Beth Marlowe (Who Runs Gov) is bothered by this:
But let’s think about this for a second: To have the authority to say what she said, O’Donnell is implying that she already has her man-pants on and buttoned. And this makes her the better candidate. By telling their opponents to “man up,” all of these women are saying they are more manly—and that that’s a good thing.
At base, they’re reinforcing the idea that the qualities voters are looking for—especially toughness and courage–are manly qualities.
This doesn’t do women any favors.
Meaning, we were dealing with this years ago. Where were you, Beth? In September 2007, we wrote "Does Katrina vanden Heuvel thinks she has testicles?" for Third taking on Ms. vanden Heuvel's equating strength with testicles. The woman had written:
A disturbing story in The Washington Post yesterday suggested that Congress is losing its cojones when it comes to closing some of the most obscene tax loopholes benefiting the richest of the rich--hedge funders and private equity managers.
We were calling it out three years ago while others were being silent. If it concerns you, you should have joined us.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for today: