Last night at the California gubernatorial debate, Jerry Brown apologized for a member of his campaign staff suggesting Meg Whitman, his opponent in the race, be called a "whore." This overdue apology was a necessary step; however, it was accompanied by an assertion that these sorts of comments are part and parcel of what happens inside political campaigns. If so, that needs to change.
While our California chapter's Political Action Committee voted to endorse Brown on the basis of his support for women's rights, the National Organization for Women clearly and unequivocally condemns calling Meg Whitman, or any woman, a whore. This term is hate speech that carries with it negative connotations associated with women, and it has no place in contemporary society.
NOW calls on Brown to fire any member of his staff who uses this word or any hate speech against women.
###For Immediate Release
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that's from now's president terry o'neill.
we use 'whore' all the time. and we will continue to do so. we're not running for office and, check, we apply it to men more than women. (beth did a study for the gina & krista round-robin and c.i. applies it to men 9 out of every 10 times it's used.)
should the word be outlawed?
i don't think so.
i think it can be appropriate.
if some 1 is whoring, they're whoring.
but that's different the above how?
meg whitman wasn't accused of whoring as we might accuse a journalist (media whore). she was just called a whore.
and that's a different implication all together.
i don't if i'm getting my point across.
if a journalist lies to suck up, they're whoring.
okay, politicians could do that too. so where was the criticism of meg whitman for whoring from the brown campaign? there was none.
this was a sexual slur plain and simple.
and it's part of the tone deaf campaign that jerry brown's run.
i know c.i. will vote for jerry (she's known him for years) but i also know that when gavin newsom (whom c.i. knows and loves) was muscled out of the race (he's now running for lt. governor), c.i. made a point of saying that it was the biggest mistake in the world and that this idea that jerry could just breeze into office was a joke.
i think she's more than been proven right.
i applaud terry o'neill for speaking up and speaking out.
let's close with c.i.'s 'Iraq snapshot:'