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?
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.