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Dude. What's the Deal With The Political Frat House Mentality?

Dude. What's the Deal With The Political Frat House Mentality?

Yay, I love that women get to be in politics, it's sooo awesome and we have it way, way better than a lot of ladies — but what the heck is going on with all of the dude behavior?

In Australia, Opposition leader Troy Buswell admitted to sniffing the chair of a female Liberal Party staffer. Um, ew. He turned suddenly sensitive however when he had to own up to the act, broke down in tears at a press conference and had to compose himself before telling the media that his shenanigan was inappropriate. Surely just a one-off joke gone wrong? Eh, he'd apparently also snapped the bra of a colleague inspiring a whole new slew of laws banning MPs from sexually harassing parliamentary staff. That's one way to inspire quick change in government I suppose.

Even the most prominent lady in politics at the moment, Ms. Hillary Clinton isn't safe from dude-ness. Right on the heels of the "pansy" situation, a local labor leader introducing Clinton and perhaps trying to pay her a compliment (?!) said the nation needed a leader "that has testicular fortitude." That's right. Testicular. Fortitude. Right or wrong, do people even say that? I say keep your fortitude in your pants, sir.

Have we become so comfortable with women in leadership roles, that the polite censoring has gone out the window, like gals are just "one of the guys," or do gaffes like this show something else? Are we really not as close to integrating women into power positions as we'd like to think? To check out Hillary's reaction to the labor leader's ballsiness,



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baltimoregal baltimoregal 9 years
You know when Stephen Colbert talks about people having balls he's being ironic. Too bad no one else is!
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
i have wanted to comment on this all day! So badly that I'm using my phone to do it. Hillary is not acting manly. She is acting tough and business-like. Why does tough equal manly? Why does being business-like equal manly? We have painted her into a corner. She isn't allowed to be too feminine and she isn't allowed to be too masculine. She is held to this ridiculous standard by men and women. Bella you're right it is sexism! Citizen no it isn't an even playing field and no Americans are not completely ready yet! A woman in power is still the bitch or the pushover. And I'm not talking about condi and women like that. She may have men work for her but she still works for a man! I'm talking about a woman holding the highest office in our country. There isn't a woman today that wouldve made it as far as Hillary. She is here because of exactly who she is. I've said it before...we won't realize how sexist this election was until we are looking back on it. Now I have to go I'm ignoring my friends! ;)
shmooth shmooth 9 years
do people even say that? yes.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
"She is playing the man's game the man's way, rather than redefining woman as a good thing." That is such a good point. Why does the endorsement have to suggest that she is manly to say that she is tough?
megnmac megnmac 9 years
EXACTLY zeze - proving you can be like a man is a trap b/c you inherently acknowledge man is superior... and I will never BE a 'real' man. This reminds me of the derogatory use of 'gay' - since even though it means nothing close to homosexual, it is still linking that to being something bad. Balls = good, gay=bad, p*ssy = bad... ultimately these links are in our vocab, and our culture.....
zeze zeze 9 years
"Zeze, that's pretty out to lunch. I think women who have been in power have shown just as much cruelty through the ages. The fact that more men have been in power skews our image and raises our numbers, sure, but women don't have such a great track record either" Well if you want to get rational then it takes away all the fun! :D BTW, a point my aunt always told me was to never get caught up in showing how a woman can do everything a man can like a man, since I was 5 she taught me that was a trap because 1 - it makes it seem like being a man or doing things men do superior and 2 - it makes it impossible for women to ever reach that ideal because no matter how you spin it a man is better at being a man. Instead we should look to how women and men are different and acknowledge that each sex has its advantages, disadvantages, and exceptions - meaning there are no absolute generalizations but there are likely assumptions. If we could project that into people's minds powerful women would not have to act like men to be considered powerful. Like megnmac already said, notice how Hillary is trying to show how "manly" she is - this will 100% backfire against McCain should she get there, because he represents that old school "man" and no matter how much of a tough guy she is an actual tough guy will always be better at it.
JovianSkies JovianSkies 9 years
LOL marinermandy! I know! Ew! :SICK:
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 9 years
As Napoleon once said, "Men in general are but great children." Seriously though, that guy sniffed a chair?
JovianSkies JovianSkies 9 years
I agree with you, Bella! Whatever happened to being a strong WOMAN, and being able to embrace it (as well as being accepted)? Women in the days of Rosie the Riveter were strong, yes, but still women and demanded to be respected as such. Now, strength is equal to cahones? Perhaps I'm wrong on this, but it appears that women are trying to hard to become like men, in so many ways. One of these especially is the promiscuity being displayed by women and girls, which I believe makes them seem cheap,disposable, and weak. How could any woman be respected by behaving in such a way? There definitely needs to be a change!
Beauty Beauty 9 years
I think it's sexism, plain and simple. Women have to show that they're tough (but not too tough), and so some people think that the greatest "compliment" that can be given is that a woman is just like a man! Ugh.
stephley stephley 9 years
from buzz sugar today: "I thought Addie lost most of her sparkle, charm, and cojones when she moved down the West Coast to that Private Practice of hers, and I hope that her return to Seattle Grace puts her kickass side back in the spotlight." it's everywhere. not many people actually say testicular fortitude though, that's more for formal settings.
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
Zeze, that's pretty out to lunch. I think women who have been in power have shown just as much cruelty through the ages. The fact that more men have been in power skews our image and raises our numbers, sure, but women don't have such a great track record either.
stephley stephley 9 years
Unfortunately, I think references to male anatomy as an indication of strength are common and accepted today - I've seen one or two here and I think you must reference balls or nuts to reply on Huffington Post - or else you have to slam someone as a p*ssy or worse. I think anyone who tries to change it will be mocked as a pansy.
zeze zeze 9 years
Why do men suck so much? (most not all) ;) One big point a lot pf people don't address is the common link in all of the world's problems... War - men Terrorism - men Hookers/cheating on spouses - men Solicitation of sex in airports - men Incest - men Oppression of Rights - men I think we need a new game plan, instead of trying to eliminate all these things problem by problem we eliminate the foundation. :)
megnmac megnmac 9 years
I think that man still means good/strong, and to be called a girl is to be weak/dumb is a sign we're not really as gender equal as we like to believe. It is still negative to be too womanish, and I think it is ironic that Hillary is essentially running as a woman but calling her opponent a little girl. She is playing the man's game the man's way, rather than redefining woman as a good thing.
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