Monday, October 1, 2007

Is America ready...

The other day I was watching Samantha Bee's "Daily Show" report on whether America is ready for a female president, and the thing that struck me was the fact that all the news orginizations were asking the same question in pretty much the same way, and how stupid this was.

Bee did a good job of pointing out the stupidity of the question by responding to it with stupidity (the best part in her report is when the feminist talking head breaks in mid-sentence to help Bee choose a blouse), but when you think about it, even the phrasing of the question is stupid.

By asking, "Is America ready for a woman president?" the question suggests that a woman president is a bad thing. Almost always when the phrase "Is America ready for..." is used, it is followed by something bad: "Is America ready for terroist attack?"; "Is America ready for a major flu outbreak?"; "Is America ready for the next Tom Cruise film?"

When is that phrase ever used for something good? When has the media ever asked: "Is America ready for more cuddly teddy bears?"; "Is America ready for a hug?"; "Is America ready for free Hostess Cupcakes? Can the nation withstand yet another onslaught of chocolatey snacky deliciousness?"

4 comments:

moonchadz said...

well do you think they are ready for more chocolate..really??
what are your predictions for 2008? or at least those you hear from fellow Americans? over here (FRance) we don't hear that much about it yet...although in American news the election is headline material...

Eric said...

Remember Chris, when a man takes charge and is aggressive, he's a go-getter, and when a woman does it, she's a bitch. Just a wee double-standard.
We may never learn...

Sarah Peters said...

this has nothing to do with your post, but wanted to say hi! i'm back. aren't you glad i contributed something here? ;)

Chris Cope said...

Welcome back Sarah. And using your real name, you minx.

Mona -- I'm trying not to pay that much attention either. The logic is that the Democrats will win, since the candidates on the Republican side are crazy, weak, or likely to implode politically. But which Democrat remains to be seen.

I think that if the Dems select Hillary Clinton she could be beat by John McCain or Mitt Romney.

If Giuliani somehow becomes president I will write to the British Home Office straight away and beg for asylum.