|Old sexism from Young Democrats in Alaska|
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|Wednesday, 03 February 2010 18:36|
It seems if you scratch a Young Democrat there are some very old fashioned sexist opinions lurking just beneath the surface.
John Aronno, Anchorage Chair of the Alaska Young Democrats, went to a recent local screening of Not Evil Just Wrong. He stayed afterward for a Q&A with the film makers Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney.
In his blog, Alaska Commons, Aronno says he was not impressed with the film or the Q&A.
Not Evil Just Wrong shows how 30 million people, mostly pregnant women and children, have died as a result of the ban on DDT. It also looks at how environmentalists also want to restrict cheap energy to those who need it as a matter of survival in the developing and developed world.
The death of 30 million people is enough to make anyone angry, but for Aronno there is another explanation for Ann McElhinney wanting to make a documentary looking at these issues.
In a comment that reeks of boorish sexism he explains that a female journalist cannot have strong opinions based on research or facts, but rather these opinions can be explained because Ann was "very obviously had been left at the altar by an environmentalist at some point. Nothing else explains such hatred for such a critical position."
And it wasn't just an off-the-cuff remark, Aronno returns to the theme later in his blog.
"After a particularly long rant from Ann McElhinney, which for a moment I thought would end with “Why did you leave me
Well it is good to know that sexism is alive and well in the Democratic Party. One commenter, Voices for Women, said it all when she/he wrote:
The notion that any woman who is passionate about her beliefs must have, at some point, been wronged in a relationship is archaic and offensive. By your logic, all women who voice their opinions forcefully can trace it back to an unhealthy relationship. Shame on you for perpetuating this stereotype. This outdated fallacy belongs in a cave, which apparently is where you get your ideas about women.
Ann McElhinney says she is disappointed that Aronno has such old fashioned views and is concerned about the message his views sends to his female colleagues.
"All female Young Democrats now need to be careful about expressing strong opinions that do not concur with Mr. Aronno. He can simply accuse them of having such beliefs because they were jilted by a boyfriend."
"It sends out a chilling message to young women not to have strong or passionate opinions or dare to disagree with their party president. I think the women in his party should demand an apology from Mr Aronno and then strongly and passionately accept his resignation," she added.
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