Why Women Get ''Hysterical''
Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., pressed her campaign ahead of Tuesday's West Virginia primary as Democratic Party leaders warned her not to do or say anything that could hurt Democratic front-runner Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., in November.
Clinton is considered likely to win West Virginia's primary, perhaps by as many as 30 percentage points, but the victory in the small state is not expected to shake Obama's apparent hold on the party's nomination.
What Democrats fear could have a lasting impact is what Clinton might say about Obama that could split the party or be gleefully reused by Republican John McCain in the fall election.
Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn, an Obama supporter, compared Clinton to the Glenn Close character in "Fatal Attraction" -- a spurned woman turned stalker who was apparently drowned in a bathtub only to jump up one more time to be shot dead.
"Glenn Close should have stayed in that tub, and Sen. Clinton has had a remarkable career and needs to move to the next step, which is helping elect the Democratic nominee," Cohen said during a local TV interview. He later apologized for his comments.
Ah yes. Who doesn't remember bunny-boiling Alex (with the mannish name) Forrest, the strong, sexy, independent mad woman who didn't know when to quit the perfect-family-man-who-cheats-on-his-
wife-and-mother-of-his-children Dan Gallagher (Michael Douglas)? Of course, the Close character ends up dead in the end.
It was no accident that the 1987 thriller came out at the same time as padded-shouldered female MBA graduates were elbowing their way into boardrooms as well as bedrooms. It's not like there were many positive portrayals of women at the time. What's more, the original script had been doctored to make Alex even scarier and stalkier and Dan less the heel.
Anyway, the point is, Congressman Cohen, ostensibly a liberal politician, who is free to dis the candidate Clinton as a politician/candidate, used one of the most negative anti-female archetypes out there to do so.
Sure, he has since apologized for the remarks.
But let's face it: He said them. And the dirt did not hit the news fan, as it should have.
Yeah, well. Misogyny. Nothing to talk about here. Move along, folks.
I am trying to think of a male equivalent comment. Like, say, if the shoe were on the other foot and it was Barack Obama on Cohen's hit list. Hmmm, what would the comparison be? I'd note it here but it's so vile and racist that it sickens me that I even thought it up.