Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Sexism versus Racism

Kevin discovers that people are less likely to vote for a generic woman than a generic black and says "But this poll certainly suggests that racism is alive and well in America, and that misogyny is even aliver and weller," and wonders why.

It's easy, Kevin. We have successfully stigmatized public expression of racist sentiments. But misogynistic expression - "Senator Clinton, iron my shirts" - is merely cutely naughty.

Can you picture a college prankster suggesting Senator Obama carry his bags?


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