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What Progressive Women Want: Boehner, Brawny or Bill?

Posted on January 6 2011 11:00 pm

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When our new Speaker of the House, John Boehner, was sworn in this week, it was obviously a very emotional event for him and tears were shed. As most people know, this is not a surprise coming from Boehner, who wears his emotions on his sleeve. Lesley Stahl spoke with him about it in her 60 Minutes report, where he explained himself without apology.

What should come as a surprise is how many Progressive women seem to be disgusted by this. Weren’t our feminists the first to ask for a sensitive man? Didn’t they want us to raise our boys with Barbies instead of bullets? Yet there seems to be no appreciation for this particular man, who does not hesitate to express his feelings about devotion to country and his hope for the future of the American Dream.

Our favorite experts on all things feminist, the ladies from The View, have pretty strong opinions on Boehner and his crying episodes. Ruth Marcus summed it up well in the Washington Post:

So I thought the ladies of “The View” had it wrong – and did women a

disservice when they lit into Boehner. They should have celebrated his

tearfulness and argued for gender equity in crying.

“Weeper of the House,” sniffed Joy Behar.

“This guy has an emotional problem,” said host Barbara Walters, she of the more-tears-the-better celebrity interview. “Every time he talks about anything that’s not ‘raise taxes,’ he cries.”

Barbara, you of all people should know better. Mr. Speaker, I’m with you.

Have a hankie.

I was so perplexed by this attitude that I did some digging, trying to uncover just what type of sensitive man the Progressive woman is looking for. That led me to start with the Brawny Man, of course. If you are not familiar with the Brawny Man (of paper towel fame) let me sum him up for you. The Brawny Man has it all. He lives in a little log cabin which I’m sure he built himself. He sings, writes poetry, paints, plays guitar, builds toys for children, volunteers, gives foot massages and always notices if you have a new haircut. He manages to do all this while still maintaining a rugged look. Here is a little example of this man who seems to have it all:

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