Someone get Angela Merkel, Dilma Rousseff, Christina Fernández, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, and Simonetta Sommarug; according to one Texas marketing firm CEO, “hormones” are enough to disqualify them from their offices of authority.
Go Ape Marketing CEO Cheryl Rios told KTXA-TV, “We’re [women] built differently, we have different hormones,” and “In the world that we live in, I understand that there’s equal rights and that’s a wonderful thing and I support all of that. I don’t support a woman being president.”
She drew fire after posting on Facebook that if Clinton was elected, she would be “moving to Canada” (oh yay, another one of these). She added, “With the hormones we have there is no way we should be able to start a war. Yes I run my own business and I love it and I am great at it BUT that is not the same as being the President, that should be left to a man, a good, strong, honorable man.”
Men produce estrogen. Women produce testosterone. No two women are going to produce the same amount of estrogen or testosterone, just like no two men are going to produce the same amount of testosterone or estrogen. This is why people who don’t know jack about biology shouldn’t be commenting on it.
I know, it’s a veiled reference to the stereotype that all women have severe PMS. I’ll tell you, speaking as a male, I’ve met more men with chronic TIS (testosterone-induced stupidity) than I have women with severe PMS. If I assumed leadership capacity based off hormones alone, I’d never want another male in power over anything more complex or dangerous than a Slurpee machine.
Thankfully, I’m capable of intellectual nuance.
Rios would go on to tell KTXA that, aside from the “hormone issue” the U.S. couldn’t afford a leader who’d be seen as “different” from a male president.
Good news! Every woman I listed above is a world leader to some degree or another. There’s a whole list of them here. I doubt a female president will be seen any differently.
She added, “There’s an old biblical sound reasoning why a woman shouldn’t be President.”
Well, that seals it, then. I’m sold; “old biblical sound reasoning” is all I needed to be convinced that this woman is utterly clueless. The hormones remark was just icing on the massive Whiskey-Tango-Foxtrot cake.
Watch the segment below:
[h/t and cover image RS]