Sunday, June 28, 2009

Do You Mind?

From Slate's daily wrap-up of what the nation's wrapping its fish in:
For what it's worth, 62 percent of Americans think Sonia Sotomayor should be confirmed to the Supreme Court, according to a Washington Post/ABC News poll. The poll also asked Americans other things, like what they thought of the fact that she is female and Hispanic; most people don't mind, though there's a deep split between Republican and Democratic approval.
"Most people don't mind?" "I don't mind, really, but it would be better if she weren't 'female.'" "Sure, I'd rather have a table by the window, but I don't mind this one."
No such attitude in the WaPoll item. We can only assume that Lydia DePillis (a writer living in New York) has fully internalized the "white male as standard mode for everything but childbearing" line that many white male Republican politicians have been spouting forever, & recently in reference to Judge Sotomayor's nomination.
Liberal media bias? At least Lydia DePillis (Is that name really American, by the way? We don't mind, if you know what we mean, but if she weren't female, wouldn't it really be better?) stands bravely athwart progress, screaming.

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