Bernie, Beto, Buttigieg, Biden, and BIAS.
I can’t believe we’re doing this AGAIN.
The 2016 election has been dissected repeatedly and in excruciating detail (and funny how the bros always manage to blame only and entirely Hillary), and yet the coverage of the candidates to date shows that we apparently failed to learn the MOST important lesson: WE ALL BEAR UNCONSCIOUS BIAS AGAINST WOMEN. THIS WILL 100% SHOW UP IN ALL COVERAGE OF WOMEN CANDIDATES. THEREFORE, IT IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT THAT COVERAGE OF ALL CANDIDATES BE RUTHLESSLY SCRUTINIZED FOR THIS BIAS AND THAT IT BE REMOVED TO THE GREATEST DEGREE POSSIBLE BEFORE ANY PIECE OF CONTENT ABOUT THEM IS SHARED WITH THE PUBLIC.
Yes, I know I’m yelling.
Kamala Harris pulls in 1.7 times the financial haul of Pete Buttigieg, and men in the media do nothing but talk about how well HE is doing.
Bernie still won’t release his goddamn taxes (where does he keep his files – Mordor?), and men in the media do nothing but talk about how mean Amy Klobuchar purportedly is to her staff. (You know what we would call a man who acted the same way? A tough boss with high standards.)
Elizabeth Warren is dropping incredibly detailed policy proposals daily, and men in the media do nothing but talk about how dreamy their man-crush Beto is.
Biden’s been handsy with women FOR DECADES and women are finally talking about it in a highly nuanced way, and men in the media do nothing but accuse us of trying to murder him in cold blood. Also, they’re still on: “Isn’t Kirsten Gillibrand such a bitch for being mean to poor Al Franken?” (And yes, I still think the Franken thing was a little fishy, but you know what? Tina Smith’s doing a great job, so it’s not like he was indispensable to the progressive cause. Pro tip: NO ONE PERSON is.)
I HAVE HAD IT.
Guess what? The women in the race are cool people who do interesting things, too.
B-boys, you need to sit down. Learn to knit. Maybe try winning a larger, state-level race before deciding that you’re the second coming of FDR, JFK, and Obama rolled into one.
We have FOUR outstanding women candidates, ALL of whom are MUCH MORE qualified than the boys to lead this country out of four years of darkness under TrumPutin. Maybe it’s time we all realized that and started treating them and their campaigns with the respect, consideration, and gravitas they’ve earned.
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