Readers may recall U.S. prez hopeful Michele Bachmann, who is sympathetic to intelligent design: In “The National Organization of Women defends Bachmann against Newsweek” (Daily Caller, August 8, 2011) Caroline May reports,
“It’s sexist,” NOW president Terry O’Neill told TheDC. “Casting her in that expression and then adding ‘The Queen of Rage’ I think [it is]. Gloria Steinem has a very simple test: If this were done to a man or would it ever be done to a man – has it ever been done to a man? Surely this has never been done to a man.”
While some have pointed out that Newsweek has used unflattering photos of men such as Rush Limbaugh and John McCain on its cover, O’Neill says that is not the issue.
“Who has ever called a man ‘The King of Rage?’ Basically what Newsweek magazine – and this is important, what Newsweek magazine, not a blog, Newsweek magazine – what they are saying of a woman who is a serious contender for President of the United States of America…They are basically casting her as a nut job,” O’Neill said. “The ‘Queen of Rage’ is something you apply to wrestlers or somebody who is crazy. They didn’t even do this to Howard Dean when he had his famous scream.” More.
Of course, that may be because Newsweek thinks she is a serious contender.
See, for example, “Michele Bachmann, ID-friendly US prez contender now defined as ‘feminist’” – it might not be in NOW’s interests to trash her. Consider that way back when, they said that Conservative British politician Margaret Thatcher wasn’t even a woman. Okay, so when she won hands down, what did that imply? A man won? Oops. Maybe feminists are backing away from the tactic?
Meanwhile, Bill Dembski warns that it doesn’t matter what Bachmann thinks if she wins and then appoints an old-school tenured bore leading an army of Darwinbots as science adviser.
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