Maureen Reagan once said, “I will feel equality has arrived when we can elect to office women who are as incompetent as some of the men who are already there.”
I’m not at all suggesting that Michele Bachmann is incompetent. My point that this image of Bachmann is one step in our quest for equality. This cover puts her in league with her male counterparts showing that, while not very nice, women are beginning to be taken seriously. Not everyone sees it my way. The National Organization of Women has come out and condemned it. [Yes, it’s true]
NOW president Terry O’Neill told The Daily Caller, “It’s sexist. Casting her [Bachmann] in that expression and then adding ‘The Queen of Rage’ I think [it is]. Surely this has never been done to a man. What they are saying of a woman who is a serious contender for President of the United States of America…They are basically casting her as a nut job.”
I’m cautiously impressed by NOW’s stand on the issue. I didn’t hear much from O’Neill when Newsweek came out with this cover of Sarah Palin:
Remember, it was NOW that ENDORSED [Yes ENDORSED] Gubernatorial Candidate Jerry Brown OVER his opponent Meg Whitman, a career politician vs. a successful businesswoman. Yes, I said businesswoman as in the National Organization of Women. I can almost guarantee that O’Neill’s “women” have already filled up her voicemail, email and mailbox for taking Newsweek to task over the Bachmann cover.
In response to O’Neill’s comment, “Surely this has never been done to a man,” well, judge for yourself from the covers below. I did find one peculiar coincidence in Newsweek’s covers. Maybe you can figure it out.