for a brief, and probably profane, political rant.
As most of you know, there is an election occurring in my home country of The United States of America that is a mere 20 days away. The two candidates met for their second debate last night. And the takeaway meme is thus:
Binders Full Of Women.
Yes, I know. It’s hilarious. There is an excellent tumblr blog that really encapsulates the abject stupidity of this remark. I wonder if, upon the words escaping his lip, Mr. Romney had a moment of horror where he realized, “oh, god, this is it. Those are the words people will remember.”
But, as hysterically funny as they are, let’s probe a bit deeper about what he said IN RESPONSE TO A QUESTION THAT ASKED ABOUT HIS APPROACH TO INSTITUTIONALIZED DISPARITIES IN WAGES BASED UPON GENDER IN 2012 AMERICA.
Here’s his whole answer:
“And – and so we – we took a concerted effort to go out and find women who had backgrounds that could be qualified to become members of our cabinet. I went to a number of women’s groups and said, ‘Can you help us find folks,’ and they brought us whole binders full of women.”
Wait. Let us now cut to film of a man – maybe Steve Irwin (oh, no, he’s dead, gotta find someone else) – dressed in safari gear and wearing a pith helmet:
“We’re out here tonight in search of that rare and elusive creature known as “Female Candidate Qualified for a Cabinet Level Post in the Romney Administration.” We’ll call her “QualiCan”. Now the female QualiCan (Genus Qualificanus, Species Levelus Cabinetae) is a gentle creature, not easily found in QualiCan’s natural habitat, the boardrooms, courtrooms, and corner offices of the private sector.
Perhaps, however, if we are very quiet, we can entice her into showing herself. Shhhhhhh”
Ummm, yeah, how patronizing is that? Really, Mitt, you had to go on a full-scale search for “qualified female candidates.” What, Massachusetts is suddenly Baghdad and all the smart women are in purdah?
In America, women have been nearly half of the graduating classes of medical and law schools for more than two decades. Maybe, just maybe, you couldn’t find any qualified women candidates because your all-male review staff weren’t looking for them – or maybe because they just didn’t want to work for you.
And then, then, he doubles down on his insult to having qualified, accomplished women working for him with this:
“Now one of the reasons I was able to get so many good women to be part of that team was because of our recruiting effort. But number two, because I recognized that if you’re going to have women in the workforce that sometimes you need to be more flexible. My chief of staff, for instance, had two kids that were still in school.”
He continued, saying that his chief of staff couldn’t work late because she had to be home “making dinner” and “being with them when they get home from school.”
Romney said, “Let’s have a flexible schedule so you can have hours that work for you.”
So, let me get this straight, Mr. Romney. Your answer to a question THAT ASKED ABOUT YOUR APPROACH TO INSTITUTIONALIZED DISPARITIES IN WAGES BASED UPON GENDER IN 2012 AMERICA is to tell American women that you’re going to have them home in time to cook dinner for their families? Are there any other household chores you want to put on the list for me to do when I get home from work? Laundry, maybe?
What. The. Hell. No, seriously, what the hell?
First of all, you pompous prick, I guess it’s good that we know what you really think. Women in the workplace need to get the hell out of it so they can get home early enough to do their second full time job, and it is just fine to pay them less while they are there.
And second of all, don’t even get me started on contraception, abortion, women’s healthcare and your stated desire to give a cluster of cells in my uterus exactly the same personhood that I enjoy.
I can’t imagine why any American woman would vote for this clown. Period.