A big part of this campaign that has deeply troubled me is complaints of sexism from a not-too-small contingent. I have struggled to understand this in regards to complaints that the media has been harder on Clinton because she’s a woman, but I’ve come to terms with it. However, in relation to charges of sexism to things like asking Clinton to drop out, I am completely baffled. But there is one charge that I have never understood, and that’s the charge that Obama has been sexist in any way shape or form. In the link above, Ferraro says that Obama has been “extremely sexist” in running his campaign. Now, we can argue until we’re blue in the face just how sexist “sweetie” is, but is that really all we have as evidence of this? What, really, has he done that can be easily classified as “sexist”?
On another, yet related, note, it is rather senseless to not vote Obama in the General election because of these perceived slights. Just imagine the damage that would be done to gender equality by McCain and the Republicans should he be voted into office instead of Obama. And remember this more than anything, we’re one Supreme Court Judge away from overturning Roe v. Wade. That’s on top of a lot of other equality issues that the Court will likely go the wrong way on. And surely, gender equality will not get any better under continued Republican rule, but very well can, and I’d submit will, improve under an Obama Presidency.