Politics Nancy Pelosi Wears Head Scarf, Right Wing Contracts Amnesia
posted by April 4 at 12:33 PMon
What Shakes said (in response to right-wing critics who smeared Nancy Pelosi as “subservient” for wearing a head scarf while visiting a mosque):
Meanwhile, Drudge is whipping the Bush Minions into a frenzy with a picture of Pelosi wearing a headscarf while visiting the tomb of John the Baptist in Damascus. Think Progress has a collection of reactions from rightwing bloggers with a case of the vapors, no doubt fanning themselves on a fainting couch while waxing concerned for the delicate sensibilities of fragile progressive feminists like me: “It pains the left too, I’m sure, to see the most powerful woman in America having to yield, however slightly, to a misogynistic culture’s expectations.” And so forth.
You know, I might get more exercised about that if I hadn’t spent my life, much like Nancy Pelosi certainly has, yielding to the expectations of a misogynistic culture’s expectations myself.
Anyhow, since I don’t suppose any of us can expect the Brave, Brave Culture Warriors of the Right to understand the sort of subtlety of a statement like “Just because you don’t make us wear headscarves doesn’t mean America is sexism-free, douchebags,” Think Progress takes the picture-book route and simply posts a picture of Laura Bush in a headscarf during her visit to the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem.
Photos of Laura Bush and Condoleezza Rice being “subservient” here, here, here, here, and here.