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Letters: Sexism has no place in politics

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Posted: Monday, November 8, 2010 11:44 am | Updated: 12:08 pm, Mon Nov 8, 2010.

Sunday’s guest commentary “Women seem to grow stronger under attack” by Linda Turley-Hansen lacked objectivity. What are we to assume men do under attack, “Shrink and cower?”

Exit polls show that not unlike some men, some women do not stand up well to close scrutiny, but especially scrutiny by other women. In this political season the list of those women who did not stand up well includes Sharon Angle and Christine O’Donnell. Two years ago that list was topped by Sarah Palin, who did not bounce back to govern Alaska. Rather she has made a more lucrative livelihood drawing on the sympathies of the likes of our guest columnist.

Yet consider that in sharp contrast to its former governor, Alaska Sen. Lisa Mulkowski is a truly resilient survivor. So why not consider her? After all, both Alaskans Mulkowski and Palin are conservative female politicians who have been attacked by their opponents — Mulkowski and her family attacked by Palin!

Sexism is defined as “Attitudes, conditions or behaviors that promote stereotyping of social roles based on gender.” A clearer example of sexist attitudes and stereotypes has not crossed our view in years. “Man up, Tribune editors” and admit that sexism thrives in the Tribune! In politics, it’s dog eat dog, regardless of gender.

Dale Whiting, Chandler

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