beyond binders full of women

I did not watch the most recent presidential debates.  i do experience some relief that it appears Obama performed better than last time.  More what i experience is a certain type of amazement at what passes for politics in the US now.  At one point when asked about about his role in advancing women, Romney made a silly remark about have sought out so many candidates from prominent women;s groups that they had “binders full of women” to search through to fill top jobs as governor of Massachusetts.  Salon quickly unveiled that  this claim was untrue on several levels.

  1. Romeny did not seek out prominent groups, they sought him out
  2. The number of women in top jobs in his cabinet shrank compared to the previous governor
  3. The jobs that women leaders were given we not in priority areas in his cabinet
  4. During the Bain years of the 80s and 90s Romney had no women in top spots

The internet went wild with images like this one

So at this point, people who are paying somewhat close attention to the campaign know that lying is not especially new to the Romney campaign.  And i do have to confess i was pleased to see that the fact by fact analysis of the NY Times of the debate showed the while Obama occasionally exadurated or cherry picked facts, his instances of outright lying were dwarfed by Romney’s

But what really amazed me was over 350K people had liked the Facebook page “Binders full of women” in least than 24 hours since its launch and three competing tumblr accounts had been set up.  To their credit the FB page is actually mostly s serious critique of Romney’s terrible policies and record on women.  But this election is like no other in my memory, where a simple stupid phrase can take on a significant internet life of it’s own.  We should almost certainly be doing more useful things with our time.

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About paxus

a funologist, memeticist and revolutionary. Can be found in the vanity bin of Wikipedia and in locations of imminent calamity. buckle up, there is going to be some rough sledding.

11 responses to “beyond binders full of women”

  1. Keenan Dakota says :

    Also see bindersfullofwomen.com for sobering and disturbing information about Mitt Romney’s record regarding women’s rights

  2. Kelpie says :

    Doing better things with our time than making fun of sexism? Really?

  3. Arlo says :

    I think it’s great that the Internet is sort of… Quality control. Now when someone running for (this) office days something incredibly stupid, there’s millions of people to call them out on it.
    Of course, I don’t think any of Romneys supporters use the Internet anyway.

    • paxus says :

      Dearest Arlo:

      I consider it something of a success that i have managed to write something that you think is worth commenting on. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Certainly the quality control piece is worthwhile, i have no problem with that, but the thousands (and i have already seen dozens) of pictures with Romney
      (or Bill Clinton) with binders full of women jokes are overworking the problem
      a bit. But perhaps the swing states will tilt with sarcasm. WHo knows.

      Paxus in Athens
      18 Falling Leaves 2012

  4. Ian Mayes says :

    The 2008 presidential election season was characterized by the starry-eyed idealism for Obama’s promised “hope” and “change”. This year’s presidential election season is characterized by what Marlon Brando at the end of the movie “Apocalypse Now” called “the horror… the horror…”

  5. Lauren Mayer says :

    I can’t think of anything better to do with my time than make fun of Romney’s condescension to women – : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JaSUMYpkXU

  6. Seby (aka Twigsy on facebook) says :

    Thank you for the insightful post, Pax! I watched maybe half of the debate (the second half) and missed that comment, so I didn’t really know what the hoopla was about either. Thanks for ferreting that out with some nice stats to boot. 🙂 Mind if I ‘share’ your post on facebook?

    • paxus says :

      Dearest Seby/Twigsey:

      Oh, i love it when peopl repost my stuff. Feel encouraged, glad you found it useful.

      Paxus in Athens
      19 Falling Leaves 2012

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