There’s beem some stuff around the internet implying/stating that to criticize Hillary Clinton’s recent words and demeanor in Africa is an obvious case of “sexism.”
Well, I guess this makes me a sexist as I criticize this woman pol in Germany. From the BBC World Service:
Vera Lengsfeld of the Christian Democrats, who is campaigning in the east of Berlin, has billboard-sized pictures of herself in a low-cut dress next to a picture of Chancellor Angela Merkel in an even more revealing number.
The poster’s strap line reads “We have more to offer”.
The image has been dividing opinion in Germany.
So, what does the picture look like? It was on the BBC site, but I copied it from Spiegel Online, which has a full article on the campaign now going on in Germany leading up to the September election and a picture gallery of all the advertising. (See: ‘Merkel Is Planning a Campaign with Nationalistic Undertones’ which asks if these first ads are “any good”…)
Here’s the one in question:
I’ll answer that question posed about whether this ad, in a particular, is any good.
I think it stinks! First of all, Vera Lengsfeld didn’t ask Angela Merkel if it was OK to use Merkel’s picture.
The bigger question is: What the hell is Lengsfeld trying to prove? Does the “humorous” reference to cleavage make it OK to bring her body into the campaign?
What kind of judgment does this woman have? You’d think a woman politician would want to leave gender aside and stick to the issues for the sake of her own credibility. And why play into the hands of a global culture which zeroes in on a woman’s appearance first instead of her intellect and other qualities? A global culture which pretty much demeans women non-stop. Even here in the U.S. of A. in the person of Barack Obama and his finger and his speech writer Jon Favreau who likes to grope Hillary Clinton’s chest even if it is only cardboard. You know, the same country where the media went bonkers over a ‘”hint of cleavage” that Clinton “displayed” at one point?
Is Lengsfeld trying to emulate the sex queens of Italian politics?
Poor Angela Merkel was probably photographed at a function with no intent of being plastered all over a billboard. Maybe her dress was a bit too much for any public appearance, but who knows when it was taken? Maybe it was before she was elected Chancellor. No matter…Merkel has never used cheesecake in her political campaigns as far as I can tell.
Until now. But not because she wanted to. Lengsfeld has completely cheapened this political season in Germany. Merkel has been dealing with an economic mess and has had the guts to not get on the Obama bandwagon. She’s tough and smart. But now she’s used in a “dueling breast” ad at the hands of another woman from her own party, no less.
And I have to laugh that it’s a “Conservative Christian Democrat” who’s dishing out this stuff! Sort of conjures up images of those family values Republicans, one of whom recently dashed off from the governor’s office to South America for trysts with his mistress…
Men may compare their “packages” in their leisure time chat, but I’ve yet to see an add displaying a male pol’s crotch on a regular basis. Of course, there is one exception, though not in exact parallel: Our beloved leader showed off his crotch to a gaggle of women reporters on his campaign plane. but he did NOT run an ad comparing his crotch to John McCain’s. Even he didn’t go THAT far…
Women undercutting other women is nothing new, but this little escapade sure takes it to a lower level than usual.
So, am I a sexist for criticizing Lengsfeld? If you are even considering such a thing, you should have your head examined!
The point is that women who are assholes in public are fair game for criticism, just like male assholes. It’s not always sexism that’s in play…
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