Posts tagged Michele Bachmann.
A Tale of Two Michel(l)es: Bachmann and Obama
On the campaign trail in 2008, Michelle Obama spoke at a rally and told the American people that for the first time in her adult life, “I am proud of my country.” The backlash was swift, as news commentators and politicians of all creeds and colors—black, white, male and female—implied that she was Barack Obama’s angry, bitter wife. In other words, they could not understand Michelle Obama outside of the angry, Black woman stereotype.
Before winning the Iowa Straw poll this past weekend, however, Michele Bachmann made a similar statement. But instead of being lambasted for not appreciating her country, the media has ignored her almost identical comment.
On MSNBC’s The Last Word last night, Melissa Harris-Perry offered a comparison of the two responses, and her own definition of equality: “We will be an equal society when we can all celebrate and criticize our country together.”
a lol-tastic photo essay on the debt-ceiling discussions
…Do we really have to do this EVERY FUCKING ELECTION? Or just the elections in which women are candidates?
$5,000 is an eminently reasonable amount of money for a woman running for national office to spend on a professional makeover. That’s the same amount of money spent on just the clothes on an episode of What Not to Wear.
Do I think it’s bullshit that Michele Bachmann, or any female candidate, should have to spend five grand in order to be considered presentable by the unfathomably rigid standards of our youth-, fashion-, and appearance-obsessed culture? Yes. Is that a commentary on Michele Bachmann? No.
That’s a commentary on what a profoundly misogynist and body-policing garbage culture it is in which we live.
Holding an individual woman responsible for her conformance to standards created by a systemic oppression is bullshit. And that is not how feminism works…
Watch this video.
Kathy Griffin had the extreme pleasure of bumping into Michele Bachmann at a political event; the two ladies recognized one another and when they started to speak an assistant filmed the exchange, supposedly for Bachmann’s website. Kathy, always on top of her game, decided to ask the tea party princess if she’d attend a rally to repeal DADT — and when Bachmann said no, Griffin followed up with, “Were you born a bigot or did you grow into one?” Boom.