I Hate the Smell of Internalized Misogyny in the Morning

Male Christian right leaders are not the only ones being rabidly sexist in the wake of Hillary Clinton officially announcing her run for president. A female business owner in Texas is getting some negative attention for saying women shouldn’t be president. Because hormones. And the Bible.

“We’re built differently, we have different hormones,” Go Ape Marketing CEO Cheryl Rios told KTXA-TV. “In the world that we live in, I understand that there’s equal rights and that’s a wonderful thing and I support all of that. I don’t support a woman being president.”

Rios said she has drawn fire after posting on Facebook that if Clinton is elected, she would be “moving to Canada.”

“With the hormones we have there is no way we should be able to start a war,” she wrote. “Yes I run my own business and I love it and I am great at it BUT that is not the same as being the President, that should be left to a man, a good, strong, honorable man.”…

“There’s an old biblical sound reasoning why a woman shouldn’t be President,” she added, though she did not mention any specific passages to support her argument.

This makes me more sad than angry. The combination of ignorance and religion-inspired sexism is just tragic in so many ways.

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  • fusilier

    “With the hormones we have there is no way we should be able to start a war,”

    I’ll bet Ms. Rios thinks the world of Margaret Thatcher and Golda Meier.

    fusilier

    James 2:24

  • http://twitter.com/#!/TabbyLavalamp Tabby Lavalamp

    I can’t believe I’m arguing with this obvious bullshit, but does menopause figure into this misogyny at all?

  • nemistenem

    And of course, this flies in the face of many very successful female heads of state around the world including some of their Conservative idols – Margaret Thatcher, Angela Merkel, even Golda Meier (ok, maybe she was too progressive for them). I am continuously amazed at the cognitive dissonance the R wing shows in their thinking. OK, maybe thinking is the wrong word for this…

  • Chiroptera

    Rios said she has drawn fire after posting on Facebook that if Clinton is elected, she would be “moving to Canada.”

    Weren’t a bunch of them saying the same thing in 2008? Why are they all still here?

  • Reginald Selkirk

    Rios said she has drawn fire after posting on Facebook that if Clinton is elected, she would be “moving to Canada.”

    I hope some journalist is making a calendar note to check up on that in 2 years. Also, I doubt that Canada wants her.

    “With the hormones we have there is no way we should be able to start a war,” she wrote.

    And that’s a bad thing?

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Rios said she has drawn fire after posting on Facebook that if Clinton is elected, she would be “moving to Canada.”

    I assume she’s not aware that Canada is riddled with women.

     

    “There’s an old biblical sound reasoning why a woman shouldn’t be President,”

    There is. It’s because, Biblically, there’s no such thing as president.

  • D. C. Sessions

    Sweetie, in your Biblical studies did you ever read of someone named “Devorah?”

    If that doesn’t get the message across, another Texas woman had these bits of advice for you.

  • kosk11348

    Why would she run to Canada? They elected their first female leader more than 20 years ago. If she’s looking for a nation that’s never elected a woman president, she should move to Mexico.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Also, I can only conclude she voted for Obama/Biden in ’08, on account of the alternative putting a horomonal girl who is also female and a lady one step away from presidenting. It’s either that, or she’s just marking Tribal boundaries.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    kosk11348 “Why would she run to Canada? They elected their first female leader more than 20 years ago”

    Technically, we was elected party leader after the previous one was mauled by a moose, becoming PM just in time to lose an election after losing popularity when her government’s paltry inspectory regime lead to Labrador’s famed maple syrup mines freezing up. Damn Canada’s moose-based parliamentary system!

  • http://twitter.com/#!/TabbyLavalamp Tabby Lavalamp

    Why would she run to Canada? They elected their first female leader more than 20 years ago.

    Actually, we didn’t. Brian Mulroney stepped down as prime minister while the then Progressive Conservatives were still in power, so when the party – likely with the knowledge that they were probably screwed in the next election anyway – voted Kim Campbell as their leader she automatically became prime minister. We still have yet to elect a federal party with a female leader.

  • cptdoom

    A few years ago, a Virginia OB/Gyn argued successfully for acquittal on DWI charges because she argued she wasn’t drunk, but under the influence of severe PMS. In a case that understandably ticked off feminists, her defense put on experts claiming that some women – like this doctor – had such severe symptoms they were emotionally unstable. Following the court case, the Virginia Board of Medicine yanked her medical license – if she was that unstable, they argued, she shouldn’t be doing surgery or treating patients. I always thought that was one of the best outcomes I’d ever heard of.

