The Republican Party has had a seemingly never-ending series of blunders when speaking with women. Hoping to fix these mistakes, North Carolina Representative Renee Ellmers met with a panel of fellow conservative female politicians to discuss the problem. Alas, the advice she offered up doesn’t seem all that helpful.
“We need our male colleagues to understand that if you can bring it down to a woman’s level and what [sic] everything that she is balancing in her life, that’s the way to go,” Congresswoman Ellmers said.
I’m sorry, bring it down to a woman’s level? Perhaps she misspoke and she meant that there’s a different approach that Republican men could take when speaking with women. Ellmer, however, removed any chance at a benefit of the doubt by elaborating on her opinion:
“Men do tend to talk about things on a much higher level. Many of my male colleagues, when they go to the House floor, you know, they’ve got some pie chart or graph behind them and they’re talking about trillions of dollars and how, you know, the debt is awful.”
Ah, yes, graphs – how can women ever be expected to understand those things? Sure women can bake pies, but pie charts?! Dumb it down for them, boys!
By the way, what kind of issues do women care about? Finding more time, explained Ellmer. Specifically, finding “more time in the morning to get ready.” So women are too busy putting on makeup to worry about the national debt – got it.
It should seem obvious by now that condescending to women is not a winning strategy for politicians:
For the record, Ellmers released a press statement declaring that her comments were taken “completely out of context.” She dared to call the article “offensive and sexist,” too, as if calling out her specific inane comments is somehow sexist while her own words that diminished the intellectual capabilities of women in general were not the issue.
Ellmers also blamed the Sarah Palin tried-and-true “gotcha” journalism tactics of the liberal media, even though the story was initially reported by The Washington Examiner, a publication known for its conservative slant.
Besides, Ellmers has already established an embarrassing track record in regards to gender issues. Not long ago, she argued that the Affordable Care Act is part of the Obama administration’s “war on women” because – for some convoluted reason – offering women health care is an attack on them.
Also on the subject of health care, Ellmers stated that insurance providers should be permitted to charge women more for daring to go to their doctors with biological lady parts. She wondered why men should have to pay premiums that cover pregnancies when men don’t even have babies, labeling it “discrimination”; it’s unclear who Ellmers thinks helped to get these same ladies pregnant in the first place.
Just because Ellmers doesn’t appear to grasp the issues at hand doesn’t mean that the entirety of her gender needs to be treated like idiots. The real problem seems to be one particular female politician who is content to sell out her gender at the federal level.
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