Elizabeth Warren: Just Another Granny Darlin’ to Boston Herald

If you live in Boston you might not be aware that the newspaper Boston Herald doesn’t seem to be fan of Elizabeth Warren. But politics aside there’s no reason to attack her for simply being a woman.

For example columnist Howie Carr’s opines:

There’s something about Democrat Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren that reminds me of Granny Clampett of the Beverly Hillbillies. She’s younger, I know, and her face isn’t as emaciated. But she’s got the same hair and glasses.

Of course he goes on to call her “Granny Warren” throughout the rest of the column.

If we have said it once we have said it 1,000 times, criticizing Warren for what she says or does is fine, healthy in fact. But criticizing her for her hair, her glasses and her apparent resemblance to Granny Clampett is sexist. Not to mention irrelevant. Use some of that news hole for non-sexist arguments, why don’t you Howie?

As if that’s not enough for one day, the Boston Herald decided to throw a little gendered language in for good measure. This article, located in the news section is titled, “Liz Warren is darling of Tinseltown crowd.” It goes on to call Warren, “a lefty darling.”

We’re thinking there are several more creative and less gendered ways to write this supposedly unbiased article. The term “darling” is sexist, unnecessary, and used twice in the article. Sexism does not make up for lack of creativity.


Published by Kate McCarthy on 02/03/2012

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