At a town hall meeting in Johannesburg on Wednesday, former President Barack Obama threw the entire male gender under a bus. When a woman asked Obama for advice on how to get involved in politics, he had this to say:
“Women in particular… I want you to get more involved because men have been getting on my nerves lately. Every day I read the newspaper, and I just think — brothers, what’s wrong with you guys? What’s wrong with us? We’re violent; we’re bullying. You know, just not handling our business. I think empowering more women on the continent, that right away is going to lead to some better policies.”
I wonder if Obama would have said the same thing when he was running against Hillary Clinton in the 2008 primary elections for the Democratic Party. Would he then too have said more women should seek office to counteract the “violent,” “bullying” men?
I agree that women who hold political office and have the power to influence public policy are a needed part of government, precisely because they bring new insight to the discussion table.
But Obama lost me at his comment attacking men.
It does absolutely no good to attack half the population ad-hominem style. Why couldn’t the former president have stuck to his intended message that women should seek political office? There is no need to throw away his inspiring message by chastising an entire group entirely on the basis of their sex.
While sexism is most commonly associated with prejudice against women, Obama’s comments do the same against men. By issuing a blanket-style, all-covering generalization on an entire sex, he is in fact stereotyping on the basis of sex.
Imagine if President Trump said something like that — but this time against women. The liberal media would go crazy.