary Clinton is."

As Media Matters for America has documented, on the January 4 edition of Fox News' Your World with Neil Cavuto, Rudov stated: "When Barack Obama speaks, men hear, 'Take off for the future.' And when Hillary Clinton speaks, men hear, 'Take out the garbage.' " Rudov also described Clinton during that program as "nagging" and "shrill."

First, women are half of the population so any president--female or male--should address women's issues.

Does Rudov oppose Sen. Hillary Clinton's policies on women's issues or is he too incurious to know what they are?

Does he think that to "strengthen equal pay laws and end pay disparities between men and women" is a bad thing? And if so, why?

Does he advocate pay discrimination against women?

Shouldn't women have access to family planning services, especially low income women? Is he pro-choice or does he want to rescind Roe v. Wade? How about the "morning-after" pill?

Hillary proposes "microfinance programs that enable women to start their own businesses." What's wrong with championing job creation via women-owned enterprises?

Does Rudov support or oppose sex trafficking?

I could go on with questions that obviously Marc hasn't pondered, that is, if he's capable of considering issues that impact half of Americans. His characterization of a "female agenda" demonstrates his ignorance and his disparaging remarks aimed at Hillary make him sound like Archie Bunker.

Watch the video but I advise removing sharp objects away from your 'puter screen:

I give Rudov a 10 on the sexist scale. Or maybe he's just plain stupid. M'yeah, probably both.

What's just as dumb was Obama's sexist dog whistle alluding to Hillary's problem periodically.

What say you?