MRS. CLINTON: Good afternoon, everyone. (Applause.) Well, thank you. Thank you very much. I have the great pleasure to introduce our next two speakers, who are about to have a conversation concerning health care. And I thought hard about how to introduce these two men. (Laughter.)I don't think that I have ever heard her talk about her husband when she was not bashing him in some way. She is the only politician I know who is so rude as to openly bash her spouse.
And the more I thought about it, the more I realized how much they have in common. They are both left-handed. (Laughter.) They both love golf, a game that does not often reciprocate the love they put into it. (Laughter.) They both are fanatic sports fans and go to great lengths to be in front of the TV or on the side of the court or the field. They both are master politicians. Each of them has only lost one election. (Laughter.) They are both Democrats. They have fabulous daughters. (Laughter.) They each married far above themselves. (Laughter and applause.) And they each love our country.
And so please join me in welcoming Number 42 and Number 44, Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama. (Applause.)
She is always wanting to use her maiden name, Rodham, and is the sort of feminist who gives the impression that no man is ever good enough for her. Not even the President of the United States.
A new web site, womenformen.org, sticks up for men. The introductory post says:
So I was flipping channels the other day, and I came across The Young and the Restless. I couldn’t tell you the name of one actor on the program, but there were two young women in the living room of someone’s house. One was clearly upset about something related to her boyfriend, or husband, or live-in, or whatever. And the other woman launches into a diatribe that began this way: “Look, I know men. And I know how their little minds think.”Disclosure: I happen to know a couple of the site founders, but I had no knowledge of the site until I stumbled across it yesterday.
Now if this banter were an anomaly, I’d ignore it. But this is standard fare in the media. Can you imagine this scenario turned around? “Look, I know women. And I know how their little minds think.” Impossible! But demonizing men has become such a pastime we don’t even notice it when it happens.
If you think I’m exaggerating my case, consider these additional, more strident examples of male bashing:
• Author and journalist Natalie Angier begins an article in The New York Times by writing, “Women may not find this surprising, but one of the most persistent and frustrating problems in evolutionary biology is the male. Specifically . . . why doesn’t he just go away?”
The fall TV season has new sitcoms about bad parents:
It’s almost impossible to be a good parent anymore — offspring, once grown, seem to have an endless appetite for reproach. An alarming number of new TV comedies this season focus on the strain that annoying parents put on their resentful progeny. Children are never satisfied: a neglectful father ruins his child’s self-worth and ability to trust; a doting, successful father is impossible to live up to.Of course these make fun of dads. But there is at least one new show, Mom, that trashes moms.
Those axioms are the basis of two comedies that begin this week: “Back in the Game” and “The Crazy Ones,” both father-daughter sitcoms that act out the discontents of Generation Xers who “journal” and use “parenting” as a verb.
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