As far as public displays of old people shouting at each other go, Presidential debates generally receive more scrutinization than your family reunions. One recent Democratic debate, in particular, pulled out a significant number of magnifying glasses, all zooming in on four words said by Bernie Sanders to Hillary Clinton: Excuse me, I’m talking.
During a back-and-forth about the 2008 auto bailout, Clinton cut Sanders off, prompting him to utter the statement. Being so beloved by far-left artsy kids who definitely have buttons on their backpacks telling you so, Sanders comeback drew shock from social media. Journalists, feminists, and Clinton supporters alike threw Twitt-fits, with plenty of quoting in all-caps, as if Sanders just called Clinton an insubordinate shrew while wiping his muddy loafers on a portrait of Susan B. Anthony. Nevermind that Clinton is a former Secretary of State with years of political experience under her belt, and that Sanders speaks to all his opponents with the same amount of fire. As a woman, Clinton needs to be treated differently, lest she crumble like a delicate rose in the harsh heat of her male opponents.
Sexism runs rampant in society, politics especially prone, but Sanders’ standing his ground is not an example, and to call it so sets the bar harmfully low. This is coming from a girl who is often asked to recall that feminist thing you got mad about, to which I have to respond, Which one? Rest assured, this will not be one of them.