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Published on October 9th, 2016 | by Padraic Coffey

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5 Worst Things Said about Women by Politicians

It is tragic that in 2016, a century on from Jeannette Rankin being the first woman elected to the US House of Representatives, women are still marginalised in Western politics. Indeed, as of 2016, men comprised 80.7% of the 435 seats in America’s House of Representatives.

There are a litany of complex reasons for this dearth of representation, not only in the US, but in many Western countries. However, matters aren’t helped by the often vile manner in which some male elected officials choose to speak about women.

WARNING: Contains graphic language.

From Mayors to Prime Ministers, these comments depict the crass, vulgar dehumanisation of women by people chosen by the public to represent them. And all were said within the last 15 years.

They show a misogynistic mindset which no right thinking person, man or woman, should want to maintain in the twenty-first century.

5. “What can I say? It’s nothing to be proud of, but there have been 10 times that I’ve found myself in a situation where a woman threw herself at me.”

Politician: Dominique Strauss-Kahn
Country: France

Once the Minister of Economy and Finance in France, Strauss-Kahn was arrested in 2011 “on charges of criminal sexual act” and “attempted rape” by the New York Police Department. The then-Managing Director of the IMF (International Monetary Fund) faced heinous charges that he had sexually assaulted a hotel maid in the city.

His subsequent trial for “aggravated pimping” in 2013 yielded the aforementioned line on why so many young woman had ended up in bed with the French politician.

4. “When asked if they would like to have sex with me, 30% of women said, ‘Yes’, while the other 70% replied, ‘What, again?’”

Politician: Silvio Berlusconi
Country: Italy

Silvio Berlusconi is something of a walking punchline in European politics, given his proven track record of using escorts, despite being Prime Minister of Italy. He’s also someone who is not averse to the odd joke or two, as when he opined, in 2011, that a majority of women in Italy had actually slept with the premier, with the remaining minority (30%) up for the idea.

3. “It says that I wanted to eat her p*ssy. Olivia Gondek, I’ve never said that in my life to her. I would never do that. I’m happily married. I’ve got more than enough to eat at home.”

Politician: Rob Ford
Country: Canada

His life may have been tragically cut short, owing in part to his alcoholism, and other related addictions, but Rob Ford did not endear himself to feminism in many of his remarks while acting Mayor of Toronto, Canada’s largest city. Denying rumours that he had propositioned a female colleague with oral sex, he said that no such exchange had occurred, given his status as a happily married man. Such liberal use of profane language does not denote a man with sufficient respect for woman.

2. “I just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything… Grab them by the p*ssy. You can do anything.”

Politician: Donald Trump
Country: United States

Despite his many, many scandals – which include proposing an immigration ban on members of a faith which comprise over a billion people, to suggesting that Mexican immigrants to the United States are “bringing drugs… crime” and “their rapists” – the one statement from 2016 Presidential nominee Donald Trump which was enough to finally turn off Republican stalwarts like former Presidential nominee John McCain, was him saying that his celebrity status was enough reason to touch woman in their most private areas without consent, or recourse.

1. “I would bust that tight p*ssy so hard and so often that you would leak and limp for a week.”

Politician: Anthony Weiner
Country: United States

It is not only the Republican party which seems to have a problem with women. Anthony Weiner has been so endowed with scandals, including sexting, that he was the subject of an eponymous documentary, released in 2016. After the release of Weiner, directed by Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg, it was revealed that Weiner had been texting a 15 year old girl, promising to engage in activities with her which were not only disgustingly graphic, but also criminal, given her age. This all proves that we have a long way to go before men who hold reprehensible views of woman are expunged from holding public office.

 

 

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About the Author

Padraic Coffey is a freelance writer and film critic who currently lives in Vancouver, Canada. He has written for the Sunday Independent, Ireland's largest circulation newspaper, and Trinity College, Dublin, ranked in the top 100 best universities in the world by the QS World University Rankings in 2014. Additionally, his film criticism has appeared on Volta - Ireland's first VOD website - as well as sites such as Taste of Cinema, Film Jam and Head Stuff.



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