    I think something similar should happen here. How can a bank loan this woman money if she’s so hormonal that she’s not rational?

  • JustaTech

    Uh, isn’t the technical head of state of Canada (not the one who actually does things, mind you) Queen Elizabeth II? Who is a woman? (And not young, one might also note.) If you’re afraid of women in high positions, wouldn’t all of the Commonwealth be off limits?

    Do these kinds of people say the same thing about all of the women Secretaries of State? Or do they think that “Secretary of State” means you take notes in meetings?

  • coragyps

    “a good, strong, honorable man” ??

    Really? Like Nixon or GWB? WTF?

  • 930i7

    “We’re built differently, we have different hormones,”. Actually that is not at all true. We all have the same hormones, just different amounts.

  • http://artk.typepad.com ArtK

    Of course, the fact that she’s a CEO doesn’t enter into the equation. What is it about ladyparts that allows someone to be a CEO but not president?

    @nemistenem

    It’s American Exceptionalism. All those other women are furriners and quite likely men in disguise. American women are incapable of being president. Either because of their ladyparts or something extra super special about the American presidency.

  • http://artk.typepad.com ArtK

    Rios said she has drawn fire after posting on Facebook that if Clinton is elected, she would be “moving to Canada.”

    They keep making these promises but never carry through. Republicans: The party of integrity and personal responsibility. Obama was elected and Ted Nugent is still alive and free. Dozens of other commentators in the 2008 and 2012 elections are still here in the US, despite promises to go elsewhere. I haven’t heard of people fleeing to Canada because of the ACA, although several promised to do so.

    It’s almost as if this were empty rhetoric. Frankly, my response is: Can I help you pack?

  • Skip White

    coragyps @14:

    “a good, strong, honorable man” ??

    Really? Like Nixon or GWB? WTF?

    What do you have against our greatest president, Wilbur Tiberius Farnsworth?

  • http://howlandbolton.com richardelguru

    But since she’s just a hormoney woman we can ignore her opinions…

  • http://cheapsignals.blogspot.com Gretchen

    “With the hormones we have there is no way we should be able to start a war,” she wrote.

    And that’s a bad thing?

    I think she means that, ladyfolk being driven all crazy and such by our hormones, there’s no way we should be allowed to start a war, because we’d be starting wars left and right. Every time we break a nail, war-time! If we had a particularly bad day during our menses, that’s a war declaration!

    Also, apparently the president is allowed to unilaterally declares wars whenever he/she damn well feels like it. News to me.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/TabbyLavalamp Tabby Lavalamp

    Also, apparently the president is allowed to unilaterally declares wars whenever he/she damn well feels like it. News to me.

    Didn’t Congress essentially give the US president pretty much exactly this power during the Bush years?

  • Synfandel

    Rios said she has drawn fire after posting on Facebook that if Clinton is elected, she would be “moving to Canada.”

    She might find it hard to qualify. The Canadian government is tightening up the Temporary Foreign Workers program. She might be allowed in if she can show that she’s either a draft dodger or coming to marry her lesbian partner.

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    “With the hormones we have there is no way we should be able to start a war,” she wrote.

    It’s a good thing men don’t have hormones that might impact their desire to wage war or incite them to violence.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    “Yes I run my own business and I love it and I am great at it BUT that is not the same as being the President…”

    …which is why her opinion on what it takes to be President can be safely discounted. She’s as ignorant about the job as she is about female hormones. (HINT: not all women totally lose their ability to think rationally every month. And if Hillary Clinton did, we’d know it by now, and wouldn’t have to speculate based solely on her gender.)

  • eamick

    @13: All of the Commonwealth? Not really. Only about a third of the Commonwealth nations have Queen Elizabeth as their monarch, and virtually all of the rest are republics.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    It’s a good thing men don’t have hormones that might impact their desire to wage war or incite them to violence.

    Damn right! We men have hormones that make us hard-headed realists, and give us the ability to man up and do dangerous things when it’s necessary. Because our manly-hard-headed hormones only trigger when there’s hard choices to be made, not just every month no matter what like the wimminfolk’s hormones do.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    Tabby Lavalamp #11: so when the party – likely with the knowledge that they were probably screwed in the next election anyway – voted Kim Campbell as their leader she automatically became prime minister.

