Palin on Boehner's Tears

Palin on Boehner's Tears

Palin on Boehner's Tears

The XX Factor
What Women Really Think
Dec. 17 2010 12:49 PM

Palin on Boehner's Tears

Looks like Sarah Palin agrees with XXFactor's Libby Copeland in her assessment that  John Boehner's tears are made possible, politically, by his XY chromosomes: Watch her on Good Morning America saying Boehner gets a pass on overemotionalism because he's a man. "I don't know if a woman would be given a pass necessarily," she says. That's one of those things where a double standard is applied. I'm sure if I got up there and did a speech, and I started breaking down and cried about how important it is to me that our children and grandchildren are provided great opportunities, I'm sure I would be knocked a little bit for that." So it's not the crying that's unmanly, it's the crying-as-gender-enabled-crutch that's the problem-man up and stop hiding behind your manliness, John Boehner! So here, then, is where Mama Grizzlyism intersects with feminism, in the tracks of John Boehner's tears.

Noreen Malone is a senior editor at New York magazine.