Calling women stupid and ugly is never a good idea, regardless of political party or gender.
But there certainly appears to be a lot of woman-hating going on in this country.
Obama campaign co-chair Eva Longoria is feeling the fire from the right for sharing a “retweet” from one of her followers that called women stupid for casting a vote for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
“I have no idea why any woman/minority can vote for Romney,” the tweet read. “You have to be stupid to vote for such a racist/misogynistic …(insert a crude word for a female body part here, think along the lines of “twit.”)
Oops. Conservative women, including columnist Michelle Malkin, went after the “Desperate Housewives” actress for her stupidity in retweeting something that flies in the face of feminism by using words that offend women. Malkin quoted several of the tweets aimed at Longoria including, “I don’t appreciate u call’n me stupid. Ur ignorant, selfish and stupid urself! I’m a Romney/Ryan voter, I’m female and a minority.”
Hey, Ms. Longoria. I have to agree. There is nothing feminist about insulting other women.
Longoria attempted to back peddle, initially deleting the tweet. But tweets stay forever on various platforms. She then tweeted that somehow mysterious retweets appeared in her feed. She later owned up with little explanation for the retweet, “(s)orry if people were offended by retweet.”
Celebrities who double as campaign surrogates need to be more responsible than Longoria was. She needs to watch her tweets if she wants to be a positive to Obama and not a negative. She should have expressed her own thoughts and not the tweets of others.
Arizona Democratic candidate Richard Carmona, who has had a difficult time connecting with female voters, also joined the female insult club this week. In a Thursday debate with his Republican challenger Rep. Jeff Flake, Carmona told the male moderator that he was “prettier” than CNN’s Candy Crowley.
Moderator Brahm Resnik, who had been trying to ease tension in the debate, said “Geez, now I know how Candy Crowley felt.” Carmona said, “You’re prettier than her.” That made a lot of people say “ugh.”
Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan got in on the woman belittling this week, too, coming off Mitt Romney’s now infamous “binders full of women.”
In Florida on Thursday, he said, “Now it’s a war on women; tomorrow it’s going to be a war on left-handed Irishmen or something like that.”
What will he say next? It’s all in our heads and that we women are suffering from hysteria?
I actually had a man tell me that very thing this week. A small business owner in Little Rock, who is conservative, told me there was simply no war on women, and we had imagined it. Deciding to avoid the abortion question, I asked him about equal pay.
“Women should just work harder than men if they want to be paid the same amount,” he said.
No, he wasn’t joking.
The war on women exists for all women regardless of party. It may have started as a catch phrase for Democrats to discuss abortion and birth control, but in truth, women are under fire on all fronts with insults, inequalities and abuse.
Women, of all people, should realize that. That’s why someone like Longoria needs to stand down on insults to her fellow women. We have enough of them coming from men of all political persuasions.
Suzi Parker is an Arkansas-based political and cultural journalist and author of “Sex in the South: Unbuckling the Bible Belt.” Follow her on Twitter at @SuziParker