    Well there you go. Consider that Canada is closer to the mother ship England than the U.S. is. They may have incorrectly assumed that “Kim” was male – and a Soviet spy.

  • Synfandel

    Canada has had one female Prime Minister and ten female Provincial and Territorial Premiers, along with dozens of female opposition party leaders. I’m sure Ontario’s married lesbian Premier will give Ms Rios a big, warm welcome.

  • roggg

    I was going to read what Rios had to say on the matter, but you know…hormones and all. If she is to be believed, then she is not to be believed… wait what?

  • Kermit Sansoo

    So… is she saying that we should start wars based on how much aggressive hormones our war chief has, rather than, you know, practical and rational reasons like self defense? That’s neither informed nor rational. Give me a woman any day who would coldly slit your throat if she had sufficient need, over a loud bully who starts fights to prop up his ego.

    .

    My wife and I had a roommate in the 80s that was the first train engineer in her railroad company (Santa Fe?) and constantly complained that the men weren’t taking here seriously. Yet she fiercely denied being a feminist. They’re socialist liberals, you know, and wrong in every way. Sigh.

  • sceptinurse

    “that should be left to a man, a good, strong, honorable man.”…

    Somehow I doubt that her idea of a “good, strong, honorable man” is anywhere close to mine. In fact my guess is that anyone she considered to be one would send me running in the opposite direction.

    As far as the “lady hormones” go does she not make big decisions when she’s hormonal? –Sorry guys I know we need to decide on that campaign today or loose the account but I just can’t make up my mind.– I’ve never seen a female in charge of anything act like that.

  • Kevin Kehres

    What makes her think that Canada will take her?

  • leni

    It’s kind of true though. If I were elected president I my ovaries would immediately declare war on Donald Trump’s hair.

  • DataWrangler

    Speaking as a Canadian, albeit one who has worked in the U.S. for 17 years, I still wonder what the hell the RWNJs expect to find in Canada. Surely it can’t be tolerance of their ilk, we have hate speech laws after all and have actually refused entry to some of the loonier folks. Free market health care? The same one they say leaves people dying on waiting lists or lets seniors rot. (Tell that my mom, who had just about the most dignified death possible short of proper euthanasia with untreatable pancreatic cancer.)

    .

    When, exactly, did they go from slagging Canada to thinking it’s just the dreamiest place anywhere?

  • dingojack

    Perhaps she’s thinking along the lines of:

    “… and Brutus is an honourable man…”

    @@ Dingo

  • david

    “if Clinton is elected, she would be “moving to Canada.”

    A great choice. Why not go to Canada where there is public-funded health care, no death penalty, limited corporate lobbying, a viable social assistance program for the elderly, and generally more liberal social policies?

  • rietpluim

    I say X, then I contradict myself, therefore.

  • marcus

    Look people, neither Canada nor corporations have nuclear weapons, obviously these fine people fear that having a woman in charge of the Greatest Nation on Earth(!) might put us at risk of a menstrual nuclear incident and the end of life on this planet as we know it. It’s that fucking important!

  • marcus

    david @ 34 Would you want to live somewhere that can’t rub two nukes together or have a silo to shoot them out of?

    I didn’t think so!

  • http://timgueguen.blogspot.com timgueguen

    You all keep forgetting about guns. Canadian law makes people register their handguns, have a license to possess them, and prevents them from carrying, open or concealed. A living nightmare for many Texans.

  • marcus

    @^ My point exactly!

  • John Pieret

    With the hormones we have there is no way we should be able to start a war,” she wrote

    I don’t know. If we start shipping our right wing nutjobs across the northern border, even the super-polite Canadians might start taking potshots at us.

  • colnago80

    Re Raging Bee @ #24

    At age 67, Hillary Clinton stopped menstruating at least 20 years ago so there is no longer a “time of the month” for her.

  • U Frood

    Men never get caught up in their emotions and just start attacking countries because they might have some tenuous connection to a terrorist act (there’s NO TIME to find out for sure…)

  • dcsohl

    Fusilier@1: “I’ll bet Ms. Rios thinks the world of Margaret Thatcher and Golda Meier.”

    To be fair, though, neither of them got their nations embroiled in a war.