Looking for R-E-S-P-E-C-T in 2014 When It Still Feels Like 1980

Anchorman 2Ladies, how do we convince 21st century menfolk that we’re overdue for some R-E-S-P-E-C-T? If I didn’t know better, I’d say we were living in 1974 not 2014.

There are plenty of examples today that remind me of Ron Burgundy in “Anchorman,” who told his female counterpart Veronica Corningstone, “You’re just a woman with a small brain. With a brain a third the size of us. It’s science.” While that was a knee-slapping joke in the context of the movie, that kind of entrenched sexism isn’t funny when it comes from politicians, corporate America or even the media itself.

So what should we think of GOP leaders on Capitol Hill being trained in how to better treat and understand women after suffering major losses among female voters in 2012 as a result of out-of-touch comments about things like “legitimate rape” and “aspirin between your knees” contraception?

Read more at my piece at the San Francisco Chronicle.

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Joanne Bamberger is an independent journalist who is also the author of the book Mothers of Intention: How Women and Social Media are Revolutionizing Politics in America. She is also the publisher/editor-in-chief of  The Broad Side. You can find her on Twitter at @jlcbamberger.

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