Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Getting piggy with it...

You know I'm one of the first ones to point out where I think sexism exists but considering all of the times pigs and lipstick has been used as a quote? I can't get piggy with the sexism call related to this story The video is below you can watch it for yourself.
Obama drew the analogy while mocking the McCain campaign's new "change" message.

"You can put lipstick on a pig," he said to a laughing Ohio audience. "It's still a pig."

"You can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called change. It's still gonna stink."

Truth squad chairwoman, Gov. Jane Swift, said Obama's use of the pretty common expression reeked of sexism.

"She is the only one of the four presidential candidates that wears lipstick," said Swift, explaining that the statement was clearly directed at Palin.




Now granted if the Republicans were using the Urban Dictionary definition for the phrase "lipstick on a pig" it relates to women and is pretty sexist:
slang for when someone tries to dress something up, but is still that something. usually used on ugly broads, when they put on a skirt and some lipstick and well, they still look like the same digusting pig.

But all joking aside, there has been enough pig and lipstick tossing around that I don't think this particular Obama comment was sexist...

Sides we don't really know if Palin is the only one of the four that wears lipstick...

:-)

And...Dick Cheney used the same comment in 2004 directed at...John Kerry...

4 comments:

Robin said...

I'm thinking that the three guys have probably worn lipstick at one point in their lives. Especially with the amount of time that McCain and Obama have been on TV.

Alex said...

And John McCain used the same phrase in 2007, and Huckabee in '08...What a manufactured controversy! Discussions such as these, unfortunately, are the "boy who cried wolf" in a society defined along gender lines, which ought to be challenged as unjust.

Lisa Renee said...

Unfortunately Obama is now seeing what it's like to be on the other side of the coin.

I agree it's a manufactured controversy, most of the campaign rhetoric in the primary and in this election have been manufactured controversy. A candidate can't claim to want to be all about the issues yet spend an inordinate amount of time on the number of houses, or lipstick on pigs, etc., etc.,

There's an old expression that you live by the sword and die by the sword, the same can be said for political gotcha moments, if you use them against your opponent, you should not be shocked when one comes back at you.

Lisa Renee said...

What has been really interesting has been to watch people defend and attack when they make it really clear they have no idea what the context even was of the Obama statement....