Sun Nov 11, 2012, 02:17 PM
LeftyMom (49,059 posts)
Is America ready for a white, male Secretary of State?
In addition to fluctuating male hormones, a male Secretary of State will undoubtedly be faced with the difficult task of trying to balance work and family. For generations, men have tried to "have it all" — the great career, the perfect family, a hot body, a youthful, buoyant buttocks — but many have hit a "glass propeller" during their quest. I know it's not the "politically correct" question to ask, but it needs to be addressed when making important decisions about men in the workplace: if Jon Huntsman is appointed head of the State Department, can we trust him not to shirk his responsibilities in favor of fulfilling his duties as a father of seven? His youngest daughter, whom Huntsman and his wife adopted from India, is only 6 years old. Who is going to drive her to soccer practice? Who is going to make after school snacks? Can America, with a clean conscience, remove a father from his natural role as hands-on provider and permission slip signer? And Kerry's first grandchild was born earlier this year. Can we trust a doting grandpa to grant the State Department the seriousness it warrants?
The Jo(h)ns' race and gender may also interfere with their ability to relate to many foreign leaders unaccustomed to socializing with men. How are we to advance our relations with South America, for example, when Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and Argentinian President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner want to go get pedicures at a women-only spa? What happens when Australia's Julia Gillard wants to go shoe shopping and they don't have any cute espadrilles in Huntsman's size? How can we hope to maintain healthy relationships with our European allies when John Kerry can't sit in a sauna with Angela Merkel, Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė, and Jóhanna Sigurđardóttir, the Prime Minister of Iceland? That's how all of the diplomacy is done over there! In saunas! Being a man means there are female-only spheres that Huntsman and Kerry simply won't be able to penetrate, to the detriment of America.
And the Jo(h)ns' whiteness won't serve them well, either. Depending on which suspect online source you consult, something between 10 and 15% of the world's population is white. And of those white people, only half of them are men. That's some pretty low relatability.
Besides the obvious issues of male physiology, men's natural tendency to be more violent and confrontational, the concern that Huntsman or Kerry will abuse paternity and grandpaternity leave because of family obligations, and a man's inability to socialize with certain female world leaders, other issues should raise serious questions about a man's ability to adequately perform the duties of Secretary of State. Men's reduced life expectancy means that the President may have to retrain a new Secretary of State if either man becomes suddenly afflicted with a number of male-specific diseases. And the fact that men don't tend to carry purses means that if a foreign leader needs somewhere to put their cell phone, neither man will be able to offer aid.
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Is America ready for a white, male Secretary of State? (Original post)
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Response to LeftyMom (Original post)
Sun Nov 11, 2012, 02:45 PM
Deep13 (39,128 posts)
1. Race and gender are social and personal constructs...
...continuously recreated by performance. So if Kerry or Huntsman go shopping for cute Espadrilles, they will be recreating a feminine gender, not unlike the drag performances in Judith Butler's essay on gender performance.
Even so, I rather like Samantha Power for the job.
Response to Deep13 (Reply #4)
Mon Nov 12, 2012, 03:35 AM
JoeyT (6,785 posts)
5. I believe they meant on the Jezebel page that was linked in the OP.
The comments over there do indeed give rocks a run for their money. Mostly dudebros pissed because they don't grasp satire and asshats whining about how oppressed white dudes are.
Response to LeftyMom (Original post)
Fri Nov 23, 2012, 12:07 AM
mythology (6,653 posts)
7. Only if he lives up to the example set by the current Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton has done amazing work in this job. I'm sad that she will be leaving the job, but it's exhausting work I'm sure, especially given the series of events in the last four years with China, Syria, the Arab Spring etc.