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President Obama tugged at our feminist heartstrings while delivering a campaign speech on Tuesday night, during which he asked men to "look inside themselves" and confront their own sexism before casting a ballot.
"I just want to say, to the guys out there, I want to be honest," Obama said. "You know, there's a reason we haven't had a woman president before...I know that my wife is not just my equal but my superior...I want every man out there who's voting to kinda look inside yourself and ask yourself, if you're having problems with this stuff, how much of it is that we're just not used to it? When a guy is ambitious, and out in the public arena, and working hard, well that's okay. But when a woman suddenly does it, suddenly you're all like, well, why's she doing that?"
Ummm...this. Gender bias is an issue most women in this country have experienced firsthand, and the fact that our president is up on a stage casting a spotlight on it is so important and justified. But wait, Obama has more real talk to impart:
"The only thing this office does is it amplifies who you are. It magnifies who you are," he continued. "If you disrespected women before you were elected, you will disrespect women once you're president."
Ahem, wonder who he's talking about...
Mehera Bonner is a celebrity and entertainment news writer who enjoys Bravo and Antiques Roadshow with equal enthusiasm. She was previously entertainment editor at Marie Claire and has covered pop culture for over a decade.
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