Apr 23rd, 2008 by ravi
Sexism and political theatre

From the New York Times:

Obama Shifting Focus From Clinton to McCain

[…]

Even in defeat, the spirits were high among Mr. Obama’s aides. A leading reason was that Pennsylvania was in the rear-view mirror — for now, anyway.

On the campaign plane, Mr. Axelrod and Robert Gibbs, the communications director, wore T-shirts with the message: “Stop the drama, vote Obama.”

The “drama”, I am guessing, is a characterisation of Hillary Clinton, and I am not sure in what light this can be seen other than in a gender typing sense (“drama queen”). Again, an example of how sexist attitudes and remarks are pervasive and more easily accepted than racist ones (e.g: the [legitimate] critical response regarding Obama being characterised as “articulate”, I believe by Joe Biden).

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