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US congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's response to colleague who called her a misogynistic slur

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  1. [4]
    kfwyre
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    Meta: I wasn't sure how best to edit the title so I welcome any changes to improve it. The context to this is covered quite well by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in her speech itself, but the general...

    Meta: I wasn't sure how best to edit the title so I welcome any changes to improve it.

    The context to this is covered quite well by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in her speech itself, but the general rundown is that Ted Yoho, a fellow United States congressman, publicly harassed Ocasio-Cortez, including calling her a misogynistic slur. He later publicly apologized for his actions in the form of a non-apology, which is viewable here. Ocasio-Cortez's speech linked in the topic is a response to Yoho's apology.

    While the situation itself is mostly a noisy newspoint that I don't think is befitting of this site's focus, I think her speech does have a lot of value beyond just this particular situation. She uses her words to examine this particular incident and contextualize it within wider systemic misogyny in a clear and powerful way.

    15 votes
    1. [3]
      Omnicrola
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      Irrelevant sidenote : every time she (or anyone really) says "Mister Yoho" I expect the guy to yell "yaaaar!", hoist the jolly roger, and sail off screen like it's a comedy sketch. Her focus on...

      Irrelevant sidenote : every time she (or anyone really) says "Mister Yoho" I expect the guy to yell "yaaaar!", hoist the jolly roger, and sail off screen like it's a comedy sketch.

      Her focus on repeatedly saying essentially "this is not new, I don't need your apology, but way to not be a man and set an example" really drove it home I think. That and the point about how by doing that to an elected public official, Yoho is granting permission for anyone to use the same language against his wife and daughter, that was very well done.

      14 votes
      1. [2]
        kfwyre
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        Agreed. I also appreciate that she brought up that having a wife and daughters does not make someone decent/not sexist, as that's been the a common refrain for quite a while now from people who...

        Agreed. I also appreciate that she brought up that having a wife and daughters does not make someone decent/not sexist, as that's been the a common refrain for quite a while now from people who are defending themselves from harassment of women.

        10 votes
        1. Omnicrola
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          Indeed I think it's exactly the same as someone claiming they're not racist because they have a black friend.

          Indeed I think it's exactly the same as someone claiming they're not racist because they have a black friend.

          7 votes
  2. [3]
    Loire
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    Powerful words, from a powerful woman. You almost forget that politicians can (and should) be eloquent speakers. I have seen some disbelief that anyone could disagree with Rep. Ocasio-Cortez's...

    Powerful words, from a powerful woman. You almost forget that politicians can (and should) be eloquent speakers.

    I have seen some disbelief that anyone could disagree with Rep. Ocasio-Cortez's words here. Because I know we are subject to our own bubbles, I would suggest everyone take a gander at what the other side gets to see of this event, which will explain how Republicans form their view points. I could only get so far in the video, before turning it off, but the point is made clear within the first minute.

    This is the sort of messaging, and narrative, and spin that Republican voters are pushed 24/7 with no outside input. This is what's on conservative television, from Fox and Friends in the morning to Tucker Carlson at night, non stop until it sets itself in viewer's minds permanently.

    The reason why it seems there is such a divide in this country, where the two sides can't agree reality, can't agree in something so basic as "Don't verbally abuse your female coworker", is because this is what they watch. 24/7.

    14 votes
    1. [2]
      Omnicrola
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      Which is why (from your linked video) it appears the spin is "I never said that" and "it was directed at policy, not her" and he claims he said "this is fing BS" not "you're a fucking bitch". Now...

      can't agree in something so basic as "Don't verbally abuse your female coworker",

      Which is why (from your linked video) it appears the spin is "I never said that" and "it was directed at policy, not her" and he claims he said "this is fing BS" not "you're a fucking bitch".

      Now is it possible he actually said one thing and AOC heard a different thing? Sure. Is he reacting like someone who was potentially mis-heard but agrees that such language is unacceptable and misogynist? Nope.

      11 votes
      1. kfwyre
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        Spot on. He's almost assuredly lying, as he's definitely not acting like someone who was simply misunderstood. Even the Fox News host was visibly skeptical of his denials! But even if he really is...

        Spot on. He's almost assuredly lying, as he's definitely not acting like someone who was simply misunderstood. Even the Fox News host was visibly skeptical of his denials!

        But even if he really is genuinely telling the full truth, he's missing the mark so hard on the issue at hand by trying to tear down and fire back at Ocasio-Cortez instead of simply agreeing with her that women don't deserve to be harassed.

        5 votes
  3. JXM
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    Ted Yoho is a jackass who feels like he can say whatever he wants because he isn't running for reelection. Her response was classy. Related to this, I came across this great article from Press...

    Ted Yoho is a jackass who feels like he can say whatever he wants because he isn't running for reelection. Her response was classy.

    Related to this, I came across this great article from Press Watchers that breaks down how badly the New York Times botched their coverage of this whole thing. It really speaks to how ingrained in our society misogyny is.

    6 votes