The XX Factor

Palin on Boehner’s Tears

Looks like Sarah Palin agrees with XXFactor’s Libby Copeland in her assessment that  John Boehner’s tears are made possible, politically, by his XY chromosomes: Watch her on Good Morning America saying Boehner gets a pass on overemotionalism because he’s a man. “I don’t know if a woman would be given a pass necessarily,” she says. That’s one of those things where a double standard is applied. I’m sure if I got up there and did a speech, and I started breaking down and cried about how important it is to me that our children and grandchildren are provided great opportunities, I’m sure I would be knocked a little bit for that.” So it’s not the crying that’s unmanly, it’s the crying-as-gender-enabled-crutch that’s the problem-man up and stop hiding behind your manliness, John Boehner! So here, then, is where Mama Grizzlyism intersects with feminism, in the tracks of John Boehner’s tears.