Women vs. Men: The ever-present double standard

 

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A flippant — and offensive — comment by conservative commentator Bill O’Reilly once again shines a light on the differences in how men and women continue to be treated.

During a Mar. 28 interview on Fox & Friends, political commentator Bill O’Reilly reacted to a news item regarding California Representative Maxine Waters by saying he had a hard time hearing anything she was saying, because all he could focus on was her “James Brown wig,” according to transcripts of the Mar. 28 interview.

Waters, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives since January 1991, later said she would not be intimidated by O’Reilly, according to her Mar. 28 interview on MSNBC’s All in with Chris Hayes.

O’Reilly’s comments highlight the work that still needs to be done in regards to gender equality. While men tend to be judged based on their words and actions, as should be the case, women still deal with unnecessary comments like these on their personal appearance.

Dismissing somebody’s comments and instead focusing on their appearance is disturbing. Yet, unlike men, women continue to face such comments on a regular basis.

While O’Reilly’s comments eventually cost him his job at Fox News, the fight for equality did not end with his dismissal. The fight for equality continues…

 

(Updated 5/1/17)

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