Lincoln Chafee’s Withdrawal Speech Is Awkwardly Sexist

by Taia Handlin

In a speech earlier today at the National Issues Conference of the Women’s Leadership Forum, Chafee announced the end of his bid to be the Democratic nominee for president in 2016. No surprise, given his useless and unmemorable debate performance last week. Here was a bit from his speech to a room full of female leaders:

Since today is all about women’s leadership it reminds me of one of my favorite Greek plays; Lysistrata, a comedy from about 400 BCE by Aristophanes. In that play, a group of women, fed up with the war mongering of their husbands, agree to withhold their favors until peace returns. And it worked!

Anyway, let’s talk about the present.

Wait, what? Did Chafee just suggest that we should all stop having sex with men in order to bring about political change? Women’s leadership being all about our vaginas, obviously. Hillary Clinton did slip up on stopping the Benghazi attacks, after all. She didn’t go straight to the source and use sexual favors to stop the terrorists. Thanks, Chafee!

He continued:

Studies show that women tend to lead differently than men, in that women are more likely to be collaborative and team oriented. It is undeniable the benefits women provide to the pursuit of peace.

Because vaginas! Chafee understands that we women spend our time in communal rooms full of flowers and cushions, alternating between stroking each other and giggling about the poor, sex-deprived, big manly men who can’t be bothered to nuke other countries when their balls are so big and blue. Chafee, you get us so well. Here! Have some sexual favors!




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