The president’s “best-looking AG” gaffe-horse has been flogged to bits in the thread below. But that won’t stop me from attempting to lady-splain:
1. Yes, it was a gaffe, regardless of the president’s friendship with the AG, her personal reaction to the comment and how often he calls out male good-lookingness. Mr. Obama is the president, and as such, his remarks on any topic have far-reaching implications. He knows and accepts this, which is why he apologized, as he should have.
2. No, it doesn’t mean Mr. Obama is a sexist pig. By words and deeds, he has proven himself our most feminist president. Ever.
3. Someone in that thread seemed to suggest that because Mr. Obama is in his early 50s, we shouldn’t be surprised that he would make a sexist comment. Bull-to-the-fucking-shit on that notion. People who are in their early 50s today graduated from high school in the late 70s and early 80s. It wasn’t “Mad Men” times. Sexism awareness was a thing.
Male privilege is a thing too, of course, and males from age 10 to 120 will occasionally lapse into it. My husband, who is Mr. Obama’s age and among the best and most egalitarian of men, certainly does. But he knows better, which is my point.
Anyhoo, what are y’all up to today? I’m listening to blue grass and procrastinating on doing my goddamn taxes.