HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Main » General Discussion (Forum) » "How Mitt's old-fash...
Introducing Discussionist: A new forum by the creators of DU

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 08:15 AM

"How Mitt's old-fashioned values lost all the single ladies."

Excerpts from a Gene Weintgarten column in the Washington Post where he talks to author, Gina Barreca

"Some months before the presidential election, my funny feminist friend Gina Barreca wanted to discuss how and why Mitt Romney was going to lose because he creeps out single women."

"All you had to do was watch Romney discussing ďbinders full of women,Ē and you understood, intuitively, where women stood with him: Weíre a category of thing to be held in containers and accessed when needed, roughly the same as pistachio nuts or lock washers. Romney is the guy who takes you out to his club, because heís comfortable there. Then he either orders for you or tells you whatís good and then gets petulant if you donít order it, because heís already TOLD you whatís good, and itís the chateaubriand, it is NOT the pasta primavera. Heíll be chummy with the maitre dí ó he respects status ó but abusive to the busboy. With you, heíll be extremely chivalrous. He will pull out your chair. He will elaborately walk to the passenger side door, open it, seat you and close the door before getting behind the wheel, even if time is short. "

and

Gene: Iím fine with all this, but I would like to observe that this entire line of analysis ó reducing the girl vote into a matter of romantic preference ó is not entirely consistent with rigorous feminism.

Gina: I know. Youíll get letters. But donít underestimate our seriousness of purpose. I can tell you, for example, who the single womanís dream date is going to be for 2016.

Gene: Who?

Gina: Elizabeth Warren.

Whole article at
http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/gene-weingarten-dating-himself/2012/11/30/f9a53d06-301d-11e2-ac4a-33b8b41fb531_story.html

6 replies, 813 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 6 replies Author Time Post
Reply "How Mitt's old-fashioned values lost all the single ladies." (Original post)
FSogol Dec 2012 OP
Javaman Dec 2012 #1
ellie Dec 2012 #2
Lex Dec 2012 #4
Fumesucker Dec 2012 #5
LeftInTX Dec 2012 #3
Lizzie Poppet Dec 2012 #6

Response to FSogol (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 09:23 AM

1. mittens reminds me of...

guys I knew when I was growing up.

When I was in my twenties, there were some guys I knew, that were in their 50s ( I know mittens is 65) that would have this false sense of ego over the belief that they could still be attractive to women in their 20's. It was really creepy and colossally uncomfortable.

I called them the over-groomed disparates.

mittens fell into that category.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to FSogol (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 09:29 AM

2. I'm a middle-aged married woman

and Mitt Romney creeps me out.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to ellie (Reply #2)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 09:57 AM

4. Same here.

His voice in particular and his leery insincere forced smile too. Ew.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to ellie (Reply #2)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 10:00 AM

5. I'm a man on SS and he creeps me out too

It's blatantly obvious he has no idea how anyone not of his social class lives and even more obvious that he doesn't care.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to FSogol (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 09:56 AM

3. Author pretty much nails him - LOL

However, I think my 80 yr old mom would see him the same way. She voted for him mainly because she's conservative.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to FSogol (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 10:41 AM

6. Mitt's throwback milkshake...

...drives all the girls from the yard.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Reply to this thread