I know that's problematic. There is too much spin on both ends of the left-right political spectrum, and the only thing that really "sells" on radio is naive, hyped, frothing-at-the-mouth extremism.
But what really bugs me more than blind, shameless politicking (of which I am certainly guilty) are the chauvinist "call-outs," slams and rants of both MALE AND FEMALE, liberal radio pundits.
"It's time to get some BALLS, Democrats!!"
"These Democrats need to GET A PAIR!!"
"The Republicans have completely NEUTERED this president!!"
And the most indicative of my thesis here: "THEY'VE COMPLETELY EMASCULATED THE PARTY!!"
People, this is a problem. It is not okay to equate male genitals with power, potency, effectiveness, truthfulness, correctness, etc...
Especially from SO-CALLED PROGRESSIVES! C'mon. We can do better than this. We HAVE to do better than this.
I was thinking (momentarily) that maybe we just needed to start making references to vaginas as symbols of power. Jen said that was wrong, problematic, and itself misogynistic on so many levels that she couldn't even begin to list them. I'm open to correction. SO, here's what we need to do: STOP USING GENITAL REFERENCES TO EXPRESS POWER PARADIGMS. Just stop it.
You don't need penises to describe powerful or meaningful things. There are lots of other, very nice metaphors you can use. Some of them are even shocking.
In "polite society," we (generally, in public) shy away from racist and even homophobic statements, slams and stereotypes. But sexism is still socially acceptable, and it needs to change.