A Tale of Gender Bashing and a Double Standard.
I've been a part of a Facebook thread today that I think really reflects elements of group think, enabling, and double standards. I thought I would share and get this community's thoughts.
A friend of mine posted a You Tube video from 2015 of Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill doing, in my opinion, a comedic monologue on the Stephen Colbert show. I'll post the link below. Anyway, her comment was that she was very tired of gender bashing toward men, and can't we just concentrate on building each other up and raising children to be respectful.
I was surprised at how rude the subsequent comments became of Claire McCaskill. Most of the women who posted stated they did not share Claire's viewpoint. Very respectful. I have no problem with a disagreement in a point of view.
Then 3 men posted. Here's what they wrote:
Male #1 - What a DUMB Ass. Claire your fired!
Male #2 - Missouri, please vote this creature out of office!
Male #3 - I stopped listening to senators years ago. I hear more intelligent statements from the subhumans on my bus.
All of these posts got several "Likes" from the women. So, a post about decreasing gender bashing toward men is full of gender bashing toward this female senator. I kept waiting for someone to notice the hypocrisy, but it didn't happen.
So I pointed it out. I stated I thought it sad and concerning that women are outraged at a female bashing men, but they were okay with 1. a demeaning comment about her intelligence, 2. her humanity being reduced to a "creature", and 3. her humanity being reduced below people considered "subhuman" (I find that disturbing as well). I also stated that bashing, bullying, and other verbal abuse would not change if we continue to be silent when its right in view.
One woman responded and agreed that the comments were rude, and not reflective of the woman who made the original post. One of the men posted that "I would so much feel better if I would just go get one of those overpriced, pumpkin spiced drinks."
I saddens me that there is such a double standard between the genders, the group think, and the enabling behavior. Your thoughts?
Here is the You Tube video: