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Michael van der Galien

Specter and Sexism

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Posted on January 24 2010 10:00 am
Michael van der Galien was born in the Dutch city of Leeuwarden in 1984. For as long as he can remember, he has been obsessed with the United States. When he was 17 years old, he started blogging - of course about America. His articles have been published at Big Hollywood, Pajamas Media, Hot Air (the GreenRoom) and Right Across The Atlantic. He's also an editor for the Dutch conservative blog, De Dagelijkse Standaard.

I’m watching Fox News right now and they are talking about Sen. Arlen Specter’s ridiculous and sexist comments aimed at Rep. Michelle Bachmann. You know the “I’ll treat you like a lady, so act like one” remarks.

One of the guests says there’s nothing sexist about these comments and that those who disagree are making a big deal out of nothing. She explained that it’s a generational thing: Specter just doesn’t know any better, he’s an old man, this is how old men treat women.

That may be, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t being sexist. He was and we all know it. The only reason he’s getting away with it somewhat, is because he’s not a Republican anymore. If he was, the media would fall all over themselves condemning him for his anti-women remarks.

As an aside, my grandfather is older than Sen. Specter and I never heard or saw him treat a woman with as little respect as Specter did with Bachmann. This isn’t related to Specter being an old fart, but to him being a sexist pig.

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