The Absurd Outrage Over Biden’s All-Female Press Team
The same people mad about the gender breakdown didn’t seem to mind when we had all-male leadership
There’s a picture from 2003 that I can’t seem to forget: It shows President George W. Bush, flanked by a gaggle of other old and smiling white men, signing into law sweeping anti-abortion legislation. The photo serves as a reminder that the regulations that most affect our lives and families are often decided by people who will never have to make the same kinds of decisions we do about our bodies and futures — people who often need remedial biology lessons about female anatomy.
I’ve thought about that picture often this week as conservatives continue to whine about the all-female senior communications team announced by the incoming Biden administration. (Apparently, an all-male group rolling back women’s bodily autonomy is not nearly as controversial to some people as women creating press strategy.)
The nonsense claim of the day is that the only reason President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris selected an all-female team was because of gender, not capability. Fox News host Greg Gutfeld, for example, huffed, “When you pick an all-women team, what you’re saying, quite clearly, it’s about gender and not competence. You’re meaning to tell me you couldn’t find one dude, one dude in D.C.?” Gutfeld, who’s made headlines in the past for insinuating that his female co-host was giving men erections and “joking” that a female fighter pilot wouldn’t know how to park her plane, went on to chide the Biden-Harris picks as a pure “virtue signal.”
Apparently a group of all-men rolling back women’s bodily autonomy is not nearly as controversial to some people as women creating press strategy.
The idea that women are only in leadership positions because of their gender is nothing new. (Just ask any woman who supported a female presidential candidate.) But why are people who have never had a problem with mostly white male leadership suddenly aghast about a bit of gender homogeneity in the incoming Biden administration?