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Opinion By John Caynon

You ever notice that when it comes to politics, women in politics are talked about based on their appearance, and if we disagree with their politics, they are so readily called a B*tch on social media by people including some of your FB friends? That offensive term in the dictionary is a malicious, spiteful, or overbearing woman. Are they considered overbearing because they behave with the same traits that many men in the political arena portray? I couldn’t find a comparable phrase for men. Surely, men can be malicious, spiteful, and overbearing? Why do we tolerate that from our friends as “just the everyday way that they speak?”. A man who continually interrupts when someone else is speaking is clearly being overbearing. And that is what we call them. Men behave maliciously and spitefully as well, but the derogatory term is left for female politicians alone.

Other than President Trump, who is talked about because of his hair or his special tan, are male politicians talked about nearly as much based on how they look? In general conversation or social media, do you hear someone say, that paunchy, old gizzard necked Senator with the overbite” etc, but if AOC or Nancy Pelosi are talked about, their looks are often referenced in the conversation. Why do we still accept that? Our kids are watching us and if we allow this to continue, they will see that we still hold women in a special class of derision, not good enough to be treated as equals in politics, and that if they don’t look a certain way or act as we deem a lady is supposed to act. This cuts across both sides of the aisle and it will take a concerted effort for us all to call it out when we see it. Calling others out with gender insults and appearance is so “last century” as opposed to debating their policies. It should stay there.