OPINION | Barry Richard: Baker Honors Women in Office, But Is That PC?
Governor Chalie Baker has declared March 19, 2018 "Celebrating Women in Public Office Day." The proclamation also establishes Regional Commissions on the Status of Women and Girls.
Why? Isn't that demeaning in some way?
If I were a woman, I would find something offensive about all of this. After all, we're living in a day and age where pretty much everything men do is offensive to women.
I am thoroughly confused, too. For months, we have been told we have to drop gender-distinguishing words from our vocabulary, such as "mailman" and "congressmen," yet celebrating "women" is okay with a "woman?" And imagine, the proclamation is being issued by a man!
Do women and girls even need "regional commissions?" Isn't that almost suggesting that they are inferior and in need of special attention--almost fragile? Certainly different. I wonder how all of this will sit with the feminist movement? Will there be protests, pink hats and all, at the State House when this proclamation is read?
Hey, who knows? Maybe Baker needs some help with the women's vote this fall. This ought to help.
Could you only imagine the uproar if we set aside a day for celebrating men in public office?
Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.