May 11, 2007
You might be a woman if… (two)
[Part two in an ongoing series]
…you’ve ever had to spend time worrying what people are going to call you when you’re in a position of authority, and/or people have spent time pondering (aloud, with a microphone) what title you should be given:
During floor debate yesterday, Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC) repeatedly referred to Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D-CA) as a “man.” McHenry appeared to be upset when Tauscher, who was presiding as chairwoman, chose not to recognize him until other members in the chamber stopped chatting. McHenry shouted out to Tauscher:
Madam Chairman, Madam Chairwoman? Madam Chair? Madam Chairman? Madam Chairperson? Madam Chairwoman?
After a few moments, Tauscher recognized McHenry. “For what purpose does the gentleman from North Carolina rise?”
Check out the video here.
Numerous commenters over on the Think Progress site made comments that boiled down to “this isn’t a big deal; why is TP reporting on it?” (*sigh*) I’ll agree that Tauscher might have handled the situation better, and that the moment says less about whether or not McHenry is a sexist than about how much of a petulant creep he is, but this is an issue nonetheless. I think Paul the Spud (who gets the tiara-tip) said it well (by facetiously giving voice to McHenry’s inner monologue) in his post, entitled Damn Them Uppity Womenfolk!:
They get into positions of power, and think they can lord it over us men! Well, we’ll just have to put them in their place!
A commenter over on Shakesville posted a link to the following video, which is only tangentially related, but amused me nonetheless. Know your Parliamentary Procedure, bitchez: