Mary Curtis, who refers to herself as “a black woman and a feminist,” wrote an op-ed piece which appeared in Saturday’s Washington Post in which she asks about the silence of feminists now that Michelle Obama has become the subject of sexist remarks.
Unspoken but implied was that she was talking about white feminists. Had she read my earlier post, she would understand why they have remained silent. But I don’t think that is the only reason, at least not now.
Recall, if you will, the treatment of Hillary Clinton by the media. NOW President Kim Gandy had this to say:
Television commentary on her voice, her laugh, her clapping, her clothing, even her ankles – not to mention calling her a bitch and a she-devil, and comparing her to a crazed murderer, a hated ex-wife or a scolding mother – became so commonplace that we came to expect it.
And if the words weren’t enough, we had the images on the left instead of those on the right.
Where was the outrage of black women when Hillary was being treated this way? Sadly, it didn’t exist.
It was a shame that the misogynistic media treated Hillary the way they did. And it is a shame that the same media will now turn its sights on Michelle Obama. But until and unless all women stand together and denounce unacceptable behavior when it occurs no progress will be made.