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What Was That, Senator?

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What was that, Senator Obama?

 

Oh right. Nothing.

 

While Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin has been assaulted by offensive t shirts, sexist rants and inflatable dolls, Senator Obama has stood by and said nothing. The man who is "asking us to believe" once again remains silent as women are belittled during the presidential campaign.

 

I can almost excuse Senator Hillary Clinton, who experienced the same hatred during her candidacy, for remaining silent. If she were to say anything that could be misconstrued as support for the GOP, she would be accused of plotting her 2012 White House bid. And unfortunately I have come to expect silence on this topic from the Republicans and from the media.

 But what is Senator Obama's excuse? During his powerful  ‘More Perfect Union’ address in Philadelphia this past March, the Senator said, “… that the legacy of discrimination - and current incidents of discrimination, while less overt than in the past - are real and must be addressed. Not just with words, but with deeds…” 

This election has brought misogyny out of the dark shadowy corners and into the light. And so far, Senator Obama has used neither words nor deeds to address gender discrimination. He has ignored the derogatory comments, outdated stereotypes and blatant woman-bashing that have marred the campaigns. I had hoped for more from this self-professed agent of hope who is asking Americans to believe in his ability to unite people.

 

I believe, Senator Obama. I believe that women deserve equal rights and equal consideration. What do you believe?

 

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Liz O'Donnell is a freelance writer from Dedham, Massachusetts. She writes about F words, feminism, forties, fashion and family.

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