Sunday, December 7, 2008

Ed Rendell knows what's sexist and what's not, apparently

Hey, Governor Ed Rendell, just because you don't think something is sexist doesn't mean it's not sexist.

Remember how earlier in the week he called the appointment of Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano as head of the Homeland Security Department perfect because she has no family and thus no life?

Although he sent her a note apologizing for any personal discomfort, he still stands by his statement, saying it's "100% true."

Rendell added, "I think she's the gold standard for governors. She works hard, she's dedicated, she's focused."

Well then, he should have said that as opposed to: "Janet's perfect for that job. Because for that job [head of Homeland Security], you have to have no life. Janet has no family. Perfect. She can devote, literally, 19-20 hours a day to it."

Big difference, especially considering the way that single women are perceived in our society... Old Cat Lady stereotype, anyone?

It's not Rendell's position to determine if his statement was sexist or not - he needs to step back from his privileged status and let other people have their own opinions on what he said, just like Campbell Brown did.

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